HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.—The Houstonian Club & Spa made a commitment to sustainability three years ago with a comprehensive program addressing energy conservation, purchasing sustainable products, and waste reduction. Cher Harris, Club assistant general manager for the Houstonian Club & Spa, noted that the 14,000 members and 2,000 visits a day created challenges in diverting waste from the landfill. A survey among its members demonstrated a strong interest in recycling.
The Houstonian is well known for its elegance and style sense and they were not about to add “blue plastic” recycling bins to their lobbies and other public spaces. They therefore ordered the upscale Tao series recycling receptacles from T2 Site Amenities.
“The interior design varies on the property so the Houstonian required a product with easily adaptable looks,” said Lori Tilkin, president of T2. “The Tao series worked out great for them based on the large variety of wood and laminate panel options.”
Cher Harris had determined that many club members were unclear what would be recyclable. Deciding to take recycling to the next level, the Houstonian created custom signage over each recycling bin opening. This signage spells out what should and should not be recycled. For instance, for the Paper opening signage stated that newspapers, magazines, office paper, coffee cup sleeves and any paper product that did not have food on it would be acceptable. But plastic coated paper, tissues, and any soiled paper products would not be acceptable.
Cher and her team also customized recycling signage for Plastic, Aluminum and Compost recycling.
Altogether, the Houstonian purchased 13 Tao recycling units, the majority with three openings (including one for trash). These recyclers were placed within 15 feet of major traffic areas.