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From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Waste Management

Home Waste Management
From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

News-Packed HX, BDNY Wrap Up in Big Apple

NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York wrapped up earlier this week at the Javits Center in New York. As posted on Green Lodging News, it was announced that HX: The Hotel Experience has transitioned to full ownership under Hospitality Management Group (HMG), a division of ST Media Group. HX was previously co-owned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSHTA). Also posted on Green Lodging News during the trade shows: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the American Hotel...

Green Lodging News Adds Protect-A-Bed Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a Protect-A-Bed case study to the Vendor Case Studies section of its website. The case study highlights the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills in Woodland Hills, Calif. and its installation of Protect-A-Bed encasements on all mattresses and box springs in the hotel. By choosing an encasement product that is waterproof, bed bug proof, and allergen-free, the hotel was afforded maximum protection. In the two years since installing encasements, replacements of damaged mattresses have been virtually eliminated. “You can clean and shampoo, but if the stain and odor...

TechWaste Recycling Expands Services to Secure Product Destruction

SANTA ANA, CALIF.—TechWaste Recycling, an industry leader in electronic recycling and e-waste disposal, has launched a new service line that provides companies with certified and secure product destruction and brand protection. The world of electronics recycling and data destruction goes far beyond certifying correct disposals of monitors and smashing hard-drives. Everything in today’s world has a cord or a battery and virtually all consumer products have some form of electronics or packaging that is part of the product. “If it has a cord or a battery, at some point, that product will need to be responsibly recycled,” says TechWaste CEO,...

Hotel Industry Teams Up with World Wildlife Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation to Reduce Food Waste

NEW YORK—World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has unveiled results from a set of projects demonstrating innovative strategies aimed at reducing food waste in the hotel industry. Based on the results, WWF, AHLA, and The Rockefeller Foundation are releasing a toolkit with strategies to help hotel properties and brands meet measurable, time-bound goals to reduce food waste. Ten hotel properties participated in the 12 weeks of demonstration projects, including a mix of full-service branded hotels and several independent operations across the country. They tested different waste reduction strategies,...

Mattress Encasements Reduce Mattresses Winding Up In Landfill

WOODLAND HILLS, CALIF.—Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills is a “…lush resort-like escape located adjacent to the Highway 101 in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.” With 478 rooms, 30,000 square feet of event space, and a prime location a short drive from Hollywood, it’s a premiere spot for business travelers as well as vacationers. Problem: New Mattresses Getting Thrown Away Hotel management strives to make their mattresses last seven years before needing replacement. But between wine spills from adults, to “accidents” from children, housekeeping staff were investing a lot in terms of time and supplies attempting to clean and deodorize...

Waste Management Recognized as Climate Change Leader

HOUSTON—Waste Management has been recognized as a leader among companies from around the world by environmental not-for-profit CDP for the depth and quality of climate change data it discloses to investors and the global marketplace. Waste Management’s leadership status was announced on CDP’s 2017 Climate A List, which includes those companies from around the world that have been identified as leading in their efforts and actions to combat climate change in the past CDP reporting year. Waste Management is among 5 percent of companies participating in CDP’s climate change program to be featured on the 2017 Climate A List. This...

Production to Halt on PS Hot Cup Lids in Favor of PP

CHINO, CALIF.—Lollicup USA Inc. will halt all production on PS (polystyrene) hot cup lids starting the end of this year, and will only produce PP (polypropylene) hot cup lids. This unprecedented decision is based on Lollicup’s move towards producing products that are recyclable, compostable, and eco-friendly. “PP is more heat resistant than PS, more environmentally friendly, and leaves less of a carbon foot print,” said Lollicup’s founder and CEO Alan Yu. This decision could not be timelier, as the world’s largest coffee chain has recently switched their lids from PS to PP, and the PS lids are on the Plastics Ban...

Marriott International Unveils New Sustainability & Social Impact Commitments

BETHESDA, MD.—From human rights protections to sustainable hotel development, Marriott International yesterday launched a new sustainability and social impact initiative designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities. Under Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott’s new Sustainability and Social Impact Platform seeks to continue the company’s 90-year commitment to the communities it serves, the planet and people worldwide. “As the global hospitality leader with properties and associates across 125 countries and territories, Marriott International has a global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good in all...

GreenTree Inns Beginning to Take Root in Southwestern United States

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.— GreenTree Hospitality Group, Inc., hotel owner, operator and franchisor, with roots in Asia, is beginning to branch out to North America—beginning in the Southwest, with eight limited-service, midscale properties called GreenTree Inn. The GreenTree Inn brand originated in Asia in 2004, and today through acquisition and franchisee development, now boasts 2,600 properties worldwide. GreenTree Hospitality Group recently announced its first franchised hotel in the United States. What was the Arizona Inn in Prescott Valley, Ariz. has been rebranded as a GreenTree Inn property. Pro Hospitality One PV LLC will operate it under the franchise agreement. This property joins...

Towels’ Environmental Impact Lessening Thanks to Supplier Innovation

NATIONAL REPORT—As Green Lodging News has learned in its own research and by talking to industry suppliers, there are numerous ways to reduce the environmental impact of a towel. Certainly chemicals and laundry equipment come into play, as does whether or not that equipment is matched with an ozone laundry system. Of course towel reuse programs can make a huge difference as well. But can your choice of the towel itself—how it is made and what it is made from—help you reduce your annual laundry-related costs? Many suppliers say yes and each has its own unique story to tell....