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From Bottles to Sand in Laguna Beach


Tomorrow I will be chatting with Kurt Bjorkman, General Manager of The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, Calif.) about his property’s many sustainability initiatives. In case you are not familiar with the property, it is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of lodges spanning 30 countries and six continents. According to National Geographic, “Each lodge is deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures.”

What caught my eye in the public relations person’s pitch about the property is its use of a GLSand glass bottle crusher. The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the first hospitality operation in the North America to use this machine. I have seen bottle crushers before but what is unique about this one is its ability to reduce bottles in volume by 10:1 to a sand like product. The system will eliminate the build-up of used glass bottles throughout the resort’s outlets and will create a re-usable product that can be recycled for pool filtration, pavement repairs, and, in different grades, can be used in sand traps on the resort’s golf course. The sand is safe to handle. Very cool.

I visited the GLSand website to learn more. The machine is sold by distributors around the world. There are videos to watch that provide additional details. Of course there is a huge reduction in bottle storage space and other related costs.

Also available is the GLCullet which reduces glass bottles from their full size to cullet size—about a 40 percent reduction in volume.

Have you tried crushing the bottles you use? What has been the result? I would love to know. Leave your comment here or write to editor@greenlodgingnews.com.