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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Greenbuild Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

Greenbuild just released its 2019 Sustainability Report. For those of you not familiar with Greenbuild, it is the world’s largest conference and expo for the green building industry. The report summarizes the environmental impact of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo that was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. One of the goals for Greenbuild in 2019 was to move it toward a Zero Waste Event. For the third year in a row Greenbuild achieved TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification, which is awarded to tradeshows with a TRUE waste diversion rate of 90 percent or...

Eco-Products Introduces Compostable Lids for Takeout Containers

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products, a Novolex brand, is introducing new compostable lids for its takeout containers that are ideal for restaurants and snack bars seeking environmentally preferable options. Like the takeout container bases, the new lids are made from renewable sugarcane fiber and are part of the WorldView line. The bases and lids meet ASTM D6868 standards for commercial compostability. “We’re proud to introduce yet another innovative product that combines environmental benefits while maintaining performance,” said Sarah Martinez, Senior Director of Marketing for Eco-Products. “These WorldView lids are strong, durable and compostable—an important combination for environmentally focused restaurants.” Among the new features of the...

Today’s Global Recycling Day Honors Recycling Heroes Around the World

LONDON—Global Recycling Day 2020 has arrived and, although the world rightly focuses on its response to COVID-19, people around the world are being encouraged to remember the importance of recycling and to recognize the individuals, communities and businesses—some world renowned some unknown—who are the forefront of recycling innovation and best practice. An initiative of the Global Recycling Foundation, Global Recycling Day is a movement dedicated to recognizing the importance of recycling as a resource, not waste. Now in its third year, the day was launched in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the vital role recycling plays in preserving our...

RoadRunner Recycling Raises $28.6 Million in Series C Funding

PITTSBURGH—RoadRunner Recycling, the innovative technology platform built for commercial recycling, announced it raised a $28.6 million Series C financing round. The round was co-led by e.ventures and Greycroft with additional participation from Franklin Templeton and existing investors, Adams Capital Management and FJ Labs. The funds will be used to double the size of the company’s current team, invest in its world-class AI/machine learning technology, and continue its U.S. expansion in current markets and launch in up to 10 new markets, including Austin, Phoenix and San Diego. In addition to funding, King Goh, Principal at e.ventures Growth, will join RoadRunner’s...

Eco-Products Launches Soak-Proof Compostable Servingware

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products, a Novolex brand, is expanding its Regalia line of foodservice ware to feature new soak-proof, compostable half pans and lids—ideal for restaurants, caterers and others seeking innovative, environmentally preferable solutions for their events. The Regalia line will also now feature half pans made from sugarcane and lined with PLA—a plant-based, compostable material derived from sugar cane, bamboo and other renewables—for extra protection against leaks. They are available in one-, two- and four-compartment sizes, with a compostable lid that fits all the pans. “At Eco-Products, we are always searching for innovative solutions for our customers seeking environmentally preferable options,” said...

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Releases Report

ARLINGTON, VA.—The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)—a collaborative effort of the Consumer Brands Assn., FMI-The Food Industry Assn., and the National Restaurant Assn.—released a new report, Messy but Worth It: Lessons Learned from Fighting Food Waste, that highlights experience-driven advice to keep perfectly good food out of landfills. For the guide, FWRA interviewed food manufacturers, grocers and foodservice operators to get their best tips on how to successfully launch a food waste reduction program and to sustainably nurture it over time. Some of the report’s key recommendations include: Forge an internal food waste prevention culture. Education and cross-functional teamwork will...

1 in 4 Americans Recycle All Their Plastic Waste

ITASCA, ILL.—To shed light on the current state of recycling and to help advance the circular economy, Hi-Cone, a leading manufacturer of beverage multi-packaging solutions, presents their first annual report on The State of Plastic Recycling. More than 5,000 consumers in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Spain participated in the global survey. Among the many findings, the report shows that 26 percent (or 1 out of 4) Americans recycle all of their plastic waste, compared to the overall 34 percent reported from the other countries. However, at the same time, 19 percent do not recycle any...

Water Bottle Refill Stations Installed at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has installed the first two of more than 60 planned water bottle refill stations as part of ongoing efforts to make the facility an industry leader in sustainability. These first installations are a pilot test for a building-wide rollout in the coming months. Both of the newly installed refill stations can be found on the Convention Center Boulevard-side of Lobby B. Visitors to the Center can place their reusable water bottles up to the station’s infrared sensor, which will then dispense chilled and filtered water. The station will keep a running...

Smile Coffee Werks Launches Compostable Coffee Pods

DARIEN, CONN.—Smile Coffee Werks has unveiled compostable coffee pods made from renewable raw materials with over a 12-month shelf life. The patented technology utilizes a plant based, BPA-free cup and top, creating a commercially compostable coffee product; a seamless fit for waste-conscious consumers, private labels, retailers and hospitality groups alike. The pods are compatible with Nespresso classic style coffee makers, BPI-certified and commercially compostable in 12 weeks. Made from renewable plant-based products, the pods are the first carbon neutral, single step disposal product to hit the market. Smile Coffee Werks is available for purchase at SmileCoffeeWerks.com in compatible 100 percent...

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Shares Its Eco Journey

I spoke with Kristen Pryor this past week. Kristen is the general manager of the LEED Silver Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley in Colorado. She has been General Manager of the 240-room property for almost five years and has overseen many of the property’s green initiatives. Several of the hotel’s programs caught my attention—some because of their uniqueness and others because they address issues that many of you are currently facing. First, the resort is in the process of phasing out all single-use plastic bottles. This will be done by May 1. No longer will plastic water...