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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.

Air Cycle Launches EasyPak Lamp Recycling Program

BROADVIEW, ILL.—Air Cycle Corp. introduces its EasyPak line of products to provide a simple way to recycle lamps, ballasts, and batteries, while complying with today’s changing regulations. Each container includes instructions printed in English and Spanish and one price includes shipping costs to the recycling center, recycling fees, and a certificate of recycling. The lamp boxes can hold straight fluorescent lamps up to 8 feet in length, u-shape fluorescent lamps, or high intensity discharge lamps. The battery container holds up to 55 pounds of dry cell batteries and the ballast container up to 55 pounds of non-PCB containing...

Green Suites’ Dispenser Program Takes Giant Chunk Out of Aramark’s Amenity Waste

PHILADELPHIA—Aramark, the authorized concessionaire in several national parks, recently announced that the company, with the aid of national hotel supplier Green Suites International, has prevented more than five million amenity packages from entering landfills near several national park sites. Traditional one-ounce bottles of shampoo, lotions and soap bars have been replaced with an amenity dispenser program, created by Upland, Calif.-based Green Suites. The program provides a sanitary, safe and cost-effective way to preserve the environment while pleasing hotel guests with an unlimited amount of natural, high quality personal care products. “Its been the right thing to do...

Proper Disposal of Fluorescents Keeps Mercury Out of the Waste Stream

NATIONAL REPORT—The next time you think about throwing away a fluorescent lamp, think twice. Fluorescents contain a small amount of hazardous material—mercury. In fact, it is the mercury that conducts the charge that produces light. When disposed of improperly, the mercury can cause great harm to not only the environment, but to every link in the food chain—humans included. As of November 2004, according to a report released by the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers, 70 percent of the mercury lamps used by businesses were not being recycled. Throughout the United States, regulations vary on proper disposal of fluorescent...

Moen Introduces Heavy-Duty Two-Handle Commercial Faucet Series

NORTH OLMSTED, OHIO—The Commercial Division of Moen Inc. introduces its new Heavy-Duty Two-Handle Commercial Faucet Series. The ADA-compliant products include center set and widespread lavatory faucets, bar and pantry faucets, a kitchen faucet and a vandal-proof shower head with an adjustable spray angle. “The creation of this series was based on extensive field research conducted with decision makers and facility managers from around the country,” says Allen Talley, Moen’s director of commercial marketing and product development. “This heavy-duty series was made to be responsive to real-world scenarios in a variety of public spaces and applications. For example, to...

Four Seasons Hotel Miami Receives Florida Green Lodging Certification

MIAMI—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has added the Four Seasons Hotel Miami to the Florida Green Lodging Program. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving green practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources. “Green lodges take the initiative to conserve resources and protect the environment,” says DEP Secretary Colleen M. Castille. “By adopting innovative green practices, Florida’s environmentally sensitive lands are preserved for future generations.” The Four Seasons Hotel Miami reduces water consumption by using technologically advanced showerheads, faucets, spray nozzles and toilets....

Air Cycle’s Bulb Eater Takes Bite Out of Fluorescent Elimination Costs

BROADVIEW, ILL.—Air Cycle Corp. introduces its Premium Bulb Eater. It not only crushes fluorescent lamps of any length into 100 percent recyclable material, but also captures more than 99.99 percent of the vapors released. The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1,350 four-foot fluorescent lamps. The Bulb Eater reduces storage space, minimizes handling of lamps, and typically cuts recycling costs. Nationwide recycling services are available for lamps, ballasts, batteries and computer waste. Go to Air Cycle Corp. to view a video demonstration.

One Man’s Garbage is Another Man’s Vintage at San Francisco Marriott

SAN FRANCISCO—From the hotel’s subterranean compactor, to the sun-kissed vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, to the elegant tables of the hotel’s lounges, the San Francisco Marriott is helping complete the recycling loop by offering a one-of-a-kind “trashy” wine list in its View Lounge and Atrium Bar. The San Francisco Marriott initiated its award-winning compost program in 2003 and currently collects and compacts over a half-million pounds of its food scraps a year, enough to fill the lobby from floor to ceiling. The San Francisco Marriott and local recycler Golden Gate Disposal see food scraps as a resource, a...

Green Restaurant Assn., New Leaf Form Partnership to Boost Biodiesel

SAN DIEGO— The Green Restaurant Association’s goal is to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry; now, this industry is not only cleaning up its own act, it has the opportunity to become a supplier of fuel to the United States. How? The Green Restaurant Assn. is partnering with New Leaf Biofuel, LLC, which has just begun collecting waste grease from restaurants in San Diego and plans to produce 3 million gallons of biodiesel each year. “The Green Restaurant Association’s goal is to turn every restaurant in the United States into an environmentally safe source of fuel for America,” says Michael...

Mount Nelson Hotel Puts Earthworms to Work to Compost Waste

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town became home to thousands of hungry new guests last month with the establishment of an on-site worm farm, or vermiculture, to process leftover food and other organic matter. As well as being a novel new way to dispose of waste, the end-product, called vermicast, is rich in nutrients and will be used by the gardening team as a fertilizer and soil conditioner for the nine-acre garden. The Mount Nelson’s well fed worms are currently munching on 200 kilograms of scraps from the breakfast buffet and famous afternoon tea—20...

EPA’s WasteWise Program Offers Myriad Resources to Help Reduce Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hoteliers interested in launching a waste management program or energizing an existing one should consider participating in WasteWise, a free, voluntary program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Any U.S. hotel or hotel company is eligible to participate in the program that allows partners to design their own waste reduction programs tailored to their needs. Waste reduction makes good business sense because it can save an organization money through reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs. WasteWise provides free technical assistance to help develop, implement and measure waste reduction activities. WasteWise also offers publicity to organizations...