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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.

Follow the Lead of Motel 6; Implement a CFL & Battery Recycling Program

Motel 6’s announcement last week that it will roll out a fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling program throughout its almost 900 properties was an important step that other companies should emulate. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which offer so many benefits, also include mercury, a hazardous substance. Not disposed of properly, liquid mercury quickly turns into a vapor that can be inhaled. Long-term exposure to it can damage the nervous system, the kidneys, lungs and other organs. Batteries are used throughout a hotel in items such as door locks, TV remotes and myriad other places. They consist of...

Motel 6 Rolls Out National Fluorescent Light Bulb, Battery Recycling Program

DALLAS—Motel 6, the largest corporately owned and operated hotel chain in North America, announces the rollout of the first national fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling program within the hospitality industry. Motel 6, with nearly 900 properties across the country, is the first chain to implement this type of program without a federal mandate. The Motel 6 Fluorescent Light Bulb and Battery Recycling Program will be rolled out regionally over a six-month period, with complete implementation expected by the end of 2007. This recycling policy is a continuation of Accor’s Earth Guest initiatives that demonstrate Accor North America’s...

Freshmarx Dating System Will Help Reduce Food Waste

MIAMISBURG, OHIO—FreshMarx, a leader in automated date coding and the supplier of Monarch products and services, announced the release of its FreshMarx XL®PRO 29FFS three line labeler and supply system for improved efficiency and waste reduction. With the release of the FreshMarxTM XL® PRO 29FFS three line labeler and supply system, restaurant owners and food service managers will be able to reduce the amount of labeling stock and labelers they keep on hand, while improving the accuracy of their date coding systems. “XL PRO does the date coding work of seven different labels all with one labeling...

Osram Sylvania Unveils Two New CFL Recycling Options

DANVERS, MASS.—At a time when many are searching for a convenient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) recycling option, North American lighting leader Osram Sylvania has unveiled two CFL recycling options: the MiniPak CFL mail-back recycling kit, and the Community Pail RecyclePak. “It’s exciting to be the first lighting manufacturer to offer all of our customers a recycling solution,” says Jennifer Dolin, environmental marketing manager, Osram Sylvania. “With recycling and disposal options available in only a few communities, our MiniPak and Community Pail options allow consumers and small communities everywhere to recycle their spent lamps easily. Simply purchase the pre-labeled...

Benchmark Awarded Green Business Certification for Chaminade Property

SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.—Benchmark Hospitality International, the operator of Chaminade at Santa Cruz, has been awarded Green Business Certification for exceeding environmental regulatory requirements, preventing pollution and conserving natural recourses. The award was presented to the resort, which overlooks Monterey Bay, by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Chaminade is the first hospitality business in Santa Cruz County to receive the important certification. “We are thrilled to receive the Green Business Certification,” says Jeff Bloom, Benchmark’s general manager at Chaminade. “As a responsible corporate citizen we strive to be as green as possible and also encourage our guests...

The Environmental Upside to Using Concrete in Hotel Construction

NATIONAL REPORT—State-of-the-art concrete building systems can save a hotel owner money through energy savings. But equally important, concrete systems can provide hotel guests with a comfortable, healthy, environmentally friendly place to relax during their time away from home. Concrete can provide a sustainable structure that will maintain its durability, energy savings and beauty for the full life of the building. Hotels built with concrete wall, floor and roof systems that incorporate rigid foam insulation with concrete, have optimal energy performance because of their inherent thermal mass properties. Thermal mass has the ability to store heat during the hottest periods of...

Cendyn Introduces Suite of Eco-Friendly Sales & Marketing Tools

BOCA RATON, FLA.—Cendyn, a leader in interactive marketing for the hotel, travel and hospitality industries, can now support sales and catering teams in their efforts to go green with the implementation of eco-friendly sales tools which enhance client presentations, convert more business and impact the bottom line. As a vendor to these industries, Cendyn is responding to the direction of its clients in searching for cost-effective measures which encourage, promote and support ecological consciousness. The eco-friendly suite of products from Cendyn includes online, Web-based brochures, cards, menus and proposals customized with rich content and with multi-media animation—all delivered...

LSI Introduces Recycled, Recyclable Vinyl Wallcovering

LOUISVILLE, KY.—New from LSI Wallcovering, Second-Look is the first program to reclaim previously installed vinyl wallcovering and turn it into new fashionable wallcovering designs with 18 percent recycled content and a minimum of 10 percent post-consumer. Recycled wallcovering collections are available through LSI’s Versa, Cirqa and Plexus distributors. The recycled selections have the same aesthetic quality, durability, warranties and price as the company’s standard wallcovering. Three Second-Look collections include fresh designs in versatile colors and tactile embossed textures as well as some of LSI’s best-selling classics. The initial recycled offering includes 62 selections in the Versa collection, noted...

Simmons Hospitality Group Launches Three New Bedding Products

ATLANTA—The Simmons Hospitality Group, the contract division of Simmons Bedding Co., has launched three new bedding products—the Beautyrest Black luxury line, the zip-off EverNU mattress top and the Natural Care latex line. The products are designed to provide hotel guests with quality sleep that meets their specific needs and desires regarding luxury, comfort and environmental sustainability. “Hotel guests increasingly are becoming interested in luxury-oriented and environmentally-friendly properties, and Simmons is launching our Beautyrest Black and Natural Care bedding lines to cater to these growing trends,” says Steve Tipton, vice president of the Simmons Hospitality Group. “Plus, we developed...

Hilton Hawaiian Village Wins Second Green Business Award

HONOLULU, HAWAII—The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa has won its second Green Business Award from the State of Hawaii. The award is sponsored by the following: State Department of Health; Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. The award is given to companies that employ innovative green practices and do their part to ensure that residents and visitors continue to enjoy a healthy environment. The Hilton property has a long history in Hawaii. With close to 3,000 rooms, it is one of the Hilton Hotels Corporation’s (100 percent) flagship...