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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.

Plastic War Inducing Shift from Single-Use to Reusable Water Bottles

NATIONAL REPORT—A recent market study published provides a holistic analysis of various trends, drivers, and restraints of the reusable water bottles market. According to the study, the reusable water bottles market will envisage 3.1 percent y-o-y over 2017 to exceed $8.3 billion by the end of 2018. The study remains bullish on the continual rise in demand for reusable water bottles, as growing environmental concerns are driving consumers as well as end-use industrial sectors to switch to eco-friendly alternatives of single-use water bottles. Concerns over the alarming rise in plastic waste has initiated various movements aimed at curtailing its use....

CKI Solutions Expands into Mattress Removal, Recycling

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—CKI Solutions has joined forces with a well-established and seasoned mattress recycler under the brand name GreenSource Mattress Removal and Recycling. CKI, in its continual “Green” effort, now offers this vital service to the Cruise, Hospitality, and Healthcare industries. Contracts have ranged from MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Boyd Gaming Hotel & Casinos, Wynn Resorts, as well as multiple ships for both Holland America and American Cruise Lines. When it’s time to dispose of old mattresses and box springs, the landfill is no longer the answer. The amount of space a mattress takes up in the landfill...

Greenbuild Conference & Expo Releases 2018 Sustainability Report

DALLAS—Informa and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the release of the 2018 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on sustainable sourcing, community involvement, and carbon footprint reduction at the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last November at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event achieved an overall 86 percent waste diversion rate. “We’re thrilled to have made such great strides for event sustainability,” said Sherida Sessa, Greenbuild Brand Director, Informa. “We had a lot of ‘firsts’ in 2018 and tried new approaches that worked well. Our hope is that these achievements...

Nespresso Invites Companies to Join Its Aluminum Recycling Program

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—Nespresso issued an invitation to other portioned coffee manufacturers to join its recycling program, paving the way for a global recycling scheme for aluminum coffee capsules. The move was endorsed by the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) during its annual meeting in Geneva. By inviting other portioned coffee manufacturers to join its scheme, Nespresso hopes to improve the accessibility and convenience of aluminium capsule recycling. Companies joining the Nespresso recycling program will also take part in defining the funding and governance model and encourage more widespread use of the service. Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso said: “Aluminium is a valuable...

Waste Management Earns Ranking on 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

HOUSTON—Waste Management has been named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s prestigious 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for the fifth consecutive year. The 20th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list recognizes standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States. “At Waste Management, we work every day to serve and support our communities, stakeholders and world,” said Jim Fish, President and CEO of Waste Management. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to operate responsibly and respectfully – and to the highest environmental, social and ethical standards. It also inspires us to continue our quest for sustainable solutions, collaborative...

Tupperware Donates Thousands of Reusable Drinking Items to Clean the World Foundation’s WASH Education Program

ORLANDO, FLA.—Tupperware Brands Corp. announced the donation of 43,000 reusable drinking items to Clean the World Foundation, a global leader in WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) and sustainability. The donation comes as a result of Tupperware’s 2019 Buy One, Give One campaign held last month in the United States and Canada in honor of World Water Day. Both Orlando-based companies rallied around the mission to support access to clean drinkable water while supporting the hygiene and sanitation needs of those in developing countries. In support of World Water Day, from March 16 through March 22, Tupperware committed to donating one...

Yelp Launches Green Practices Initiative to Highlight Restaurant Sustainability Efforts, Reduce Plastic Waste

SAN FRANCISCO—Yelp has launched a Green Practices Initiative to begin surveying consumers and understanding how to better assess the sustainability of a restaurant’s practices. Given the complexity of sustainable food systems and restaurant operations, Yelp is focusing first on the reduction of single-use plastics in restaurants and leveraging what makes Yelp most useful: consumer feedback. Yelp will begin surveying consumers and collecting data on the use of single-use plastics in restaurants across the United States. Consumers who visit a restaurant’s Yelp page can answer whether or not the business uses compostable takeout containers, plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils or...

Club Med Commits to Uniforms Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

MIAMI—As part of Club Med’s continuing commitment to a sustainable approach to tourism, the company is working on new uniforms for staff completely made out of recycled plastic material. The special collection will consist of polos, dresses and caps to serve a variety of roles. This process not only uses approximately 40 percent less energy consumption when compared to regular polyester production, but in order to create Club Med’s new uniforms, the equivalent of more than 200,000 plastic bottles have already been recycled in the process. Club Med’s G.Os (the term used for employees, short for Gracious Organizers) will debut...

Datai Langkawi Takes Leadership Position in Ecotourism

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA—Situated on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia, The Datai Langkawi is a luxurious ecotourism resort nestled in the heart of a 10 million-year-old rainforest. In an exciting milestone, The Datai Langkawi is the first in the world to join the EarthCheck ECO (Terrestrial) Certification Program. EarthCheck ECO is the culmination of a journey that began in 1987 and continues to this day. Using a science-based approach, the program helps travel and tourism organizations increase efficiencies, reduce their environmental footprint, support local communities and maximize guest experience. “Over 500 million years ago, Mother Earth created what is known as...

MGM Springfield Receives Industry’s First LEED Platinum Certification

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that MGM Springfield, located in Springfield, Mass., has received the world’s first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. MGM Springfield, which opened in August 2018, is the company’s most recent development. Working closely with state and city officials, as well as the local community, MGM Resorts committed to designing and building a property that exemplifies the company’s values in support of environmental sustainability and positive social impact while honoring local history and architecture. A significant enabler of the LEED Platinum rating...