Handling Organics in Your Hotel's Waste Management
By Michael Hess Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Waste Harmonics | May 19, 2019
As a hotel owner and operator, you must consistently stay on top of new trends and regulations for your properties-and how those factors can impact every part of your business. While some hotel executives may manage only one hotel operation, most owners and operators oversee hotel chains big and small. Executives have a large number of tasks, employees and more to keep straight, and they ensure any significant law or regulation changes are imposed across every department, in each and every hotel property.
One area of new territory many U.S. hotel executives are dealing with today is handling organics. Dealing with organics in an effective way is quickly becoming not only a requirement across most of the country, but a new fresh idea that can produce economic and environmental savings across all your hotel operations across properties. When developing a plan for handling organics in your waste and recycling management, here are five key areas of focus that are worthy of immediate attention.
1. Evaluate Your Current Waste and Recycling Stream
When evaluating or improving how your properties handle organics in waste management, the first step is to look at exactly what types of trash are going into your waste and recycling stream. By taking a detailed look into the type of trash, food waste and organics each of your hotel property generates, you will be able take a holistic look at your waste and recycling management needs and how to best handle organics. The best way to conduct this evaluation, is to rely on a managed waste services provider. Employing key experts will allow them to work with staff at each of your hotel properties to ensure step-by-step program success.
Ensure you setup the necessary infrastructure to handle organics in your waste management – including specifically designed waste compactors and recycling containers, as well as necessary training and support for staff at each of your hotel operations to ensure a successful program. Many hotel executives are implementing waste management systems that are fully intrenched into the Internet of Things (IoT) and have developed systems that will allow for remote monitoring of your waste and recycling needs, which can easily be tailored to fit your needs for organics and food waste.
Work with a dedicated team at each of your hotel properties to set up a turnkey system and, from there, transport food and other organic materials to a special facility where they can be turned into compost, soil amendments, energy or other valued products.