Waste Management Innovations for Your Hotel Chain
By Michael Hess Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Waste Harmonics | November 03, 2019
We live in a digital era fueled by connected devices and experiences. Stop and take a look around you. What do you see? There are likely a variety of smart technology advancements surrounding you: smartphones, smartwatches, smart cars, smart locks, smart thermostats and so much more. The Internet of Things (IoT) has completely transformed the way we live, work and play – and will continue to do so moving forward.
This very concept funnels directly into the waste management industry. Enter the "internet of trash," where technology is designed to help you solve your waste and recycling challenges while making your program more efficient and sustainable for the long term. New innovations can help you keep your hotel waste program in tip-top shape and positively impact your bottom line.
Before we jump into advances that are changing the way your hotel can approach waste management, it's important to recognize that every hotel is different. There are many instances in life when "one size fits all" works just fine-think watches or baseball hats-but in waste management, a customized approach works best.
You work hard to ensure every guest has an exceptional experience every time they choose your hotel, and making sure your waste management program is in order should be a top priority. Whether you're a regional hotel leader, a multi-national chain or a hotel management company, any technology solution should be customized to your unique needs. This is the best way to ensure you have the most efficient and cost-effective waste and recycling solution.
Audit Your Waste Streams
Do you know how much waste your hotel is producing? And what kinds? Or how much you're spending on hauling fees? The best way to get a good handle on all of these things is to do a waste audit. A waste audit results in a thorough examination of the amount and type of waste your hotel is producing, as well as the sources of the waste.