Hotels and motels across the country provide a lot of services and have departments completing a variety of different tasks simultaneously. From customer service and housekeeping to landscaping/maintenance and food service, all of these tasks are vital to the overall success of the business. None may be more important to the overall “greening up” of the hotel than the food service operation, and in some cases, the effort to make the food service operation greener can have positive effects on some of the other areas as well.
The preparation and serving of meals to diners in restaurants, banquet rooms, and in-room meal service generates a lot of waste. From food scraps to the wastewater that needs to be disposed of after cleaning dishes, the elimination of some of the waste and decrease in water usage can go a long way to helping our environment and putting fewer demands for landfill space on the local community.
One of the easiest ways to eliminate a huge amount of the waste that goes into landfills is to implement a composting program. This program could be implemented at the hotel with space permitting, or with a commercial composting facility. It has been reported in many recent studies that as much as 30-40% of the waste that goes into landfills is compostable, meaning that if it were composted commercially it could be used in landscaping or farming. Most of the food scraps that are produced in the kitchen are compostable. The introduction of disposable tableware, specifically EnviroTakeout's compostable tableware made from a material like sugar cane (bagasse) eliminates the need for foam plates and trays and will reduce the amount of water that is needed to clean china or ceramic plates.
If the hotel chooses to compost the waste itself, it can utilize the compost material in its own landscaping practices. This process would help reduce the hotel’s overall need for water since compost helps the soil retain water naturally. If a commercial facility does the composting, it can sell that compost back to the hotel or the community for their use. In some cases, the waste can be composted by a local farmer who can use it to feed the crops that it might be growing for the same hotel.
To go green, it is necessary to look for ways to minimize the waste that gets put into our local landfills and figure out ways to make our lives more sustainable. Using annually renewable materials like sugar cane and bamboo for disposable tableware items and composting the food waste from hotels, restaurants, and schools to reduce the need for future landfill space in our communities is one effective way to promote a green world.