South Africa – Africa’s greenest hotel, Hotel Verde, situated just a stone throw away from Cape Town International Airport has managed to achieve a milestone in its waste management. The hotel recently announced it had exceeded their waste-to-land fill targets of 85% set in 2013 to 97.06% in 2018.
Explaining how the hotel was able to surpass its target Dawie Meiring, Group Systems and Sustainability Manager at Verde Hotels, said, “of the 2,2 kilograms of waste generated per guest per stay only 64 grams could not be diverted from landfill - it isn’t just not recyclable but is also not re-usable, compostable or up-cyclable – but we are actively searching for new ways of re-purposing this waste too.”
Year on year the hotel has also achieved a 36% reduction in waste production which equates to a saving of 71 tonnes of waste not being generated.
“Our primary objective is to ensure that the properties we develop and operate have systems in place to minimise the consumption of natural resources, avoid and lower the generation of waste, reduce, re-use, recycle and recover waste where possible, and, as a last resort, treat and safely dispose of waste,” Dawie added.
Hotel Verde Cape Town also finds it very important to inform, educate and get the buy-in of staff, stakeholders, guests and the community to support and sustain environmental initiatives and waste management efforts.
On this, Hotel Verde Cape Town General Manager Lindy Meiring said, “All our staff undergo sustainability training with the hotel’s eco team, the Green Guardians, so they are up to speed on all things sustainable.”
The hotel also actions and encourages responsible procurement, buys in bulk and uses eco-friendly alternatives; they bottle their own water in re-usable bottles, and promote operations that minimize waste in general.
“Do you know that up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin can be recycled; that a recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours; that while certain plastics decompose between 10 and 1000 years, others never really do; recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials and that the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will power a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour?” Dawie Meiring also said.
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