Reducing Waste in the Hospitality Industry

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Sustainable Practices: Reducing Waste in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry plays a significant role in our global economy, providing services ranging from accommodation to food and entertainment. However, the industry also generates a substantial amount of waste, contributing to environmental concerns. Reducing waste in the hospitality industry is crucial to minimize the environmental impact and promote responsible business operations. With incoming regulations, it is important that every business is doing their part to contribute to a cleaner future.

Here are several ways the hospitality industry can reduce waste and embrace eco-friendly practices:

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Reusable and Biodegradable Packaging:

Hospitality businesses can significantly reduce their waste by opting for reusable or biodegradable packaging materials. Switching from single-use plastics to eco-friendly alternatives like compostable containers, cups, and cutlery can make a substantial impact. Encouraging customers to bring their reusable containers for takeout or leftovers is another effective way to cut down on disposable packaging.


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Water and Energy Conservation:

Implementing water and energy conservation measures not only reduces operational costs but also aligns with sustainability goals. Simple steps, such as installing low-flow faucets, energy-efficient lighting, and smart HVAC systems, can contribute to resource conservation. Educating staff and guests about the importance of water and energy efficiency can foster a culture of responsibility.


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Waste Sorting and Recycling Programs:

Establishments in the hospitality industry can set up comprehensive waste sorting and recycling programs. Clearly labelled bins for different types of waste, including paper, plastic, and organic materials, can encourage proper waste disposal. Collaborating with local recycling facilities ensures that materials are appropriately processed and reused, minimizing the overall environmental impact.


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Baling Cardboard and Plastic Waste:

High volumes of waste is a factor affecting the hospitality industry. Overflowing bins cause vermin and astronomical waste collection cost. Businesses in the hospitality industry should instead opt to bale their cardboard and plastic waste. PEL cardboard and plastic balers  can reduce your business waste by up to 60%. This saves the business space on hoarding their plastic and cardboard instead producing easy to manage bales for recycling. Recycling your business waste also contributes to a circular economy.


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Compacting Waste and Bins:

Compacting your bins allows you to have less storage for bins and skips. PEL Bin and Waste Compactors can reduce your waste by up to 80%. Additionally, It reduces carbon emissions with less frequent waste collection needed. By compacting both food waste and general waste bins you can keep your business clean and slash costs and emissions.



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Crushing Waste Glass Bottles:

PEL glass bottle crusher machines allow you to at ease crush glass into single cullets above 8mm for recycling. With the Jaws range of glass bottle crushers, including our patented under counter glass bottle crusher, there is up to an 80% reduction in glass waste. This is a closed loop concept where glass is infinitely recyclable. This also means less storage is needed for your glass bottles keeping your back of house area tidy as well as improving staff productivity. Less waste collections also means lower carbon emissions.



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Green Procurement Policy to Reduce Waste:

Adopting a green procurement policy involves sourcing products and services with minimal environmental impact. This can include selecting suppliers with sustainable practices, choosing eco-friendly amenities, and opting for products with minimal packaging. By supporting environmentally responsible suppliers, the hospitality industry can contribute to a more sustainable and circular economy.



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Training and Employee Engagement:

Educating staff about the importance of waste reduction and sustainability is crucial for successful implementation. Providing training on best practices, waste separation procedures, and the rationale behind sustainable initiatives can empower employees to actively participate in waste reduction efforts. Employee engagement programs can also encourage innovative ideas for further reducing waste.


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The hospitality industry has a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in sustainable business practices. By reducing waste in the hospitality industry, businesses can not only reduce their environmental footprint but also appeal to a growing market of environmentally conscious consumers. 

About PEL

PEL in Ballindine, Co. Mayo is a leading manufacturer of bottle crushers, bin compactors, vertical balers and IoT litter bins serving a global customer base via offices in Ireland, the UK and a network of international distributors. The BriteBin™ is the latest addition to the product range and adds to PEL’s recognition as leading innovator in the waste reduction market.

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