Waste management involves collecting, processing, recycling, and disposing of waste to reduce environmental impact and recover value from materials.
It's essential for environmental health, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. Improper disposal can contribute to climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable and circular economy approaches aim to minimize waste, maximize resource recovery, and use materials more efficiently.
Types of Waste
Recyclable Waste (can be remanufactured): Includes items like glass bottles, plastic bottles, paper, and aluminum cans.
Food/Wet Waste (decomposable): Encompasses leftover food, vegetables, fruits, meat, and organic matter like leaves.
Hazardous Waste (contains dangerous chemicals, conductive materials): Includes items such as light bulbs, batteries, and paint spray cans.
General Waste (hard to decompose, not easily recyclable): Consists of items like plastic wraps, snack bags, and tissue.
Why do we need to do waste management
Benefits for our World:
Reducing Waste Volume: By segregating waste, we can increase the amount that gets recycled, subsequently decreasing overall waste production.
Cutting Expenditure on Waste Disposal: Funds used for waste disposal can be redirected to enhance quality of life in other areas.
Conserving Energy and Resources: Recycling waste can generate revenue and decrease the need for raw materials in manufacturing processes.
Preserving the Environment and Minimizing Pollution: Properly sorting waste can lead to a reduction in pollution, helping to protect the environment.
Preserving Marine Life: When plastic isn't separated and recycled, it often ends up in the ocean, harming marine ecosystems.
Benefits for Ourselves:
Generating Revenue from Waste: Transforming waste into a valuable resource that can be sold for income.
Instilling Discipline and Organization: Cultivating positive habits that create a pleasant atmosphere in both our homes and workplaces.
Promoting Thoughtful Decision-Making: Encouraging the practice of considering the consequences before disposing of something, a habit that can be applied to various aspects of life.
Contributing to Environmental Solutions: Playing a part in addressing global issues like climate change, pollution, and flooding.
Creating a Positive Global Impact: Even small actions, like effective waste management, can have a positive effect on the world.
Waste Management Locations in 137 Pillars Suites & Residences
In the hotel back of house areas we have various locations for collecting separated waste
Back offices (Executive Office, Front Office, HR, Finance) General Waste and Recyclable Waste (plastic, aluminum and glass)
FB/Kitchen areas – General Waste, Recyclable Waste (plastic, aluminum and glass) and Food Waste
Housekeeping – General Waste, Recyclable Waste (plastic, aluminum and glass)
Maximize Separation of Waste: Separate waste into distinct categories to minimize overall waste volume.
Establish an Efficient Transportation System: Put in place a system for transporting waste to its designated areas.
Implement a Sanitary Waste Disposal System: Adhere to sanitary guidelines when setting up the waste disposal system.
Final Destinations for Each Waste Type
General Waste: Local authorities collect general waste every 2-3 days and transport it to a landfill or garbage incinerator.
Food/Wet Waste: A supplier collects this waste to use as feed for fish.
Recyclable Waste: A supplier purchases recyclable waste twice per month and sends it to factories for recycling.
Hazardous Waste: A designated supplier transports hazardous waste to a landfill or garbage incinerator.
Waste Reduction Policies: Implementing the 5Rs
Reduce: Don’t create waste if you don’t have to
Save up to thousands of bottles and cans per year and use refillable bottles instead of buying single-use beverage containers
Select the double-sided copy or print option for documents instead of only using one side of the paper copying
Use cloth bags at stores and just say NO to paper AND plastic
Reuse: Reuse, share, sell, or give away still usable items
Office and school supplies like binders, binder paper, file folders, and mailing envelopes
Share gently used clothing and toys your children have outgrown with friends and family
Repair: Fix stuff before tossing it and buying new
Buy a knife sharpener and revive those tired knives
Buy furniture and products that last—repair, repaint, or re-finish them to give them a new look
Recycle: Find a way to recycle it
Buy in bulk to eliminate excess packaging that needs to be recycled
Recycle your bottles and cans in your blue mixed recycling cart or at a local buyback center to get your deposit of 5 and 10 cents returned
Reject: Reject to use waste that is damaging to the environment
Setting standards with procurement to prioritize suppliers that help minimize waste
Refuse to use single-use plastics or wasteful, non-recyclable products, you can ultimately reduce the amount of waste
Look for vendors that avoid taking product packaging that’s extra or unnecessary. A good option to use instead are reusable or returnable containers and packaging.
Waste Management Guidelines:
Install Signage for Various Waste Types
Maintain Records of Waste Quantities
Establish a Centralized Hazardous Waste Area
Provide Training and Raise Awareness Among Employees
The hotel composts with EM. After activating the EM using the standard formula for 2 months, we sprinkle the EM solution on our pile of greens and browns which includes fruit and vegetables scraps, dried leaves for 45 days. We start the process for each pile every 10 days to keep creating new compost which we use in our gardens. Using this method we reduce odour smell and pests as well as enhancing our soil reducing waste.