Hilton Worldwide Pledges to Reduce Waste
Reducing waste is a major challenge for all industries, be it for economic or environmental reasons. Hotels, as places for the transient, are quite prone to producing waste, but with the right strategic plan, this particular aspect of the business can be reverted into an opportunity.
This is the opportunity that iconic hotel chain Hilton is searching when it announced its commitment to reducing waste in its operations across the globe, which adds up to more than 4,000 hotels in 90 countries. Called RePurpose: Making Waste History for our Business and Society, it was presented in late September at the ninth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in New York City. The initiative is a partnership with Feeding America, The Global FoodBanking Network, Global Soap Project, Good360, DH Hospitality Group, Serta, and Waste Management Sustainability Services.
RePurpose is a commitment to support Hilton Worldwide hotel’s efforts to reduce waste by exploring several possibilities, including reusing, recycling and donating items instead of sending them to landfills. It leverages LightStay, Hilton’s proprietary sustainability measurement tool to track and manage performance. RePurpose also provides tools and strategic partnerships to support hotel participation and reduce waste across the company’s portfolio of hotels.
“We are honored to join the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Randy Gaines, vice president of engineering, housekeeping and laundry operations for the Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “The business impact of waste presents a complex challenge, especially within the hospitality industry. It requires thoughtful and creative solutions like RePurpose. RePurpose helps our hotels achieve triple bottom line results by reducing their impact on natural resources, reducing the cost of waste disposal and supporting the communities where we live, work and travel. Sustainability is a business imperative, and we continually look to integrate it throughout our overall business model.”
In order to achieve its waste-reduction goals, the company has entered several partnerships with other businesses and non-profits. These strategic partnerships enable hotels to donate soap, safe food items, soft and hard goods and the recycling of cardboard, glass, plastic, mattresses and box springs in an efficient and effective manner. RePurpose also enables Hilton Worldwide to empower hotels with tools to identify and establish local donation and recycling collaborations. The organization is open to new partnerships to support RePurpose.
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