In 2012, Marriott initiated 15 third-party waste audits and waste characterization analyses to better understand the company’s waste streams. As a result, Marriott-managed properties in the Americas diverted over 12,800 tons of waste from landfills through recycling and food waste composting, according to the report.
In the UK, Marriott has partnered with Convert2Green and 3663, a Marriott food vendor, to collect and turn waste cooking oil from its hotels into carbon savings. Convert2Green collects the waste oil and refines it into biodiesel at its plant in Cheshire. 3663 then uses the biodiesel to fuel its trucks to deliver goods back to Marriott properties. In 2012, Marriott hotels recycled more than 18% — or 40,000 liters — of their cooking oil, equating to a CO2e emissions savings of 91.14 metric tons.
Another way the company reduced waste was to become an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a nonprofit that collects, recycles and distributes partially used soaps and other hygiene amenities globally to communities in need. With nearly 47,000 rooms already participating, Marriott says it is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected more than 75,000 pounds of soap and 50,000 pounds of amenities.
Other Clean the World hospitality partners include Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group, Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Best Western International, Wynn Encore, and Walt Disney World Resorts.
The Fern Hotels & Resorts, a group that claims to have India’s leading environmentally sensitive hotels, is another hospitality brand striving toward waste reduction. Meluha the Fern, for example — a 5-star “Ecotel” hotel — is nearing its 100% solid waste-free goal, with 99.4% of solid waste diverted away from landfills.In May, the hotel won the Best Sustainable Hotel for India award, from International Property Awards, for 2013-2014.