Luxury hotel appoints waste contractor to double recycling rates

Luxury London hotel The Langham is looking to raise recycling levels from 35% to 75% over the next 12 months and make significant cost savings in the process.

The five-star hotel has appointed waste management company SWR to manage all of its waste. This will involve greater source-segregation with the installation of new bins, a cardboard baler, a bin press and a glass crushing machine.

Handling hundreds of empty glass bottles a day can be hazardous for hotel and restaurant staff so SWR will employ a special glass compactor to separate out theglass containers safely and quickly at source.

The hotel's environmental champion Kobus Maree said: "Dealing with the waste from daily operations can be a real challenge for a busy central London hotel like The Langham.

"CSR and sustainable business development are an important part of our ethos and wherever possible we try to eliminate waste at source to minimise disruptions, noise and our overall impact on the environment."

SWR will also produce quarterly reports on The Langham's environmental performance to demonstrate operational efficiencies and improved recycling performance to staff, patrons other stakeholders and the general public.

SWR CEO Giles Whiteley said of the contract win: "We are very pleased to be working with The Langham. In terms of challenges of dealing with waste in large hotels it has them all; noise, space, access, size, large numbers of staff, busy bars and restaurants."

Maxine Perella


| Hospitality & leisure


Waste & resource management

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