In 2008, The Langham, Melbourne improved over 20 standard Operating Policies relating to recycling, packaging, and general waste disposal. These policies have seen a progressive reduction of waste to land fill falling from 495 tons in 2010 to 466 tons in 2011, a 6% reduction in waste to land fill in one year:
Key projects that saw the amount of waste recycled or reused from 24% in 2010 to 33% in 2011, an increase of 37.5% in one year. Include:
- Glass recycling increased from 97 tons in 2009 to 140 tons in 2011;
- Cardboard recycling from 22 tons in 2008 to over 37 tonnes in 2011;
- 162kg of batteries being recycled.
- A new initiative in 2011 accounting for 48 tons of food waste which was collected and sent for composting.
- In 2008, reducing the use of individual glass condiment jars in Melba and In-Room Dining
- Offering the choice of fresh rather than bottled water for guests using hotel conference facilities
- Guest stationary and collateral being printed on 100% recycled paper
- Office paper consumption was lowered from 3.8 tons in 2010 to 2.875 tons in 2011 , through a campaign of Recycling, Reusing and Reducing.
In 2012, The Langham, Melbourne has submitted data to be recognised as an “Earthcheck” Benchmarked Accommodation Hotel (Silver Certificate) for the third year. Earthcheck is the leading worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted documentation. From the benchmarking data provided, three indicators: Portable Water Consumption; Waste Sent to Landfill; and Cleaning Products, are at, or above the Best Practice Level, an achievement which has been highly commended. The object of the Earthcheck seal is to introduce and strengthen sustainability and social practices at all levels of management. This benchmarking approach will help us in our future actions. For further information see our hotel website.
If you have any feedback on The Langham, Melbourne’s green initiatives or any suggestions please leave comments on your In Room feedback card