I have been monitoring our waste a lot lately and this is not the case for us. I already have trouble getting enough compostable waste out of the kitchens as it is to service my homemade “wormery and composter” (basically a long barrel, with fins in to slowly move the material down to the exit where compost comes out, commercial ones were a lot of money, last quote3 I got was £8K).
A few years ago we installed recycle bins on the corridors for guests to directly recycle their waste, however one thing you need to be aware of before installing anything in you corridors is the remaining width in the corridor after install against the total possible number of people whom may be trying to escape down it. Not looking into this properly lead to the removal of the bins 1 year later after a fire risk assessment.
This resulted in asking the room attendants to recycle what they found as best they can from guests over the interval which has worked quite well and we willcontinue to encourage this.
We have now just bought a smaller and quieter recycling system for each floor.
I say quieter because you also need to consider the noise produced from lifting bins lids and dropping say an empty coke can into the bin late at night.
We have just started to work with Scarborough and Filey Trust for Recycling; as an organisation we can now recycle the following items:
- Waste office paper – shredded in bin liners, separated from un shredded. Keep staples to a minimum, but the odd few is not a problem
- Plastic containers from cleaning fluids etc – remove caps and/or spray units. At present we cannot take the spray units but are investigating the caps. Please rinse if they have had anything hazardous in them. We are still awaiting details of how these need to be separated. Small milk containers from bedrooms to be kept separate.
- Printer/toner cartridges – please put into original box wherever possible. Still checking out the other consumables!
- Cardboard – flattened. boxes must be kept dry.
- Clean wood off-cuts – all except chipboard and MDF
- Tin cans (steel ) – rinse and remove any paper label.
- Plastic drinks bottles – caps removed, caps can be taken if bagged separately.
- Lids from glass bottles – separate steel from other metals if possible.
- Bedding, towels, surplus catering equipment etc.
- Metal drinks cans and ring pulls.
I am still waiting for them to come back to me on some of the more exotic. We are using bags in various colours to make life easier for sorting.
Though I still think, if only we weren’t sent so much crap with the things we buy, we wouldn’t have to recycle so much!