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Sustainable Tourism Online

MANAGING WASTE IN SUSTAINABLE HOTELS

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This editorial includes a range of case studies and online resources that help hoteliers improve the way they reduce, reuse, recycle and, prevent, waste. In addition to exploring waste minimisation strategies, STO also explains why environmental benchmarking groups like EarthCheck help hotels raise the bar in waste management. For further resources you can download on waste management in sustainable communities, click through to our special micro site featured under Business Operations.

SMALL U.K. HOTEL MAKES BIG SAVINGS

In just one year (2010-11), Strattons family-run hotel in Norfolk managed to save over £16,000 by reducing food and packaging waste, increasing recycling to 98%, and making savings in other areas such as good housekeeping and water use. Find out how they did it here.


A VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANTS


A NEW MODEL OF ECONOMY: SHARING

BEHIND-THE-SCENCES OF A RECYCLING PLANT



Commercial cooks and professional chefs who want to run a more sustainable kitchen can turn to the free online resource Love Food Hate Waste. In addition to offering no-nonsense, practical advice, it also helps food service specialists make better use of ingredients, recipes and everyday essentials. Read more here.   

THE SHARING ECONOMY


Also known as "collaborative consumption", the Sharing Economy promotes efficient use of resources, environmental care and strong communities. From food rescue programs that address hunger and waste at the same time, to reducing GHG emissions with car sharing, the Sharing Economy has the potential to shape a sustainable future. Learn more about it here, and check out the video on the left.


Jon Dee's resourceful book Sustainable Growth gives small business owners invaluable advice on how to attain real dollar savings – and a market edge – when achieving their waste management and green goals. Download your FREE copy here.

Principal aims of UK-based Environmental Agency is to protect and improve the environment while simultaneously promoting sustainable development. It offers great online resources covering a range of topics, such as Saving water in hotels and guest housesHazardous substances and Tackling waste crimeVisit Environmental Agency for more information.





Managing plastic waste is a global problem with increasing amounts of waste in developing countries, and industrialised nations. This technical brief outlines the research that needs to be conducted before establishing a plastics recycling business, such as availability of raw material, availability of technology and funds, and market prospects for recycled products. 

 
Strengthening Local Capacities in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management in small and medium municipalities of Nepal aims to improve the health and environmental conditions of disadvantaged people living in the project municipalities. This paper outlines best practices on sustainable waste management technologies, processes and approaches.

As used lead acid batteries are regarded as hazardous waste, various laws, decrees and guidelines are developed on international and European level to deal with these materials. For used lead acid batteries often specific legislation is developed in combination with household batteries. This technical brief outlines the guidelines required for their environmentally sound management.