Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly Hotel in San FranciscoOur goal is to be a socially and environmentally responsible organization. Your suggestions to improve our hotel's green initiatives are always welcome.
What is Recycling ?
Recycling means taking materials from products you have finished using and making brand new products with them. It can reduce air and water pollution, cost of waste, cost of energy and saves natural resources.
What We Do at the Hotel
- Recycle cardboard, mixed paper, cans, plastic
- Linen Reuse Program in all guestrooms.
- Recycle light bulbs and batteries.
- INNCOM temperature and lighting control system in guestrooms.
- Showers, toilet and sinks gave flow restrictors.
- Green Engage – IHG's – online corporate responsibility interactive tool.
- Encourage vendors to offer "green" options.
- Current waste diversion rate is 73%.
What You Can Do
- Turn off lights and computers when leaving at the end of the day.
- Separate papers, plastic, glass, food, and metal appropriately.
- Break down the cardboard boxes ready for
- Use plastic cups provided in the cafeteria or bring yor own mug. Do not use paper cups.
- Report and leaks or lights left on in the areas where there are no people.
Acceptable Materials for Recycling
- Newspapers with inserts, magazines
- Junk mail, colored paper
- Flattened food boxes
- Paperback books
- Pizza boxes
- Flattened cardboard boxes
- Telephone books
- Milk and juice cartons
- Juice or soy milk boxes
- Glass jars and bottles
- Aluminum and tin cans
- All plastic containers
- Spiral cans (potato chip/coffee cans)
- Rigid plastics (laundry baskets, buckets, toys)
Unacceptable Materials for Recycling
- Motor oil containers
- Chemical containers
- Ceramics or dishes
- Window glass
- Yard Waste
- Food Waste
- Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most are just thrown away.
- The world consumes more than 1,000,000 plastic bags per minute.
- The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
- It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
- Approximately one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
- Americans use 85 million tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
- The United States has an obsolete computer for every 600 residents.
TIPS AT HOME
Reduce and Reuse
- Repair items as much as possible.
- Use durable coffee mugs.
- Use cloth napkins or towels.
- Use empty containers to hold leftover food.
- Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.
- Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
- Buy products with less packaging.
- Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc), plastic, glass bottles, cardboard and aluminum cans. If your community doesn't collect at the curb, take them to a collection center.
- Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; only wash full loads.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- Buy high-efficiency plumbing fixtures
- Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day).
- Don't let the water run while shaving or
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Turn off appliances and lights when they are not in use or when you leave the room.
- Purchase "energy efficient appliances" for your home.
- Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where does my recycling go ?
Recyclable material is brought to a recycling processing facility where a series of machines and people sort the material. The recyclables are then baled and delivered to product manufacturers for re-manufacture.
Where can I recycle electronics ?
Contact Staples, Office Depot or Costco to find information about their electronics recycling program, or visit www.sfenvironment.org.