A Marriott hotel at the University of Maryland was able to divert approximately 140 tons of waste from landfills under a new recycling and composting program that began in February 2008.
Composting food scraps and plants accounted for almost one-third (32 percent) of the 140 tons produced. In addition to what was recycled and composted, the hotel estimates that the amount of waste produced dropped almost nine tons each month, from 37 to 28 tons, which saved $6,000 last year.
The programs were put together with the help of Envirelation, Inc., a composting vendor, and Pinnacle Waste, Inc., a recycling vendor.
The Marriott received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and features an organic restaurant. Its facilities utilize recyclable material and energy-efficient appliances, according to the hotel’s site.
Recyclable material, including glass, metal and paper, accounted for 10 percent of the hotel’s waste during the last year.