Premier Inn owner adopts new food waste recycling scheme

by Alister POOLE on June 15, 2010

Whitbread, who owns Premier Inn, is pioneering a new food waste recycling initiative that will be launched in over 300 of its restaurants and hotels in 2010.

Other brands under the hospitality group are Beefeater, Table Table, and Brewers Fayre. According to the group, the scheme will be introduced to save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions being put out by the firm’s properties each year.

Using the anaerobic digestion method, which uses micro organisms to break down food scraps and other waste, the subsequent rubbish will be turned into valuable green energy that can be used to power facilities as well as biofertiliser for crops.

Veolia Environmental Services will be picking up and handling the waste sending it to BiogenGreenfinch for processing. Waste and recycling procurement manager at Whitbread, Alexandra Glenn, said that Whitbread has been working towards becoming a leader in sustainable hospitality. She added that the hotelier has a target to achieve 80 per cent of its rubbish diverted from landfill by 2012.

Additionally, back in May, Whitbread unveiled a new target of reducing its water consumption by up to 20 per cent. The hotelier is joined by many other hotel groups as sustainable tourism and hospitality begin to emerge as the dominant travel trend.

More and more hotels are looking to cut back on energy and water use, and waste production. As the world begins to look into ways to better its recycling habits, large accommodation and restaurant chains are striving to stay ahead of the game.

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