Wyndham Hotels and Resorts have embarked on a journey to minimize waste to landfill. Their waste reduction goal is to advance best practices and engage associates to reduce, re-use, donate and recycle waste from the resorts' properties and corporate facilities.
Their strategy builds on Wyndham Green’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact by implementing innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program. The program focuses on all of Wyndham's relevant waste streams which include: glass, plastic, aluminium, paper, soap, food, organics, kitchen grease, lamps, batteries, e-waste, mattresses, furniture, linens and carpet
In 2016 Wyndham expanded its national program with Waste Management in an effort to build a cohesive waste program and leverage their portfolio to deliver value to the properties while increasing diversion from landfill. This program is just one step in an effort to meet long term waste to landfill minimization, but it is critical to ensure all properties are on one common waste program to streamline reporting initiatives. Through this partnership, the enhanced reporting and transparency will ultimately result in an accurate baseline for which they can measure the diversion progress.
The program includes enhanced reporting for organic collection, Landfill Gas to Energy, Waste to Energy, recycling and landfill trash. Currently 20% of the Company’s North America managed hotel locations are enrolled under the new program and as contracts expire new locations are added where applicable. For the properties enrolled in the program in 2016 the average diversion rate was approximately 40% and delivered almost $60,000 in value.