A squeaky clean recycling initiative for Pan Pacific Melbourne
By Sustainability Matters Staff
Tuesday, 24 October, 2017
Luxury hotel Pan Pacific Melbourne has announced its latest recycling initiative as part of its commitment to responsible environmental and ethical practices.
In the first two months since the property opened, it has collected over 74 kg of leftover guestroom soap. This has, in turn, been recycled and repackaged into new 100 g bars, which are about to be delivered to a number of underprivileged communities abroad to help improve health and hygiene.
Sustainability and waste reduction are at the forefront of Pan Pacific Melbourne’s operations, with the hotel currently recycling over 74% of all waste produced. Complementing the soap recycling initiative, restorations and upgrades currently being carried out to the building since transitioning from a Hilton property in July include the implementation of a range of additional measures designed to increase that amount of recycled waste to over 77%.
The next three months will see all of Pan Pacific Melbourne’s 396 contemporary rooms, as well as all offices and back-of-house areas, fitted with energy-saving light settings, which will substantially minimise the property’s overall electricity usage. To further reduce its carbon footprint, the hotel has also rolled out a plastic reduction policy, which has seen bottled water previously offered in the foyer replaced with stylish water urns for guests to utilise instead.
Craig Bonner, Pan Pacific Melbourne’s general manager, is delighted at how enthusiastically the initiatives have been embraced and welcomed by guests and staff so far.
“Corporate social responsibility plays a big part in the way we operate at Pan Pacific Melbourne,” said Bonner. “It’s really important for businesses like ours to lead by example in terms of putting in place sustainable practices, and showing our guests how we can all work together to really make a positive impact in this area.
“Pan Pacific Melbourne is committed to minimising waste and its carbon footprint, while still providing a luxurious and memorable stay for all its guests.”
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