THEME OF THE QUARTER - Waste Management
Urban India is likely to face a massive waste disposal problem in the coming years. Until now, the problem of waste has been seen as one of cleaning and disposing as rubbish. But a closer look at the current and future scenario reveals that waste needs to be treated holistically, recognizing its natural resource roots as well as health impacts. Waste can be wealth, with tremendous potential not only for generating livelihoods for the urban poor but can also enrich the earth through composting and recycling rather than spreading pollution as has been the case. Increasing urban migration and a high density of population will make waste management a difficult issue to handle in the near future unless a new paradigm for waste management is created.

And an unspeakably grave danger lurks in the background –the e-waste of the world. Here is a sample of what Nations of the world are doing to dispose it off. On a wooded island more than a hundred miles northwest of Helsinki, in the town of Eurajoki, Finnish engineers are digging a tunnel. When it is done 10 years from now, it will corkscrew three miles in and 1,600 feet down into crystalline gneiss bedrock that has been the foundation of Finland for 1.8 billion years. And there, in a darkness that is still being created, the used fuel rods from Finland’s nuclear reactors — full of radioactive elements spitting neutrons and gamma rays — are to be sealed away forever or at least 100,000 years.

Waste management in the context of Hospitality Industry
Our Chairman and Managing Director Param Kannampilly speaks on the subject

A Being eco-friendly does not mean being expensive. The investments on building ‘green hotels’ may be capital intensive initially, today’s higher construction costs make the difference almost negligible for the project. Being eco-friendly means being aware of the wastage. If the simple mantra of reduce , reuse and recycle is used in daily operations by each and every member of the organization. It ultimately results in savings and profits. So it is basically saving the environment as well as earining profits. All our hotel rooms have an’eco’ button, which if switched on by the guest means that he/she is willing to participate in the programme and thus automatically the airconditioning is turned up by two degrees. Also there are sensors, which can sense the absence of the guest in the room and automatically switches of the air conditioning. Similarly water is saved by using special faucets and flushes.

Hotel operations itself uses a lot of natural resources or products like water, paper energy etc.
Most of it are converted from one form to another and can not be manufactured and thus it is very important to use in its available form. Switching off lights when not in use, minimising use of paper and then recycling it for further use are other ways. Minimum wastage of food in the cafeteria, using power efficient lamps, using natural available energy in terms of light or air are the other ways of saving and reusing energy. The heat that is drawn by the air conditioner can be used to heat the water. Clothes bags which are reusable can be used as laundry bags. Anything that is considered waste, be it glass, paper, food, plastic etc has to be segregated and sent for recycling or vermiculture. And, all this has to be monitored by a compentent authority.

Here is the ultimate sample of reusing and recycling! Our Hotel Surya Retreat Mahabaleswar is using Worn out bath tubs for Wormi Composting project.

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