Good practice

Collaborating to maximise resource efficiency in hotels

Collaborating to maximise resource efficiency in hotels
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Hotel and restaurant
Low cost
Annual saving:
Payback time:
0 Year(s)
Resource savings: Waste:
Landfill diversion: 2.5 tonnes
Associated cost savings: Waste:
Total cost savings:
The savings include reduced cost of waste disposal (€ 90) and additional sales (over € 500)
Co2 emission reduction:
7t CO2 reduction: 7 tonnes
Premises and operation areas:
Production processes
Size of company:
Medium (less than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
One off investment:

Small saving with a huge impact

  • Hotel prevented 2.5 tonnes of furniture from being landfilled
  • This saved only a small amount (around € 87 or £ 78), but the action reduced CO2 emissions by 7 tonnes

The Best Western White Horse Hotel in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland carried out an extensive upgrade of facilities and interiors. The hotel faced the problem of what to do with the old furniture and bedroom fixtures which were still in good condition. A sustainable alternative to landfilling was needed. 

Key result

Management reached a collaboration agreement with the Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI), which took the 2.5 tonnes of furniture and sold it through its charity shops. 

This agreement demonstrates what can be achieved when implementing corporate social responsibility and environmental policies even in smaller businesses. The financial benefits of this collaboration are quite small, but the potential for replication in other business settings is significant. 


“We have other resource streams for recycling and are hopeful of finding solutions other than landfill for them all. Their service is helping us achieve our targets for carbon reduction and resource efficiency.” -- Jane Phillips, Assistant Manager Best Western White Horse Hotel.

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