Hotel First to Offer In-Room Compost Collection

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A five-star luxury hotel in Texas will soon offer in-room organic material collection for composting to eco-minded guests.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, working with waste processor Texas Disposal Systems, is launching a program to encourage guests to recycle food scraps and other organic waste.

Hotel guests will have the option of separate containers for compost and recycling in their rooms.

“The program gives guests an active role in the hotel’s sustainability project that aims to divert 90 percent of its waste from the landfill,” says Texas Disposal Systems in a press release.

The company will combine food waste from the hotel with tree trimmings and other organic material to make high grade compost, which is sold under their Garden-Ville brand. The compost will also be used to fertilize the hotel’s landscaping.

“It all comes full circle when we get that Garden-Ville compost made from food waste we contributed,” says Four Seasons General Manager Rob Hagelberg in a press release. “Then our efforts are fully realized in the environment around us.”

The hospitality industry has taken steps to be more green in recent years, including adopting towel and linen reuse programs and offering guests eco-friendly bath amenities. The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin is the first major brand hotel to offer in-room composting in the United States.