A green route for luxury hotels

In a move aimed at cutting down the wastage of food and water by India’s luxury hotels, the government has come up with a set of guidelines to make these hotels more environment friendly.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has advised the posh hotels of the country to make sure they donate the unused, leftover food to local shelters or food banks and give their guests the option to order in half portions.

Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan presented the guidelines prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

While keeping its focus on reducing food wastage, the green ministry also asked these hotels to treat all the waste water generated from kitchen, laundry and domestic sewage in a biological sewage treatment plant.

“Assuming a 50 per cent occupancy rate, a 200-room hotel uses almost eight million gallons of water in a year. Using water-efficient fixtures could save nearly 2.5 million gallons of water a year,” the guidelines suggest.

The CPCB even went a step ahead with its directions and asked all the posh hotels to also use the toiletries economically.

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