GIVING FOOD WASTE A FIVE-STAR TREATMENT
While a desire to help the environment motivated David Garcelon, the Waldorf’s Director of Culinary, to implement the ORCA program, he also had more practical considerations. As of July 1, 2015, New York City will require hotels with 100 or more sleeping rooms to divert their food waste from landfills.
Savings and benefits:
• Food waste diverted to ORCA = 24,800 lbs/month
• Methane generation avoided = 1,155 yd3/month
• Greenhouse gas emissions avoided = 5.5 tons eCO2 /month
Savings add up to the equivalent of planting 12 trees/month or diverting 1,575 meals/month from landfills.
NEW YORK'S ECO-FRIENDLY PARTNERSHIP
"Before installing the ORCA, our staff lifted heavy garbage bags from our kitchen up a flight of stairs. With our organics diverted to ORCA, the weight of our garbage bags has significantly decreased. We can now reduce staff labor, avoid back injuries and increase team morale."