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The Savoy joins glass recycling drive

The Savoy is not just one of the worlds best known hotels, but it is now playing a key role in the recycling drive of the London Borough of Hackney.

It has been at the centre of life in the capital since first opening its doors over a century ago and through hosting many national and international award ceremonies, generates many tonnes of empty bottles and jars.

But now, through a link-up with the local authority, Berryman Glass and the Commercial Waste Glass Service, a large amount of glass waste is being collected and sent to Rockware Glass for reprocessing into new bottles and jars.

             Brian Head (centre) explains what happens when the glass is recycled

Berryman Glass recycling manager for south east and East Anglia Brian Head said: This is a major development in London, and recognition of the value of re-melting the glass rather than using it for road aggregate, and think what might happen if every London hotel adopted the same practice.

We calculate that during the course of the first year of this service we will collect in the region of 375 tonnes of glass, and this represents a C02 saving of 118 tonnes as all the glass we collect will be used to make more bottles and jars.

This latest development is part of the London Borough of Hackney Commercial Waste Division's drive to increase collections both inside and outside its boundaries.

The Savoy is part of the Fairmont chain and the move is also part of the Green Partnership Programme, which encourages its hotels worldwide to follow and develop environmental programmes through waste management, energy conservation, water conservation and purchasing policy.

We are delighted with the new glass recycling initiative, which complements the increasing programme of environmental projects, which the Savoys green team have developed over the past year.

The hotel works hard to re-use and recycle everything possible out of landfill on a daily basis, and in doing so we also now support many London based charitable organisations. All employees get the chance to get involved, particularly on our River Thames foreshore clean-ups, part of the Adopt-A-River scheme operated by the charity Thames 21, added the Savoy Hotel green team chairman Debra Patterson.

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