Last year, Marriott International Inc.'s U.S. properties diverted more than 12,000 tons of waste from the landfill through recycling and food waste composting, according to the hotelier's latest sustainability report.
For example, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis had a 76% landfill diversion rate, with 37% being recycled and 39% sent to a local food composting facility.
More than 93% of the Bethesda, Md.-based company's managed full-service properties globally have recycling programs and more than 25% divert their food waste from landfills.
Marriott's overall diversion rate was helped by the company initiating 38 third-party waste audits and waste characterization analyses to better understand its waste streams, according to the report.
Since 2006, the company has diverted more than 60,000 computers, servers, printers, network equipment and other e-waste from landfills.
From 2009 to 2011, Marriott decreased pounds of landfill waste per occupied room by 10%, with a 4.7% reduction from 2010 to 2011. The company's hotels also recycle soaps, shampoo, conditioners and others through organizations such as Clean the World. The organizations donate the products to local homeless shelters and communities around the world.