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News - 20 March 2008
BHHA launch their recycling scheme

Brighton Hoteliers take the Lead on Recycling

The Brighton and Hove Hotels Association launched a waste recycling initiative this week putting their sector and the city well and truly on the “green” map.

The scheme has been devised with the expertise of local ethical recycling co-operative, Magpie, who plan to collect dry waste from the city’s hotels and other accommodation providers in the first phase, but with the ultimate goal of collecting and composting their food waste as well.

Once the scheme is underway, the resulting compost can be used to grow and supply vegetables locally thereby completing the food chain. The hoteliers will also get closer to their goal to become waste neutral and this will considerably reduce the amount of waste going to local landfill.

Mark Jones, Chair of the BHHA, invited hoteliers and other stakeholders to the scheme’s launch at the Grand Hotel on Tuesday 18 March, and urged all members in the Kemp Town area to sign up to the pilot scheme, which will give them a weekly collection of unlimited dry waste at a special rate as well as a free duty of care certificate.

Rob Jones-Mantle of Magpie said that a hotel signed up to all of its current schemes would already be recycling 70% of its waste. He added “Food waste is governed by strict laws and at the moment it is sent to landfill where it breaks down and produces methane, which is harmful to the environment.”

“Hotels pay millions collectively for waste disposal, but if that cash is diverted into something like this we can make a huge difference….this scheme could stimulate local food production and help Brighton become the biggest green tourist city in the UK.”

GOC Technologies and Susteco presented their composting systems for the scheme at this week’s launch using bacteria, oxygen and heat to dry food waste and produce a mineral rich and low odour compost, whilst a third company, BioNova, offered an energy saving system suitable for the larger hotels which produces hot water.

For further information about Magpie visit: Member hotels interested in signing up to the scheme, or in providing feedback to the Association should e-mail the Business Forum's assistant city centre manager Maddy Carr on

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