Around 800,000 tonnes of waste is produced in Singapore yearly – with half of it generated by hotels, food manufacturers and other non-domestic sources. With the passing of the Resource Sustainability Bill passed, Singapore is taking her steps to building a more sustainable environment.
For hoteliers, by having a more sustainable kitchen, you can too play a part in contributing to a more sustainable environment and reduce operating costs as well. If you’re unsure about how to go about doing it, here are some tips on how to start building a more sustainable hotel kitchen!
Doing regular maintenance of equipment in the kitchen will ensure that your equipment are not working harder than it needs to be – saving energy and extending the life of your equipment!
One example of simple maintenance tasks you can do is cleaning the condenser coils on your refrigeration equipment regularly to prevent dust and debris from clogging it. If the coils get clogs, the refrigerator has to work harder to keep the optimal temperature you set at – using more energy.
Make The Switch.
By using energy-efficient lighting in the hotel kitchen such as LED bulbs instead of regular bulbs, you can save costs as LED bulbs are estimated to last 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb.
For hand-washing sinks, consider installing low-flow aerators to limit the amount of water from the faucet to save water.
To save more energy and water, you can do small actions like pasting reminders around the kitchen to remind employees to turn off idle equipment or turn off the tap when they are not using them.
Manage Food Waste.
There are also technologies available to help you track your food waste that you are throwing away – so you can get insights and take actions by reducing food items you are overproducing!
You can divert food waste from landfills by composting food waste from your service. Using technology, food waste can be compost to organic fertilizer that can be used for your hotel’s landscaping purposes. This can reduce the amount of food waste and carbon footprint your hotel is producing!
We can all play our part in helping our world be a more sustainable and more liveable one to live in, so don’t downplay these small actions as these small acts will definitely go a long way!