The team here at Citywest Hotel are committed to helping the community and the environment and supporting worthy causes. This committment can be seen through the dedicated green teams monthly meetings, where heads of departments come together to brainstorm and drive new ideas into how we can be more environmentally friendly. The following are just some of the ways Citywest Hotel is fueling it's eco-friendly policy:
Citywest Hotel was delighted to have teamed up with Citywise Education. An amazing non-profit organisation which was set up to run education, sporting and personal development programmes. Citywise was setup in 1991 as a response to a need to assist young people living in difficult backgrounds in need of educational support.
We are aware of Citywise and the great work they do within the community. We employee many talented local people and these employees are the backbone of our team. We are eager to work with an organisation that works to support and develop the local community. As a hotel we have built our business on the importance of leisure, fun and downtime. Based on this we felt that the Zoo day initiative was the ideal fit for Citywest Hotel to support Citywise.
Citywest Hotel proudly supports this initiative and feels that every young person should have the best educational
opportunity available to them, to offer them the best start for life and their career.
Citywest Hotel sponsored the Children’s Zoo trip on the 18th and 25th of July. There was a group of 45 children on each trip, and 10 volunteers. This included transport, zoo tickets and refreshments for the volunteers upon return in Citywest Hotel. We are happy the students had a summer activity they could look forward to, relax and have some fun. It was a full day excursion and they all thoroughly enjoyed their day.
Citywest Hotel is excited about working closely with Citywise Education and to further assist the students in their journey.
Citywest Hotel is delighted to partner with Enable Ireland.
Enable Ireland provide services to over 5,500 children and adults with disabilities. These disabilities can be sensory, physical or intellectual. Enable Ireland work in partnership with those who use their services to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in their communities.
An additional €2 million in funding is required annually and this is provided from Enable Ireland’s retail shops and fundraising.
You can find out more about supporting children and adults with disabilities through Enable Ireland at www.enableireland.ie
Citywest Hotel in conjunction with Keywaste have partnered with Food Surplus Management and focus on a “clean bin every time” system for all food waste generated at the hotel.
The system provides 240L red bins for all food (catering) waste generated by the hotels kitchens and restaurants. Food prep waste is placed into the bins and at each collection the bins are exchanged for a clean one. The exchange of the bin every time (twice weekly), increase hygiene levels and encourages greater diversion of food waste from general waste as chefs and kitchen porters are not “put off” by the accumulation of food waste and odours that can arise using the traditional brown bin emptied on site.
Also, the hotel is not obliged to use bin liners. For areas such as bars where sandwiches and coffees are served 5litre caddy bins are used to collect coffee grinds, teabags and uneaten food and these small bins can then be tipped into larger ones.
All the food waste collected is sent to an aerobic digestion facility whereby in a large-scale process similar to a human digestive system energy is recovered and utilised to produce renewable electricity and the by-products recycled in accordance with the waste hierarchy.
The end output is a quality approved digestate which is used the horticultural industry as a fertiliser.
The results for 2018: 122 tonnes of catering waste from the hotel was diverted from landfill resulting in the following outputs:
• Renewable energy produced – 57.8Mwh
• CO2 emissions savings by diverting from landfill – 72.2 tonnes
• Fertiliser digestate produced – 28.9 tonnes
All results are very positive in relation to Citywest Hotels recycling plans and food waste processes. However, it is an ongoing process and through monthly team meetings and staff briefings and communication the focus will remain. Citywest Hotel is committed to ensuring that Recycling and a “Green” focus remains high on the agenda.