Potato compostThe hospitality industry generates a wide range of materials and can have significant quantities of cardboard, paper, food and beverage containers as well as food waste.  All of these materials have well established recycling markets and establishing programs can help reduce operational costs and provide a marketing edge.

Large members of the hospitality sector are subject to the Massachusetts commercial food waste ban that went into effect October 1, 2014.  Hoteliers should read this article published by Green Lodging News for more information on the ban and how RecyclingWorks can help them stay in compliance.

Composting Tool Kit

PDF For guidance on starting a food waste diversion program in the hospitality industry, see our Restaurant Food Waste Diversion Guide.


 Case Studies

Hotel Composting: Lenox Hotel, Boston, MA

Learn how RecyclingWorks helped the Lenox Hotel in Boston estimate current food waste volumes and develop a successful food waste diversion program in their three on-site restaurants.

PDF Lenox Hotel Case Study: Learn about how the Lenox Hotel has implemented a food waste diversion program in the Boston area.

Hotel Composting: Hilton Garden Inn, Devens, MA

PDF Hilton Garden Inn Case Study:  Learn about how the Hilton Garden Inn has implemented commercial composting in the Devens area.

Hotel Recycling:  Sheraton Colonial Hotel, Wakefield, MA


Sheraton Colonial Case Study:  Learn about the steps the Sheraton Colonial Hotel & Conference Center took to increase sustainability, save money, and create a culture of conservation with their employees.

Green Lodging Calculator

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) has developed the Green Lodging Calculator to help lodging facilities and sustainable hospitality programs estimate the financial and environmental benefits from sustainable practices. Find the Green Lodging Calculator here.

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When you are ready to start or improve a recycling or composting program, call our Hotline at (888) 254-5524, or email us at info@recyclingworksma.com.