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Outrigger Waikiki properties collect 20 tons of recyclables in 2014


­­WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – Outrigger Enterprises Group announced that its Waikiki properties collected an impressive 20 tons of recyclables in 2014, reducing the impact on local landfills. Through its eco-friendly efforts, Outrigger also donated more than $30,000 in Hi5 redemption reimbursements to Parents and Children Together (PACT), a local non-profit organization that provides social services to families in need.

recycling_box_3d“Our company is committed to sustainability and we are proud to be leaders in keeping Hawaii green,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate communications. “The year-to-year growth of our recycling program motivates our team to further increase our efforts toward sustaining Hawaii’s healthy environment.”

Outrigger invites guests to contribute to its green efforts by encouraging them to leave recyclables in a designated bin in each guestroom to later be collected. In its ongoing efforts to promote sustainability, Outrigger also helps keep Hawaii green in a myriad of ways that include: recycling cardboard, paper, linens and towels; tinting windows; using more efficient CFL and LED lighting; installing A/C sensors on lanai doors, more efficient guest room appliances, and recycling metal materials.

Outrigger began its in-room recycling program in 2006 at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. In 2014, the recycling program included the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, OHANA Waikiki East, OHANA Waikiki West and OHANA Waikiki Malia, as well as Embassy Suites® – Waikiki Beach Walk® and Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber, both Outrigger-managed properties.

Over the past six years, Outrigger properties in Waikiki have diverted more than 162 tons or 235,000 pounds of recyclables from the landfill. In 2009, Outrigger® Enterprises Group received the “Green Leader Award” from Reynolds Recycling Hawaii, for being the sustainability leader in Hawaii’s tourism industry.