Macdonald Windsor Hotel has
been crowned winner of a Greener Path Award for Zero Waste to
The four-red star hotel, which also boasts its very own honey
bee hive on a rooftop overlooking the Royal residence, was given
the award by leading environmental waste management company, ACM
In association with the British Council for Sustainable
Development, the Greener Path Awards were created to celebrate the
work businesses across the UK are doing in reducing the impact they
have on the environment. Organisations which demonstrate exemplary
effort and achievement in minimizing waste, boosting recycling and
increasing landfill diversion, while seeking out innovative and
sustainable ways to handle waste streams, are potential
The Macdonald Hotel Group has a firm commitment to becoming one
of the greenest hospitality companies, through its Room 15 programme.
Already, this has seen the business invest in a wide range of
greener practices - from changing lightbulbs across all its 48
hotels to the most energy efficient varieties, to installing glass
crushers on site.
Macdonald Windsor Hotel is one
of the group's leading green hotels and boasts four "green" rooms
which showcase commitment to sustainability by using a wide range
of eco-friendly products such as a solar powered iPod dock,
recycled glasses and even elephant dung paper for the notepad in
By working in partnership with ACM Environmental, Macdonald
Windsor Hotel has fully optimized the diversion of waste from
landfill in 2015 and have demonstrated clear further commitment
towards the goal of 'Zero Landfill'.
On winning the award, Paola Cassotti, general manager of Macdonald
Windsor Hotel said: "The team at Macdonald Windsor has always
been keen to be green. For more than 2 years we have had our very
own beehive on the roof. It not only provides a safe haven for the
city's bees, but also produces beautiful tasting honey for our
guests. As a team, customer satisfaction is our number one
priority. However, we have shown that this can be delivered whilst
thinking of the environmental impact of our day to day activities.
It has been this type of consideration that has helped us secure
The hotel has a range of other green practices to benefit both staff and
guests, including a roof top herb garden, an electric car charging
station and bike racks to encourage staff to cycle to work.
In 2013 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts was awarded the coveted
Carbon Trust Standard as a result of its outstanding reduction
carbon programme which saw the Group reduce its UK CO2
emissions by 7.5%.
Julie Hammond, regional managing director of Macdonald Hotels
Hotels have been investing heavily in ensuring that we are as
green as possible without compromising on customer quality.
Increasingly consumers are considering their environmental
footprint when they travel and we want to help them feel as
comfortable as possible, both during their stay with Macdonald Hotels,
but also in the knowledge that we are doing what we can to help the
Andy Jacobs, Chief Executive of ACM Environmental added: "We are
delighted that Macdonald Windsor Hotel is a recipient of the Zero
Waste to Landfill Award. We have worked in partnership with them to
help implement an environmentally-sound waste management strategy
and to see them achieve such impressive landfill diversion results
is extremely gratifying."
Macdonald Windsor Hotel has a
strong history of green credentials and has also been awarded the
Business Tourism Gold Green Award 2014 and was a runner up for the
Green Catey Award (2013).