Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, in Penang, recently unveiled its in-house bottling plant. The bottling plant will serve both Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and its sister property, Golden Sands Resort. The resort is the first resort in Penang accorded this bottling license.
The 1.0 liter glass bottles of drinking water will replace the plastic mineral water bottles. Both resorts use approximately 1.65 million plastic drinking bottles a year. This new process will translate into a reduction of approximately 4,708 kg of plastic drinking bottles, which are normally recycled each year. The water source is treated pipe water from Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (Penang Water Supply Corporation). Two bottles will be placed in each resort room daily for guest consumption. The resort will serve both carbonated and still water.
Present at the dedication of the bottling plant was Area Hygiene & Sanitation Manager, Khoh Soo Oon. Khoh said that the new bottling plant was set up based on “Ministry of Health Packaged Drinking Water” licensing requirements and in compliance with Food Hygiene Regulations 2009. Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa received the license with the approval number of KKM 163 (52/P/15).
Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, Amelia Lim said "The setting up of the resort in-house bottling plant is a quantum leap towards a more sustainable future. We will be able to reduce the number of plastic bottles which we have to recycle, which in turn will reduce the energy required to turn the recycled material into a new form."
"We are extremely pleased to be able to share this historic moment with our colleagues, business associates and valued guests. Our sister properties in Sabah, Tanjung Aru Resort and Rasa Ria Resort have already set up their own in-house plants and it is also time that our Penang resorts do so. Companies must progress with the times and we hope to be able to pioneer and promote self-sustainability among Penang hotels,” said Elaine Yue, General Manager of Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang.
Additionally, other green measures are being undertaken and practiced as part of the resort’s daily efforts to minimise its impact on the environment. The switch from diesel-burning boilers to heat pumps completely eliminates the need to use diesel fuel and this has brought certification from SIRIM (M) Sdn Bhd (an independent quality certification body in Malaysia) which acknowledges Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang as a role model among other hotel operators for energy conservation and energy efficiency practices. The resort also seeks co-operation from guests in reducing wastage of water, detergent and energy used during their stays. There are over 100 best practices for management and employees, and the resort’s management and staff continuously evaluate and explore techniques that can be adopted to follow the path of ecological preservation.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang, was recently bestowed the ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2012 - 2014 (four consecutive years) at the ASEAN Tourism Forum held in Manado, Indonesia. It is also an ISO 14001 certified organisation for environmental best practices.