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KERRY HOTEL PUDONG, SHANGHAI LAUNCHES NEW CSR PROJECT: COMPOSTING-TURNING BLACK INTO GOLD

KERRY HOTEL PUDONG, SHANGHAI LAUNCHES NEW CSR PROJECT: COMPOSTING-TURNING BLACK INTO GOLD

Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is determined to invest time and money on composting to recycle daily organic waste and turn it into nutrient-rich soil for growing healthy plants and vegetables as its newly launched corporate social responsibility (CSR) project this autumn.  Composting will be a long-term commitment aimed at minimising waste and growing produce with the ultimate goal of promoting and improving environmental sustainability. 

  

“We have staffs working on collecting wastes from the guestrooms and restaurants.  The materials will go to our composting container as nutrient enrichments.  The waste includes green materials, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, fresh leaves and plants, tea bags, brown materials, such as eggshell, dead leaves, coffee grounds, cardboard and tree trimmings,” said Frederic Madre, Resident Manager at Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.  “Our staffs involved in this project gets training to understand better how composting works.” 

  

The composting work is carried out on Kerry’s upper deck on the fifth floor.  It starts with a container, collected waste and dead soil.  Then, it needs some tender, loving and care (TLC) from the hotel staff, who will check on it on a regular basis, add water and make sure the container has enough access to light. 

  

“When the material is decaying through the process, the soil gets beneficial bacteria.  By frequent oxygen infusing and heat retention, the enriched soil can be ready to use in about eight to ten weeks,” said Frederic.  “The decomposition process will slow down in the autumn and winter time, if there’s more shade than sunshine.”  Frederic and his team come to check the containers on the deck at least twice.  Right now, the containers are exposed to direct sunlight on the deck. 

 

“The process is basic, nothing too scientific, but a bit of extra care can make a difference,” Frederic said.  “Water and materials need to be added on a weekly basis, so the beneficial bacteria in the soil get new fresh food to consume.  However, we need to pay attention to the moisture level.  Too much water can lead to a slimy mess.” 

  

The result will be the healthiest and happiest soil, in which the hotel will grow bountiful produce that is chemical-fertiliser-free, as composting is the modern way to transform waste into black gold. 

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with  Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”.  Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities.  Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.  For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com.

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