Dover, DE, March 16, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Ed Sutor, president and CEO of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, announces that the hotel is in the process of implementing an in-room recycling program, allowing guests to participate in separating recyclables from regular landfill waste.
“Our goal is to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and to increase sustainability for the environment,” said Sutor. “We are in the process of converting receptacles in the bedrooms/suites area to a container for recyclables only, and keeping the waste receptacle in the bathroom for trash only. With the help of our green-conscious guests, we hope to see a significant increase in our overall recycling efforts.”
“We expect to dispose of at least one ton of recyclables per day from the in-room recycling, which means one less ton in the landfills,” said Rich Duncan, Director of Facilities for Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. This will save the company an additional $135 per day in tonnage costs and transfer charges.”
The property disposed of more than four million pounds of waste in 2012, 50% of which were recycled. Figures for 2013 forecast recycling efforts increasing this year to 60% or better. “We now recycle just about everything we can, including scrap metal to light bulbs to garbage to organic materials including wood chips and straw from the barns and even grass clippings,” said Duncan. “We send five to six tons each week to the Peninsula Compost Company, the organic recycling center in Wilmington. The organic waste is turned into compost for gardens and landscapers.”
Per Delaware’s Universal Recycling Law, all commercial businesses in Delaware will be required to participate in a comprehensive recycling program no later than January 1, 2014. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has been ahead of this curve, having begun wide-ranging recycling efforts in 2007. Since then, Ed Sutor has led the company in several green initiatives including Delaware Green Lodging, in which Dover Downs Hotel & Casino became a certified green hotel, and Hospitality Green – a Green Concierge Certification Program.
About Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming operations consist of approximately 2,500 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 41,500 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com.