San­dals Saint Lu­cia Re­sorts – EarthCheck Plat­inum Cer­ti­fied

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Re­duce, Reuse, Re­cy­cle, and Re­cover. Th­ese en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ini­tia­tives are de­rived from the Four Rs Con­cept on which the San­dals Re­sorts Waste Man­age­ment Plan is based. Th­ese are some of the prac­tices that have con­trib­uted to San­dals Saint Lu­cia Re­sorts be­ing awarded the highly cov­eted EarthCheck plat­inum level of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, plac­ing the re­sorts among a hand­ful of tourism op­er­a­tors in the world be­ing plat­inum cer­ti­fied.

Plat­inum cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is one of the high­est lev­els of recog­ni­tion awarded to com­pa­nies within the sus­tain­able travel and tourism in­dus­try, and this achieve­ment places San­dals Saint Lu­cia re­sorts within the lead­ing sus­tain­able tourism op­er­a­tors world­wide.

Gen­eral Man­ager San­dals Re­gency La Toc Golf Re­sort and Spa Michael James, in speak­ing about the award and in con­grat­u­lat­ing the team mem­bers, stated, “The re­sorts will con­tinue to fo­cus on im­ple­ment­ing el­e­ments of the en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able pro­gramme, in­clud­ing as­pects of the Four Rs pro­gramme, in or­der to re­tain the cov­eted EarthCheck plat­inum level of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Our team mem­bers lead the way and con­tinue to make us proud.”

San­dals Re­gency’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Health and Safety Man­ager Emer­son Vi­talis com­mented, “The first of three San­dals re­sorts in­tro­duced to Saint Lu­cia, we have con­tin­ued to show un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment, lo­cal econ­omy and host com­mu­nity for more than two decades. This is ev­i­denced through our sus­tained en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pro­gramme which uti­lizes key el­e­ments of the Re­duce, Reuse, Re­cy­cle and Re­cover el­e­ments of the Four Rs. The Four Rs pro­gramme pro­vides an eco­log­i­cally sound and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ap­proach to min­i­miz­ing and manag­ing waste.”

In March 2017, a com­post­ing pro­gramme be­gan from col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Land­scap­ing and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health and Safety De­part­ments at San­dals Re­gency. Un­der this ar­range­ment, us­ing the re­cy­cling and reuse com­po­nents, the green waste de­rived from gar­den clip­pings (ni­tro­gen) and shred­ded pa­per (car­bon) from the process of nat­u­ral de­com­po­si­tion have been used to aid in the process of waste dis­posal. Vi­talis said, “At San­dals Re­gency La Toc Golf Re­sort and Spa, up to 250 pounds of us­able or­ganic soil con­di­tioner has been gen­er­ated since the three-month process of de­com­po­si­tion started. This prod­uct is uti­lized through­out land­scap­ing and as pot­ting soil for seedlings and cuttings.”

With three re­sorts on is­land, the quan­tity of linen which is taken off in­ven­tory as a re­sult of dam­age is con­sid­er­able. Said Vi­talis, “San­dals Re­gency La Toc, serv­ing as the hub for laun­der­ing from all three re­sorts, is strate­gi­cally placed as the re­sort to dis­trib­ute and/ or do­nate dis­carded linen. Th­ese items are do­nated to var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions through­out the com­mu­nity. On av­er­age a to­tal of 400-600 pounds of linen are do­nated monthly.”

Over the last 15 years San­dals Re­gency La Toc has sup­ported lo­cal pig farm­ers by do­nat­ing food scraps to them daily from the op­er­a­tions. This has fa­cil­i­tated their liveli­hoods and also min­i­mized by tons the waste which would en­ter into land­fill. On av­er­age 800 pounds of waste food is given weekly.

“Reuse and re­cy­cle” are crit­i­cal el­e­ments that are an es­sen­tial part of the sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­gramme em­ployed by San­dals Re­sorts.

Michael James, Gen­eral Man­ager San­dals Re­gency La Toc Golf Re­sort and Spa

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