Win by be­ing green

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

TAK­ING a green ap­proach paid div­i­dends for Porters Plain­land Ho­tel last week, be­ing named the Best En­vi­ron­men­tal Prac­tice at the Queens­land Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion awards.

Their re­cy­cling, re­new­able en­ergy use and wa­ter man­age­ment saw the three-gen­er­a­tion run ho­tel cred­ited for their work to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ho­tel mar­ket­ing man­ager Melissa Porter said they were de­lighted to be recog­nised for their en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proach.

“We were ac­tu­ally fi­nal­ists in five cat­e­gories on the night and were very happy to take just the one gong,” Ms Porter said.

Dur­ing the past year the ho­tel re­cy­cled an av­er­age of 1600 kilo­grams of glass, 60kg of cans, 288kg of plas­tic and 1110kg of card­board and paper ev­ery month.

The ho­tel also has a so­lar unit which cre­ates 10 per cent of the monthly elec­tric­ity us­age and a wa­ter treat­ment plant which re­cy­cles thou­sands of litres of wa­ter ev­ery day.

Ms Porter said the en­vi­ron­men­tal award was ded­i­cated to the ho­tel’s main­te­nance team.

“They aren’t the most vis­i­ble team mem­bers, but with­out them the ho­tel would not run,” she said.

Eco-friendly prac­tices are pri­ori­tised at the ho­tel, with en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact dis­cus­sions as­signed a per­ma­nent fix­ture at fort­nightly meet­ings.

The Ho­tel of the Year went to Beach House Ho­tel at Her­vey Bay. The ma­jor­ity of win­ners were from Bris­bane, Sun­shine Coast and Gold Coast ar­eas.

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SUC­CESS: Tony Grat­ton and Craig Hutchence hold­ing an award for the Plain­land Porters Ho­tel’s green pol­icy.

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