- En­viro Sus­tain­abil­ity Case Study -

Tourism Tattler - - ENVIRONMENT -

The Board­walk Casino and En­ter­tain­ment World in Port El­iz­a­beth con­tin­ues to sub­scribe by its mantra; re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle − a com­mit­ment to pro­mote and con­serve a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity, while re­duc­ing waste and en­ergy con­sump­tion.

As cap­tured in its en­vi­ron­men­tal re­ports pub­lished since 2002, The Board­walk has shown steady im­prove­ments in terms of its com­pli­ance with en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards in the leisure and tourism in­dus­try. Through its com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ally rais­ing the bar in this re­gard, The Board­walk and its tenants suc­ceed in de­liv­er­ing a clean, en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly and re­source-ef­fi­cient precinct. This en­sures that vis­i­tors have the priv­i­lege of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing clean and well-main­tained fa­cil­i­ties, well-tended gar­dens, and healthy fish and other wildlife in the lakes.

Through Sun In­ter­na­tional's group-wide en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive called SunGlow, The Board­walk has set tar­gets for the re­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity us­age by 5%, and waste sent to land­fill by 3%. “The Board­walk has adopted the Sun In­ter­na­tional Group sus­tain­abil­ity pol­icy which pro­vides the frame­work to which we op­er­ate in terms of en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and cor­po­rate gov­er­nance as­pects. We have strict poli­cies in place to en­sure ef­fec­tive waste and wa­ter man­age­ment. Ev­ery­one, at all lev­els, is en­cour­aged to use re­sources sus­tain­ably, re­cy­cle where pos­si­ble, and min­i­mize waste.

“We are heart­ened by the progress we have made thus far. We have in­creased in the vol­umes of re­cy­cling col­lected and de­creased the amount of waste to land­fill, in line with our tar­gets,” says Peter Tshidi, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at The Board­walk.

The com­plex pro­cesses large vol­umes of waste, so to stream­line the waste, the com­plex is di­vided into four dis­tinct zones; the main casino zone, the ho­tel zone, the Magic Com­pany, and the re­tail and restau­rant zone.

Each of these four zones cre­ates a con­stant flow of waste through­out the day. The zones also cre­ate their own par­tic­u­lar type of waste and are served by ded­i­cated waste yards. Dif­fer­ent bins are in use on the site to sep­a­rate food waste from other types of waste such as wet waste, plas­tic, tin, met­als and haz­ardous waste. Re­cy­clables are safely bailed and trans­ported to re­cy­clers or to man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies for pro­cess­ing while or­ganic waste is taken to a com­post­ing fa­cil­ity.

The Board­walk aims to re­duce the need to land­fill and ex­tract value from re-us­able or re­cy­clable ma­te­rial and even add value by mak­ing com­post from or­ganic waste.

The Board­walk has a fo­cused En­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee, with the Health and Safety Man­ager, Dean Blom, be­ing the driv­ing force be­hind The Board­walk's En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Sys­tem im­ple­men­ta­tion. He en­sures that en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment re­ceives con­stant at­ten­tion.

Recog­nis­ing that its em­ploy­ees have a fun­da­men­tal role to play in en­sur­ing the suc­cess and sus­tain­abil­ity of its en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives, an aware­ness pro­gramme has been rolled out to ed­u­cate them about sav­ing elec­tric­ity, con­serv­ing wa­ter and other is­sues around en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The Board­walk's em­ploy­ees are trained on proper re­cy­cling pro­cesses and are en­cour­aged to be am­bas­sadors for the com­pany's green am­bi­tions. This in­cludes ad­her­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies while at work and adopt­ing green prac­tices in their own homes.

“In ev­ery­thing we do, we strive to en­sure that our busi­ness in­ter­ests are har­mo­nious with those of the en­vi­ron­ment. Our com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tally-sound busi­ness prac­tices is strate­gic,” con­cludes Tshidi.

Down­load The Board­walk 2015 En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­port here or visit the Board­walk web­site at: www.sun­in­ter­na­tional.com/board­walk/

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