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recycling for re use and donation

Recycling for Re-Use and Donation

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

hilton san francisco union square
Hilton San FranciscoUnion Square
  • Community Projects Manager

position created in 1995

  • Community outreach and

re-use and recycling effort

became San Francisco Hotel/

Non-Profit Collaborative in 1996

hilton san francisco
Hilton San Francisco
  • Long standing commitment to waste diversion and energy conservation.
  • Award winning recycling programs.
  • Leadership status – State of California Green Lodging
  • Member – Meet Green (formerly GMIC)
who benefits
Who Benefits?
  • Non-Profit Groups
    • They need materials and supplies
  • Hotel
    • Cost Savings
      • Reduce Compactor Weight
      • Fewer Trash Pick-Ups
      • Tax Write-Off
  • Environment
    • It’s not going to landfill
what can be recycled for donation
What can be recycled for donation?
  • Food
    • Prepared and Packaged
    • Bread and Pastries
    • Mini-Bar Snacks
    • Banquet Overages
      • a pallet or a carton
what can be recycled for donation1
What can be recycled for donation?
  • Conference Give-Aways
    • Mugs
    • Tee-shirts
    • Tote Bags
  • Conference Display
    • Foamcore
    • Decore, Sets and Scrim
what can be recycled for donation2
What can be recycled for donation?
  • Hotel Supplies and Equipment
    • Renovation and Remodeling
      • all furnishings, accessories and carpeting
    • De-construction, building & plumbing supplies
    • Outdated amenities, china & glassware
    • Linen and Mattresses
    • Uniforms
    • Office supplies
what can be recycled for donation3
What can be recycled for donation?
  • There isn’t much that cannot be recycled.
  • Solid waste management groups can help find homes.
  • Building Resources, S.C.R.A.P.,

Theatre Exchange and Schools

the hotel nonprofit collaborative
The Hotel/Nonprofit Collaborative
  • About the Program
  • The Hotel Nonprofit Collaborative (HNC) is a partnership between hotels and nonprofit organizations located on the San Francisco. The primary focus of this group is to formalize reuse and sharing of resources.
  • Program Goals
  • • Take usable discards from the waste stream of hotels and share them with nonprofit organizations.
  • • Provide in-kind support for nonprofit agencies.
  • • Support city and state waste reduction mandates for each participating city.
  • Program Components
  • • Monthly meetings to share reusable items between hotels and nonprofits.
  • • “Green business” education for hotel and nonprofit managers to improve

operations and reduce costs.

  • • Recognition and documentation of materials exchanged.
benefits of program
Benefits of Program

The benefits of the program are multi-faceted and can be described as a


  • Hotels Donate
  • Non-Profits Receive
  • Items Stay Out of Landfill
benefits of program1
Benefits of Program
  • Saves Money for Hotels & Non-Profits
    • By reducing discards, hotels will save on their monthly disposal costs. And, by receiving the reusable items, nonprofits save valuable funds for other program uses.
benefits of program2
Benefits of Program
    • Provides Desired Service
  • Hotels are looking for ways to be involved with the community while reducing discards. Nonprofits are looking for reusable items. HNC matches these desired services.
benefits of program3
Benefits of Program
    • Helps Cities Meet State Recycling Mandate
  • Each city is mandated by the state to meet and maintain at least a 50% diversion rate of materials from the waste stream. The HNC helped San Francisco achieve 70% diversion rate.
how to get started
How to Get Started?
  • Make the connection
  • Make the commitment
  • Make it convenient
s f hotel non profit collaborative a recycling for re use and donation network
S.F. Hotel/Non-Profit Collaborative (A Recycling for Re-use and Donation Network)

Please join us.

Learn how hotels may assist the non-profit sector with donations of excess supplies, equipment, remodeling & de-construction material, updating hotel amenities, near to expiration packaged foods;

Yield an enormous benefit to the non-profit sector;

Keep these items out of the waste stream.

A Recycling and Reuse Network

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

4:00 to 5:30 pm

This meeting hosted by:

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

333 O'Farrell Street

(validated free parking is available in hotel lot- entrance on Ellis St.)

Taylor Rooms A & B, 6th Floor, Bldg. 3

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Jo Licata, Community Projects Manager, Hilton San Francisco

(415) 923-5069 (phone)/(415) 673-6490 (fax)/

recent statistics
Recent Statistics
  • We are now averaging upwards of 10,000 pounds of donated materials per month (we were at 13,741 pounds for August, 2008), which represents a cost savings to the hotels of $80- $250 per month (depending on the volume of donations and type of garbage service they have).
  • We currently have the active involvement of approximately 25 hotels (with perhaps another 25 sporadically involved) and around 30 non-profits.
  • Souce:
who needs to support
Who Needs to Support?
  • Senior Management support and buy-in
  • Employee commitment and incentive
  • Yes, you have to recreate the wheel everyday
who needs to support1
Who Needs to Support?
  • Department involvement
    • Loading Dock Security (Lost & Found)
    • Engineering Front Office
    • Housekeeping Guest Refreshment
    • Food & Beverage Purchasing
    • Banquets Stewarding
    • Sales Facilities
    • Laundry
non profit commitment
Non-Profit Commitment
  • Not always easy – funding, staffing, logistics
  • Important that non-profit groups meet hotels and organizations face to face to establish relationship.
  • Why?
    • Loading Dock Space
    • Labor and Time of Staff
    • Management can get turned off by unreliability
follow up with non profits
Follow up with non-profits

Your Organization’s Letterhead or Via Your Organization’s E-Mail System


TO: (Donor)

FROM: (your name, title, organization)

Taxpayer ID No.:

Thank you very much for your donation of:

(item(s) and quantity and weight)

TO: specific program and/or name of your organization).

Your donation was not only a great help to our organization but also assists the City of San Francisco in meeting its goal of diverting landfill wastes.

Thanks again and we look forward to working with you again in the future.




performing arts
Performing Arts
  • Theatres are also non-profits
  • They can often take what non-profits cannot use
  • SF Bay Area has Propville
wall mounted mirrors from bathrooms
Wall Mounted Mirrors from Bathrooms
  • Do you still have some mirrors availablefor donation? We are a performing arts schoool with a resident theatre company with a 99 seat theatre. Please let me know if you have any avaliable.
  • Thank you
  • Terese Hoibye
  • * * * *  Now AVAILABLE through the Theater Materials Exchange (TMaX) * * * *==================================================================Wall-mountable, magnifying, make-up mirrors.
  • Approximately 60 available for immediate donation.
  • First come, first serve.
  • Jo LicataHilton San
  • ==================================================================Theater Materials Exchange (TMaX)
  • ==================================================================
bay area regions adopting
Bay Area Regions Adopting
  • The Model
      • The Peninsula Hotel Nonprofit Collaborative (PHNC) is modeled on the San Francisco Hotel/Non-profit Collaborative, an informal, grass-roots organization running for nine years. Nearly 40 participants attend each meeting representing about 15 large hotel brands and 20 nonprofit groups who focus on nutrition, job training, and housing. Annually, about 120,000 pounds of material is diverted from the landfill through this group.
  • Each month, hundreds of items are available for reuse from hotels:
  • Linens Sofas Pillows Lamps Chairs Desks Food Clock radios Lost and found items Bathroom amenities
  • PHNC helps find homes for these items by pairing hotels with local nonprofit organizations.
  • For more information, contact
      • Debby Kramer RethinkWaste dkramer@RethinkWaste.org650.802.4349
other exchanges
Other Exchanges
  • Used Amenity Exchange Program – matching hotels w/regular non-profit partners to pick up partially used amenities and toilet paper stubs.
  • Involvement of BOMA – office furniture, computers and partial rolls of toilet paper.
  • Energy and Sustainability Programs are now part of our monthly agenda.
employee involvement
Employee Involvement
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Furniture
  • Appliances/Computers

Used Book Sale

Friday, April 24th - 10 am - 2 pm

HR Training Room

Friday, April 24th

Used Book and CD Sale

to benefit AIDS Walk San Francisco 2009

10 am til 2 pm

HR Training Room

we also repair clean toys

We also repair & clean toys….

Used toys donated by employees are cleaned and repaired and given to area children’s organizations.

donate for re use
Donate for Re-Use
  • Somebody will want what you have.
  • Find the champion.
  • Get management buy-in.
  • A good source of support – hospitality management programs.
  • Call me. Jo Licata (415) 923-5069