Alila Hotels & Resorts Implements a Zero Waste Policy Across Its Portfolio of Boutique Hotels in Bali
Leaders in sustainable tourism and hotel development, Alila Hotels & Resorts has implemented a Zero Waste policy across its portfolio of hotels in Bali. The “Alila Zero Waste to Landfill Project” will launch in August at all Alila’s flagship properties in Bali; Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Ubud, Alila Manggis and Alila Seminyak.
Bali has long been renowned for its stunning landscapes; rice fields, forests, rivers, beautiful mountains and beaches, but in recent years Bali’s landfill sites have become an increasing threat to the environment. Their explosive greenhouse gasses – which are 20 times more potent than CO² - are being leached into the farmland and watercourses used by the local communities.
In response to this, and Alila’s commitment to sustainable tourism, the Company has taken a zero tolerance to waste. Each hotel’s PIONEER team (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) will be responsible for upholding the zero-to-landfill status and to ensuring Alila is in no-way contributing to the problem. Alongside this, PIONEER team members will look at ways to encourage local communities and guests to think differently about waste and the impact it has on the environment. Initiatives include incentivizing wastecollection for local village residents, and primary school kids will be encouraged to bring their waste to school, in return Alila will contribute to the school fund.
Alila will be investing in an Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility (iSuRRF) and laboratory where all waste will be transformed into value and diverted through a series of simple yet proven technical, biological and engineering systems. A full composting system will be implemented for all organic waste in each hotel. A permaculture organic garden will also be introduced to help develop sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems. For instance, the technology will convert otherwise uneconomic waste plastics like wraps and films into a light green crude oil that will be distilled down to diesel, kerosene, gasoline for reuse in the hotels.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO of Alila Hotels & Resorts comments, “The amount of passion and dedication that has already gone into developing this initiative is inspiring. I am so proud to be part of a team that has such a strong commitment to sustainable tourism.” Guy Heywood, Chief Operating Officer, concludes that “being able to see the benefits of our efforts will hopefully bring home the importance of Zero Waste to Landfill projects, for our employees, for our guests and for the local communities.”
Alila is recognised as a leader in sustainable tourism - firmly respecting and preserving the way of life and traditions of local communities and believing that the environment, both natural and social, is critical to the sustainability of its business. Back in 2009, Alila Villas Uluwatu was the first resort in Bali to be a designed and built property to earth check strict environmentally standard. Furthermore, Alila Seminyak obtained the EarthCheck “Design and Built” certification in 2014. All Alila properties in Bali are operated to Earth Check standards and subject to yearly audit.