Jurys Inn Group across the UK has maintained a focus on both customer satisfaction and environmental efficiencies. In January 2010 Jurys Inn became the first Green Hotel Group and was recognised by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Jurys Inn Belfast has been a member of the Industrial Symbiosis service since March 2013 and has attended a number of Resource Matching workshops to find solutions for redundant stock and other wasted resources
During a review meeting in 2014 imminent changes in Food Waste regulations were discussed and Jurys Inn Belfast expressed an interest in finding a sustainable solution for their food waste that would meet or exceed the requirements of the legislation. The new regulations will require catering food waste to be separately collected and diverted from landfill disposal.
A number of options were brought to the attention of the hotel. These included prevention, in-house composting, external In-vessel Composting (IVC) or Anaerobic Digestion (AD). Jurys Inn Belfast asked the Industrial Symbiosis practitioner to provide introductions to companies that could take the food waste from the hotel and ensure that it was used in AD.AD plants generate biogas and electricity through the action of microorganisms that break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. Frylite, a company supplying and recycling cooking oil to catering establishments across Ireland, saw an opportunity to diversify into food waste collection for its hospitality customers when changes to the Food Waste legislation were announced. It invested heavily in equipment and trials and began operating as Food Waste Diversion in 2014.Food Waste Diversion has established links with Anaerobic Digestion Plants in Northern Ireland and offered Jurys Inn, Belfast a trial to help determine the potential success of this collaboration
During the trial period 20 tonnes of food waste was collected from Jurys Inn Belfast by Food Waste Diversion. This material was diverted from landfill saving £1,680 in landfill tax.
The continuation of this synergy will enable Jurys Inn Belfast to increase its overall recycling rate by 12%. It also ensures that the hotel remains compliant with the new Food Waste regulations. There are also opportunities to replicate this synergy across the Jurys Inn Group and beyond
“The Industrial Symbiosis Service has provided the information that we needed to enable us to remain legally compliant when the Food Waste Regulations change in April 2016. We strive to maintain high environmental credentials and are delighted to find a solution for our food waste that will generate fuel and electricity in Northern Ireland. ”
Suzanne Bowman, Business Development Manager, Jurys Inn Belfast
The Industrial Symbiosis Service is funded by Invest Northern Ireland and delivered by International Synergies NI Ltd