JW Marriott Marquis Miami implements new green initiative against food waste

April 6, 2015

Luxury Hotel’s New Green Practice Will Help Divert Waste Food from Landfills

The JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, FL, has announced its purchase and successful deployment of a Power Knot LFC biodigester to help the hotel become one of the most sustainable hotels in America. The JW Marriott Marquis is one of the premiere hotels in all of North America, offers a new threshold of luxury, and is perfectly situated close to transportation, beaches, and nightlife. The LFC biodigester is a machine that digests waste food saving organizations the carbon footprint, mess, cost, and inconvenience of sending waste food to the landfill.

“Green initiatives benefit both the environment and our business. We enjoy a positive cost reduction while decreasing negative effects on the environment.”

— Florencia Tabeni, General Manager of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami

“I knew we needed to do something about our waste food and could no longer send it to the landfill.”

— Urs Lutschg, Corporate Director of Engineering

 “I am working to make our hotel group as sustainable as possible,” continued Lutschg, “and after reviewing the available options, I decided on the LFC from Power Knot. I thought it was a good system when I saw it a year ago, but the latest additions by Power Knot of touch screen, weighing capabilities, remote connectivity, and three year warranty were determining features to acquire this system now.”

At the hotel, waste food is moved to the LFC Bio-Digester as it is generated. This keeps the kitchen free from large bins to hold waste which are unsightly, potentially smelly, and awkward to move. The waste is added at any time to the LFC Bio-Digester, which digests most waste food within 24 hours. Because the waste food is no longer sent to the landfill, the carbon footprint of the hotel is significantly reduced.

The LFC is installed in one of the hotel’s kitchens. Staff adds food waste at any time and the LFC Biodigester digests it, just like a large stainless steel stomach. The food waste is converted to water and is sent down the drain.

Raymond Linares, Director of Engineering at the JW Marriott Marquis oversaw the installation of the LFC bioigester, which took a few hours with direct support from Power Knot’s local staff in Florida. “I first made contact with Power Knot before they introduced the new LFC biodigester,” said Linares, “and I’m very pleased to have this newest unit in our property. Its installation and start up has been so successful, everybody likes to make use of it and help to reduce the waste that the hotel’s operations produce each day.”

“From my desk, I can see how much waste we are adding to the LFC biodigester by the hour, day, week, and month,” said Lutschg. “I am driving our organization to zero waste so the weighing capability and remote reporting on the new LFC biodigester are important to me. I cannot control what we cannot measure and we all need to play a part to reduce global warming.”

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes an NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service Enliven Spa and Salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL.

For additional information access www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.