DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island Diverts Food Waste from Landfill with the LFC biodigester

October 31, 2023

Ras al Khaimah, UAE — DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island is a luxurious resort located at Marjan Island near Al Hamra area of Ras Al Khaimah. The DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island provides 650 m (2133 ft)  of private white sandy beach, villas with furnished balconies, and views of the Arabian Sea. Guests have the option of dining at 13 different on-site bars and restaurants.

Amidst this lavish setting, sustainability has taken center stage. The Hilton Hotel Group, a global hospitality giant, has made a resolute commitment to reduce waste. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island has embraced this commitment by integrating sustainable practices into its daily operations. A groundbreaking step in this journey is the installation of an LFC-500 biodigester, an innovative solution for managing food waste.

The Need for Sustainable Food Waste Management

Food waste is a global challenge, responsible for significant environmental, economic, and social impacts. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island acknowledges the gravity of this issue, not only to meet brand standards but also to foster a more sustainable future.

Hilton’s Pledge to Reduce Waste: Hilton is unwavering in its commitment to waste reduction, aiming to achieve a 50% reduction in waste by 2030. Their waste reduction strategy encompasses waste prevention, recycling, food upcycling, and donation, all pivotal elements in building a greener hospitality industry. Hilton employs food waste reporting systems to identify and address food waste streams efficiently.

Choosing Power Knot

The sustainability team at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island conducted a thorough evaluation of various solutions available for the management of their food waste, including dehydrators. After a meticulous analysis of costs, environmental impact, and operational efficiency, they chose Power Knot as their partner for this sustainability initiative. The hotel group was impressed by the reputation and reliability of Power Knot products. The hotel team also reached out to another Hilton property, Hampton by Hilton, which had been using the LFC-200 biodigester from Power Knot for over 2½ years. The successful implementation at another Hilton property provided confidence in their decision.

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island ultimately chose the LFC biodigester as their on premise food solution. The LFC-500 biodigester is a stainless steel stomach designed to digest and convert food waste into grey water. With a capacity ranging from 175–1500 kg (380–3300 lb) per day, it offers an efficient solution for managing food waste generated within the hotel premises. What sets this system apart is its integration with a cloud-based monitoring system, enabling real-time data tracking of food waste production from various outlets within the hotel.

Benefits of implementing the LFC-500 biodigester

  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: The installation of the LFC-500 biodigester has substantially lowered the costs of managing the food waste. By digesting food waste on-site, the hotel has reduced its dependence on external waste removal service and diverts food waste from the landfill.
  • Enhanced Sustainability: The biodigester’s ability to transform food waste into grey water perfectly aligns with the hotel’s sustainability goals. This reduces the environmental impacts associated with the traditional methods of the disposal of food waste, including emissions from transportation and landfill usage.
  • Improved Food and Beverage Productivity: The in-house food recycling and waste management solution has streamlined operations in the Food and Beverage department, enhancing efficiency and productivity. Staff can now focus on guest services and less on the logistics of waste management.
  • Real-time Monitoring: The cloud-based system offers daily data on food waste production across different outlets. This transparency empowers the hotel team to optimize waste management efficiently.

The adoption of the LFC-500 biodigester from Power Knot represents a momentous stride towards sustainable management of food waste at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island. This innovative solution not only greatly reduces operational costs but also underscores the hotel’s unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility. The successful implementation at this Hilton property reinforces the biodigester’s potential as a sustainable waste management solution for the hospitality industry. The resort sets a compelling example for other hotels aspiring to fortify their sustainability practices while enhancing operational efficiency.

Pictured left to right: Shakeel A Khaleel, Regional Director Of Sales and Marketing of Power Knot, Piter Van Beugen, general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Upul, head chef, and Raja Narayanasamy, stewarding manager, place food waste into the LFC-500 biodigester.