Should Marriott do more about recycling?
And, if you have a Marriott recycling experience - good or bad - no recycling OR a recycling success story, see Update 2, 2(a), below - and consider posting a comment!
[Gee, Marriott, only a small sample size (so far), but ... so far folks seem to think you can do better....]
As 2018 approaches, I'm increasingly surprised (and disappointed) that Marriott has made so little progress on recycling. (That includes cans and bottles, newspapers, etc.) At most properties, it appears that no efforts whatsoever is being made to separate waste. I was at a Residence Inn this weekend, and in the breakfast area, there was a single trash receptacle for everything (and that seems par for the course). Outside of the U.S., at some properties, there's a small blue plastic bag for your recyclable waste (but those are few and far between). [I'm assuming Marriott only does that where they are required to do so by law.] In the U.S., I've seen a couple of properties that have the two-section waste basket, but they're poorly marked.
*Update 1: In an interesting development, a couple of Insiders have already commented that Starwood/SPG doesn't seem to be as clueless about, or as uninterested in, recycling as Marriott. So, maybe the merger will bring some movement in that regard. Time will tell.
*** I just noticed that the link to a prior discussion of recycling on Marriott Rewards Insiders is now broken (after a prior reorganization, now it's completely gone). See Marriott Recycling ... Of course, I'm not saying that's intentional, but it is consistent with what appears to be a general lack of interest in the topic at Marriott HQ.
*Update 2: In light of a helpful response from communitymanagers, that "if we receive a report of a property that is not recycling, we want to follow up with the hotel’s management team[,]" I've created another thread where you can identify Marriott properties - based on current, personal experience - where you've seen inadequate recycling options. Just click here: Need Your Help: Info on Marriott Recycling Thanks for participating.
*Update 2(a): Some of our Marriott Insiders colleagues have started posting photos of success stories - see below. (It kind of makes sense: historically, finding a recycling container in a Marriott property was like ... I dunno ... spotting the white rhino or discovering a unicorn or (hmmm, in erc-world, figuring out the Renaissance Discovery Doors contest) or finding a free parking space in Manhattan .... anyway, so - let's welcome both the carrot (kudos, positive reinforcement) and the stick (with notes to communitymanagers, see Update 2) .... So, yeah, go ahead and post recycling container picks and let's give those properties appropriate credit. Maybe it'll start a trend, a groundswell, a movement....
*Update 3: see https://www.marriott.com/Multimedia/PDF/CorporateResponsibility/Marriott_Environment_Principles.pdf which further outlines Marriott's goals.