A project to reduce waste at hotels in Vermont has received $25,000, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said recently. The funding comes from the Resource Conservation Challenge, an EPA program to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently. The Northeast Recycling Council, working with the Vermont Green Hotels program, was given the money for a three-year project aimed at reducing the amount of solid waste generated, increasing recycling, increasing the rescue and composting of food, and reducing the use of toxic chemicals in hotels.
The project will partner with the Vermont Foodbank to increase food rescue and will provide education and technical assistance to reduce the generation and disposal of waste. EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge program is a six-year national effort aimed at conserving natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.
The Vermont project was one of two in New England to be awarded a grant from the Resource Recovery Challenge.