In just six short months, The Coeur d’Alene Resort has taken huge strides in cementing itself as a leader for eco-friendly businesses.
Earlier this year, The Resort introduced a massive new recycling program, which has already helped keep thousands of pounds of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass each month.
“I believe this is very important for our community and for the planet,” said Michael Jimenez, shipping and receiving manager for The Coeur d’Alene Resort. “Everything we can do helps out, and with The Resort being a major employer and trash generator, I feel we have to recycle.”
Jimenez helped get the program started in January, when he saw the opportunity to use another local recycling program as a jumping-off point. The local branch of Waste Management began recycling glass, which Jimenez said was the perfect opportunity to make a company-wide commitment to recycle paper, aluminum and plastic as well.
Since it’s inception, Jimenez said the program has made a huge difference. The Resort is estimated to be gathering between 500 pounds and 800 pounds of recyclables each week, recycling up to 1.6 tons — or 3,200 pounds — of material each month. The Resort estimates it could recycle up to 19 tons of material during 2017.
The program includes easy-access bins for all four recyclable materials on each floor of The Resort, next to pre-existing bins for waste near the service-side elevators. The location makes it simple to remember to recycle whatever employees already planned to throw away. In addition, receptacles have been added in the banquet bars to help catering staff recycle during events.
As recycling becomes a staple of The Resort’s green mentality, Jimenez said he hopes the program can expand further to other restaurants and businesses in town.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort and the famous floating boardwalk has been a staple on the Lake Coeur d’Alene waterfront for decades. Hagadone Hospitality has owned and operated the property since June 1983, and opened the iconic 18-story Coeur d’Alene Resort in May 1986. The Resort also operates The Resort Golf Course, home to the famous Floating Green, which opened in 1991.