Solid waste management in the hospitality industry: A review

Sanaa I. Pirani, Hassan A. Arafat

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Solid waste management is a key aspect of the environmental management of establishments belonging to the hospitality sector. In this study, we reviewed literature in this area, examining the current status of waste management for the hospitality sector, in general, with a focus on food waste management in particular. We specifically examined the for-profit subdivision of the hospitality sector, comprising primarily of hotels and restaurants. An account is given of the causes of the different types of waste encountered in this sector and what strategies may be used to reduce them. These strategies are further highlighted in terms of initiatives and practices which are already being implemented around the world to facilitate sustainable waste management. We also recommended a general waste management procedure to be followed by properties of the hospitality sector and described how waste mapping, an innovative yet simple strategy, can significantly reduce the waste generation of a hotel. Generally, we found that not many scholarly publications are available in this area of research. More studies need to be carried out on the implementation of sustainable waste management for the hospitality industry in different parts of the world and the challenges and opportunities involved.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)320-336
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2014


  • Ecolabels
  • Food waste
  • Hospitality industry
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Waste management


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