We reduce waste levels to the greatest extent possible, and recycle unavoidable waste wherever possible. Our efforts to divert more waste away from landfills have yielded positive results due to multiple initiatives at all our properties. In fact, six of our properties achieved more than 50% diversion of waste from landfill in 2013 and nine properties achieved more than 40%. Overall, our total waste diversion in 2013 was 35%.
“I believe our food waste diversion program is the biggest highlight that has helped us improve our waste diversion levels. At the Rio, we operate several large production kitchens that result in food scrap. We have catch-bins in all of our kitchens in the hotel and at several stations in restaurants that bussers and servers use in their jobs. I am a big fan of composting and the staff has embraced the new practice and all have played a role in getting the food scrap where it needs to go.”
Joseph Hamel, Executive Chef, Rio Suite Hotel & Casino
Reusing Construction Waste to Benefit the Community
Our renovation and reconstruction at The Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel & Spa after the great devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is now nearing completion as we rebrand and transform the property into Harrah’s Gulf Coast, offering new and improved amenities and experiences to guests. The waterfront property will include a new boardwalk and entertainment lawn, demolishing the original construction platform that was the foundation of the existing site. In collaboration with The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, we developed a plan to reuse demolished building materials to create additional offshore fishing reefs at Katrina Key, an artificial reef created in 2007 to reduce shoreline erosion and provide fish habitat. The new boardwalk and entertainment lawn along with the bolstering of Katrina Key will benefit fishermen, the local community and the environment, and significantly divert several tons of construction waste from landfills.