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Marriott in tune with the environment

12.10am 18th December 2006 - Management Topics

Marriott Golf UK has shown its commitment to the environment by introducing a revolutionary new waste water treatment and recycling system throughout all of its golf courses in the United Kingdom.

This innovative technology known as ‘Waste2Water’ was bought in to deal with the vast amounts of grass clippings and other contaminants collected by maintenance machinery on the golf course every day. Marriott felt the ideal solution to this problem was to acquire the Waste2Water Recycling Vehicle & Equipment Wash-Off System.

The systems have enabled the creation of an ‘environmental activity centre’ at each facility, removing any risk of pollution arising from the day to day activities in the golf maintenance yard. Washing equipment, refuelling and chemical handling activities are all treated on the secure wash pad constructed as part of the system.

This environmentally friendly system removes any risk of contamination by biologically breaking down organic pollutants such as oil, petrol, diesel, fungicides and pesticides that are routinely handled at each facility.

The procedure works by depositing the clippings into a wheelbarrow and then passing the waste water through a honeycomb media where special microbes ingest the contaminants and convert them into harmless carbon dioxide and water that can be continuously re-used. The efficiency of the system enables wash water usage to be reduced by 90%, which has already proved invaluable at the golf courses situated in the south.

“With environmental concerns at the forefront of today’s society we are delighted that we have been able to implement such an effective system that not only makes our courses tidier but will also be of benefit for the future,” said Stephen Follett, director of golf operations for Marriott.

Marriott has now placed the “Waste 2 Water” scheme into all eleven of its golf courses in the UK, and is looking forward to reaping the benefits both on the courses and for the environment in the future.

Marriott Golf, the golf management division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), currently manages 60 golf courses at 45 facilities in 14 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is currently the largest resort golf operator in the both the United Kingdom and the United States. Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises.


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