SOME 80 volunteers took part in a community walk and cleanup programme along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Penang to mark Hotel Equatorial Penang’s 28th anniversary.
The volunteers included corporate clients, in-house guests, media and hotel employees.
Hotel general manager Andreas Knüssi said the hotel’s objective was to give back to the community and support the Penang 2030 plan for a cleaner and greener environment.
An avid diver, Knüssi is very passionate about environmental conservation.
“We have only one Earth. It’s sad to see tonnes of trash getting dumped on our coastal land and in the water.
“It’s no longer enough to talk about raising awareness. It’s time for action and Hotel Equatorial wants to lead by example,” Knüssi said.
Knüssi said the ongoing green initiatives at the hotel included recycling and segregating waste.
“Every floor in our hotel has special bins for our guests to segregate their waste which is given away to recycling operators.
“We also have devices in many of our rooms to reduce water flow.
“Straws are given out only upon request and we use recyclable cups for takeaways.
“We are looking into giving discounts to our guests who bring their cups for takeaways and we are still sourcing for recyclable materials,” he said.
He also praised the state government’s continuous green efforts.
“I look forward to more stringent waste disposal laws.
“In Switzerland, unwanted big electronic items are not dumped by the road or at the beach.
“They are sent to special centres or sent back to the shops to be recycled. Failing to comply with the laws will land the offenders in court where they could be fined or jailed.
“The clean and green vision is vital to the tourism industry. We want tourists to use clean public toilets and swim in rubbish-free beaches. All this leaves a lasting impression,” Knüssi commented.
The hotel’s assistant marcom manager Gillian Tan said the volunteers collected 25 bags of garbage which included plastic bottles, plastic packaging, food wrappers and cigarette butts.
All volunteers were provided with gloves, garbage bags and cleaning tools.
They were also treated to breakfast, followed by a photo session at the Spiral Bridge of Hope.
The hotel’s culinary team prepared the day’s refreshments.