The first goal was to reduce the refuse being received by the Island. This has been achieved by ordering in bulk, commencing sea freight orders rather than air freight, which requires much less packaging, and changing the offerings to guest to reduce plastics and other consumables. For example, in rooms, soaps are package free, bath gels and shampoos are offered in either glass or ceramic containers and bins used in the rooms do not require plastic bags.
Refuse from rooms and outlets are then returned to the waste management facility for sorting and processing.
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A new plastic shredder is used for shredding plastic back into small pieces. These are then consolidated and sold to a recycling merchant in the Maldives who then sends it to India for reuse. Glass is ground down to fine sand by purpose build grinder. This sand is then reused in cement for construction works.
This onsite waste management processed has reduced the amount of waste being removed back off the island by nearly 70%. Kurumba goal is to achieve a 90% reduction.
Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives has stated “We are proud of how much we have improved in our waste management at Kurumba and hope to lead the way for the remainder of the Maldives. We still see areas that we can improve on however there is positive momentum. This does have a substantial investment with over USD 100,000 being spent already on developing this facility. Many of our guests are showing more interest in waste management within the Maldives and we will be commencing heart of house tours in the near future”.
Kurumba believes that by being more environmentally friendly will attract guests with a sense of responsible purchasing.
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