In conjunction with World Cleanup Day last Saturday, the 19th of September, Sunway Hotels & Resorts organised a hotel-wide cleanup.
Involving over 100 volunteers from participating Sunway Hotels, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group gathered under the intention to unite a global community, raise awareness, and implement true change to achieve a clean and healthy planet.
“We are proud to participate for the first time in this global movement. The support and participation from all the Sunway Hotels shows that people are taking the issue of waste management seriously in their local communities and that we can make a difference by just picking up litter around us for a better world. We hope to continue to participate in this annual event to educate our employees on the cleanliness of surrounding and a better living environment.”Dato’ K.L. Tan, Sunway Group Senior Managing Director for Chairman’s Office
Through this project, a total of 4,000 pieces or 367kg of waste and recyclables were collected from the vicinity of Sunway Hotels & Resorts of the Kuala Lumpur region (Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Pyramid Hotel, Sunway Clio Hotel, Sunway Velocity Hotel Kuala Lumpur), the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Sunway Hotel Georgetown in Penang, Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya, and the international branch of Sunway Hotel Hanoi in Vietnam.
Waste collected was segregated based on recyclable or trash properties, which were then sent to designated refuse chambers for proper disposal.
This initiative is part of the #sunwayforgood movement, committing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) of the Sunway Hotels & Resorts towards a sustainable environment, economy, and society.
In addition, an on-going #ZeroFoodWastage programme is also running, collecting surplus food from Sunway’s food and beverage establishments to feed urban poor communities. Cooking oil and biodiesel waste is sent to FatHopes Energy for recycling; and other sustainable initiatives such as repurposing hotel soap bars with Kinder Soaps are concurrent.
Sunway has also partnered up with Kloth Cares for thorough rethinking, reducing, repurposing, and recycling unwanted fabrics. Collective resort-wide composting of waste, no-straw campaigns, and reduction of single-use plastics.
All of these efforts consolidate with the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development agenda, committing all Sunway Hotels & Resorts to SDG1 (Zero Hunger) and SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) to foster a better future for all Sunway communities.
In 2008, 50,000 people in Estonia united to clean up the country, and succeeded in just five hours. This inspiring act influenced a global bottom-up civic movement of taking waste disposal matters into the community’s own hands, and educated many on the responsibilities of waste management and clean living.
This year, citizens from 180 countries across seven continents organise clean-ups in large and small, urban and rural communities. An estimated 21 million volunteers gather for a single day of action, united by the common issue of managing and ending global waste for a cleaner planet.
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