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Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

To get more people recycling if it isn't working, perhaps put big signs at recycling points, not only saying what to put where, but also why to recycle in the first place (I've learnt this week that even teenagers, who I thought would be well up to speed on recycling, and why we should, aren't ).

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thinking of just the B&B.

What would people think about having a recycle bin on the top landing, and another in the hall, separating paper, plastic, bottles and metal. All our bedroom doors open out onto a small landing, about 2m x 1m.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We recently self-catered in a small group of cottages in suffolk and their recycling plan was pretty good ... and I noticed everyone using it.

There were clear instructions as to what could be put in the general bin, and we were asked to put everything else straight into the council provided bins which were in an outside barn (I realise s/c is a bit different to B&B, more rubbish generated).

The request to recycle was clearly explained and friendly.

If you find your guests leave lights on when they go out, maybe a discreet, not too bossy "have you switched the lights off" sign near the door would be a good idea.

EV

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

EV

The lights sign is deffinately needed.

This morning, I had done a room, all bar a clean towel that was needed, and the people came back to the room. I went in again, when they had left for the day, and they had left 3 lights on.

Back to B&B would 1 recycle point upstairs and downstairs be adequet, or would people need one per room.

I was thinking something like these



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

For people who have been camping with good facilities. How is the recycling set up there.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

alison wrote:
For people who have been camping with good facilities. How is the recycling set up there.


Don't know whether these counted as 'good facilities' (and I don't know what you provide), but I stayed on a small campsite with a single toilet/sinks block, and the recycling bins were all out at the front of the building, labelled, with notices pinned up outside, beside the bins (woodcovered walls); and inside, above the washing-up sinks. There was also a compost waste bin, as well as paper, plastics, glass.

Would you want to provide leaflets (does your local council produce/provide them?) about the joys/benefits/uses of composting ? Including home composting, in case your visitors are enthused enough to go home and give it a try.

I think people develop 'blind spots' when they go away, or produce their rubbish on a different scale.

After several weeks spent dutifully putting all my household and outdoor waste into recycling / compost / etc, the placement student put all his own rubbish into a single bag. And his family make a lot of compost, though I don't know whether they put house rubbish in it or not.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The best places, I find, for notices, is in the toilet and the washing up area.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Changing tack again,

For the B&B breakfasts. Would people prefer their local butter (which we serve) in small pats, wrapped, or cut from a bigger block and put in the condiments dish. Our supplier has both sizes, but from a presentation and packaging point of view, what is favoured?

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

alison wrote:
Changing tack again,

For the B&B breakfasts. Would people prefer their local butter (which we serve) in small pats, wrapped, or cut from a bigger block and put in the condiments dish. Our supplier has both sizes, but from a presentation and packaging point of view, what is favoured?


Butter in dishes. I really hate those little packs, whether of butter, jam, milk: whatever.

alison
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The jam, marmalade and butter / flora are served in a glass partitioned dish, at the moment, with the butter and flora being the little pats. The thinking being no dirty knives in there, and unused beig usable again. Disadvantage being more packaging.

Milk is served from a jug, one per table.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

alison wrote:
The jam, marmalade and butter / flora are served in a glass partitioned dish, at the moment, with the butter and flora being the little pats. The thinking being no dirty knives in there, and unused beig usable again. Disadvantage being more packaging.

Milk is served from a jug, one per table.


This packaging is hard to decide when sharing with people you don't know! Would the cost and waste of open pats of butter not be worse than the little packages? In a hospitality rather than a domestic situation I would be concerned that to be hygienic and serve butter in a dish you would have to throw a lot out?

alison
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That is my thinking too, at the moment, I think. It has taken me ages finding a local dairy that makes butter in little packets too!

Helen_A



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How about asking your guests if they want jam, butter etc.? Then you can serve/cut to order, going by the number of slices of toast etc they are ordering, and you should get less waste that way. Just ask your guests to 'let me know if you need any more' then

(having met that particular method in hotels, its definately much more customer focussed and friendly than the lots of little packets approach )

Helen_A

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Small discount/other incentive for those who arrive on foot/bike/public transport.

Selection of good (secondhand, ofcourse) books for guests to read - environmental, etc issues.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We are looking at a travel incentive. It is a good idea

We do the book thing already.

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