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Cleaner Production Demonstration Project at the Australian International Hotel School and Hotel Kurrajong

Table of Contents

Recycle bin system

Executive Summary

1 .0 Review of Hotel Kurrajong Operations

2 .0 Planning and Organisation of the Hotel Kurrajong
2.1 Cleaner Production Approach Used at Hotel Kurrajong
2.2 Cleaner Production Opportunities at Hotel Kurrajong
2.2.1 Improved Energy Management
2.2.2 Minimisation of Water Usage
2.2.3 Solid Waste Minimisation and Recycling
2.2.4 Wastewater Minimisation and Recycling
2.2.5 Chemical Usage

3 .0 Cleaner Production Initiatives
3.1 Minimisation of Water Usage
3.1.1 Evaluation of Opportunity
3.1.2 Project Implementation
3.1.3 Results
3.2 Solid Waste Minimisation and Recycling
3.2.1 Detailed Evaluation and Project Implementation
3.2.2 Results

4 .0 Review of Project

5 .0 Concluding Remarks

List of Tables

Table 1 Summary of Waste Generated
Table 2 Estimated Annual Amounts of Solid Wastes Generated
Table 3 Fate and Cost of Solid Wastes

Executive Summary

The Cleaner Production Demonstration Project (the Project) was an initiative of Environment Australia -Environment Protection Group (the EPG). The aim of the Project was to raise the awareness of Australian industry and actively promote cleaner production issues. This was to be achieved by conducting ten successful cleaner production demonstration projects in industry around Australia, documenting the benefits and experiences of the project, and publicising the results to wider industry. Dames & Moore, assisted by Energetics, were engaged as technical consultants on the project. The project commenced in June 1994, and ran for 27 months.

Hotel Kurrajong was selected as one of the ten companies to participate in the Project. This case study report presents a record of the progress of the Hotel Kurrajong project, from initial meeting to project completion, and details the results of the Project including any problems or lessons which may been encountered. The case study demonstrates the application of Cleaner Production to the printing industry.

Hotel Kurrajong consists of a teaching facility for hotel management attended by fee paying, boarding students and a public hotel. At the time of the project, student numbers were well below capacity although the Hotel was operating satisfactorily, especially its dining facilities.

Hotel Kurrajong was considered a unique 'site' for the Cleaner Production Demonstration Project in that it combines a learning/teaching institution with the service industry operation of a hotel. This was outside the normal realm of Cleaner Production programs which are usually applied to industrial facilities.

Cleaner Production demonstration opportunities initially identified were:

Energy Related Issues

  1. balancing air supply to kitchen exhaust hoods
  2. updating automatic controls of HVAC
  3. fitting thermostatic valves to radiators
  4. fitting flow control devices to showers and taps
  5. appointing a full-time energy manager
  6. fit occupancy sensors to control lights in intermittently occupied areas

Other Environmental Issues

  1. minimising water usage
  2. solid waste minimisation and recycling
  3. liquid waste minimisation and recycling
  4. minimise usage and environmental effects of chemicals

A number of the energy related Cleaner Production projects were not implemented due to lack of funds. However, several other environmental initiatives had already been implemented before the commencement of the Project and additional programs particularly relating to waste minimisation and packaging reductions were implemented during the course of the project.

1.0 Review of Hotel Kurrajong Operations


Hotel Kurrajong has continued to benefit from these initiatives. As a Demonstration Project this case study has been maintained in its original form.


General Manager
Hotel Kurrajong
National Cct.
Barton ACT 2600 
Ph: 61 2 6234 4444
Fax: 61 2 6234 4466
Web site:
Date of implementation: 1994-1996
Date of further initiatives: Ongoing.
Case study prepared: 1997 by Dames & Moore (URS) and Energetics. 
Date last reviewed: May 2001.