Galley Bay Resort and Spa is constantly looking at ways to improve our ‘product’ whilst being conscious of our surroundings and environment in which we operate. In 2007 the resort was certified by Green Globe.
One of the issues Green Globe asked us to review further was the amount of plastic bottles and aluminum cans we produce within the resort and discard each year. Galley Bay discarded nearly 600,000 plastic bottles and aluminum cans in 2007 alone. Antigua cannot sustain this level of plastic and aluminum waste from one hotel, never mind the amount of plastic generated from all the hotels on the island! We recycle at a local plant, which sends transportation to collect the discarded material. We are not only recycling plastic but aluminum cans and cardboard. In addtion, we have decided to cut down on the waste we produce each year, by not replenishing the mini bar in your room, and not stocking (where possible) plastic bottles or aluminum cans in our bars.
Galley Bay Resort has a state of the art reverse osmosis water plant, which takes salt water from the sea through a purification process to produce fresh water. After leaving the reverse osmosis plant, water is passed through a lime filter to neutralize the water hardness as well as injected with chlorine to kill any bacteria still left in the water. The final product produced, leaves us with a water quality that is 50% better than what is required by U.S. standards set up as a bench mark for municipalities throughout the United States, and therefore perfectly safe to drink.
Galley Bay Hotel as a routine daily schedule, checks and tests the water at the different storage facilities around the property, laundry, food outlets, bars, pools as well as a random testing of different guest rooms throughout the property. This is done to meet and maintain the criteria that is required throughout the hospitality industry, and to ensure our water is safe to drink.
We are in the process of buying a water bottling plant for the hotel, which would allow us to bottle our own water into re-useable glass bottles. We would then be able to distribute these glass bottles throughout the hotel saving on the amount of plastic bottles that we throw away each day.
For a list of some of the other green practices we have started at Galley Bay Resort and Spa in the aim of making our company more sustainable, click here.