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Protecting East Coast Destinations With Sustainable Hospitality 

White Elephant Resorts is committed to protecting the Island of Nantucket, Palm Beach and the East Coast through sustainable hospitality and green hotel practices. We are dedicated to preserving our beautiful East Coast destinations, from hotel recycling and reuse programs to promoting oyster restoration off Nantucket Island. White Elephant Resorts' collection of eco-friendly hotels demonstrates the latest green hotel trends in the hospitality industry in efforts to reduce waste and protect our communities and planet for future generations to enjoy. 

Sustainable Housekeeping

In efforts to reduce energy and water consumption, housekeeping gives guests the option of reusing their towels and sheets. For example, if you'd like to participate in this sustainable option The Wauwinet asks the guests to place the provided Starfish figurine on the bed and hang up the towels they would like to reuse.
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Sustainable Housekeeping

Single Use Plastic Ban

More than 10 million tons of plastics enter the ocean annually, and scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Plastics contribute hazards to human health, environmental health, and societal economies. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of plastics in the ocean are single-use items. Prevention through reducing plastic usage is the most effective management approach to mitigate plastic pollution. Landfill space on Nantucket and elsewhere is rapidly diminishing and becoming increasingly expensive. Reducing the quantity of plastic waste we generate will extend the lifespan of Nantucket's landfill and reduce the economic and environmental costs of managing plastic waste.
Effective June 1, 2020, Nantucket will enforce a ban on single-use plastics including bottled water. Bottled water will no longer be sold in sizes smaller than one liter (34 ounces) in island groceries, delis, and cafes. Nantucket is implementing these pro-active measures to support your use of your own water bottle around town, on the bike paths, and at the beaches; Nantucket's tap water is safe, reliable and tastes great! Wannacomet Water Company produces an annual water quality report to document the cleanliness and safety of Nantucket's public water supply. 
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Single Use Plastic Ban

Large Recyclable Aluminum Amenity Bottles

Our properties are exploring alternatives to single-use plastic bottles. Ideally, we will move into using large format amenity bottles provided in our guestrooms. The guest will also have access to a bottle they can take with them throughout their stay.
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Large Format Amenity Bottles

Shell Recycling Program

In the spring of 2014, with funding from the Nantucket Shellfish Association, the Natural Resources Department established a shell recycling program due to its high priority in the Shellfish Management Plan (October 2012). This program encourages local restaurants, raw bars, and the community to save and recycle oyster and clam shells in order to support oyster restoration in Nantucket waters. Shells are collected, weighed, and stored at the Department of Public Works to cure for at least one year before they can be put back into the water. Cured oyster shells or "cultch" serve as the base layer or foundation for an oyster reef. When the shells are placed back in the water, baby oysters or "spat" are chemically attracted to them and settle on them to complete their life cycle.
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Shell Recycling Program

Nantucket Recycling Program

Nantucket's mandatory recycling program was established in July of 1996. All residential and commercial property owners or occupants are required to recycle. The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) provides a single drop-off area for all source-separated recyclables and household waste.
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Nantucket Recycling Program
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