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Environmental Policy

Our commitment to the environment explained...

Here at the Ovens Valley Motor Inn we feel a strong sense of responsibility to care for our environment as we are located within one of Victoria’s most pristine natural environments. We are surrounded by the Alpine National Park and Mt Buffalo National Park and located close to the Ovens River, which is an important water source for our community.
 
The Ovens Valley Motor Inn has been awarded the AAA Tourism’s Green Stars endorsement, identifying our commitment to good environmental practices within our business. AAA Tourism’s research shows that customers are interested in staying at properties that are ‘environmentally friendly’. Two out of three say a green endorsement would positively impact their decision on which accommodation to choose.
 
The following initiatives have been implemented at the property:
 

Waste Minimisation

Recycling system in place for glass, paper, metal and plastics.
Kitchen green waste is composted & food scraps are set aside for animal feed.
Procedures in place for cardboard flattening and recycling.
Paper recycling point at reception.
Recycling of printer cartridges.
Recycling of corks in the restaurant.
Double sided printing policy used in office & use of recycled stationery and paper products.
Paper covers for drinking glasses and paper toilet seals no longer used.
Use of 100% biodegradable bin liners in the kitchen and guest rooms.
 

Water Management

The following initiatives have been implemented to reduce our water use:
Dual flush toilets in place.
Water saving shower heads installed.
No wash towel option & bed linen is changed every third day (unless otherwise required).
Grip triggers fitted to all outside hoses.
A comprehensive maintenance program is in place to ensure no leaking taps or toilet cisterns.
Garden timers are installed to ensure essential watering of garden beds is done at night to eliminate evaporation.
A bore has been installed to ensure a continued supply of water for the pool and garden during times of water restrictions.
 
The following initiatives have been adopted to ensure we are minimsing pollutants added to our natural environment:
ECOLAB environmentally friendly cleaning products are used in motel units.
ECOLAB specific cleaning & washing products are used in food preparation areas.
ECOLAB automatic product dispenser installed to eliminate misuse of products.
Unbleached recycled toilet paper is used.
The Eco Essential environmentally friendly guests amenities range is supplied to guests.
 

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient lights installed.
Exterior lights are controlled by an automatic light sensor and an off timer.
All heaters are energy efficient convection models.
All appliances & lights are turned off by staff when room is serviced daily.
Natural ventilation, along with good insulation ensures a viable alternative to air-conditioning being turned on.
Installation of solar heating for the pool and spa.
Installation of Quantum Solar Heat Pumps.
 
Although the above initiatives are a simple part of everyday life at the property, we are always on the look out to recognise further opportunities for improvement and opportunities to introduce additional sustainable innovations.  
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