Green Policy

Alder House Hotel Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

The Alder House Hotel operates with a culture that recognises responsibilities to society to maintain safety and quality in all our operations. We recognise that the hotel’a activities affect many people in the local community.

It is the policy of the hotel’s to carry out all measures reasonably practicable to seek to meet, exceed or develop all necessary requirements to improve the hotel’s impact on the environment. The hotel will comply with all environmental regulations, legislation and approved codes of practice relating to the processes and activities of the company.

The aims will be wherever possible:

  • Assess the environmental effects of the hotel’s activities in its operation.
  • Reduce the amount of waste produced.
  • Reduce the consumption of raw materials, water and fuels.
  • Reduce and/or limit the production of pollutants to the environment.
  • Limit the noise in and around the site.
  • Support the activities of local organisations and businesses, thus ensuring the hotel continues to have a positive impact on the community both in day to day operations and the future.

The hotel will strive to enhance environmental awareness and understanding in all employees, suppliers, customers, sub-contractors and the public. Where possible the company will provide information and assistance to customers on environmental issues arising from its products and services.

The hotel has developed a ‘Green Team’ and part of their responsibility is to maintain a ‘Green Management File’ providing evidence and a ‘Green Action Plan’ to be communicated to guests and staff.

Activities Currently Completed/ Undertaken 


  • Waste glass and bottles recycled
  • Cardboard collected for recycling
  • Where practical waste paper used for scrap and notes
  • Waste cooking oil recycled
  • The hotel’s stationary and marketing materials use products that are Chlorine free and from sustainably managed sources.

Energy Conservation

  • Bedroom TV’s switched off (not on standby)
  • Light bulbs where practical replaced with minimum acceptable wattage & low energy light bulbs.
  • Infra red light sensors, (for lighting) installed where practical
  • Only essential lighting, for health and safety purposes, are left on when the hotel is closed at night.
  • All staff aware that all non-essential lighting and heating is to be turned off when not in use.
  • Heating is regulated throughout the hotel by timers, and in the winter reduced to minimum comfort levels
  • 100% of the hotel windows are double glazed and double glazing is installed as a matter of course on all new build works/refurbishment
  • Endeavour to minimise the use of the kitchen dishwater, washing by hand where practical. When using the kitchen and bar dishwashers only use them on a full load.

Water Conservation

  • Water consumption is monitored – read at monthly and results utilised
  • Green towel and linen replacement policy advertised (we will change linen every 3 days unless requested)
  • Use energy efficient appliances
  • Hot water tanks have at least 500mm insulation and pipes are sufficiently lagged
  • Showers use less than 12 litres of water per minute
  • Taps use less than 8.5 litres per minute
  • PIR controls are utilised for flushing systems
  • Soaps and detergents are phosphate free
  • Cleaning products are chlorine free
  • Natura based surface cleaners are used – including the use of chemical free methods such as microfibre cloths

Local Conversation

  • Provide up to date local public transport information
  • Provide information/brochures on local activities such as walking and cycling
  • Use of local suppliers wherever practical, including fresh local produce, delivered daily to our kitchen
  • Endeavour to keep windows and doors shut at night during functions to reduce noise impact to local residents
  • Prizes were regularly given to local charitable organisations
  • Support work experience placements from local schools
  • We actively promote local visitor attractions and facilities

Other initiatives

  • Soap dispensers have been installed in public toilets
  • No more doyleys used

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Continue to remind staff of CSR items via Team Briefs and encourage new ideas
  • Regularly review lighting arrangements to see if improvements can be made
  • Endeavour to source suppliers who are willing to take back packaging where appropriate
  • Continue to remind staff to report water leaks/drips
  • Consider Carbon Off-setting initiatives
  • Review use Fair Trade Produce
  • Review recycling arrangements for tins and other metals
  • Review recycling arrangements for plastics, i.e. milk cartons