April 6, 2015


Luxury Hotel's New Green Practice Will Help Divert Food Waste From Landfills.

The JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, FL, has announced the purchase and successful deployment of a Power Knot LFC to help it become one of the most sustainable hotels in the U.S. The JW Marriott Marquis, one of the of the premiere hotels in North America, represents a new standard of luxury and is perfectly situated close to transportation, beaches and nightlife.  The LFC is a machine that digests food waste, shrinking the carbon footprint of organizations like JW Marriott Marquis, while improving their bottom line as well.  Moreover, the LFC does so quietly, odorlessly, and with understated elegance.

"Green initiatives benefit both the environment and our business.  We enjoy a positive cost reductionwhile decreasing negative effects on the environemnt." -Florencia Tabeni, General Manager of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

"I knew we needed to do something about our food waste and could no longer send it to the landfill. -Urs Lutschg, Corporate Director of Engineering 

"I am working to make our hotel groups as sustainable as possible'" continued Lutschg. "And after reviewing the available options, I decided on the LFC from Power Knot.  I thought the system was a good system when I saw it a year ago, but the latest additions by Power Knot of touch screen, weighing capabilities, remote connectivity, and three year warranty were determining features to acquire this system now."

At the hotel, food waste is moved to the LFC as it is generated.  This keeps the kitchen free of large, unsightly, smelly, and cumbersome garbage bins , typically used to hold food waste.  Because the food waste is no longer sent to a landfill, the carbon footprint of the hotel is significantly reduced.

Raymond Linares, Director of Engineering at JW Marriott Marquis oversaw the installation of the LFC, which took just a few hours, with direct support from Power Knot's local staff in Florida.  "I first made contact with Power Knot before they introduced the new LFC," said Linares. "And I'm very pleased to have the newest unit in our property.  Its installation and start up has been so successful, everybody likes to make use of it and help to resuce the waste that the hotel's operations produce each day.

"From my desk, I can see how much waste we are adding to the LFC by the hour, day, week, and month," said Lutschg.  "I am driving our organization to zero waste, so the weighing capability and remote reporting on the new LFC are important to me.  I cannot control what we cannot measure and we all need to play a part to reduce global warming."

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes an NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service Enliven Spa and Salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL.

For additional information access www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.

The LFC installed in one of the kitchens.  Staff adds food waste anytime.  It's just like a stainless steel stomach.  The food waste is converted to water and sent down the drain.