The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed many hospitality businesses to focus on sustainability goals while forced to close.
When those businesses reopen, added sustainability credentials give customers one more reason to visit.
In October 2019, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its portfolio of luxury hotels, by the end of March 2021. While the original timing for completion is likely to be impacted by the global effects of Covid-19, the Group develops its commitment to sustainability. This is just one example of how hospitality is preparing to reopen more sustainably.
Sustainability is at the very heart of business for Meiko UK, it always has been and as such developments in sustainability are carefully monitored.
Monitoring and mirroring sustainability – One such development sees the hospitality industry switching to providing guest water in reusable bottles, carafes and jugs.
These create a more tailored service and are a logical switch from single-use plastic.
Removing plastic bottles from bedrooms, conference, meeting rooms and restaurant tables will reduce the use of plastic, but how do you wash bottles, inside and out, maintaining top-level hygiene without using too much labour and chemicals?
Sustainable bottle washing
Meiko has launched its own BOTTLE WASHING SYSTEM to do just that
“Washing bottles usually requires bespoke washing solutions tailored to an individual bottle size. But Meiko has engineered a robust solution that is also fast and provides the guarantee of total hygiene that caterers demand.
“Hospitality businesses choosing Meiko equipment can be assured that the washing results provide the highest level of hygiene, tested to DIN 10534.
“Meiko dishwashers deliver a high temperature wash and rinse certified to kill the coronavirus as well as bacteria such as E-coli 0157 which is responsible for many instances of food poisoning.”
To use Meiko M-iClean UM dishwashers as bottle washers, the bottom wash arm is replaced with the BOTTLE WASH ADAPTER.
This patented system uses separate, sealed channels to first send wash fluid into the bottle, then separately, rinse aid. Specially designed nozzles spray the chemicals directly into the bottles, along with water, guaranteeing that the full power of the jet enters the bottle – ensuring that everything is hygienically cleaned.
Meiko UM machines have a theoretical capacity of 40 racks or 640 bottles per hour *(competitor 480) and each Meiko rack can hold up to 16 bottles (competitor 8), so the Meiko system is much more productive.
Sustainable bottle washing
The MEIKO bottle washing system is suitable for all M-iClean UM/UM+ machines. The flexible plastic rack is suitable for a wide range of bottle sizes (up to a diameter of 114 Millimeter) and heights and can even be retrofitted for all M-iClean UM and UM+ undercounter dishwashers from 2009.
Bottle diameter: max. 114 mm
Bottle height: 235–250 mm (UM)/
355–370 mm (UM+)
Diameter of neck:
min. 18 mm interior/
max. 80 mm exterior
* In reality of course, the number of bottles washed will be about one-third to one-half the theoretical figure.
Monitoring and mirroring sustainability – always
Meiko UK Limited, 393 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 4UF
Tel: 01753 215120