Soul, Community, Planet brand are the core values of Salishan Resort, according to Ryan McCarthy, the Gleneden Beach resort's general manager.
“This simple action converts bottles into sand, reduces volume by 90 percent and creates an immediate resource,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy is talking about a new way of reducing the waste of glass and creating a useful material, sand.
He said Salishan now has a machine that is capable of crushing one bottle in 3-5 seconds converting the glass bottles into the sand.
“One five gallon bucket equals 60 wine and spirit bottles (or 160 small beer bottles),” McCarthy said.
He said the machine itself is very compact and safe to handle.
McCarthy said sand is an exciting tool for the resort and some innovative ideas are in the works for its use.
He said they envision dressing our bunkers and sand traps on the golf courses.
“Offering special mementos for events such as weddings - we can “crush” that special bottle of champagne to create a one-of-a-kind gift,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said the team is actively developing further ideas on how the glass can be incorporated into arts activities with the resort activity staff.
“Innovation - especially when it comes to how we can operate more sustainably - maps very closely to the core values of the Soul, Community, Planet brand,” McCarthy said.
“We are always looking for ways to improve.”
He said the wine bottle recycling program is just one of the many programs they execute as part of their Soul Community Planet ethos.
According to McCarthy eliminating single-use plastic, from shampoo bottles to straws is another way we’ve worked to reduce waste at Salishan.
“All guest rooms and spa facilities have been outfitted with refillable pumps using planet-friendly products from Bend-based Dani Naturals−which use recyclable and biodegradable packaging,” McCarthy said.
He said they also created eight new Tesla EV charging stations and are excited to host an employee-led beach clean up later this month.
McCarthy said the bottom line is: Salishan knows they have a responsibility as environmental stewards to do their part to protect and preserve coastal Oregon and beyond.
“Salishan isn’t just where we work, it's our home and we want to play an active role in ensuring this landscape is here for generations of Oregonians to enjoy,” McCarthy said.