Guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast often ask about whether we recycle, and I always answer with a resounding, “Yes!” While our rooms and suites might not feature those ugly, divided waste bins, all of the staff at the Maine Stay is committed to protecting the environment. As a result, we sort through your bins each and every day,
recycling as much as we can. That may seem a little icky, but we’re just that committed.
Three and a half years ago, the Maine Stay Inn didn’t recycle a single item. As avid recyclers, it was a shock to come to a place where everything was thrown away, even returnables! Yes, every water bottle left in rooms was sent to the landfills. The idea of making our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast eco-friendly was a daunting task, so we started slowly. We began simply by returning recyclable bottles and cans. Quickly, however, that change felt insufficient, as we noticed that every milk and juice container went directly into the garbage. Not cool. After a trip to the local hardware store for extra large bins and spray paint, the newest addition to our recycling plan was in place. All the kitchen and office waste that could be recycled was deposited in the bins. Again, this made a dent. Well, a small one.
Next we tackled the plethora of boxes which flow into our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, bringing everything from toilet tissue and teas to cleaning products and new linens. So while we were suddenly faced with a growing (and rather ugly) pile of recycling, we realized that the aesthetic unpleasantness encountered twice a month was vastly overshadowed by the positive feedback from guests. It makes everyone feel good to know that we are recycling. So we took the plunge and trained our housekeeping staff on what can be recycled and what can’t. To their credit, they are extremely diligent!
Currently we are working on finalizing the modifications that will allow our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast to become certified as an Environmental Leader. Yes, soon we hope to be an official Maine Green Lodging Property! So rest easily on your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine, knowing that we’re doing our part to protect the environment for posterity.