On a recent vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was impressed by the Ritz-Carlton labeled water bottles housekeeping replenished in our room everyday. But after the first day, I was also curious about what they did with all the plastic bottles they cleared out of the guest rooms. Do hotels recycle? Turns out, very few of them do. And a quick call to the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan confirmed they, in fact, do not.
And something else bothered me. I loved how housekeeping folded the toilet paper ends into neat little triangles everytime they cleaned the room; but why did they keep changing out the half-used roll with a new one? What do they do with all those half-used rolls of toilet paper? Do they send them to Motel 8 down the street?