“Eco-Purchasing”: A Study of the Solid Waste Prevention Methods adopted by Hotels and Restaurants of Pune City
Eco- Purchasing is a key activity in eliminating waste and helps in increasing in profit and reduces cost (Amemba, 2013). It is one of the essential steps in waste reduction method. If systematically implemented the Eco-Purchasing can be the most effective solution in fighting against the growing problem of solid waste disposal. In India around 75% of the total Hotel accounts for unorganized/ small budget hotels, which normally faces financial constrains to invest in environmentally friendly technology and products (Dwivedi, 2016 ). Depending on the type of orgainsation the eco-purchasing practices can be drafted which will suite the need of the orgainsation Eco- Purchasing can contributes in lowering the negative impact on environment by minimizing waste, since it works on the principle of dissimilation of products in advance so that it can be recycled after use (Sloan et al ,2008).
The current study finds out the Eco- Purchasing practices followed by the Hotels and Restaurants of Pune city. The Data is collected by circulating a well-structured questionnaire to all the Purchasing Managers of the hotel and Restaurants. The study reveals that lot has to be done in this eco- purchasing practices and the employees need to be made aware about its importance and should be trained to practice those in day to day work, as though the awareness percent about solid waste and solid waste management is 96.1% and 78.9% respectively but they are still do not understand the importance of Purchasing policy, Eco- Purchasing concept, role of Suppliers etc. This could work if the management frames effective purchasing policy covering all aspects of Eco- purchasing.
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