Soneva has put in place an Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth to handle solid waste. 74% of Soneva’s solid waste is recycled. The overall carbon footprint of Soneva waste management is negative 69 tons per year, which means our recycling efforts result in more carbon avoidance than produced, hence decarbonising.
Typically 50% of waste is organic matter. For Soneva it is as high as 70%. For this reason handling organic waste is crucial. At Soneva Fushi, all food waste is composted using a force aeration method, which turns organic food and garden waste to nutritious soil that is reused in the herb and vegetable gardens.
At Soneva Fushi, wood waste is made into biochar and charcoal that is used at the resort. The Adam Retort oven cooks the wood, allowing us to store carbon, improve soil fertility and reduce imports of charcoal for barbecues.
The low cost of glass can make recycling uneconomic; often the cost of transport is far more than the glass is worth. For this reason, glass is crushed and mixed in cement allowing us to make designer table tops or simply just reduce the amount of cement used.
Power Cable Reels
Power cable reels are often left as waste after the cables has been used. We make use of this as they function as great tables. Particularly on remote islands like Soneva Fushi, this is useful as it eliminates the need to transport away the power cable reels as well as bringing in new tables.