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Almost every large hotel has in-house laundry facility. Laundry contributes around 1 to 2 % to the total hotel (65% of average occupancy in a year) financial turnover.
Laundry operation – facts and figures

  • It consumes around 2 to 5 % of the total hotel electricity. Out of which, washing accounts approximately 35 % and drying & finishing accounts for 65%.
  • The Repair and Maintenance expenditure of laundry equipment’s is around 15 to 20 % of the total laundry earnings
  • The expenditure on chemical usage for laundry is around 15 to 30% of the total laundry earnings

Environmental Impacts

Laundry operation in a hotel consumes enormous amount of resource (both hot and cold water, electricity, steam, chemicals) there by generating a large amount of wastewater (having phosphates and detergents). Chemicals used for dry cleaning are hazardous in nature and require safety precautions for handling. Some of the adverse environmental impacts caused by the laundry operation are mentioned below

Significant Environmental Aspects and Impacts – Laundry Department

Various activities in Laundry operation


Environmental Impact

Significant Aspect

Washing of Guest clothes using ionic and nonionic detergents, and liquid bleach & sour

Generation of wastewater and possibility of over use of chemicals

Water pollution

Possibility of excessive Phosphates in wastewater

Dry cleaning using per- chloroethylene or other dry cleaning solvents

Use of hazardous chemicals

Land pollution

Generation of Hazardous Waste

Packing items paper collar-band, shirt card, plastic bow, shirt band and butter paper

Generation of plastic waste and consumption of more packaging materials

Land pollution

Plastic waste

Use of plastic hangers for suits, trousers, lady suits.

Generation of plastic hangers

Land pollution

Plastic waste



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