Caesars Entertainment has an in-house goal to divert 50 percent of its total waste from landfill by 2020. Entitled CodeGreen, the program includes various initiatives at its more than 49 casino and resort properties. The goal was put in place in 2008, but it wasn’t until three years ago that a baseline was established and progress across the board was made.
Jeff Ruskowitz, manager of engineering and sustainable operations, joined Caesars in 2013 and assumed responsibility for the company’s diversion goals. Among his first moves was establishing a baseline, which meant company-wide monthly reporting of waste prevention, recycling, composting and buying/manufacturing of recycled-content products. Using that data, the team determined Caesars had achieved 23 percent diversion heading into 2014.