Sewage Treatment Plant
El Nido Resorts operates a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant (STP) combined with native reed bed filters. This ensures that no raw sewage and grey water are discharged into sea. Treated water is utilized in flushing toilets, watering the plants, and supplying fire hydrants. This directly reduces consumption of water, which otherwise have to be produced through energy-intensive desalination processes or sourced in the region’s water sources.
Materials Recovery Facility
Solid wastes go through strict segregation before reaching the resort’s full cycle materials recovery facility (MRF). The MRF receives recyclable and organic wastes from the resorts and is looked after by the Garden Department. After segregation, the recyclable waste is stored in holding bins for pick-up by a local junk shop dealer for recycling, while the organic waste is composted onsite and later packed for use in the resort gardens or organic farms in El Nido mainland. Recognizing the negative impact of using non-recyclable wastes, El Nido Resorts implemented a refillable drinking water system in 2008 to try to eliminate the purchase of bottled waters during activities. The Kitchen Department also implemented its own refilling system, whereas instead of buying cooking oils in new containers, they just send the old containers to the supplier for a refill.
El Nido Resorts operates a rainwater catchment system to capture, filter, and store rainwater for use in the guest rooms and staff quarters. Water saving devices such as low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets are also in place.
There is a very limited supply of fresh water in island resorts. El Nido Resorts operates a desalination plant to convert salt water into fresh water suitable for human consumption. The desalination plant enables us to avoid depleting mainland water sources and competing with local communities for water supply.
All bulbs were replaced with Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) in 2008. Guest rooms were also fitted with energy efficient water heater, and designed in such a way to optimize natural lighting. Solar panels are installed at the Deluxe Water Cottages of Miniloc Island Resort, and at Entalula Beach Club and Dibuluan Beach Club in El Nido, both operated by El Nido Resorts. El Nido Resorts observes the global initiative Earth Hour every March by turning off all non-essential lights at the resorts for 1-hour. As an offshoot of Earth Hour, El Nido Resorts has gone further to celebrate Eco-Hour every full moon during the summer months of March to May. The energy savings from the 1-hour electricity shutdown is used to purchase seedlings from Island Transvoyager Inc.’s Carbon Offsetting Program, to be planted in the El Nido watershed.
Low Impact and Sustainable Guest Experiences
El Nido and Taytay are areas of undoubtedly high biodiversity. El Nido Resorts is committed to promoting nature-based activities that showcase yet protect the richness of this biodiversity. Only low impact activities are offered to guests. There are no jet-skis and other motorized marine sports equipment. Marine sports guides accompany guests to supervise the activities, provide nature interpretation, and ensure guests don’t disturb or damage the environment. The resorts also started using eco-friendly boat engines in 2006 and are continuously upgrading engine maintenance systems to help minimize the negative effects brought about by carbon monoxide emission. El Nido Resorts only serves sustainable menus. The resorts no longer purchase grouper, as there has been an observable decline in their local population. Locally and organically produced vegetables comprise 60% of total kitchen purchases, while locally reared livestock comprise 90% of total kitchen purchases. Women from several barangays (villages) in El Nido have also been trained in weaving to produce native bags and slippers that are purchased by the resort. These local bags and slippers are given complimentary to guests as part of the El Nido Resorts experience.