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More Than Money Green at Dover Downs

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - It's not just the money that's green at Dover Downs, it's the casino and hotel itself.

On Monday, the casino announced major advances in its environmental-friendly efforts. The casino got a "first in the nation" recognition.

Dover Downs has been working with a company called HospitalityGreen. It works with 114 lodging and entertainment facilities across the country. The silver tier certification it gave the casino Monday means Dover Downs is the greenest.

Behind the scenes at Dover Downs employees make a lot of effort to recycle. The casino says it creates about 30 tons of waste a week.

"We've achieved over the past few months 60 percent of everything that's generated out of here as waste is now going to some kind if recycling, rather than to a landfill," said Terry Harmeson

HospitalityGreen says the changes have been impressive.

"The first to be able to achieve a very high level of certification that we require," said Evadne Giannini.

"Some people actually pick a hotel or resort to go to," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware. "Based on if it has a good environmental conscience. If they don't, they won't go.

The casino says its many green initiatives are reducing its environmental impact by the equivalent of pulling more than 1000 cars off the road a year.

"Quite frankly it's just the right thing to do for everybody," Harmeson said.

The casino says the goal is to increase further the percent of its waste that is recycled.

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