As we celebrate America Recycles Day, one sector that is slowly becoming more green is the hospitality industry. However, they still have a long way to go. The average 200 room hotel produces approximately 12,000 non-biodegradable plastic key cards each year which is equivalent to 1,300 tons of plastic waste annually. To put this in perspective, the Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons. It would take 5.78 Statues of Liberty to equal 1,300 tons of plastic. That is a lot of waste to end up in landfills each year. Consumer demand for ditching the key is higher than ever. 73% of guests would prefer to skip the front desk. OpenKey, a universal mobile key, has created something that consumers want, is good for the environment and benefits hotels.