Hotels are generating a huge amount of waste. Management of these enormous amounts of waste produced by hotels is difficult. To mitigate this challenge, a systematic approach is needed, more so from the sustainable management perspective. However, implementing a sophisticated waste management system may be costly. This exploratory study focuses on how life cycle assessment system (LCAS) influences the waste management in hotels. Anchoring to organizational control theory, we argue that hotel reputation and ownership of a hotel will influence the effectiveness of LCAS. We posit that reputed, and corporate managed hotels will be able to leverage from LCAS implementation better for waste management. We also argue that the effect of reputation and ownership on waste management cost reduction will be mediated through the waste produced by hotels. Data of 1,277 hotels support our arguments. Implications and contributions are discussed.