It is estimated that the UK hospitality industry generates a staggering 11 million tonnes of waste each year, with almost 70% of this coming from restaurants. That’s a massive chunk in the overall waste created by UK businesses.
Given the environmental impact of this waste, it is essential that restaurants have a good waste management strategy in place to minimise the amount of waste they produce. In this blog post, we will look at some tips on how restaurants can make the most of their waste management service.
Have a clear plan with your waste management provider
Have a clear understanding of what your provider can and cannot take. This will help you to segregate your waste correctly and avoid any penalties for incorrect disposal.
A good waste management company will offer you a free waste audit before you take up their services. This is extremely valuable as it will help you to understand where your waste is coming from, what can be done to reduce it and in some cases, if you are able to profit from selling waste.
Make sure all staff are aware of your waste management strategy
All restaurant staff should be aware of the waste management strategy in place. This will ensure that they are segregated correctly and avoid placing any items in the wrong bins.
Your waste management company will provide you with different bins to make this easier. typically you will have separated bins for Dry Recyclables, Food Waste and General Waste.
Make sure all your staff are aware of your segregation policy and are trained in how to correctly dispose of different types of waste.
Review your waste management service regularly
By reviewing your waste management regular you are able to determine if there are any areas where you could be doing more to reduce wastage. Recycling capabilities are changing and some providers will be able to offer an increased recycling rate because of this.
Waste Management Faqs
Why have a waste management service in the first place?
UK businesses are obligated by the government to recycle as much waste as possible. This is to help reduce the environmental impact of waste and also to avoid any monetary penalties. As such businesses need to be able to trace where their commercial waste goes to ensure that it is being recycled.
A reputable waste company will provide you with a report on your waste that details where your waste has been disposed of, the percentage of recycled waste and the impact on your c02 emissions.
Additionally, having a waste management strategy in place will help to keep your premises clean and tidy, something which is essential for any food business.
What is a waste audit?
As mentioned earlier, a waste audit is an extremely valuable service that can be provided by your waste management company. It will help you to understand where your waste is coming from and what can be done to reduce it.
In some cases, you may even be able to profit from selling waste if it is sorted correctly. This is because some types can be recycled and sold as raw materials.
By having a clear understanding of your waste, you will be able to develop a more effective waste management strategy that reduces the amount of waste you produce and helps to protect the environment.