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Restaurant Waste


Whether you run a local restaurant within a small town or a popular chain with bases across the UK- Restaurant owners need to start thinking seriously about the waste they produce.

What types of waste do restaurants create?

Restaurants often produce a wide variety of waste within their daily operations. However, this typically comprises of the following:

Food waste.
Food waste is an inevitable byproduct of the foodservice industry and comes in many different forms. For example, restaurants may produce food preparation waste, such as fats, oils or peelings. Additionally, food waste occasionally comes in the form of expired products that were not used within the appropriate time frame. Finally, food waste could also come in the form of food leftover by customers.

Packaging waste.
In order to provide their customers with excellent meals, restaurants must purchase tasty and delicious ingredients in bulk. However, this often means that these products are delivered to the restaurant in a great deal of packaging. As a result, restaurants later have to dispose of a large amount of packaging waste, the majority of which is plastic.

Glass waste.
Restartaunts also produce large amounts of glass waste, particularly if they serve alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine, or even bottled fizzy drinks. Furthemore, glass waste can sometimes come in the form of disused glasses, such as old wine or pint glasses.

Ceramics waste.
Again, from time to time, restaurants may choose to replace their plates or bowls. As a result, they will also produce some form of ceramics waste.

WEEE waste.
In order for a busy kitchen to thrive, we now rely on WEEE products such as fridges, freezers, microwaves and ovens. However, from time to time, these products need to be replaced. However, the electrical components within these products mean that they must be disposed of in accordance with strict government regulations.

Wheelie bins for restaurants

240 L Wheelie Bin

240 l wheelie bin for commercial waste

This is the same size as the one outside your house. Holds 3 - 5 bags

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360 L Wheelie Bin

360 l wheelie bin for commercial waste

A bit bigger than the one outside your house. Holds 5 - 7 Bags

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660 L Wheelie Bin

660 l wheelie bin 4 wheels commercial waste

A big bin, 4 wheels suitable to hold 10 - 12 bags. Can come with a lock

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1100 L Wheelie Bin

1100 l wheelie bin 4 wheels commercial waste

The most common bin, 4 wheels, can be lockable. Holds 15+ bags

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Oil Drums

oil drum for waste disposal

We can provide waste oil drums in various sizes from 20L to 205L

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should you store restaurant waste?

The key to good waste management within a restaurant setting relies on all waste products being separated where appropriate. For example, you should not dispose of your food waste alongside your recycling. To achieve this goal, we can provide you with access to a wide variety of bins and containers, including:

Food Waste Bins.
Dry Mixed Recycling Bins.
General Waste Bin.
Recycling Balers.

All of our bins are available in a variety of sizes, meaning we can work together to find the perfect fit for your business. They are also colour-coded, making waste segregation as easy as possible for all involved.

How can restaurants reduce waste?

There are various steps that restaurant owners and staff can take to reduce waste.

Manage stock carefully to avoid overbuying products or ingredients. During this time, you should also pay close attention to the product’s expiry dates.
If you batch cook certain meals or side dishes, ensure that they are appropriately labelled with details on when they were cooked and when they should be consumed.

Ensure all kitchen staff follow specific recipes with accurate measurements to ensure that the food portions remain consistent and you do not make too much food.

Refuse any single used plastics, and limit the amount of plastic packaging you use.

Compost food waste on-site.

Donate surplus food at the end of each service.

Restaurant Waste: The Facts

It’s estimated that around 1.9 million tonnes of food waste are produced within the UK annually.

Restaurants are responsible for around 22% of the waste produced within the UK hospitality industry. Typically, they produce approximately 915,400 tonnes of waste each year.

Food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse emissions.

How can Divert help?

By now, it’s clear that your waste management strategy should play an important role in the running of your business. However, if you still aren’t sure to start – don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In fact, we can even do the hard work for you. For example, we can:

Put together a waste collection schedule that suits you. This means that your customers will not be distributed during their meal. You can even arrange for your waste to be collected daily.

Ensure that all waste is collected and a timely and efficient manner.

Help make your restaurant more eco-friendly by diverting your waste away from landfill sites.

We offer the above services (and more) for a fixed price. This means that you won’t be hit with any unexpected fees come collection day. Furthemore, our eco-friendly policies and guidance mean that we can also help you save money.

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