Waste recycling in the hospitality industry – not just about food

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The hospitality and food service industry in the UK produces in excess of 2.87 million tonnes of waste annually and recycles only 56 per cent of all waste at present.

There are significant opportunities for recycling within the hospitality sector and it’s not just about the food waste. According to a survey by Business Info it is estimated that pubs could reduce the weight of their waste by 30 per cent, hotels by 16 per cent and nightclubs by 98 per cent.

What can you recycle from a hospitality venue?

It’s not only food that can be recycled from your hospitality business, there is kitchen waste, but also back office activity, customer areas and, in the case of hotels, unwanted items from bedrooms or function rooms. There are options available for recycling almost everything, including:

  • Printer cartridges
  • Electrical items – old fridges, grills, toasters, lighting
  • Old furniture – chairs, metal bed frames, wardrobes, mattresses
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Cardboard, paper and shredded waste
  • Food and drink cans
  • Cooking oil and fats

What are the benefits of recycling hospitality waste?

Improving your recycling strategy has numerous benefits that can positively improve your business, including:

  • Reducing your waste management costs
  • Saving space, reducing clutter and trip hazards
  • Reducing your environmental impact
  • Improving health, safety and hygiene standards

How can Ward help with your hospitality recycling strategy?

The team at Ward work with all sizes of business from pubs, clubs, hotels to football stadiums and supermarkets to help them improve their recycling strategy and reduce their overall waste.

Our services are tailored to your business and include collections; glass, food and hazardous waste removal and recycling. Our flexible payment options can be set up to suit your business needs and we can help you with arranging collections, storage and scheduling, plus employee training.

From food recycling, dry mixed recycling, removal of unwanted furniture or electrical waste disposal, the Ward team can help you manage and recycle your hospitality waste.

For more information about WARD’s comprehensive and cost effective range of waste and recycling services visit our hospitality page. Alternatively, call our dedicated waste management team on 0345 337 00 00 or complete our free waste audit.