As a restaurant owner or manager, you’d be well aware of the mass amount of waste that your business produces. The hospitality industry is one of Australia’s largest contributors to waste, and reducing its contribution is beneficial for two major reasons – it protects the environment and saves your business a great deal of money.
As a leading Australian waste management provider, we, at Nationwide Waste Solutions, are constantly on the lookout for ways that our hospitality clients can reduce their waste, with the two biggest contributors to restaurant waste, plastic and food waste, our biggest concern.
But first, here are some statistics from the 2018 National Waste Report that highlight just how important it is for the hospitality industry to reduce its waste consumption:
- Australia produces approximately 67 million tonnes of waste each year, one-third of which is generated by the commercial and industrial sector (which includes the hospitality and food industry).
- The commercial and industrial sectors generate around 1.9 million tonnes of food waste each year, and half of that is generated by the food industry.
- Despite a majority of food waste being compostable, 78% of it is sent to landfill.
- Australia produced 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2016-17, and only 12% was recycled. 87% was sent to landfill and 1% was sent to an energy from waste facility.
Consider your suppliers
A majority of restaurant plastic waste comes from packaging from your suppliers. It’s important to consider how sustainable your suppliers are to save resources, reduce landfill, and significantly reduce your waste management costs.
Consider what type of packaging your goods arrive in and whether there are any alternatives that are more eco-friendly.
It’s worth having a conversation with your suppliers about your environmental concerns and whether they’d be on board to try new, more sustainable methods. You should emphasise that this doesn’t have to be a burden on your suppliers, as you can offer to supply them reusable containers when fulfilling your orders.
Introducing self-sufficient methods to your restaurant can allow you to save on supply costs, reduce the energy consumption of transporting your supplies, reduce packaging waste, and make your business appear more reputable, fresh and organic. In your office its worth reviewing your office recycling processes and systems.
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Does your business generate lots of cardboard? Consider a cardboard baler to better manage large volumes.