The big question for the modern restaurant owner today is rubbish disposal techniques that are both sanitary and environmentally friendly. Restaurants usually produce a lot of waste. As carbon footprints take centre stage in many discussions across the country, restaurant owners are becoming increasingly aware of their social responsibility to adopt sustainable rubbish removal practices.
From leftovers to paper utensils, out-of-date ingredients and more, the amount of rubbish in restaurants is staggering, adding to the fast-growing waste disposal problem. As such, there is a lot you can do to manage your restaurant waste responsibly. Here are tips for eco-friendly rubbish disposal.
Consider Eco-Friendly Packaging
While joining the ever-growing list of eco-friendly restaurants can seem a little intimidating at first, making active choices such as using only degradable packaging for both supplies and takeout food is one foot in the right direction.
Seeing that restaurants operate under a lot of input in the form of supplies and output in the form of ready food on a daily basis, packaging makes up a considerable portion of the rubbish at the end of each working day.
Not only should you package your takeaway food in biodegradable containers, but you should also talk to your suppliers about biodegradable or reusable packing going forward. Alternatively, you can choose to work with suppliers who only use eco-friendly packaging when delivering food supplies.
Separate Your Waste
So why is it essential for restaurants to separate their waste? The simple answer is that if you don't separate your waste when you are throwing it away, you dispose of everything directly into the landfills. Everything!
Having every type of rubbish sitting in a landfill is serious business and directly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Separating your trash depending on what is recyclable, degradable, and non-recyclable makes it easier for the rubbish removal service to know exactly when to do with each type of waste. Sorting out your waste accordingly also prevents contamination of reusable items by other waste materials, which will call for costlier manpower to process the waste.
Make sure to provide your employees with colour-coded and clearly labelled bins for easier separation. You can talk to your rubbish removal service for a system that works for your restaurants and your specific rubbish removal needs.
If more restaurant owners make an increased effort to become environmentally conscious, then there will be a change for the better of our world. A good waste management plan will ultimately benefit the environment and also create a pleasant environment for diners.