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The Essential Guide to Restaurant Food Waste Management

Whether in the form of unfinished meals or expired fresh ingredients, the UK’s restaurants and food service establishments are reported as producing around 1 million tonnes of food waste annually. Representing 10% of the UK’s food waste (with household waste accounting for 70%), this is said to cost the restaurant sector around £682 million each year. Much of this waste ends up in landfill, with the associated release of up to 10% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

While the environmental and financial impacts are clear, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are various ways of reducing the amount of food waste, with Bioganix giving restaurant owners the opportunity to reduce costs and become environmentally greener. Specialising in the processing of food and beverage waste, we present a variety of eco-friendly waste management services.

Read on as we highlight the scale of the food waste issue and point the way towards an efficient and sustainable future.

A Big Issue for the Restaurant Sector

As mentioned, restaurants generate food waste in various ways. It’s been reported that 39% of restaurant meals are wasted, with a huge amount of fine cuisine being left on the customers’ plates. This results in the equivalent of 320 million meals being thrown into restaurant bins each year. With food preparation and spoilage accounting for 45% and 21% of waste, it’s clear that the UK’s restaurants are buying too much stock and sending out over-sized meals.

The most commonly wasted food types include:

  • Potatoes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread and other baked items
  • Pasta and rice
  • Meat and fish.

Food Waste Management Recommendations

Of course a proportion of food will always go to waste. However, restaurant owners have a responsibility to ensure the recycling and reuse of as much waste as possible. In so doing they can minimise the environmental impact and boost their reputation among eco-conscious customers.

Restaurant food waste may be minimised in the following ways:

  • Ordering limited quantities of food
  • Using appropriate storage methods for food quality and longevity
  • Keeping meal portions to a reasonable size
  • Following inventory management methods (like first-in first-out)
  • Donating leftovers to charities and food waste schemes.

In committing to such food waste initiative restaurants can help to reduce harmful emissions and conserve natural resources. There are big cost savings to be made, besides the money that could come from involvement in waste reduction initiatives. It’s also important for restaurants to comply with government legislation on food waste management.

Bioganix Waste Processing Services

As specialists in organic recycling, Bioganix recommend that you opt for the processing of remaining food and beverage waste into anaerobic digestion, organic agricultural fertilisers, and extraction of oils for incorporation of bio-fuels or generation of power. With an established presence in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, you can count on our support.

Having invested in specialist plant and equipment we are able to accept waste in a variety of formats including tanker, bulker, pallet, IBC, skip, packaged or un-packaged for decanting and processing. This means that we’re able to effectively minimise the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

Our waste management services include:

  • Transferring processed waste to anaerobic digestion plants for the generation of renewable energy
  • Arranging eco-friendly waste transportation and handling – contributing to the achievement of waste disposal and energy consumption targets
  • Extracting oils and fats from organic waste streams for conversion into power-generating bio diesel.

If you’d like to chat about your restaurant’s food waste management requirements then give us a call on 01652 637803 or email

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