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Hospitality Waste Management Practices And Solutions To Reduce And Recycle

Published: February 17, 2023

One of the largest producers of Organic waste is the hospitality. The hospitality industry generates a large amount of waste, including food waste, paper products, and plastics. This waste often ends up in landfills, where it can take hundreds of years to decompose, releasing greenhouse gases and contributing to environmental degradation.

The hospitality industry is increasingly under scrutiny for its waste management practices, and customers are becoming more environmentally conscious. Hotels and restaurants with poor waste management practices risk damaging their reputation and losing business. Poor waste management practices can also have a financial impact on businesses in the hospitality industry, including increased costs for waste disposal and potential fines for non-compliance with local regulations.

What kinds of waste does the hospitality industry produce?

The hospitality industry produces the following types of waste: 

Wet Waste: This includes foods, fruits, vegetables, and other types of edibles served to their customers and guests. Of note, this wet waste is biodegradable.  

Dry waste: This includes all types of waste which are not food waste. Dry waste includes paper, clothing, plastic, glass, cans, bags, etc.  

As a rough guide, the various types of waste generated by the hospitality industry can be broken down into the following percentages, which will give you an idea about the different waste produced, and how each of these types of waste can be dealt with:  

  • Paper and cardboard products: 45%  
  • Commingled waste: 10%  
  • Plastic products: 7%  
  • Clothing: 5%  
  • Food waste: 3%  
  • Other waste materials: 30%  

These are generalised numbers, and the waste generated by each hospitality venue will vary based on their operating circumstances, such as whether the venue operates as a takeaway eatery, a restaurant, or as an accommodation provider, etc. 

Of the waste that is created by a venue, up to 80% of it can be recycled by a waste management company, such as Solo Resource Recovery.  

However, businesses can also take their own steps to reduce the waste that they produce so that they can reduce the costs of waste collection and disposal overall.

These steps include:  

  • Avoid over-ordering of stock  
  • Conduct a food waste audit  
  • Create a waste management strategy that minimises waste, such as avoiding wasting ingredients before they are prepared and served
  • New staff should be introduced to the business’s food waste management policy when they first begin their employment
  • Review how food is prepared and discover what happens with leftover food  
  • Undertake training of staff to be waste-conscious and waste efficient  

Make Adjustments To Your Current Waste Management Practices  

If you operate a business in the hospitality industry, such as a restaurant, butcher, seafood shop, hotel, club, pub, resort, or casino, Solo Resource Recovery can help you make adjustments to your current waste management practices, which will improve efficiency and help to reduce costs.

Solo has over 90 years of experience in the Australian waste management industry, and we can help your business to obtain sustainability while complying with all local and national laws regarding food waste and its disposal.

General Advice For Businesses Offering Accommodation

For businesses that offer accommodation, we can suggest many initiatives which may lead to improvements in your waste management.

As rooms are cleaned regularly, it may be advantageous to provide two bins in these rooms: one for recyclable waste, and another for general waste, as this will assist you in your recycling efforts and ultimately help you to reduce your waste management costs.

Next, you can examine other areas of your property, such as places where food and drinks are served, the lobby, the swimming pool, etc. You may find that the waste generated here is somewhat different from the waste that is generated by your guests in their rooms. Accordingly, you may need to adopt different practices for the collection and recycling of waste generated in the various areas of your property. By being aware of what waste is generated where, recyclables can be separated early in the waste management process, which will help to reduce your property’s overall waste, and increase your recycling practices at the same time.

Waste management practices in accommodation providers vary, and an accredited and experience waste management company such as Solo Resource Recovery will look at the type of waste that is being produced, and its volume, and advise and implement a customised waste management plan accordingly.  

A Customised And Effective Waste Management Plan For Your Hospitality Business   

Solo Resource Recovery can provide your hospitality business with a practical and effective waste management plan which will help to increase recycling initiatives and to reduce overall business costs. 

Here at Solo, we can process almost any type of waste generated by the hospitality industry, including the recycling of commingled waste, composting of organic and food waste, recycling of particular waste types – like cardboard and glass – and undertake the removal and disposal of industrial and construction waste.

If you would like further information about how we can help you with your waste management practices, please contact us here.

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