What New Restaurants Should Know About Food Waste

What New Restaurants Should Know About Food Waste
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    All businesses produce various types of waste.

    From office buildings producing paper waste to hospitals with hazardous chemical waste, no business is exempt from participating in the commercial and industrial waste stream.


Restaurants play a unique role in this waste stream because they produce food waste in addition to more traditional kinds of waste, such as used napkins. If you just opened a new restaurant, you should know about food waste and waste management so you can run your business well. We can help you run this particular part of your business well with the information below.

The Prevalence of Food Waste

When you started planning for your restaurant, you probably focused on typical business plans such as finding a building and planning a menu. While these are important parts of starting a restaurant, you may not have expanded your planning to include another important part of your business: waste management. On average, restaurants waste a half pound of food for every meal they serve. Stay aware of this trend so you can combat it. Reducing food waste will save you money and help the planet.

Reducing Food Waste

There are various ways your restaurant can reduce food waste. When your chefs cook, ask them to follow the FIFO method of first in, first out with the ingredients. This will save you from throwing out ingredients because they go bad before you can use them. Serve realistic portion sizes to patrons so they don’t leave half-eaten meals on their plates that you must throw away. Plant a garden to grow some of your own ingredients and compost your food waste to go back into this garden.

A professional waste management company can also help your restaurant reduce food waste. They understand the different types of waste streams and how your restaurant participates in them. Use their expert knowledge to your advantage to better manage your food waste and other types of waste.

Waste Management

As we mentioned above, all businesses create waste. You must manage this waste well if you want to stay within legal compliance and keep your restaurant running smoothly. This includes food waste and other types of waste, such as glass bottles and aerosol cans. You can sort this waste yourself to send it to the proper locations, such as recycling plants and landfills, but a waste management company can do better. They will save you time and provide more disposal options.

Food waste and proper waste management are topics that new restaurants should know about so they can create better business plans. If your business plan does not include how you hope to manage and reduce food waste and stay within legal compliance for your other waste, you should rewrite your plan. You need the most accurate, comprehensive plan possible if you want your business to succeed, so you should include managing your waste well.

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