Restaurant Waste Recycling in York and North Yorkshire

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Food waste can be recycled into renewable energy, adding an extra layer to the lifecycle of your restaurant waste in York.

From bistros in the bustling centre to the cosy cafes on the cobbles and homely pubs along the Ouse, the city of York and North Yorkshire proudly boasts a wide selection of eateries. With Michelin guide fine dining to family-run kitchens, there’s so much to choose from and like most of the hospitality industry, there comes a need for proper waste management.

The biggest contributor to food waste is the restaurant industry. Primarily caused by oversized portions, extensive menu offerings and inflexibility of chains, tonnes of food is wasted every year. However, there are ways to recycle food waste and the best part is, food waste can be recycled into renewable energy, adding an extra layer to the lifecycle of your restaurant waste in York.

Food waste and general disposal can often be a lot to keep on top of and with business waste mounting, it’s more and more important to implement recycling bins in your restaurant.

Yorwaste collects a wide range of materials and looks for ways to reduce, reuse, recycle or recover, before general disposal. From kerbside recycling to skip hires and recycling centres across Yorkshire, whether it’s your daily waste output or a front-of-house refurbishment, we’ve got you covered. We only offer top-quality waste management in your area.

Types of Bins We Supply

Our bins start from the smallest 240 litres to the large 1,100 litres and are made from eco-friendly materials designed to last around 10 years. Some also come with locks for added security.

Every industry is different and at Yorwaste it’s our work to tailor the waste management and recycling services to suit your specific needs. Speak about your needs with our friendly team when we carry out your free waste audit.

Types of Businesses We Supply

From hospitality restaurants, cafes and pubs to factory waste disposal and retail waste recycling. We’ll turn your dry mixed waste into fresh new materials, closing the gap in the waste economy and increasing your company’s sustainability.

Yorwaste sees waste as a resource, with a value within the circular economy. We aim to maximise that value which could lead to a rebate on your waste management costs. To mitigate the load, our services cover a vast array of business needs, from glass bottle recycling to confidential information shredding.

No matter the material, we have a service to collect, recycle or reuse as much as possible to keep Yorkshire and the city of York as sustainable as possible.

Food waste collection that helps your business

  • Your business is our priority. Choose a food waste collection service that suits your business needs. From larger trolly bins to smaller sizes, we have a range of waste management bins to fit the space you have and the needs of your business.
  • Top service from day one. Our team offer a bespoke service from the get-go, from your free food waste audit and quotation to weekly or monthly collection, with support from our customer service team.
  • Tailored to your needs. We’ll learn about your current waste output, including food, glass and general waste, and tailor our service to your needs so there’s nothing wasted.
  • Recycling where possible. We’ll ensure that your general waste is properly managed, recycled and even reused where possible so you can reduce the carbon footprint of your company.

What is the Yorwaste Process?

Our dedicated team will work with you to find innovative ways to reduce food waste, save your business money and increase recycling levels, so you’ll always be compliant.

You can save up to 20% when you recycle your company’s waste direct with Yorwaste. Get in touch with us for a free quote. We’ll offer you a free waste audit on site, discuss all waste types and give friendly advice on the day.

Once you’ve chosen your bin size and frequency, the rest is down to us! Simply load up your bins, keep a good eye on them to make sure they’re not broken or vandalised, and we’ll pick up waste on a frequency designed for you.

Yorwaste is committed to sustainability and is 100% compliant with all local and national regulations. Additionally, we also provide you with a monthly management report that will keep you informed of our sustainable disposal services.

Where does it go?

The food waste we collect from your premises is taken to an anaerobic digestion plant in Yorkshire for conversion into renewable energy. Processing solid waste into fuel releases less carbon dioxide and methane into the air than decaying waste in landfill sites. Energy from Waste (EfW) plants also create less air pollution than coal plants.

So, by choosing Yorwaste waste and recycling company, not only will you receive a high quality, value-for-money service, but you will also be making a major contribution to protecting the environment.

Why Choose Yorwaste?

  • North Yorkshire restaurant waste experts. Get in touch with our local team to quickly find the best solution to remove your food, glass and restaurant waste. Deal with a locally-based team from start to finish who knows your area!
  • A tailored approach. We work with a wide range of businesses in various sectors, both public and private, including education, hospitality, industrial, leisure, retail and local government. We assess your bin size requirements, the type of waste and the number of bin collections needed, to ensure you have exactly the right package.
  • Save money and time. We can also collect from multi-site locations throughout the area, offering a cost-effective business waste removal and recycling solution.
  • Free same-day quotes. We understand that restaurant owners are busy people! Once we have all the information we need from you, we’ll get in touch with a free quote, so you can make an informed decision.
  • Free waste audits. We know that estimating your waste output isn’t always a straightforward process. Our free waste audits give you a full overview of how much waste you’re producing and what you can do to effectively dispose of it.
  • Efficient and environmentally friendly. Our transfer facilities process hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste materials each year, ensuring that the waste produced by North Yorkshire’s businesses is efficiently processed.

Legal Compliance

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 require businesses to;

  • Sort and store waste safely and securely
  • Ensure that you or your waste carrier has a valid waste carriers license and are registered to dispose of waste.

Failure to comply can risk a criminal conviction, fines, and seizure of assets. By signing up to Yorwaste you are meeting your obligation without the hassle of navigating through the legislation yourself.

FAQ’s & Help

What types of waste are typically generated by restaurants?

Preparation waste, spoilage and plate waste are the three top contributors to food waste. Whether it's composting your potato peelings, implementing “first-in, first-out” strategies or recycling your food waste to be turned into energy, there are many ways to reduce, reuse and recycle within the hospitality industry.

What happens to food waste that is recycled?

All of the food waste we collect is taken to an anaerobic digestion plant in Yorkshire for conversion into renewable energy, with the residual solids recycled into fertiliser. Lowering your carbon footprint and looking out for the environment. So always make sure to scrape those leftovers into a food waste bin to help the local energy cycle.

How can I get rid of product packaging?

We have a wide range of restaurant recycling services in York. Whether it's dry mixed recycling or glass restaurant recycling in York, you can trust us to remove, reuse or recycle your spare packaging as and when you need to dispose of them.

How often is restaurant waste collected?

Different restaurants produce waste at different rates, depending on your individual processes you may find you need collection more often. At Yorwaste, we put together a practical and efficient schedule that ensures your restaurant waste is collected and recycled at appropriate intervals.

How can I reduce my restaurant’s food waste?

There are a number of ways your kitchen can mitigate food waste, including composting vegetable peelings, avoiding overbuying, storing food properly (FIFO, as mentioned above), inspecting deliveries and reducing portion sizes.

Giving your customers small or large size options can also give them a better idea of how much they’ll receive, and therefore reduce food waste from scraped plates.

What are the methods of glass recycling?

As a restaurant owner, you know just how much glass waste you produce. Switching to glass recycling will not only be helping the environment but also lower your carbon footprint.

What materials can Yorwaste recycle?

Yorwaste provides dry mixed recycling which encompasses plastic bottles, drink cans, food tins, paper and cardboard. So always make sure your kitchen crew and bartenders are keeping those essential items separate for recycling.

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