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How do I choose the right food waste recycling company for my restaurant or shop?

food waste recycling companyFor busy restaurants, cafes, or food stores, getting the right food recycling partner is vital.

Choose the wrong one, and it can impact badly on your business’ reputation, putting people off visiting your restaurant or shop. The wrong choice could cost you dearly in lost business.

So, here are five key questions to ask your potential food waste bins provider:


  1. What sizes of recycling wheelie bins does your waste company provide? Getting the right size for your business helps you manage your costs, saves space in your premises, and ensures you have proper access. The sizes range from smaller 240 litre wheelie bins to 1,100 litre bins.
  2. What collection frequency can they offer? For a busy restaurant or café, daily collections may be necessary to avoid overflowing bins, and all the problems this can cause – from complaints about the smell from neighbours to rodents. For other sites, weekly or fortnightly collections may be the better option.
  3. Does the company provide a range of wheelie bins for dry recycling, glass, and general waste too? Having one company provide all your waste recycling needs will help you control your costs and ensure you get the best deal.
  4. Do you get an audit trail for your records? There is a growing focus on food waste and the steps businesses are taking to deal with it. So, you need to ensure you have a written audit trail to show how your company deals with food waste.
  5. Will the company carry out a free waste audit? This is the key to ensuring you get a service tailored just for you, rather than paying for parts of a service which you don’t need.


The facts about food waste

There is likely to be a greater push towards making businesses more responsible for their food waste in the coming years.

A report to the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee in 2017 showed that the UK produces 10 million tonnes of food waste after the farm gate every year, and 60% of that could be avoided. This is despite a reduction of 1.6 million tonnes in the annual food waste figures for the UK in 2016, compared with 2007.

The report recommended that food businesses over a certain size should have to publicly report their data on food waste, as Tesco has done from across its supply chain. While several retailers have shown the will to redistribute surplus food before it becomes waste, the committee said more must be done.

It also recommended that food businesses and retailers should separate food waste, starting with those which produce more than 50g of food waste every week.

If more action isn’t taken, the report says, there could be 1.1 million more tonnes a year by 2025.

That not only leads to economic loss, the UK’s food waste is linked with more than 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.


Need advice on the best food waste options for your business? Call our friendly Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.

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4 compelling reasons your business needs a confidential waste audit

confidential waste auditHave you ever seen confidential paperwork left on tables in conference rooms after meetings?

It’s not unusual, yet we all know it shouldn’t be happening.

Those papers could contain sensitive data about staff or customers, information which is commercially confidential, or information about business plans which could be leaked to a competitor.

Under the current Data Protection Act, a serious data breach could see a business fined £500,000. Under the new General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on May 25, a fine for a data breach could reach up to 4% of a business’ worldwide turnover.

What would a fine like that look like?

For some businesses, that could mean a fine running into millions of pounds and the very real threat that the business could fold.

So, how we deal with confidential waste will soon become vital to the future of any business.

What would an audit do for your business?

  1. Help safeguard your business from punitive fines under GDPR. You’d be able to identify the areas of risk, the processes which need to be tightened, and draw up an important part of your plan for dealing with the new regulations. Having a plan in place is important as it shows your business takes GDPR seriously.
  2. Establish an audit trail so you know where your confidential waste is handled, and how. Having a paper trail including waste transfer certificates and certificates of destruction will be vital if there is an investigation into a data breach.
  3. Educate your staff about the dangers of handling confidential waste poorly. Most staff don’t understand the risks a business takes when confidential waste with data which identifies individuals fall into the wrong hands. Educating them about good practice, and how important it is, will help secure your future.
  4. Help you decide whether you need to engage an outsourced company which would free up your staff to concentrate on other areas of the business. Outsourced shredding and confidential waste handling could help you save time and money.

What are the most common types of confidential waste?

Customer records, letters, and receipts – they can contain addresses, names, telephone numbers, bank details, and other personal information. Identity thieves and fraudsters would love them to fall into the wrong hands.

Staff records – these could contain names, addresses, phone numbers, bank details, and national insurance numbers.

Rotas – these could contain all the above details plus the details of people’s movements in work. This could be a security risk for them.

Reports – they can identify individual customers or members of staff, and include details such as phone numbers, job titles, addresses, email addresses, and pay grades.

Does your business need a confidential waste audit? Call Inspire Waste on 0191 6824142.