Have you seen the Slim My Waste campaign?


Commercial food waste – Save money, reduce pests and improve your green credentials


You may have seen Bristol’s domestic refuse bins covered in silly faces and measuring tapes recently. Why? It’s all part of the ‘Slim my Waste’ campaign, encouraging people to separate their food waste from their general waste.


The Slim my Waste campaign has been excellent for helping raise awareness of how our food waste can be a great source of renewable energy. Bristol Waste collects food waste and through Anaerobic Digestion, turns it into Biogas which can be used to heat our homes. That’s pretty good going for old apple cores and banana peel!


A big part of Bristol’s food waste comes from commercial kitchens. Here, we talk about the financial and environmental benefits of Bristol’s businesses separating their food waste.

The problems with putting food waste in your general waste bins


It costs you more money

Commercial waste is priced per kilogram. The price varies depending on the type of bin. It typically costs you 50% less per kilogram to have your food waste bin collected when compared with your general waste bin.


This means that if your kitchen staff scrape leftovers into your general bin instead of your food bin, it’ll cost you 50% more to have it collected. That’s not good for your bottom line!


You can save your business more money by recycling and separating waste. So as a business owner it pays for you to get your team to use your food waste bins as much as possible.


It’s not good for the environment

Did you know that a single 240L food bin can produce 140kwh of renewable energy for the grid? What’s more is that the energy is 100% renewable.


Biogas produced from food waste is such a valuable resource for the UK to secure energy security. Renewable sources of gas can be a replacement to the depletion of the North Sea gas reserves. We can generate up to a third of the UK’s heating requirements from renewable sources. You can help by seperating your commercial food waste.


Rats and seagulls won’t leave your bins alone

If food is in your general waste bin, then animals will find it. Let’s face it, black bin liners are no match against a Seagull’s beak as they tear it open to find leftover pizza crust. If you’re a restaurant or bar owner, I’m sure you’ve seen the sight before.


Pest control is an ongoing fight for the Hospitality industry. It’s getting tougher too. In parts of the country, such as the South, rat infestations are becoming more difficult to control because they are building resistance to rodenticides.


Problems with pests can be a real issue for some hospitality businesses, even impacting on customer perception or experience.

Why separate commercial food waste?

By simply separating your commercial food waste, you can:

  • Save approximately 50% in the cost of disposing your food waste
  • Help to keep pests at bay with your food waste locked in secure food bins
  • Improve your businesses green credentials by helping the UK to increase renewable energy security


Seperate commercial food waste

Do these 3 reasons sound good to you? Get started right away with these tips:


Food bins wherever they are needed

Make commercial food waste bins available wherever your team are likely to scrape plates, remove food peel or otherwise handle food waste. All your team need to do is to put food waste in a different bin. By making it easy for your team to uphold their end of the bargain, then you can ensure that you’ll save money on food waste disposal.


Haven’t got enough food waste bins?

Don’t worry if you don’t have enough commercial food waste bins. Waste collection companies allow you to have food waste stored in clear plastic bags.


Need help with sorting your commercial waste requirements?

To show you what a difference we can make to reducing your commercial food waste cost, we offer a no obligation assessment. Get in touch to see just how much we can save you sales@utility-swap.co.uk