Waste management. It’s not the most glamorous topic of discussion, but it’s an important one to consider when operating a restaurant. While some restaurants produce more waste than others, every restaurant produces at the bare minimum, a consistently low level. Whether you’re disposing of restaurant food waste, used cooking oil, hazardous waste, you should be managing these outputs efficiently.
Working with a seasoned restaurant waste management company can save you money, as well as a headache in the long run. Not to mention the environmental benefits.
Hiring an independent waste management advisor like Grand Natural can help your business reach its sustainability goals, improve cost efficiencies, and ensure you’re not throwing away your hard earned cash. A good company will assess your current method of waste disposal, determine which areas need improvement, provide any necessary equipment to make those improvements, and then properly manage waste each month (or agreed upon frequency).
This ensures that your outputs are being disposed of properly, efficiently, and within the guidelines set in place by the government or EPA. It takes the responsibility out of your hands, and into those of knowledgeable professionals who understand the parameters.
It’s especially important if your current practices do not meet governmental standards, or you are disposing of items that could have detrimental environmental impacts like restaurant grease or grease trap. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in liability for damages, hefty fees, or even jail time.
Participating in responsible waste management practices can also reap reputational benefits. 71% of consumers think “green” when purchasing products and are more inclined to support eco-friendly companies. Millennials especially are willing to pay a premium for sustainable offerings.
The less time you and your employees spend on disposing waste, the more time you have to invest back into your business. Start evaluating your waste management practices today; it’s a win-win situation for all parties.