The hospitality and food service industry [HaFS] is a huge contributor to the UK’s economy, and, as you’ll already know, it’s been the hardest hit sector in 2020. Covid has led to 65% of businesses in this sector reporting a reduction in customer numbers, and, across the board, like for like sales compared to 2019 show a drop in revenues of over 50%.
And although we know there signs of hope in 2021, we also know that Covid will have a long tail, and its impact will be felt for years to come, as a result of many people having less money to spend on ‘non-essentials’, like eating out or getting a takeaway.
At the same time, we have the issue of climate change making its presence felt more and more with each passing year. Something we all need to be mindful of, but which often gets stuck in the ‘to do’ drawer as more pressing, shorter term issues dominate our day-to-day.
On the face, it makes for grim reading, but there is a simple, effective and cost saving option that can help your business save money and do its bit to help save the planet – Smart Recycling.
Now, as we all know, recycling has been around for a long time, and it’s becoming more and more efficient, but, to date, a lot of businesses in HFaS do not give too much thought to this end of the food cycle. Time is, understandably, spent making sure the business is kept viable and appealing to customers. There are a million and one things to consider at the front end – food quality, customer service, employee training and welfare, marketing and advertising, making sure all the bills are paid, monitoring what’s happening with the competition. It’s endless…
No wonder the issue of waste is often relegated to the box marked ‘let’s just get it in the bins, off-site and sorted by someone else’. It’s entirely understandable that businesses do not have the time to fully consider what options are open to them, and how, through better food waste disposal processes, they could not only contribute to the bottom line but also do their bit for the planet.
What we’re talking about here is about being more discriminating when it comes to handling your food waste. Basically being smarter about what and how we recycle.
You might, for example, think that disposing of food in your general waste bins makes perfect sense, however sending rotting food to landfill has a catastrophic effect on the environment by releasing methane gas directly into the atmosphere.
Now you’re probably thinking ‘Well, that sounds lovely, but we don’t have the time to do that’.
And this is where we come in…
At Curbside we understand all these issues. We have a team of consultants who can help you optimise your waste disposal function. We can help create a bespoke system which is more cost effective, because the materials we take away actually have a value, which means we can charge you less. For example, the methane we mentioned earlier can be sold on to energy suppliers and the composted material converted into eco-friendly fertiliser.
We also understand that businesses come in all shapes and sizes, so a ‘set menu’ approach would not work. That’s why we have an a la carte approach to our service offer and our pricing. It’s all about getting the perfect fit – maximum benefit to you for minimum outlay and effort.