The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on many businesses, but takeaways have bucked this trend with some seeing a rise in demand for their services.
Waste management for takeaways can no longer be ignored, as food takeout services become increasingly popular in an era of lockdown.
With many people turning to takeaways to break the monotony of quarantine, ordering in has replaced activities that are off-limits due to the coronavirus restrictions.
An increased difficulty in placing online grocery orders has also seen a shift in people favouring delivered fast-food rather than risking a trip to the supermarket.
And with countless parents facing challenges in feeding their families through the difficulty of home-schooling, the ease of takeaways is undoubtedly appreciated.
JustEat orders have reportedly soared by 50% amid the coronavirus lockdown, with many takeaways signing up to food ordering services such as Deliveroo and UberEats to meet customer demand.
And, as the second stage of lockdown continues, the UK’s demand for Chinese takeaways has almost quadrupled, according to Catering Today.
It is not just businesses already operating as takeaways that are battling to meet the increased appetite, with many restaurants, pubs and cafes now functioning as delivery services.
The Government’s easing of the process to temporarily re-register restaurants as takeaways has provided a lifeline to businesses who would have otherwise faced devastation.
Some food outlets have also utilised their expertise to offer free meals to front-line workers during the pandemic.
What does this mean for waste?
An increased demand inevitably means increased waste, with the correct waste management for takeaways as crucial as ever.
As delivery services face escalating stress to serve their customers, the added pressure of extra, costly rubbish is avoidable.
The best way to manage excess waste efficiently is through a food waste container.
Food waste is both the inedible and edible parts of food that is created before and after food processing, production, and consumption. It can contain small bones such as chicken bones from a takeaway.
Whether a business is a food waste beginner or simply needs a bigger container, the choice is both economically and environmentally beneficial.
Financial benefits –
Many businesses find investing in a food waste bin cuts the cost of their overall bills.
Implementing a waste strategy can allow businesses to decrease their amount of general waste, which is the costliest method of disposal.
A food waste container and an increased focus on recycling is a simple and effective way to lower business expenses.
With container sizes ranging from kitchen caddies to 200+ litre bins, takeaways can opt for a bin that meets their demand.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) reported one coaching inn in North Yorkshire saved an average of £100 per month on their waste bills as soon as they implemented a food waste disposal system.
Environmental benefits –
Food waste management for takeaways is not only positive on pockets but environmentally beneficial too.
When food in general waste is sent to landfill it rots, releasing a significant amount of methane – a dangerous greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Foodstuffs that are collected from a food waste bin can be anaerobically digested, meaning it can end up providing electricity, used as fertiliser for agriculture or heating homes.
In the age of social responsibility, customers are becoming increasingly aware of where they spend their money, and the sustainability of the businesses they choose to shop with.
A lower carbon footprint can be beneficial to both the business and customer’s conscience.
If you are interested in a food waste bin or increasing the size of your current food waste bin, get in touch with us today.
Read our blog on converting your restaurant or pub to a takeaway amid the Covid-19 pandemic.