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We’re experts in hotel waste management. We collect waste for hundreds of hotels (big or small) across the UK and have been doing so for the past 11 years.

We know exactly what’s required in the hospitality industry and particularly what hotels require from a waste management service so that they can effectively run their business. Get a free quote from our team today.

What types of waste do hotels throw away?

Hotels tend to generate a lot of different types of waste but often their refuse is typical of businesses in the hospitality industry. This includes general, recycling, food, glass, and sanitary waste. But there are examples of hotel-specific waste such as unrecoverable bedsheets and towels.

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Here’s a quick breakdown of the waste you can expect a hotel waste management service to collect:

General waste

For a hotel, this would be all the non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste material produced by the business.

Recyclable waste

This would be your dry-mixed recycling. This includes paper, cardboard, aluminium cans, and recyclable plastic.

It’s important that this type of waste is not cross-contaminated and, therefore, not soiled by food produce. You couldn’t, for instance, put a pizza box left by a guest in your recycling bin – it would need to go into your general waste.

Hotel food waste

Most hotels have a restaurant, breakfast bar, or some kind of food service. If this is the case for you too then you’ll need a dedicated food waste collection service. This will be for all your food scrapings, peels, and gone-off food.

Hotel sanitary waste

Sanitary waste management is extremely important for hotels. With the number of guests staying in your rooms, your hotel bathroom bins will likely be frequently used – whether that’s nappies or female hygiene products.

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To dispose of this type of waste safely, you’ll need a professional hotel waste management service which can collect sanitary refuse. Luckily, our team has been doing this for years. Get in contact with us today to get a quote on a fully managed waste service.

Glass waste

Again, this waste type is typical of the hospitality industry. This will cover your empty glass bottles and jars either left by guests or discarded by bar staff.

Other hotel-specific waste

There are some types of waste which are more hotel specific. This includes things like towels or bedding which is no longer deemed suitable for guest use. This could be due to stains, rips or other damage. Used or empty bathroom toiletries are also common.

Importance of waste management in hotels

Due to UK governmental regulations surrounding commercial waste, you must have your hotel waste management in order.

It’s particularly important for hotels to have their waste managed professionally due to the impact it can have on guests. Bins need to be regularly emptied and stored correctly to prevent any harm to those staying in the hotel.

Ultimately, guest safety should be a priority – and the government agrees! If your business is found to be breaching the current waste management regulations you could be hit with a hefty fine.

Furthermore, since hotels deal directly with people, you may even be forced to temporarily close down – not good news.

Thankfully, there’s an easy solution used by thousands of UK businesses.

The best way to ensure that your hotel’s refuse is stored, collected, and disposed of safely is to use a fully licenced waste management company.

At WasteManaged, we’ve been providing hotel waste management services for over 11 years. We know exactly how to take care of your hotel business. Get a quick free quote with us today.

How can hotels reduce their waste collection costs?

Hotels can reduce their waste collection costs by reducing how much they throw away altogether.

For example, can any bathroom shampoo bottles be cleaned and recycled or repurposed? Could damaged bedding be repaired before being binned? Or perhaps, if you have a breakfast buffet, for instance, could you leave out less food and cook more meals to order?

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During a study of four hotels in Germany in 2021, researchers found that refilling breakfast baskets with less food (not filling them) lead to a 64.3% reduction in food waste leftovers which saved the hotel kitchens around £8,000 per year.

Reducing the potential for waste is a surefire way to save money on collection costs.

Hotel owners should seek to apply the 5 R culture to their business. This means that you should either refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, or recycle. You can read more about the 5 R’s here.

But the best way to ensure you save money on collections is to use a professional service from the get-go. If you use the wrong waste service provider who doesn’t safely dispose of your waste, it will end up costing you a small fortune in government fines.

Hotel waste collection schedules

We understand that hotels are a unique type of business and with guests coming in and out day and night, there are few ideal times for waste collections to be carried out.

Our team appreciates this fact, and that’s why we’ll work with you to find the best solution and provide a collection schedule suited perfectly to your business.

Get in contact with us today to discuss your hotel waste management requirements. – Get a free quote.

Hotel waste statistics

Hotel waste management statistics
  • UK hotels produce 289,700 tonnes of waste each year
  • 27.3% of waste produced by hotels is food waste (around 79,000 tonnes)
  • WRAP found that hotels were recycling only 46% of the waste they generated
  • Big chain hotels are starting to lead the way in plastic use reduction – Hilton has cut 250 million plastic straws from being used in their hotel bars & Marriot has done the same; replacing 300 million plastic straws globally.

What hotel waste management bins do I need?

To fully cater to all your hotel’s waste types and quantities, we have a variety of commercial bins available. Our 1100-litre bins are our biggest and most popular bin type for hotels when it comes to general, food, and recycling.

Depending on the size of your hotel, you may need a couple of these for each waste type.

But for less regular / less bulky waste like sanitary, we have smaller 660, 240, and 120-litre options.

If you’re not sure what your hotel might require, we have an expert team here at WasteManaged who can advise you.

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