Nightclub Waste Collections
Nightclubs produce a wide variety of waste, including clinical waste, ash and cigarette butts, and food waste. To avoid cross-contamination and penalties, these wastes must be disposed of properly in a designated nightclub waste collection bin. Nightclub waste collection bins should be well-labelled so that employees can quickly identify the correct bin to put each kind of waste in. Moreover, nightclub waste collection bins should be placed in convenient, easily accessible locations.
Paper/card waste bins
Even though most nightclub waste is centred on drinks, nightclubs can also generate a significant amount of other waste. Paper/card waste bins at nightclubs are essential for nightlife businesses. Some nightclubs provide paper straws in addition to plastic drinking containers. These straws may be discarded in a general waste bin. Plastic straws are often not recyclable and end up in landfills. Thankfully, many nightclubs choose to forgo plastic straws altogether and only offer paper straws.
However, several challenges still need to be overcome before ensuring a paper-free nightlife. Disposing of drink waste While there are many advantages of avoiding excessive drink waste in nightclubs, the reality is that these establishments are prone to operational inefficiencies. During a shift, bartenders are often rushed off their feet, resulting in wasted time. Physical and non-tangible waste from the bar can negatively impact the business’s profitability.
For example, the average loss due to spills and overpours is six ounces per litre or 18% of the potential revenue generated. The worst culprits of waste recycling in nightclubs, pubs, and restaurants are the establishments that produce a great deal of food and drink. According to Business Waste, less than a third of the waste generated by these establishments is recycled, and they are failing to do their part. They are causing more waste in landfills and could cost them their business.
For example, pubs and nightclubs often have poor separation policies and send their food packaging to the general waste stream. As the consumption of drinks rises, the number of plastic cups used in nightclubs also rises, making it harder for the environment to keep pace with single-use plastics. As an example, a small club with a capacity of 500 people would generate approximately one thousand pieces of drink waste each night – that’s more than five million plastic cups per year!
However, because most people don’t just drink one drink at night, clubs are obliged to hold two or three nights a week to remain profitable. While you may not see the impact of waste management in a single venue, it is crucial to take the time to audit all of the drinks served at the venue. Performing an audit will highlight potential opportunities for reducing packaging waste. Using lighter and eco-friendly materials for packaging can minimize the amount of water used in the process.
Furthermore, reusable containers are preferable to disposable ones. A final consideration is the quality of the food that is served. Some bars have committed to zero-waste practices. Some examples of these establishments include White Lyan, which prides itself on being one of the first cocktail bars. The bar doesn’t use ice, fresh fruit or bottled mixers and sends 24 bottles a week to recycle. A typical nightclub recycles up to three 300 litre bins’ worth of bottles per night.
Nightclub Waste Collections – Learn more about UK business waste statistics here
Other useful links from our Commercial Waste Centre
Is a Waste Service For Small Businesses Right For Your Business?
A Guide to Commercial Food Waste Disposal in the UK
What Products Are Made From Recycled Waste Material?
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