After spending time and resources to arrange your restaurant menu, ambience and location, the last thing you may think about is how to properly manage waste. Unfortunately, many restaurants choke under piles of garbage because they don't take time to plan for proper disposal. This often happens if you don't have enough garbage bags, skip bins or a plan for handling these items.
One of the most immediate consequences of poor planning is a smelly skip. Food waste can begin to decompose under moisture, heat and other external elements while inside the skip bin itself. The good news is that you can limit these foul odours by implementing the following steps.
1. Keep it covered
Food waste is a magnet for pests of many different kinds. For example, rodents and insects may be attracted to organic components within your skip bin. And if you allow these rodents to multiply (which they can do very quickly), you may end up with an infestation inside the premises as well. You can keep rodents away by being proactive.
Once you hire a skip bin, make sure it's covered at all times. Covers keep the skip dry and prevent rodents from entering to grab a meal. Covers also come in handy during inclement weather, as your food waste is less likely to be blown away by the wind or soaked in rain. You should also position your skip at a safe distance from your restaurant. This will reduce the ease with which rodents can crawl from the skip and into your premises.
2. Use scented garbage bags
Another useful approach is to eliminate odour from the source. Instead of allowing food waste to accumulate foul smells, use scented garbage bags. Make sure each bag is thick enough to prevent spills and can be sealed after use. In this way, you'll better manage waste inside your premises and in the skip bin. Also arrange for enough bins to be placed strategically around your restaurant. Not having enough bins is a common cause for employees and customers to throw their food waste directly inside the skip, which ultimately results in foul odours.
3. Don't let it overflow
An overflowing skip is the easiest way of ending up with a stinking skip bin. To avoid repelling customers, make sure you hire a skip of the right size. An undersized skip is bound to overflow and hold decomposing food waste. In addition to size, also schedule for regular skip bin pick-up. You should have your skip emptied at least once a week by your garbage removal service so as to avoid foul odours.