Calculator tool - SME food waste recycling guidance

Food waste recycling for your business

Recycling your food waste is easier than you think!

Calculator tool

This online tool has been designed to help you compare different options for the collection of your waste using relative costs and environmental performance.

The tool works by estimating the types and quantities of waste produced by your business from the types of waste and size of containers you have collected.

It then suggests an alternative high recycling performance option with reduced environmental emissions. The results help you to see if making small changes to your current arrangements could help save you money and recycle more.

*Indicative costs can be used to help negotiations with potential contractors. Actual costs will vary depending on your specific circumstances.

How to get started

It will only take 5-10 minutes to enter your information and view a "maximum recycling" best case scenario that you could discuss with a contractor to see if this service is available in your area. If you want to go further you can create one or more custom plans to compare with your current service and the maximum recycling scenarios. You can spend as much or as little time on this as you like.

Before you start, please have the following information to hand:

  • About your current waste service:
    • How many bins/containers you have and what size they are
    • The type of waste that goes in them (e.g. paper and card; general waste; glass etc)
    • How often they are collected
    • Recent invoice(s) for your waste services
  • About your business:
    • Number of full-time equivalent employees
    • Number of meals served per week