Waste & Recycling Management Solutions for Restaurants

Restaurant customers and employees deserve a sanitary environment. That’s why Rumpke prides itself on helping restaurant owners maintain a clean and sanitary environment by providing reliable waste removal services. Food establishments across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois count on us when it comes to developing a plan for reliable waste management.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for managing food scraps, solid waste, or waste recycling. 

Whether your restaurant is lunch-only or open on specific dates, we can curate a trash collection schedule that works best for you. 

When you contact our team, we’ll provide an on-site waste audit to assess your needs and establish a manageable, cost-effective plan for your business. From there, we’ll ensure your waste containers and recycling bins are taken care of on a regular basis.

Waste Disposal Is Serious Business for Restaurants

Restaurant owners have a lot on their plates. In addition to managing staff and their kitchens, they need a reliable plan to handle food waste to prevent pests and maintain a healthy environment. That’s where waste collection companies like Rumpke come in. Commercial trash pickup makes it possible for your business to maintain a clean and safe atmosphere for both employees and customers. 

From choosing the ideal dumpster size for your needs to creating a trash pickup schedule that works for your restaurant, we’re dedicated to helping restaurants both big and small manage their waste. Having a dedicated service provider and an effective waste reduction plan can reduce the effects of biohazards, protect the environment, and improve overall community health and cleanliness.

When you get in touch with our team, we’ll discuss your restaurant goals and the best sizes for your trash receptacles. And with a regular pick-up schedule, you can ensure all waste is removed quickly on your scheduled collection day. 

Best Practices for Reducing Restaurant Waste

Restaurants that practice waste reduction not only decrease the amount of waste going to the landfill, but they can cut their bottom line, as well, by managing food orders in a more practical way. Some of the best practices for reducing restaurant waste are to:

  • Implement policies to increase the number of reusable and recyclable items

  • Find opportunities to compost

  • Improve your inventories to reduce waste and optimize profits

Zero waste may not always be possible, but working to improve sustainability often pays off big. Rumpke can help you customize a recycling program that addresses the needs of your business. We start with a commercial recycling audit to help you identify which materials you can and should recycle. After that, we’ll send you recycling containers and establish a routine pick-up schedule to simplify your waste management. 

Waste Management for Restaurants FAQ

What is the cost of restaurant trash and recycling services?

Pricing for waste collection can vary based on the type of restaurant and the volume of trash and recycling that’s produced. It can range from $135 to $625 depending on your location, volume, and pickup frequency.

How much does the average restaurant spend on trash and recycling services each year?

This depends on the size of the restaurant. Small restaurants may only spend a few thousand dollars on trash and recycling services, while larger establishments may require bigger trash containers or dumpsters or frequent pick-ups that increase that amount.

What is the size of a restaurant dumpster?

Rumpke offers the following commercial dumpster sizes (measured in cubic yards):

  • 15-yard dumpster: This is about four or five pickup trucks’ worth of waste, making it perfect for smaller restaurants and cafes. 

  • 20-yard dumpster: This is about six pickup truck loads’ worth of restaurant waste. 

  • 30-yard dumpster: This accounts for nine pickup trucks’ worth of restaurant waste.

  • 40-yard dumpster: Our biggest trash containers can hold as much waste as 12 pickup trucks. If your business produces a high volume of waste or you need to share the costs of waste management with several restaurants, consider a large dumpster rental.


Why should my restaurant start recycling? 

Restaurants already accumulate many recyclable materials. Embracing initiatives that direct more material to the recycling center will help your business move towards a zero waste status.

Customers are increasingly supportive of changes that can help reduce their overall carbon footprint. Restaurants who use reusable serving utensils or have separate trash bins and recycling containers marked with clear signage can easily make a difference in the waste stream.

During your audit, we can help you learn more about acceptable items for recycling.

Rumpke Is the Superior Choice for Restaurant Waste Management

Rumpke is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable waste management companies in the industry. When it comes to choosing a commercial recycling service or waste management company, you can count on us. We’re committed to our communities and have more than 90 years of experience in the waste and recycling business.

Learn more about what we can do for your restaurant when you fill out our service request form to get started. From there, we’ll help you learn about your options for cost-effective trash and recycling services.