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Westminster City Council

Bar, Cafe, Club and Restaurant Waste Collection in Westminster

If you operate in the hospitality sector, we know that the business environment you work in is challenging and demanding.

Westminster is home to a wealth of hospitality venues ranging from corner cafes, private members clubs, pubs, takeaways, and wine bars to Michelin star restaurants. All of these hospitality sites produce a range of different waste types that have to be managed out of sight from guests. Your business’ image and customer satisfaction are of paramount importance. So we know that you need your hospitality waste, together with all your recycling, to be collected without fail, at a good price and without damage to the environment. 

There are lots of laws regarding the disposal of hospitality waste and recycling, many of which relate closely to the health and safety of your guests. We assist our customers in compliance with all laws regarding waste. Due to the vast range of waste streams that are generated in the hospitality industry, you will need a waste partner that has the capability to dispose of all kinds of waste in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. We already collect from many of the city’s prestigious hospitality and retail businesses, so we have the experience and knowledge of your sector.


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Key types of waste generated in the hospitality sector include

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Services that your hospitality venue should take advantage of

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Deep cleaning service

It’s crucial that your venue is looking in pristine condition, inside and out. Our deep cleaning service allows you to keep the roads and pathways outside of your bar, cafe, club or restaurant looking just as clean as the inside.

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Ordering waste bags has never been easier

We have made ordering waste bags easier than ever before. You simply create an account on our online portal, from here you will have access to pre-order waste bags and yellow card stickers. Get started with your online portal.

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Collections 365 day’s a year

Unlike some other waste collectors, we never stop collecting waste; every day of the year including bank holidays and even on Christmas Day! Hospitality waste disposal is essential all year round, and busy periods often fall on times that other waste operators are closed.

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Segregated recycling

We offer five main bar, cafe, club and restaurant recycling services so that we can recover materials in the best way possible.

Mixed recycling: glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, cartons and cans. Paper and cardboard only, including confidential waste. Glass only. Food only. Specialist waste such as batteries, bulky waste and electrical appliances

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Coffee cup recycling

We have recently launched a coffee cup recycling service to ensure your business or venue, no matter what the size, has the equipment to recycle as efficiently as possible. Find out how you can get involved and reduce your carbon foot print with our coffee cup service!

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Meeting UK law requirements

We can give you the advice and support you to need to help your business stay within the law.

There are strict laws on food waste disposal in Westminster, and it’s crucial that you have a waste operator that meets these requirements.

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Talk to our hospitality waste and recycling experts

Talk to our hospitality waste management experts, they have decades of experience in helping your business achieve an environmentally friendly waste disposal service.

Our experts can provide you with valuable insights into how you can improve your current waste management practices, or offer you advice on services that may improve what you currently have in place.

Get in touch today to see how we can help your hospitality venue improve its waste management.


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Commercial waste guide for the hospitality sector

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Our short guide on waste management services in the hospitality sector provides you with a brief outline as to why Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services is your number one choice for bar, cafe, club or restaurant waste collections. The guide includes:

  • What materials we collect
  • Different methods of storing the waste
  • The collection times on your street
  • The laws behind waste management for restaurants and bars
  • How we help you comply with the law

No matter the size of your outlet, the information within this guide remains the same and will provide some insight into waste management within your sector.

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Case study: how we helped a West End based pub reach a 77% recycling rate

This case study looks at how our partnership with the Heart of London Business Alliance has benefitted businesses across London’s West End. In the case study we discuss:

  • What business improvement districts are and how they can benefit you
  • The Heart of London waste consolidation scheme
  • Benefits to businesses that use our services

The guide takes a deeper look at two businesses The Comedy Pub and The Comedy Store, in particular how we have helped them to introduce a much more sustainable and cost-effective waste management process.



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8 tips for businesses to reduce waste

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This guide provides you with quick tips on how to reduce waste. Including a particular subject of importance for you – how to reduce food waste. If your the role in your organisation includes reducing waste generated and organising efficient and good value waste collection, we hope our guide will help. The guide includes:

  • Stopping potential waste from being produced in the first place
  • Finding someone who can use things you no longer need
  • Ways to reduce food waste
  • Avoiding fines
  • Sending all waste for recycling and zero to landfill

Not only will this guide help you reduce waste. It will help you reduce the time spent on managing your waste, the money spent on disposing of the waste and the negative impacts it may have on the environment.


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Is it possible to become a zero-waste hospitality venue?

The hospitality sector is under increased pressure to overcome the issues surrounding waste. Recent restaurant statistics from WRAP show that UK restaurants are responsible for the production of 915,400 tonnes of waste every year. With 199,100 tonnes of this coming in the form of food waste. As well as the negative impact on the environment, there is also a negative financial impact; food waste cost restaurants in the United Kingdom a vast £682 million per year! While it’s clear that becoming a ‘zero waste’ venue is beneficial in almost every way, it almost seems like an impossible challenge.

It’s inevitable that some non-recyclable waste will be generated, so it’s crucial that your waste operator can provide ‘zero waste’ services. Here at Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services, we already ensure our customers receive zero waste services. We can achieve this through the use of material recovery facilities which turn general waste into electricity, used in London’s homes and businesses; meaning no waste that we collect is sent to landfill.

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What areas do we provide restaurant and bar waste services in?


We provide hospitality waste management services to the whole of Westminster, please see our list of areas below, including maps highlighting our boundaries.

Even if you’re not based in Westminster, or have branches elsewhere, we can still help you with hospitality waste and recycling collections. For more information on our services outside of Westminster, please contact us.



Westminster Areas

Mayfair – W1J / K1S

Soho – W1D / W1F

Fitzrovia – W1T

Pimlico – SW1V

St James – WC2

Knightsbridge – SW7 / SW1

Belgravia – SW7 / SW1

Marylebone – NW1 / W1H

Bayswater – W2

Victoria – SW1

Covent Garden – WC2