Catering Food Waste Recycling

Food waste solutions for catering businesses

Are you in the catering business? A cafe, restaurant, guest house or hotel. Or maybe something larger scale like a hospital, prison, holiday park or theme park?

Food being served in restaurant canteen

Catering food waste in messy bin

Food waste problems

  • Messy bins
  • Potential hygiene issues
  • Potential insect or rodent problems
  • Bad odours
  • Waste disposal costs
  • Adding to landfill and Co2 emissions
  • Environmental harm

Healthy compost

Food waste solutions

  • Recycle waste on your premises
  • Remove the need for bins
  • Clean and hygienic
  • No insects or rodents
  • No bad odours
  • No disposal costs
  • Reduce Co2 emissions
  • Environmentally friendly

Recycle your Food Waste On-site with Ridan

Ridan Pro 400 food waste composter composter for catering food wasteCatering food waste recycling on site is now a practical, viable solution. Reduce mess, reduce smells and reduce costs in an environmentally friendly way that benefits you, your clients and the environment.

The Ridan Composting system has already been installed in places such as cafes, restaurants, schools, residential homes and motorway service stations. Each enjoying their own benefits. Some have reduced disposal costs. Some enjoy the clean and hygienic way the food waste is disposed of, but most are happy that they are reducing their carbon footprint and adding to their green credentials.

The Ridan Composting system requires no power so can be located anywhere (with a flat surface). This could be anywhere on your grounds, housed inside a shed or garage, or some have even put them on flat roofs!

What can your catering business compost?

  • Dairy, cheese, butter, eggs.
  • Fruit and Veg (including skins)
  • Meat & Fish (raw and cooked)
  • Bread
  • Salads
  • Pasta, Rice
  • Oils and fats
  • Plate scrapings, anything edible.
catering food waste composting

All raw and cooked food waste can be composted in a Ridan. Fruit, veg, greens and prep compost most easily, however starches, meats and dough take longer to digest, much like our own digestive systems, so a mixture of both types of foods is essential.

Dead leaves, straw, paper, cardboard and tissue can be composted by layering them into the Maturation Box, between the compost as it is loaded, this works better than adding them to the Ridan. For more information go to: How the Ridan Composter works

Which Ridan is right for your catering business?

We offer a choice of two Ridan Food Waste Composting Machines, to accommodate catering businesses of all sizes. The best way to decide which size of Ridan you need is to measure how many litres of food waste your business produces each week. Here is a guide:

Some catering businesses have purchased two or more Ridan Pro 400 Composting systems to cater for larger numbers. Of course, please remember that other factors need to be considered too, such as:

  • How efficient are the catering kitchens?
  • How much fresh produce is prepared on site compared to how much is bought in?
  • What sort of foods are being thrown away? Vegetable matter, fruit and greens compost easily and quickly, but meat eggs and dairy take longer.


Specifications Ridan Pro 200Ridan Pro 400
Maximum Throughput 200 Litres per week 400 Litres per week
Unit Dimensions (meters)2.4L x 1.0W x 1.5H2.5L x 1.0W x1.6H
Unit Weight (empty)60Kg70Kg
Price of Ridan £3950 plus vat £4650 plus vat
Maturation Boxes2 @ £480 each plus vat3 @ £480 each plus vat

The Catering Food Waste Recycling System.

The National Trust has been extremely proactive in promoting their use of Ridan Food Waste Composters on their sites. It has given them a cost effective way of recycling their food waste. The properties we have supplied to tend to have 2-3 large Ridan Composters. Click here to read a case study of how the National Trust recycled their food waste with the Ridan Composter.