Commercial food waste recycling

Commercial Food Waste Recycling Machines for Businesses

Commercial food waste composting machine

  • Businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Care homes and residential
  • Tourist attractions
  • Small Holdings

Any business that produces food waste from guests, employees, visitors or patients will benefit from on-site commercial food waste recycling. Composting with a Ridan Composting machine is a fantastic way to improve your business’s green credentials, whilst saving you money on your waste collection and disposal bills. The Ridan Composter does not require electrical power so can be situated anywhere on your premises, or even be turned into a feature. Take your business forward with a clean, green composting machine that will impress your clientele.

What is commercial food waste recycling?

There are many public service and commercial businesses who need to cater for employees, visitors, patients and guests. Catering on this scale produces a huge amount of waste from food preparation and plate scrapping. This waste is piled into bins which can be unattractive and emit bad odours. The waste then has to be collected at a charge and then dumped at landfill sites which creates Co2 emissions during the decomposing process.

We can save you money and help the planet

Forget messy bins, disposal costs and Co2 emissions, a Ridan Composter will make all of those a thing of the past as all organic matter including cooked foods, meats and even grass cuttings can be recycled into clean, healthy, natural compost.

What is composting?

Composting is the decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, including cooked and raw food waste. Kitchen waste and plate scrapings can all be composted, as can garden waste such as grass clippings and dead leaves. The key thing to remember is that if it once lived, then it can be composted.

When the conditions in the Ridan composting machine are correct, microscopic organisms respire and breakdown the matter to produce nutrient rich compost that is perfect for your garden!

What can your commercial business compost?


  • Fruit and Veg (including skins)
  • Meat & Fish (raw and cooked)
  • Plate scrapings, anything edible.
  • Grass cuttings
  • Shredded paper, card and tissue
  • Oils and fats

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

How do I use a Ridan food waste composter?

Business Food Waste Recycling MachineSuccessful composting all depends on getting the right proportions of carbon and nitrogen rich materials. Too much carbon can cause the materials to be too dry and not break down. Too much nitrogen tends to make the waste go rotten and smelly.

You can compost all food waste (foods past their sell by date, cuttings, peelings, and plate scrapings) and all garden waste (grass clippings, weeds, cuttings, and horse manure). These green waste products are all nitrogen rich, so you need to balance this out with carbon rich products. Carbon rich products need to be hard, dry and absorbent materials. i.e. shredded paper, wood chips, sawdust, cardboard, dead leaves, and straw (brown waste)

Which Ridan is Best for Business ?

It depends on the amount of food waste your business is producing, however we typically find at least one large food waste composter will be required. Have a look through the table below to understand which Ridan Food Waste Composter will be right for your business.

Specifications The Small RidanThe Medium RidanThe Large Ridan
Maximum Throughput 80 Litres per week 200 Litres per week 400 Litres per week
Unit Dimensions (meters)2.1L x 1.0W x 1.4H2.4L x 1.0W x 1.5H2.5L x 1.0W x1.6H
Unit Weight (empty)50Kg60Kg70Kg
Price of Ridan £2250 plus vat £2950 plus vat £3650 plus vat
Maturation Boxes1 @ £360 plus vat2 @ £360 each plus vat3 @ £360 each plus vat

Independent advice about food waste recycling

WRAP advise our government about recycling, they have compiled a paper giving advice about the on-site treatment of food waste, click here to have a look it gives a good selection of options.