Food and Beverage

Food, Beverage, Commercial and Retail, including Leisure and Education


For more than thirty eight years, EnviroServ has managed waste across the full spectrum of the food and beverage industries, including wine, vegetable oil, and fruit juice producers, cereal and vegetable processors, meat, poultry, dairy, and fish and seafood producers and downstream processors and packagers.

In these and other organisations, such as those in the commercial, retail, leisure, and education sectors where food is made or packaged for sale, there is a high ratio of product-specific waste. Not only does this mean that the generation of the waste is unavoidable, but also that the amount and kind of waste produced, which consists primarily of the organic residue of processed raw materials, cannot really be altered if the quality of the finished product is to remain consistent.

The utilisation and disposal of product-specific waste is challenging, however, due to its inadequate biological stability, potentially pathogenic nature, high water content, potential for rapid autoxidation, and high level of enzymatic activity.

Even so, the ever increasing demand for processed and packaged food is causing increased consumption of water, electricity, and fuel for processing, transportation, and preservation. So, although it’s not one of the most heavily polluting industries, the food industry does contribute to the increase in volume of waste produced as well as the energy expended in production and distribution.

The food industry’s commonest wastes include:

  • Food waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Office waste
  • Confidential Information
  • Paper waste
  • Spent ink and toner cartridges
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Computer equipment
  • Washroom waste
  • Wheelie bins
  • Liquid waste

The commonest technologies used to deal with these waste streams include

  • Composting
  • Aerobic digestion
  • Sequencing batch reactor
  • Solid state fermentation
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Thermophilic anaerobic digestion
  • Electrodialysis
  • Incineration
  • Pyrolysis
  • Ozonation
  • Wet oxidation

Apart from food and beverages, there are other waste streams with which the food, beverage, retail, commerical, leisure, and education industries must grapple.

Corrugated boxes, appliances, shrink and stretch wraps, yard trimmings, discarded hangers and fixtures, used electronics and pharmaceuticals can all be used at some stage of an organisation’s operations.

Construction and demolition materials are frequent concerns in commercial, retail, and leisure environments. And, in all cases, cleaning fluids and pesticides are prevalent.

The challenge, whether it is food or other waste, is to find ways to make waste management a positive contributor to the bottom line rather than simply a cost burden. In an ideal world, of course, you would want to increase profits through increased revenues generated via recovered materials or the avoidance of disposal costs. Waste reduction, reuse, and recycling will reduce your carbon footprint, which is becoming a serious complicance issues, and conserve energy – which, again, will reduce your costs.

Beyond these obvious considerations, however, there are strategic decisions you can make about waste management that will actually make your business as a whole more efficient and sustainable. Clearly, every decision you make regarding freight transportation, waste management, product selection, facility management and construction of new facilities has significant environmental impacts. In the modern business world, it also has significant balance sheet impact.

All the more so, when you consider the very broad range of waste streams you need to manage in order to keep your organisation compliant and in public favour.

Logically, it would save you money, effort, and time to outsource as much of your waste management to specialists like us, who can offer you the benefits of economies of scale and levels of specialisation that are simply not available within your employee base. Nor should they be. Your employees should all be tightly focused on optimising your core business activities.

If outsourcing doesn’t work for you, then there are still many products and services that we can offer you that will reduce your waste management obligations while keeping you compliant.

To find out what options will work best for you, please contact our Customer Care Line on 0800 192 783 for South African enquiries and click here for the contact details for enquiries across Sub-Saharan Africa​.