Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) plans to ramp up its recycling programme after the British Beer and Pub Association called for pubs to be greener to save costs.
Waste collection costs at pubs are to rise by 20% this year to £100 per ton with charges rising to £150 by 2010, the BBPA has said.
Over three-quarters of M&B pubs currently take part in its recycling initiatives - a number it is now seeking to increase.
Over 1,700 M&B pubs and pub restaurants recycle general waste and card and around 1,200 businesses also recycle glass.
Around 18,000 tonnes of waste is recycled every year.
The initiative is supported and co-ordinated by Biffa, which provides a network of vehicles operating a dedicated service for the collection of general waste, glass and card across the M&B estate.
All M&B pubs also have waste cooking oil collected and recycled into bio-diesel.
There could also be a trial scheme for collecting food waste.
"Over the last twelve months we have worked hard to progress our recycling programme and improve our waste management," said senior purchasing manager David James.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment we will continue to look at new ways to reduce waste and trial new recycling initiatives."