Food Waste Regulation - Increasing the use of Brown Wheelie Bins & Composters


The Food Waste Regulations S.I No. 508 of 2009 came into law on the 1st January 2009. 

The regulation is designed to promote the segregation of waste arising from the commerical sector and to ensure that as much food waste as possible is recovered or recycled and not sent to landfill.  If you have a business or commerical premises that generates food waste you now have an obligation under the Food Waste Regulations to separate it in a dedicated bin, the most common being a brown 240Ltr wheelie bin,  and ensure that it is not mixed withother waste. A brown bin collection service must be used so that the collected food waste is subsequently recycled by composting or by other approved recycling processes.  The food waste regulation will have a practical application from the 1st July 2010. 

The regulations apply to the suppliers of food and these include restaurants, pubs, hotels, hostels, hospitals, airports, ports, trains, guesthouses or state buildings where food is prepared to name but a few.

Premises that product less than 50kg of food waste per week can claim an exemption from the regulation until 1st July 2011. 

All authorised waste collectors are required to obtain a signed declaration from customers producing food waste on their premises. This declaration must state that the food waste will be source segregated and presented for collection in compliance with the requirements of the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 (Article 7).

The diversion of food waste type from landfill will help Ireland to achieve targets set down in the EU Landfill Directive 1999/31/EC and form part of the commitments of the National Strategy on Biodegradable Waste 2006.

A copy of the Food Waste Management Regulations S.I. No. 508 of 2009 can be viewed here. 








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