The Waste Management Food Waste Regulations came into force on 1st July 2010. These regulations are designed to promote the source segregation and beneficial use of food waste arising in the commercial sector.
The Regulations impose obligations on both householders and waste collectors. Householders are obliged to segregate their food waste, and make it available for separate collection. Alternatively householders may compost the food waste at home or bring it to authorised treatment facilities such as civic amenity sites or anaerobic digestion sites.
Where a source-segregated collection for food waste is available, householders are not allowed to dispose of food waste in the residual waste collection service (the Black Bin).
Waste collectors are required to provide a separate collection service for household food waste.
In accordance with the regulatory impact assessment prepared for these regulations, the roll-out of the brown bin is being phased in on a progressive basis from 1st July 2013 as follows:
The timetable for when the regulations take effect is as follows:
- 1st July 2015 - For population centres greater than 1,500 persons, including Limerick City and it's Environs, Adare, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock, Rathkeale.
- 1st July 2017 - For population centres greater than 500 persons.
Obligations are placed on the commercial generators of food waste, such as state buildings where food is prepared, to segregate their food waste at source and make it available for separate collection by an authorised waste collector using the 3 bin system.
These premises include:
- Restaurants and cafes
- Hot food outlets
- Hotels and larger guest houses
Links to further information
- Fats, Oils and Grease Brochure
- Food Waste Generated in a Retail Premises
- Managing Recyclables in Business
- How to use your Brown Bin Properly
Some businesses have installed food waste macerators (garbage grinders) that attach to sink units.
The use of these and other similar devices to dispose of food waste into the sewerage system is prohibited by the Food Waste Regulations when a food waste collection service is available.
This provision applies irrespective of whether a discharge licence under the Water Pollution Act has been issued which allows food effluent to pass to a sewer.
Again, this is to ensure that food waste is consigned to recycling and also to avoid blockages in the drainage system.
For further information on Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 click here.