Commercial Food Waste
Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations (SI 508 of 2009) entered into force in Ireland on 1 July 2010. The Regulations require all major producers of food waste to place it in a dedicated bin and ensure it is not mixed with other 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 process. Alternatively, businesses affected by this legislation can transport the food waste directly to a recycling plant or can treat it themselves by installing a properly authorised composting unit on the premises where the waste is generated.
Food Waste Fact Sheet(164KB)
Household Food Waste Regulations
The European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013) promote the segregation and recovery of household food waste in line with national policy and Waste Framework Directive objectives. They are designed to maximixe the resource which can be extracted from waste and minimise the disposal of waste.
The Regulations will facilitate the achievement of the targets set out in the Landfill Directive (Directive 99/31/EC) for the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill sites, by directing source-segregated household food waste to composting and to other forms of treatment.
The Regulations impose obligations on householders and waste collectors as follows:
If you need assistance with how to use your food waste (brown) bin please contact your waste contractor or access the information provided for householders on www.brownbin.ie. For useful guidance and tips on how to minimise the amount of food waste you create and potentially save money on your weekly food shop, please check out www.stopfoodwaste.ie.
The European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013) View RegulationsHousehold Food Waste Regulations (S I 71 of 2013)(76KB)