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Food waste regulations

If your business undertakes processes or activities that create food waste, you must comply with the Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015. These regulations will be applicable to restaurants, cafes, hotels, pubs and other tourism and hospitality businesses selling food.

The Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 came into force in February 2015.  This legislation requires that waste operators collect and transport food waste that has been collected separately, from 1st April 2015.   By 1st April 2016 food businesses that produce more than 50kg of food waste per week are to present that food waste for separate collection.  By 1st April 2017 the law will extend to cover food businesses that produce between 5kg and 50kg of food waste per week. They will be required to present that food waste for separate collection, and food businesses to ensure that food waste is not deposited in a lateral drain or sewer.

Important Dates

• 1st April 2016 - Food businesses producing greater than 50kg of food waste per week, must secure the separate collection of that waste.

• 1st April 2017 - Food businesses producing greater than 5kg of food waste per week, must secure the separate collection of that waste. There is no legislative requirement for food businesses which produce less than 5kg of food waste, to collect it separately.

• 1st April 2017 - Food waste must not be deposited in a lateral drain or public sewer.

Requirements for obligated producers of food waste to comply with the Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

• Food waste generated by food businesses to be separated for collection and recycling.

• Appropriate systems should be established by a business that generates food waste to segregate and store it, to maintain quality prior to its collection.

• The best way a business that produces food waste can promote high quality recycling of this waste stream is to segregate it, to ensure that separate collection is possible by a waste management service provider.

• Businesses that produce food waste should seek advice from their waste contractor on how best to present food waste for collection.

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