Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste

24 09,2019

Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste

The Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste regulations are designed to promote the segregation and recovery of household food waste. They will increase the amount of food waste that is recovered through the production of energy, compost and digestate. In particular, the regulations will facilitate the achievement of the targets set out in Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste 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 Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste Regulations impose an obligation on waste collectors to provide a separate collection service for household food waste for agglomerations > 500 persons.

The Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste Regulations also impose obligations on households that produce food waste. In particular, households must:

  • Segregate food waste and keep it separate from other non-biodegradable waste;
  • Dispose of food waste in one of three ways:
    1. Have it separately collected by an authorised waste collector (a brown bin collection) and must not dispose of it in the residual waste collection (the black bin); or
    2. Compost the food waste at home; or
    3. Bring the food waste to an authorised treatment centre for recovery in an environmentally acceptable way, such as civic amenity sites, anaerobic digestion sites or for incineration.

Check out the attached map to see if these regulations apply to your area –