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Household Food Waste 


Regulations have now been introduced to help increase levels of food waste segregation and recovery from domestic households in Ireland, thus reducing the amount of food waste sent for landfill disposal. From July 2013 you must use your brown bin for food waste or compost it at home.

The Household Food Waste & Bio-Waste Regulations  and their Amendment Regulations 2013 came into effect on 1st July 2013. They require:

  • Waste collectors to provide a separate bin and collection service for household food waste.
  • Householders to segregate food waste from other waste and either present it for collection by an authorised collector or compost it at home.

Please note: All household waste collection is now privatised and carried out by private companies. Panda and Greyhound are the two operator’s providing a kerbside wheelie bin service in our area. All information regarding Waste Collection Permit Holders, who currently provide household kerbside collections in the Dublin Region, and countrywide, is available on the National Waste Collection Permit Office. Please visit www.nwcpo.ie, or telephone 057 935 7428 for further information.

Householders Must Not Put Food Waste In Their General Waste Bin.

Only compostable bags certified to EN 13432 (indicated on the packaging) should be used to line food waste bins (brown bin). Plastic bin liners/bags cannot be used as they contaminate the composting process.

There are many ways to reduce food waste and save money e.g. by carefully planning menus and sticking to a shopping list, using freezers wisely, using leftovers creatively and controlling portion sizes. Other ideas can be found at www.stopfoodwaste.ie.

For further information contact the Waste Enforcement Section at (01) 2047 954 or via e-mail at wasteenforcement@dlrcoco.ie  

Correct Use of Brown Bin 

Yes Please No Thanks
Fruit & Vegetables (whole and peelings) Ashes, Coal or Cinders
Tea Bags and Coffee Grinds Cooking Oils
Meat, Fish and Poultry (raw and cooked) Plastic or Metal
Leftover Plate Scrapings Glass or Crockery
Bread, Cakes and Biscuits Tin Foil
Eggs and Dairy Products Rocks, Gravel or Clay
Soups and Sauces Sweet or Crisp Wrappers
Cereals, Pasta and Rice Clothes, Shoes or Rubber Gloves
Paper Towels and Napkins Nappies or Sanitary Items
Paper Plates and Cups Medicines or Pesticides
Newspaper used to wrap food waste Toothpaste Tubes or Toiletries
Cut Flowers, Plants and Weeds Light Bulbs, Batteries or Electrical Items
Grass Clippings, Twigs and Leaves Cat Litter or Other Pet Faeces


Commercial Food Waste

The Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 apply to a wide range of premises that prepare and/or serve food, from restaurants, pubs and hotels, to hospitals, schools and staff canteens. Producers of food waste are required to segregate their waste food at source, and must ensure it is disposed of separately from any other types of waste.