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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com
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.