Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009

Food Waste Regulations introduced by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in 2010 saw changes in how commercial premises dispose of biodegradable waste. The regulations are designed to promote the segregation and beneficial use of food waste arising from the commercial sector.

A wide range of businesses are affected by the Regulations:

RestaurantsGuest Houses (more than 4 bedrooms)
HotelsIndustrial Buildings*
CafesOffice Buildings
PubsShops with Deli Counters
SupermarketsEducational Facilities*
Hot Food OutletsState Buildings*
Nursing HomesHospitals

* where canteen facilities are available

Obligations under the Food Regulations

Food waste arising from the above premises must be source segregated and kept separate from other waste streams. The segregated food must NOT be sent to landfill for disposal. It is to be made available for collection by your waste contractor or transferred directly to an authorised treatment facility.

Download an information leaflet on the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations (PDF 262KB)


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