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New Food Waste Law for Northern Ireland

25 May 2016

What is the new legislation:
Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2015/14
What is the amended legislation
New legislation
Who does this affect: Northern Ireland
When does this change take place: 1st April 2016
A food business is any business that carries out activities related to the processing, distribution, preparation or sale of food. This includes:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Shopping and food courts
  • Canteens
  • Hotels
  • Pubs that serve food
  • Shops that serve food
  • Supermarkets
  • Schools and colleges
  • Prisons, nursing homes and hospitals.

If you are a food business then you must be prepared to present food waste for separate collection:

  • by 1 April 2016 for large producers

  • by 1 April 2017 for small producers and Health and Social Care trusts.

You are a large producer if you regularly produce more than 50kg of food waste per week.
You are a small producer if you regularly produce between 5kg and 50kg of food waste per week.
The full text of the Regulations may be found here.
Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk