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Food Waste Regulations

  • The EU (Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013)

    The European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio -Waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013) 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, thereby creating opportunities for added jobs and value.

    In particular, the regulations will facilitate the achievement of the targets set out in Directive 99/31/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 Regulations impose obligations on:

    1. Waste collectors
      a.    Who must provide a separate collection service for household food waste
    2. Households that produce food waste
      a.    Who must segregate such waste and keep it separate from other non-biodegradable waste
      b.    Who must then
         i.    Have it separately collected by an authorised waste collector or
         ii.    Compost the food waste at home, or
         iii.    Bring the food waste to authorised treatment centres, for recovery in an environmentally acceptable way, such as civic amenity sites, anaerobic digestion sites or for incineration.
    3. Households are not allowed to dispose of food waste in the residual waste collection( the black bin)

    There are 111 towns on County cork  - the largest number of towns in any county.

    Food Waste Bye Law 14
    Further information can be found on www.brownbin.ie & www.foodwaste.ie



    The EU (Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013)
    view regulations (pdf)



    Cork County Council (Storage, Presentation and Collection of Household and Commercial Waste)

    Bye-Laws 2014

    Cork County Council has approved Bye Laws for the presentation of Waste.

    The main provisions of the Bye-Laws are as follows:

    • Segregation of organic waste (Food waste/Brown Bin) is required for holders of household & commercial waste.
    • Provision is made for an on-the-spot fine of €75 for breaches of the Bye-Laws.

    View the Bye-Law (PDF)


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