Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
A food business is any business that carries out activities related to the processing, distribution, preparation or sale of food. This includes:
If you are a food business then you must be prepared to present food waste for separate collection:
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.
(A 120 litre bin holds approximately 60kg of food waste)
Your businesses are exempt from the regulations if:
(5kg is roughly equivalent to a full domestic kitchen caddy)
There is a prohibition on the landfilling of separately collected food waste from 1 April 2015. The regulations also introduce a duty on businesses to ensure food waste is not deposited in a lateral drain or sewer from 1 April 2017.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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