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Animal by-products and food waste environmental legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to animal by-products and food waste. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

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Northern Ireland

European Community (EC) Regulation 1069/2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption. Sets the framework for legal controls on animal by-products.

EU Regulations 592/2014 amending EU142/2011 as regards the use of animal by-products and derived products as a fuel in combustion plants. Amends EU 142/2011, implementing EC 1069/2009 laying down health rules regarding animal by-products and products not intended for human consumption, as regards the use of animal by-products and derived products as a fuel in combustion plants.

EU Regulation 2017/1262/EU: Amending Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 as regards the use of manure of farmed animals as a fuel in combustion plants. This regulation amends the commission regulation 142/2011 updating the requirements to allow the use of farmed animals of species other than poultry to be used as fuel in combustion plants with a total rated thermal output not exceeding 50MW.

EC Regulation 142/2011 implementing EC Regulation 1069/2009. Implements the legal controls on animal by-products in the UK and other European member states.

EC Regulation 811/2003 regarding the intra-species recycling ban for fish, the burial and burning of animal by-products and certain transitional measures. Provides for disposal of animal by-products by burning or burial in event of outbreak of disease. Defines 'on site burning or burial'.

Rendering (Fluid Treatment) Order (Northern Ireland) SR 2001/378. Bans spreading untreated ruminant condensate on land. Defines ruminant related fluid and measures for testing, treatment and discharge. Sets measures for rendering animal products and requirements for record keeping, cleansing and disinfection.

Animal By-Products (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 SR 332

Enforces EU Animal By-Products Regulation 106/2009. Sets out rules for dealing with animal by-products not intended for human consumption, including disposal and use, placing on the market and prohibitions on feeding. Places requirements on operators.

Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 SR14

Provide for the separate collection of food waste. They place a duty on food businesses producing in excess of 5kg of food waste per week to present food waste for separate collection and place a duty on businesses to ensure food waste is not deposited in a lateral drain or sewer. Place a duty on those who transport food waste to collect and transport such waste separately from other waste.

Scotland

European Community (EC) Regulation 1069/2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption. Sets the framework for legal controls on animal by-products.

EU Regulations 592/2014 amending EU142/2011 as regards the use of animal by-products and derived products as a fuel in combustion plants. Amends EU 142/2011, implementing EC 1069/2009 laying down health rules regarding animal by-products and products not intended for human consumption, as regards the use of animal by-products and derived products as a fuel in combustion plants.

EU Regulation 2017/1262/EU: Amending Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 as regards the use of manure of farmed animals as a fuel in combustion plants. This regulation amends the commission regulation 142/2011 updating the requirements to allow the use of farmed animals of species other than poultry to be used as fuel in combustion plants with a total rated thermal output not exceeding 50MW.

EC Regulation 142/2011 implementing EC Regulation 1069/2009. Implements the legal controls on animal by-products in the UK and other European member states.

EC Regulation 811/2003 regarding the intra-species recycling ban for fish, the burial and burning of animal by-products and certain transitional measures. Provides for disposal of animal by-products by burning or burial in event of outbreak of disease. Defines 'on site burning or burial'. .

Animal By- Products (Enforcement)(Scotland) Regulations SSI 307 Enforces EU Animal By Products Regulation 106/2009. Sets out rules for dealing with animal by-products not intended for human consumption, including disposal and use, placing on the market, and prohibitions on feeding.Places requirements on operators. Revokes 2011 regulations, SSI 171

The Animal By-Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 Amends the 2013 regulations and prevents fish waste from being sent to landfill in remote areas.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 The regulations introduce a number of important new requirements including the segregation of materials such as glass, metal, plastics, paper and card for recycling. It also introduces the requirement for food businesses to present food waste for collection and a ban on sending segregated materials for incineration or to landfill. Waste contractors must provide services that enable high quality recycling.

Further information

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In this Guideline

What are animal by-products?

Categories of animal by-products

Disposing of animal by-products

Animal carcass disposal

Disposing of food waste and catering waste

Transporting animal by-products

Handling and storage of animal by-products

Animal by-products and food waste environmental legislation

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