Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
The European Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC requires member states to take steps to develop "recycling societies". This will involve a shift in the way waste is viewed; from being a problem to being a valued resource. This resource centred approach can be summarised in the five steps of the waste hierarchy.
In addition to the requirements covered in the other sections of this guideline, businesses in Northern Ireland must:
You may be able to present co-mingled materials so long as the collection, and then the management of the materials, is designed to produce high quality recycling.
The NIEA has produced a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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 and you produce more than 5kg of food waste per week (approximately 1 kitchen caddy full) then you must be prepared to present food waste for separate collection:
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.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
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