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Food Waste Regulations

Please note that the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations (SI 508 of 2009) came into force on 1st July 2010.

These regulations require all major producers of food waste (e.g. pubs, hotels, restaurants, canteens, supermarkets, nursing homes, etc.) to dispose of it by placing it into a dedicated bin and ensure that it is not mixed with other waste. A food waste collection service must be used so that the collected food waste is subsequently recycled by composting or by other approved food waste recycling processes. Alternatively, food waste producers affected by this legislation can transport the food waste directly to a recycling plant or, subject to waste authorisation from the local authority and compliance with animal by-products rules, can treat the food waste themselves by installing a composting unit on the premises where the waste is generated.

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Please note that further information on this matter will follow.

For any queries, please contact Bernadine Carry, Environmental Awareness Officer at: Environment Section, Meath County Council or by telephone at 087-989 0306 or by e-mail to