Updated guidelines for identifying and handling international catering waste (ICW) have been published by Defra.
Food waste from international airlines, cruise shops, yachts, boats and ferries constitutes ICW and is classified as a “high-risk category 1 animal by-product”, which means it is subject to stricter rules aimed at preventing the spread of diseases.
ICW rules apply to food waste from vessel or aircraft travelling from outside the EU.
Defra says the waste must be stored in a covered and leak-proof dedicated container and that a compactor can be used to reduce its volume.
Items for recycling have to be separated from ICW before they are put in a waste bin or plastic bag, the guidelines stipulate.
Processing restrictions include a prohibition on using ICW in biogas and composting plants. Item mixed with pots of honey or milk products cannot be recycled.
Plastic cups used for hot drinks containing milk from non-EU treatment plants must be processed as ICW.
The reponsibility for identifying and properly disposing of ICW lies with the individual or company that owns the aircraft or vessel, or the armed force that operates it.