Household food waste is to be collected separately in the Ireland, following the Irish environment minister’s decision to adhere to European food waste regulations.
Phil Hogan signed the European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste) Regulations 2013 yesterday in a bid to reduce food waste going to landfill.
A statement from the Irish Government said the regulations will help to direct household food waste to composting and to other forms of treatment, such as anaerobic digestion.
Under the regulations, waste collectors will have to provide a separate food waste collection. Brown bins for food waste will be rolled out across Ireland until 2016.
Householders will be required to segregate their food waste for separate food collections, or compost it at home, or bring it to treatment facilities such as anaerobic digestion sites or civic amenities sites.
They will be forbidden to dispose of food waste in black bins, which are used for residual waste. Nor will they be allowed to get rid of it into the sewerage system by shredding or hydrating it.
According to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, in 2010 organic waste comprised about 23% of the household bin waste stream, by weight.
Signing up to the regulations would also help the Irish Government achieve the targets set out in the Waste Framework Directive, and complete Ireland’s requirements to apply the waste hierarchy to food waste.
The decision to enforce food waste segregation was signposted in the recently-published policy document: “A Resource Opportunity –Waste Management Policy in Ireland”.
Biodegradable waste sent to landfill in Ireland in 2010 was 860,000 tonnes, a 19% fall compared to the year before.