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Minister Hogan has signed New Household Food Waste Regulations, which focuses on the diversion of Household Food Waste from disposal to resource recovery.


The following article aims to break down (excuse the pun!) what has recently been signed and inform you in a simple, clear manner.

food-wasteMr Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has signed the European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio -Waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013).

The regulations are designed to promote the segregation and recovery of household food waste.

They will increase the amount of food waste that is recovered through the production of energy, compost and digestate, thereby creating opportunities for added jobs and value.

In particular, the regulations will facilitate the achievement of the targets set out in Directive 99/31/EC on the landfill of waste for the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill sites, by directing source-segregated household food waste to composting and to other forms of treatment; and the new regulations were signaled in the recently published national waste management policy: “A Resource Opportunity –Waste Management Policy in Ireland”





The Household Food Waste Regulations impose obligations on:

• Waste collectors – who must provide a separate collection service for household food waste,
• Households that produce food waste – who must segregate such waste and keep it separate from other non-biodegradable waste, and have it separately collected by an authorised waste collector.


home-composting1Householders may alternatively:

Compost the food waste at home, or
Bring the food waste to authorised treatment centres, for recovery in an environmentally acceptable way, such as civic amenity sites, anaerobic digestion sites or for incineration.

Households are not allowed to:

• Macerate waste and dispose of it in a drain or sewer, or
• Dispose of food waste in the residual waste collection (the black bin)



In accordance with the regulatory impact assessment prepared for these regulations, the roll-out of the brown bin will be phased in over the following timetable:

1st July 2013 for agglomerations > 25,000 persons;
• 31st December 2013 for agglomerations > 20,000 persons;
• 1st July 2014 for agglomerations > 10,000 persons;
• 1st July 2015 for agglomerations > 1,500 persons, and
• 1st July 2016 for agglomerations > 500 persons.



This is a HUGE progression in terms of how our household waste can become a by-product, rather than simply remaining as non-use waste.

Down2Earth Materials has a full range of fully compostable products and packaging. What is the advantage of this? Our products do not have to be separated from food waste when being disposed of – they can all be disposed of along with your food waste in the food waste bin, and turn into soil when properly composted. This  headache of having to separate items into different bins is eliminated!

If you have further queries about any of this please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hope this article helped to make sense of things a little better!





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