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Food waste legislation

  • Food waste legislation for businesses

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency's legislation means all businesses that generate more than five kilograms (kg) of food waste must have a separate food waste collection.

    This law applies to:

    • commercial food businesses
    • canteens
    • social clubs
    • schools
    • not-for-profit organisations

    It's the responsibility of the business to make the necessary arrangements to dispose of their waste. Our commercial waste service is one of many waste collection operators in the city that can provide a separate food waste collection service for you. For more information about this service, call 028 9027 0735, or email

    For more information about food waste legislation visit Northern Ireland Environment Agency (link opens in new window).

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