New Food Waste Regulations – 1st April 2017
Food waste that is sent to landfill has a big impact on the environment as it rots down and releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The good news is that most households in Northern Ireland can separate unavoidable food waste for recycling. As well as the environmental benefits, recycling your food waste reduces the cost of waste disposal for your council which in turn means there is more money available for other public services.
The importance of recycling Northern Ireland’s food waste has been written into new ‘Food Waste Regulations’. From the 1st April 2017, all Northern Ireland councils must provide each household with a container for the collection of waste food for recycling. Look out for food waste recycling messages from your council over next few weeks.
The schemes vary, with some councils collecting food waste mixed in with garden waste, while others collect the food waste separately. To find out more about your local food waste collection, check the Recycling Locator or contact your local council.
Where food and garden waste are mixed together it is often composted at a local facility, this process is called in-vessel composting. This compost is used in agriculture, landscaping and horticulture. Councils can also send food waste to facilities that treat the food waste to produce renewable energy and by-products that can be used in agriculture.
For tips on how to reduce food waste at home and save money visit Love Food Hate Waste.