Exemption for a waste collection permit in respect of food waste

When does the exemption for a waste collection permit apply in respect of food waste under Article 30 (1) (g) of the Waste Collection Permit Regulations 2007-2008?

  • Waste collection permit legislation only applies to the collection of animal by-products in respect of “catering waste”.
  • The collection and transport of all other types and categories of animal by-products is subject only to the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1774/2002 (i.e. as per Article 30(1)(g) of the Waste Collection Permit Regulations).
  • All other food waste that is a non-animal by-product is subject to the Waste Collection Permit Regulations.
Food Waste

The legal requirements for animal by-product should always be confirmed with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No. 1774/ 2002 applies to the to be collection, transportation, storage, handling, processing, disposal, placing on the market, exportation and use of animal by-products, and products derived therefrom.

  • Category 1 Animal By-products (refer to Regulation 3(2)(b) of the Food Waste Regulations) which must instead be managed strictly in accordance with Regulation 1774/2002- in this regard, Category 1 Animal By-products include “catering waste” that has arisen from a means of transport operating internationally.
  • Category 2 Animal By-products (refer to Regulation 3(2)(c) of the Food Waste Regulations) which must instead be managed strictly in accordance with Regulation 1774/2002 – in this regard, the three Category 2 animal by-products permitted to be accepted as feedstocks in Composting/ Biogas Plants under the DAFF “Conditions” documents (Manure, Digestive tract content separated from the digestive tract and Milk) do not constitute food within the meaning of the Food Waste Regulations.

Treatment must take place in an authorised treatment process within an authorised facility possessing the requisite waste authorisations, planning permissions and animal by-products approvals as appropriate.

Rules applicable to the management of animal by-products should always be confirmed with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF).

Please feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss your waste management requirements or if you would like further information or assistance.

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