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Affected Businesses and Premises

The regulations impose obligations on the major producers of food waste, such as shops, supermarkets, public houses, state buildings, restaurants, cafés, bistros, wine bars, hot food outlets, canteens in office buildings, hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, colleges, train stations, marinas and airports.


Small businesses that produce less than 50 kgs of food waste per week must send a written declaration to their local authority by immediately to get an exemption from the Regulations until 1 July 2011. From 1 July 2011, all businesses will be covered by the regulations irrespective of the amounts of food waste produced.

The written declaration should include the following information:

  • The address of the premises;
  • The names of the owner and occupier;
  • Identification of the type of business (e.g. shop, wine bar, guest house etc.);
  • A clear statement that the premises generates less than 50 kgs of food waste per week and;
  • A statement that this declaration is being made under Article 3 of the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009.

In addition, a local authority can ask a waste producer for proof of generating less than 50 kgs of food waste per week by requesting a competent person to prepare a food waste management implementation report.

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