When do they take effect?

  • Businesses will need to present recyclables (i.e. metal, plastic, glass, paper and card) for separate collection from 1st January 2014.
  • Food businesses (except in rural areas) which produce over 50 kg of food waste per week will have to present that food waste for separate collection from 1st January 2014. A 120 litre bin will hold around 60kg of food waste. So, as a guide, if you fill (or come close to filling) a 120 litre bin a week on a regular basis, then you must segregate that food waste for separate collection from 2014 onwards.
  • Food businesses (except in rural areas) which produce between 5 and 50 kg of food waste per week will have to present that food waste for separate collection from 1st January 2016.
  • Any metal, plastic, glass, paper, card and food collected separately for recycling will be banned from going to incineration or landfill from 1st January 2014.