Am I a food business and do I need to recycle my food waste?

These new Regulations classify a food business as:

“An undertaking, whether for profit or not, and whether public or private, carrying out any activity related to the processing, distribution, preparation or sale of food”.

This definition is targeted specifically at major food waste producers. It does not include households. It also does not include preparation and sale of drinks.

Premises where food is brought from elsewhere to be consumed, such as an office where members bring their own food to consume during breaks, are not regarded as food businesses. On the other hand, a staff canteen where food is prepared, sold and consumed is a food business. The following table provides examples of the type of activities that will be impacted by the Regulations.

Food Businesses include:  
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Shopping centre food court
  • Canteens
  • Hotels
  • Public Houses that serve food
  • Shops that sell food
  • Supermarkets
  • Schools & colleges with canteens
  • Prisons
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals