Food Waste Collection (Brown Bin)
Topic of the practice
Waste management, selective collection, bio-waste, food & kitchen waste, composting, landfill
Good Practice Information
Following several key pieces of legislation on the matter, kerbside collection of organic waste (‘brown bin’) began first in the Limerick/Clare/Kerry Region in 2009, then nationwide since 2013.
The primary aim is to divert biodegradable municipal waste from landfill sites by directing source-segregated food waste to composting and to other forms of authorised treatment.
Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG), 3 Waste Regions within Ireland, Local Authorities, EPA, Cré (member of the European Compost Network), private waste collectors
Financial resources: investment and running cost but savings in landfill cost (less residual waste)
Key success factors: national legislation, public consultation, education & awareness, enforcement, feedback
Evidence of success
Since 2008 there has been a significant increase year-on-year on the total quantity of commercial biodegradable waste collected for recovery within the Region with the largest increase between 2010 and 2011 (i.e. 43% increase) indicating the effectiveness of the sustained enforcement and awareness programmes implemented in 2011
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Philippa King & Carol Sweetnam
Southern Regional Waste Management Office
Annex completed on: 09-28-2014