New food waste rules coming into force in Wexford

David Tucker

Published 12/05/2015 | 00:00

The rules comes into force on July 1
The rules comes into force on July 1

New household food waste regulations come into effect in New Ross, Gorey, Bunclody, Rosslare Strand, Castlebridge and Courtown from July 1, with householders having to separate their food waste from then on.

The new regulations covering the disposal of food waste are coming into force ahead of the introduction of a 'pay by weight' system in July next year.

The county council said that from July, people in areas affected by the new regulations will no longer be permitted to put food waste into the general waste/black bins.

These regulations are already in effect in Wexford and Enniscorthy towns.

Rory O'Mahony, Senior Executive Engineer, Environment Section, said households will be given a 12-month period of adjustment between July 1 and July July 1, 2016 before paying for all types of waste.

'We are encouraging householders to take steps to improve their segregation, to recycle more and reduce their food waste in order to further reduce their waste bills. We all have a collective responsibility to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,' she said.

In the coming months Environment Officers from Wexford County Council will visit householders in certain estates in Wexford Town and Enniscorthy to advise and help them to become compliant with Household Food Waste Regulations.

As a householder your options are:

* Using a brown bin specifically for food waste - provided by a waste collector.

* Bringing food waste to a facility such as Holmestown Household Recycling Centre or Enniscorthy Household Recycling Centre.

* Composting food waste at home.

The introduction of 'pay by weight' in July 2016 will mean that the less your bin weighs, the less you pay.

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