Following discussions between CESA and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), food waste dewaterers and will now be permitted in the province.
As part of recently-introduced regulations in Northern Ireland requiring foodservice businesses to collect their food waste separately, the NIEA had been considering banning food waste dewatering systems. However, CESA has successfully lobbied for these to remain permitted.
“This is good news for both catering operators and suppliers of dewatering systems,” said Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “By separating food waste from water, dewaterers provide a valuable service. The solid food waste takes up a much smaller volume, reducing collection costs, and the grey water they produce is safe to be discharged into sewers.”
The NIEA stipulates that the dewatering system must comply with its regulations. For example, systems based on an Archimedes screw or a centrifuge, which reduce volume whilst retaining food waste for collection, are acceptable provided they are configured, operated and maintained in such a way that the capture of food waste is maximised.
“Dewaterers are a ‘green’ solution, so we are delighted their use will continue in Northern Ireland,” added Roberts.