Food waste guidance for business

Rules on food waste, including waste cooking oil.
  • You must remove food waste and other rubbish from rooms where food is present as quickly as possible, to avoid them building up.
  • You must put food waste and other rubbish in containers that can be closed, unless you can satisfy your local authority that other types of containers or systems of disposing of waste are appropriate. These containers must be of appropriate construction, kept in sound condition, be easy to clean and, where necessary, to disinfect.
  • You must have adequate facilities for storing and disposing of food waste and other rubbish. Stores for waste must be designed and managed in a way that enables them to be kept clean and, where necessary, free of animals and pests.
  • You must get rid of all waste in a hygienic and environmentally friendly way, in accordance with legislation. (There are rules about the way certain types of food waste must be collected and disposed of – contact your local authority for details.)
  • The waste must not be a direct or indirect source of contamination (e.g. touching surfaces that food is prepared on, or attracting pests).

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