Food Retailers and Manufacturers cannot send raw meat to landfill.
It must go to an approved plant for high temperature treatment eg: Anaerobic Digestion, rendering or incineration prior to landfill.
Due to the food scares in recent years notably BSE and Foot and Mouth, tighter legislation has been created to safeguard public health when disposing of animal by-products. The legislation states that raw meat or fish cannot go to landfill and must now be treated at an approved rendering plant, incinerator, biogas or composting facility.
DEFRA has issued updated guidance notes on the safe disposal of ABP. As of 1 January 2006 the EC rules surrounding the disposal of former foodstuffs have been updated to give greater clarity surrounding disposal options. It is still the case that any raw meat or fish cannot be landfilled; however pasteurised milk and cheese, baked goods which have not been in contact with raw meat and pasteurised or cooked eggs can be landfilled. These changes were voted through at the EC Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health and will soon be published in the EU Official Journal.
If your business has a requirement to dispose of this material you will need to segregate it from the general waste stream and dispose of it separately. Cawleys provides bespoke services for ABP ranging from regular collections to sporadic disposal due to freezer power failure or unsold stock.
RECORD FIFTH WIN IN A ROW FOR 'BEST FOOD WASTE RECYCLING'
For the fifth year running we have we scooped the top prize in the Organics Recycling Group (ORG) award scheme, this year for work with the innovative Fresh Olive Company, the UK’s leading supplier of Mediterranean products to retailers, delicatessens, food manufacturers and high end restaurants and cafes. The award is for ‘Best Food Waste Recycling.’