Handling or Disposing of Catering Waste

Any waste food (including used cooking oil) that comes from restaurants, catering sites, commercial or household kitchens is defined as catering waste. If your site has a cafe or restaurant on it, or sells sandwiches that are made in store, any waste you produce from this is also considered catering waste.

You must never send catering waste to be used as farm animal food,
or to be used as pet food. This ban includes processed catering waste, known as ‘swill’. The ban is to stop the spread of notifiable diseases in animals, like foot and mouth disease, swine fever, or avian influenza.

How to dispose of catering waste

Catering waste is a category 3 if sent for compost or bio gas production, or to be processed. You can send catering waste to
landfill sites, provided they are licensed or permitted by the Environment Agency.




You can send low risk former foodstuffs for use in farm animal feed, but you must keep them separate from catering waste and any medium or high risk former foodstuffs. You must maintain this separation at all stages, from the shelf to any collection bins you use.

Grease Trap Waste

This should de dewatered by sieving and using drying agent. If disposing into waste trucksit must be dry as liquid causes smells in truck body. If you're sending medium and low risk foodstuffs or non food products to landfill, you must make sure you have a system which excludes raw meat, raw fish and any high risk food stuffs.