ARCHIVED 5 Contingency Plan for non EEC Catering (Food) Waste


All vessels that bring in catering (food) waste from outside the EU are considered to be carrying Non-EEU ICW (international catering (food) waste). This includes ships, boats, fishing boats, yachts and other pleasure craft. See Annex A for list of countries, which are members of the European Union

What is non-EEC Catering waste?

International catering (food) waste is defined under the EU animal by-products regulation (1774/2002/EC) as “catering (food) waste from means of transport operating internationally”.  Animal by-products are defined as parts of animals or products of animal origin not intended for human consumption.

The regulations focus on controlling catering and foodstuffs being thrown away, which are regarded as catering waste.

What vessels do these rules effect?

Any catering (food) waste from a vessel that enters the EU from a port or marina outside the EU is subject to these rules. This affects all vessels including commercial ships, privately owned ships, yachts, boats and pleasure craft and Ministry of Defence ships.

Why do we have controls?

International catering (food) waste (ICW) is subject to handling and disposal controls as it is a way that exotic notifiable diseases (such as foot and mouth disease) could be introduced into the UK.

There is a risk that disease could be spread if farmed or feral animals are able to come into contact with ICW and the legislation establishes controls, which are designed to minimise this risk.

Who produces international catering waste and what are their responsibilities.

The person who has initial responsibility for the waste is considered to produce the waste.

The person responsible for offloading the waste from the vessel is responsible for ensuring that the waste is put into the correct waste stream in marina.

Who is responsible for disposal of international catering (food) waste once it is offloaded?

The person who is responsible for the waste, once it has been taken off the vessel and put in a collection bin/waste stream is the manager of that waste stream. They are responsible for ensuring that the waste is collected, stored and taken to either an approved landfill site, incinerator and rendering plant by a transporter registered as a Waste Carrier by the Environment Agency.

Responsibility for the facilities and management of the waste stream will lay with appointed marina waste contractor.

Our responsibilities, as a marina, is to ensure that we provide adequate provisions for the collection and disposal of non-EEC ICW in partnership with DEFRA/SVS/MAF

Actions to be taken on arrival of vessel from outside EU

  • The bin will be taken from crane shed and put by Dock Office, key to be given to Security
  • Contact our waste contractor initially to instigate the disposal of Non-EEC ICW in line with the normal weekly collections.
  • The bin will to be monitored by the duty Dockmaster to ensure overfilling does not occur, if bins start to get to capacity then it should be reported to the Harbour Office, who will contact the contractor for unscheduled collection.
  • In the event of non EEC ICW getting into normal waste system then the entire waste has to be declared as category one, and disposed of accordingly by our contractors.