Agricultural Waste regulations

UK - Waste management regulations will apply to agricultural waste from early 2004. Defra will be consulting with farmers this autumn.
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NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & White-hall, and with pro-cessors, supermarkets & caterers – fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

Agricultural waste will have to be disposed of or recycled in ways that protect the environment and human health.

Agricultural waste includes discarded pesticide containers, silage wrap, tyres, batteries, and oil etc.

Uncontrolled BURYING AND BURNING of agricultural waste on farms will be prohibited. Farmers will have to:

Send or take their waste for disposal off-farm at licensed sites.
Register a licensing exemption with the Environment Agency to recycle waste on-farm.
Or apply to the Environment Agency for a licence to continue on-farm disposal.

The Agricultural Waste Stakeholders’ Forum has been set up with representatives from across the agricultural sector to prepare for the new rules.

For more information on how to get involved in the consultation and manage or reduce waste, go to

Source: National Pig Association - By Digby Scott - 3rd August 2003

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