Don't miss out on this 37.6m, says pig consultant

UK - Pig farmers must confront the reality of tougher pollution prevention regulations and make the most of any help they can get because time is running out, says consultant Paul Smith in a new article placed on the Pork Chain Solutions website.
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National Pig Association

NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets & caterers - fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

At present much of the non-natural waste arising on farms is either buried or burned. When the new regulations come into affect this will be banned and farmers will face significant costs to comply with the rules through using off farm disposal and recovery options.

Looking to lessen this impact, the Agricultural Waste Stakeholders Forum has been successful with an application to Defra for funds to support the investigation, development and promotion of a producer responsibility Farm Plastics Collection and Recovery Programme in England.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Environmental Body has been commissioned to manage delivery of the programme.

The objectives of the programme are to develop the infrastructure for a sustainable farm plastics collection and recovery network throughout England which might ultimately allow the majority of all farm plastics to be collected and recovered.

Project manager Ivan Good said, "I should emphasise that this is not about subsidising loss-making collection schemes. The funding will be used to identify best practice through the commissioning of pilot projects and demonstration activities that aim to maximise the tonnage collected and minimise logistical costs. At the same time, the programme will consider the infrastructure requirements and data systems needed to finance and manage farm plastics collection and recovery under a producer responsibility regime."

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Environmental Body will be inviting tenders from contractors who wish to undertake the main body of the research and development work over the next two years.

Consultancies and other organisations wishing to express an interest in bidding for the work will need to submit a short structured application no later than November 30. A formal briefing note will be provided to such organisations on application to Ivan Good, executive administrator, [email protected].

Source: the National Pig Association - 3rd November 2005

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