What are the options?
Take it to a licensed dump or site. The Environment Agency’s www.wasterecycling.org website has a list of local options. Check first what form they need it in and whether you can take it there by tractor and trailer. Agricultural waste management directives… Get a registered collector to come and pick it up. This could be by straightforward pick-up or by dropping off a skip.The www.wasterecycling.org website has a list which includes general waste collectors and some specialist ag waste collectors. For a list of the latter click here. Store it. There is an automatic derogation from having to have a waste licence for the first year, but you will need to have registered exemptions before 15 May, 2007. To get a pack of exemption forms ring 08456 033 113. Exemptions are free and most are one-off – ie you don’t have to re-register each year.
What about enforcement and penalties?
- The EA says the first year of the scheme will be about education and advice and that it does not plan to take action against technical breaches of the regulations. But anyone who actually causes a pollution incident will still face prosecution.
What happens when?
15 May, 2006
Adding anything to existing farm dumps is banned Burning tyres, cardboard and plastic (other than rinsed pesticide containers in a drum incinerator) is banned. You can still burn plant waste (hedge cuttings, linseed straw, untreated timber, aborted bales, etc) in the open, but you will need to register an exemption by 15 May, 2007. Burying any waste is banned, as it constitutes starting a farm dump. You have a duty of care to keep waste securely, check that people taking your waste are authorised and write a transfer note. Hazardous waste controls are waived for the first year and won’t apply to agriculture until 15 May, 2007 You must apply for any exemptions before 15 May, 2007
15 May, 2007
Drum incinerators are banned You should have exemptions in place where needed Hazardous waste controls now apply. If you produce more than 200kg of hazardous waste (eg, asbestos, waste oil, unrinsed pesticide tops, batteries) a year you need to register as a Hazardous Waste Producer. 40% of farmers are expected to fall into this category, but it is not as onerous as it sounds. You go on an EA list, have a duty of care to store it properly and have to produce a consignment note before you send it for disposal.
So do I need to phone up now?
Even though you do not need to ring up to request the exemption pack until May 2007, the danger of heavily congested phone lines in the next few weeks is high. For that reason the organisation is suggesting a sector-by sector timetable as follows:
June 06 OSR, potatoes, horticulture, sugar beet
July-August 06 Beef
September-October 06 Sheep
October-November 06 Dairy
December 06-January 07 Cereals
February 07 Pigs, broiler hens
February-March 07 Laying hens
If (like most farmers) you have more than one enterprise listed you can use whichever of the slots suggested you fancy.
From 15 May, 2006, you should stop burning anything that could cause pollution or harm health, eg plastic or tyres.
If you use tyres on top of the silage clamp you’ll need to have applied for Exemption 15 by 15 May, 2007.
Soil/rubble/earth/bricks/concrete that come from your own farm can be used for building and track repairs under Exemption 19A.
After 15 May, 2006 you can no longer bury asbestos, but you can store it until 15 May, 2007 when it becomes hazardous waste. At that point you will have 12 months to dispose of it via a registered collector.