Online tool launched to clear farm waste confusion

The Environment Agency has launched a website to help clear up confusion among farmers about managing agricultural waste.

Research suggests that farmers aren’t taking advanatage of specific support available to them because of misunderstandings about the rules.

The Environment Agency’s NetRegs website is now seeking to clear up queries around the subject with its Learning about Agricultural Waste tool. 

Developed in collaboration with the NFU, the tool provides the farming community with seven simple subjects for battling waste – including guidance on Hazardous Waste, Duty of Care and on-site storage and transport. 

It also details legislation specific to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

NFU environment policy adviser Aarun Naik said: “Farmers are faced by a barrage of legislation and it is simply not feasible for them to spend hours reading up on every aspect of waste. 

“In the last year alone there have been significant changes made to the Hazardous Waste and Animal By-Products regulations in parts of the UK, which farmers need to know about. 

“We’ve supported the development of NetRegs’ Waste Tool because it helps farmers keep on top of the legislation that applies to them, without costing them time and money.”