England and Wales pass new controls on agricultural
London— Regulations passed
in March 2006 apply waste management controls to agricultural
waste for the first time in England and Wales.
The new regulations go into effect
on May 15, 2006 and will apply the same controls on agricultural
waste that have applied to all other sectors of industry for many
About 400,000 tons of agricultural
waste is produced each year. It includes old pesticide containers,
silage wraps, tires, batteries and oil. Manure and slurry are
not a waste when used as a fertilizer.
Local environmental quality minister,
Ben Bradshaw, stressed that farmers will need to stop using farm
dumps immediately or farmers will face additional costs, “Farmers
must stop using their farms dumps to dispose of their waste before
the regulations come into force. Any farmer who continues to use
a farm dump will be required to close it down in accordance with
the requirements of the regulations.”
Farmers will have five basic
options for dealing with their waste, which can be used on their
own or in combination.
•Store their waste on-farm
for up to 12 months.
•Take their waste for
recycling or disposal off-farm at a licensed site.
•Get an authorized waste
contractor to take their waste away.
•Register license exemptions
with the Environment Agency to recycle or dispose of their waste
on-farm. Farmers can register at any stage during the first
12 months of the regulations.
•Apply to the Environment
Agency for a waste management license or a landfill permit to
recycle or dispose of their waste on-farm. For most farmers
obtaining a landfill permit for their farm dump will not be
a viable option because of the engineering requirements and
The Agricultural Waste Stakeholders’
Forum and the Environment Agency have developed and launched a
Recycling Directory to help farmers find local sites that can
take their waste.