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EA urges farmers to prepare for new waste rules

The Environment Agency has urged farmers to comply with new regulations affecting agricultural waste from October.

Farming, as other business activities, is subjected to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010. The rules provide that businesses operating waste management activities in purposed facilities need an environmental permit, while others need to apply for exemptions to the regulations and register their waste management activities with the EA.

Most farmers used the Agricultural Waste Exemptions but the EA says, because they expire on 30 September, farmers have to apply for exemptions under the new 2010 regulations.

“Some are almost identical the old system, others are similar but have different limits and conditions, and some are completely new,” said the EA.

The exemptions are now grouped into five categories:

  • Non-registerable exemptions – also known as Non-Waste Framework Directive exemptions and do not require registration
  • use of waste
  • treatment
  • disposal
  • storage

A reference guide on activities falling into those categories can be found here. Exemptions can be registered online.

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