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Farmers' plea to waste management firms

A website to help farmers locate recycling facilities was launched last week and waste management firms are being asked to register their services.

The site, www.wasterecycling.org.uk, has been set up by the Agricultural Waste Stakeholders' Forum ahead of changes in laws for farm waste due in the Autumn.

The changes will include a ban on the burying of waste without a landfill permit, as well as stricter controls on the burning of farm wastes.

According to green group the Soil Association, there is a lack of infrastructure for recycling farm waste, with the lack of agricultural plastics collection and reprocessing facilities representing major obstacles.

Soil Association waste minimisation officer Lucy Rees said: "Identifying what waste management services are available to farmers is the first vital step towards developing sustainable and farmer-friendly waste management services that will not be cost prohibitive or disadvantage farmers in remote areas."

Rees added that the Government and waste management industry should use the on-line directory to identify any gaps in service provision and to support service development.

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