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Scotland bans burning of farm plastics

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Burning of farm plastics will be banned in Scotland from 1 January.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said it would remove the exemption for burning the material, which has been in place since 2013, to reduce environmental harm.

It said the change would affect silage wrap, crop covers, fertiliser bags and containers, adding that it had engaged with farmers and offered them a list of recyclers willing to handle plastic waste.

The regulator’s waste and landfill tax manager Gary Walker said: “Ending the exemption for burning farm plastics is an important next step in stemming the plastic tide by reducing the environmental impacts of farm waste.

“While many farmers have been recycling this type of waste for years, it is important that all farmers take steps now to ensure they are ready.”

Martin Kennedy, vice-president of the National Farmers Union Scotland, said: “Recognising that the spotlight is focused on plastics, it is incumbent on all stakeholders that we help farmers and crofters do the right thing when dealing with the forthcoming ban on burning farm plastics.”

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