The Agricultural Waste Regulations

What do the Regulations mean for farmers? The basic options available to farmers, and which may be used in combination, are to:-

Option 1 Store your waste, pending collection, on the site where it is produced for up to 12 months. You do not have to inform the Environment Agency that you are doing this. After this 12 month period, you will have to recover or dispose of your waste using one of the other options below.
Option 2 Take the waste yourself for recovery or disposal off-farm at an appropriately licenced site – you will not have to register as a waste carrier to transport your own waste as an incidental part of your business as a farmer – see Questions 26 - 27 below on "professional" waste carriers.
Option 3 Transfer your waste to someone else for recovery or disposal off-farm at an appropriately licenced site. There are waste management companies who can visit your farm to do this.
Option 4 Register a licence exemption with the Environment Agency to recover or dispose of your waste on-farm.
Option 5 Apply to the Environment Agency for a waste management licence or a landfill permit to recover or dispose of your waste on-farm.

For more information on these Regulations and to ensure compliance with the law please refer to the following website:

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/topics/farm/documents/agwaste-faq.pdf

Defra also produce a practical guide for farmers entitled:

Waste minimisation manual: a practical guide for farmers and growers.' (PB11674. Defra, 2006)