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Animal and bird feed storage

Animal and bird feed storage

You should control the amount of feed you give to animals and birds. You should ensure that all feed is consumed and that you minimise waste.

What you must do

You must ensure that the animal and bird feed you use does not cause a pollution incident. If you do not clear waste feed, it could get washed into watercourses and cause pollution.

Water pollution

Good practice

Manage your feed carefully

Monitor the amount of feed that your animals and birds consume and only feed them the amount they require.

This allows you to reduce the amount of waste feed that you produce. Managing your feed efficiently will help save you money.

Store feed safely

Store feed and waste feed away from watercourses and surface water drains. This will reduce your chances of causing a pollution incident.

Keep feed and waste feed dry and under cover. For example, you could roof your feed storage areas. This will reduce the likelihood of feed being washed into watercourses and drains.

Store feed within an impermeable bund, which can catch any spills.

Clear waste feed and clean up spills

Clear away any feed that is not eaten as soon as possible. This will help you to avoid problems with vermin, and will minimise the possibility of causing pollution.

If you spill feed or waste feed, you should sweep it up. Never wash or hose waste feed into drains or watercourses.

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