Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You must not bury waste in a farm dump or tip on your farm unless you hold a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit.
However, turning a farm dump into a compliant landfill site is an impractical and expensive solution for most farmers.
You must not burn non-natural farm waste, such as plastic and tyres, in the open.
You can burn natural farm waste like crop residues (from linseed, cereals, oil seed rape, peas and beans), hedge trimmings and other untreated wood in the open. However, you must register an exemption with your environmental regulator.
In Northern Ireland you are no longer allowed to use a drum incinerator to burn empty pesticide containers.
In Scotland, contact your local SEPA office before you consider burning containers in a drum incinerator. You can use a drum incinerator in certain circumstances, but you must first register an exemption with SEPA.
If you operate any incinerator that is more advanced than a drum incinerator, contact your local council in Northern Ireland, or SEPA in Scotland. You may require a permit to operate or you may need to register an exemption. This depends on:
In Northern Ireland, see section 11 of the DARD code of good agricultural practice for water, air and soil.
In Scotland, see section 12 of the Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity (PEPFAA) Code.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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