Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Managing waste


Duty of care

  • Make sure you understand your duty of care for waste

NetRegs: Duty of Care for Waste

NetRegs: Agricultural waste

DAERA: Duty of Care


Hazardous/Special waste

  • Waste with hazardous properties must be segregated and dealt with as Hazardous/Special waste

NetRegs: Hazardous/Special Waste

DAERA: Hazardous Waste

SEPA: Special Waste


Farm Plastics

  •  Find a collection service that will collect your used plastics, including silage wrap and empty plastic containers for recycling or disposal.

Zero Waste Scotland: Farm plastics 

SEPA: Farm plastics information leaflet


Composting and AD

  • Composting is a way of treating organic waste to yield a valuable fertiliser and soil conditioner. You may be able to carry out this activity under a waste exemption.
  • Anaerobic digestion uses materials such as slurry, manure and energy crops such as rye grass or pea to produce methane gas for energy as well as fertiliser.

NetRegs: Composting

WRAP NI: PAS100 compost specification

NetRegs: Anaerobic Digestion

Information portal on AD

Zero Waste Scotland: AD


Waste exemptions for agriculture

  • A number of waste activities can be carried out on your farm under exemptions from your environmental regulator

NetRegs: Waste exemptions for agriculture (NI and Scotland)

DAERA: Waste exemptions for agriculture

SEPA: Activities exempt from waste managment licencing


In this Guideline:


Look after your soil

Protect water

Care for animals

Manage your crops

Manage waste

Make use of buildings

Machinery, equipment and fuel

Protect biodiversity

Small scale forestry

Management tools

Dealing with emergencies

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