Fish waste disposal
What you must do
If you dispose of dead fish or shellfish or animal waste from, culling or on-site processing of fish or shellfish, you must meet the requirements of the Animal By-Products Regulations (ABPR). These regulations control collection, transport, storage, handling, processing, use and disposal of animal carcasses or parts of animal carcasses.
You must not landfill or bury fish waste.
If you operate an on-farm incinerator that only burns on-farm fish mortalities and processing waste you must ensure the incinerator is approved by:
- Animal & Plant Health Agency in Scotland
- your local Divisional Veterinary Office in Northern Ireland.
If you incinerate animal waste, you may need a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit from your environmental regulator or local council.
Ensiling in Scotland
In Scotland, ensiling macerated fish waste in formic acid is one of the main methods of waste disposal.
You may need a Pollution Prevention and Control permit from SEPA if you operate an ensiling facility or store dead fish or fish offal. If you only ensile and store very small quantities of fish waste, for example in a small ensiling unit at a shore base, a triviality exemption may apply to your site. Contact your local SEPA office for more information.
You must ensure that liquid wastes:
- are stored securely on your site while they await disposal or recovery
- cannot escape into drains, watercourses or surrounding ground
- spills can be properly and effectively contained.
Clean shells are classed as animal by-products, but there is an exemption that may allow you to use them as a marketable product for use in construction, drainage and gardening.