Farmers urged to check waste rules
Westcountry farmers and landowners have until the end of September to ensure they are handling waste correctly as new rules come into force.
Most farmers registered their current Agricultural Waste Exemptions before 2010, when the latest regulations came into force.
They expire at the end of next month and old exemptions have been replaced by a new list of exempt activities.
The Environment Agency said some are almost identical to exemptions in the old system, others are similar but have different limits and conditions and some are completely new.
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It said slurry and farmyard manure handling is controlled by the Code of Good Agricultural Practice and other legislation and does not require an Agricultural Waste Exemption.
The agency said: “Farmers will soon be receiving letters from the Environment Agency’s Agricultural Waste Team asking them to register as well as reminding them of current exemptions.
“Failure to register means that from September 30 they will be operating without a permit and committing a criminal offence.”
Farmers are being asked to register online. Guidance and further information is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/farmexemptions. Anyone needing further help can call the agency’s National Customer Contact Centre on 0845 603 3113.