Recent prosecutions by the Environment Agency serve as a reminder that farmers need to be aware of waste regulations when bringing material onto farm.
The deposit of unsuitable waste materials onto farmland could leave farmers with an expensive clean-up, or even facing prosecution. Farmers have until 1 October 2013 to re-register agricultural waste exemptions in the new system. The advice is to reassess your current business activities and operations, and apply for NEW waste exemptions. The Environment Agency will be writing to all farmers over the coming months. The easiest way of registering new exemptions is via www.environment-agency.gov.uk/farmexemptions or call 03708 506 506. Guidance and information on waste exemptions is available from the NFU.