NFU Scotland has secured an important win in relation to biobed
and composting regulations within the Waste Management Licensing
From Friday 1 December, members who compost material arising
within their own farm business are able to carry out a bigger
scale of operations within their exemption. The upper limit for
material awaiting the process or in process has been raised to
1000 tons from 400 tons at any one time.
Additionally, authorisation for disposal of pesticide washings
to lined biobeds will be granted by an exemption. Also, the recovery
and reuse of liquid and material from such biobeds is permitted.
Other potentially useful new exemptions for farms cover the
use of compacted and securely baled tyres in engineering works
and the use of waste vegetable oils as domestic scale biofuels
for heat and/or power generation and powering of vehicles.
George Lawrie, Chairman of the NFUS Environment and Land Use
“This is an important step forward for farmers, the environment
and for common sense and we are grateful to Scottish Executive
Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) officials for
acting on the recommendations that we made.
“The more environmental measures that can be carried out
on farm the better. Farmers want to do their bit for the environment
but they need to be supported by Government in terms of regulations
and, where appropriate, funding.
“This decision is a very positive move and represents
sensible regulatory changes. We will continue to fight for rational
environmental regulation across the board so that farmers can
make an even more positive contribution.”
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