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Agricultural Waste Exemptions Deadline Looms
27/03/07

Time is running out for farmers and growers to register their agricultural waste exemptions with the Environment Agency. The deadline for registration is 15 May 2007. Most farms will need to register at least some exemptions to remain within the law and there are still a lot of farmers who have yet to sort out the paperwork.

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Agricultural waste exemptions are good news for farmers. They allow them to re-use or recycle agricultural waste on their farm without having to get, and pay for, a waste management licence. ADAS waste expert Jonathan Whitley explains, “Exemptions include activities like burning your own hedge trimmings, crop residues or untreated wood, the use of your own building waste for farm tracks and the burning of waste in an appliance as a fuel for heat recovery.”

“Registering is simple to do and it’s free but the exemptions booklet will not come automatically, you must contact the Environment Agency’s helpline on 0845 603 3113 and ask for an Exemptions Pack to be sent out. Alternatively you can register exemptions online through Defra’s new Whole Farm Appraisal system,” he adds.

“Can I emphasise the word ‘registered’. This is not an approval process you just have to tell the EA which exemptions you will be using.”

A lot of work has gone into making the exemption pack farmer-friendly – it is a simple tick box affair and colour coded to help you navigate through the various options. The Environment Agency say that farmers are less likely to receive an inspection if they complete and return the paperwork.

The Environment Sensitive Farming team has set up a series of free Agricultural Waste events to help farmers sort out their exemptions and to get ready for the Hazardous Waste Regulations which also come in on 15 May 2007.

Date

Location

 

Date

Location

4 April

Melton Mowbray

 

24 April

Malton, North Yorks

4 April

Headcorn, Kent

 

25 April

Doncaster

5 April

Market Rasen, LIncs

 

25 April

Newmarket, Suffolk

11 April

Durham

 

27 April

Skipton, North Yorks

12 April

Sedgefield

 

27 April

Faringdon, Oxon

12 April

Ravensthorpe, Northants

 

30 April

Billborough, Nr York

16 April

Greens Norton Northants

 

30 April

Plumpton College, Sussex

17 April

Melton Mowbray, Leics

 

1 May

Boroughbridge North Yorks

18 April

Gainsborough, LIncs

 

1 May

Braintree, Essex

19 April

Darley Dale, Derbyshire

 

2 May

Hartley Wintney, Hants

20 April

Sleaford, LIncs

 

2 May

Winster, Windermere

23 April

Brigg, Humberside

 

3 May

Malpas, Cheshire

23 April

Aughton Common, Nr York

 

3 May

Henley

24 April

Woodbridge, Suffolk

 

4 May

Altrincham, Cheshire

24 April

Southburn, Nr Driffield

 

4 May

Newport, IOW

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