Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You must register an exemption from waste management licensing if you use any type of waste such as sawdust from untreated wood or shredded paper as bedding for your animals.
The exemption references are:
In Northern Ireland you do not need to register an exemption if your sawdust is made from virgin timber. Ask your supplier what it is made from.
The NIEA has published a regulatory position statement which explains when they consider wood to be waste.
Used animal bedding is waste. You should collect animal bedding separately to your other waste, as it may be considered offensive waste.
Your business is responsible for storing and transporting your waste materials safely and securely. You must ensure that your waste materials do not cause any land, water or air pollution.
If you want to compost your animal bedding you may need to register an exemption from waste management licensing.
If you operate under a registered exemption you must ensure that your activity does not:
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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