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Waste exemptions for agriculture

Waste exemptions for agriculture

If you keep, treat or dispose of waste you must have a waste management licence or exemption.

If you carry out an exempt waste management activity you may need to register an exemption from waste management licensing with your environmental regulator.

Some exemptions do not need to be registered although you must comply with the exemption's conditions.

Activities exempt from waste management licensing

Waste exemptions for agricultural businesses

It is likely that you will need to register some waste exemptions so you can carry out your day-to-day business. There are around 60 waste exemptions available.

DAERA has produced a list of waste exemptions that apply to the agriculture sector in Northern Ireland.

DAERA: Agricultural waste exemptions

Waste operations or activities that farmers carry out, and their exemption references, include:

Description of exempt waste activity or operation

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Burning as a fuel, under a permit granted under the PPC regulations, of straw, poultry litter or wood (at less than 1 tonne per hour in Northern Ireland) (Applies to biomass boilers)

Paragraph 5

Paragraph 3

Treatment and cleaning of agricultural packaging or agricultural containers so that they can be re-used

6

4

Burning agricultural waste as fuel in appliance or appliances

7

3

Preparatory treatment of agricultural wastes intended for recovery or re-use

12

27

Manufacture from agricultural waste and treatment of agricultural waste soils

14

13

Manufacture of finished goods from agricultural waste

15

14

Storing agricultural wastes intended for recycling or recovery, in secure containers

18

18

Spreading of dredgings and plant material cleared from Inland Waterways

25

25

Baling, compacting, shredding or pulverising agricultural waste at the place of production

27

27

Storing returned agricultural goods

28

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Burning agricultural waste in an exempt incinerator

29

29

Burying waste from a portable toilet

32

32

Storing agricultural medicines and medical, nursing and veterinary waste

39

39

Burning untreated wood and plant matter in the open

30

30

Incorporating ash from open waste burning into the soil

30

30

Using waste for a specific purpose, for example using shredded paper, sawdust or wood shavings as animal bedding

16

15

Storing waste within certain limits and for certain periods of time in a secure place for recycling or recovery

17

17

Treating waste plant matter or wood by chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising it

21

21

Land treatment for agricultural benefit or ecological improvement (on agricultural land)

9

7

Land treatment of non-agricultural land for ecological improvement

9

7

Storing sewage sludge to be spread on agricultural land

10

8

Spreading diluted milk on land for agricultural benefit

47A

7

Deposit of plant tissue at the place of production

47B

7

Disposal of waste pesticide solution or washings in a lined biobed where the waste was produced

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42

Disposal of agricultural waste consisting of non-hazardous pesticide solution or washings in a lined biobed

47C

See previous

Mixing of ash from the incineration of pig or poultry carcases with manure for use in land treatment

47D

50

 The anaerobic digestion of biodegradable waste which is agricultural waste or waste  from a distillery

 13

 51

Further information on waste exemptions for agriculture

Activities exempt from waste management licensing

Your environmental regulator provides more details about exemptions for agricultural waste.

NIEA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

SEPA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

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