Farmers should be careful to dispose of their waste plastic in accordance with the law or risk huge fines, following the conviction of a business in Oxfordshire.
Since 2006 farmers have been required to dispose of their waste plastic through a licensed business, yet many are still illegally burying or burning waste on-farm, or unwittingly using unlicensed carriers, says Mark Webb, director of recycling firm Farm XS.
“By flouting the rules, farmers lay themselves open to fines of up to £50,000, plus legal costs,” he warns. “In addition, they may have to cover the costs of any environmental clean-up, which could be astronomical.”
“All farmers have a duty of care to ensure the person they give their waste to is licensed and deals with it properly,” says Mr Webb. “Make sure you see a copy of the license and receive a waste transfer note – this will be checked by farm assurance schemes.”
Farmers dealing with their own waste require a farm waste exemption, and if they are transporting it will also need a lower tier waste carriers license, adds Mr Webb. “The Environment Agency is clamping down on unregistered waste carriers, and stopped 71 vehicles in Operation Salamandar in the South East of England in just one day last month. Of those, 26 face possible prosecution for duty of care offences.”
For more information visit www.farmxs.com or call Catherine Elmes on 01793 842062.