What changes were successfully lobbied by the NFU?
Previously the combustion of poultry litter was deemed a waste activity, and would require a permit under the Waste Incineration Directive (WID)/Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). WID and IED are designed for large-scale industrial waste incineration activities with very large monitoring and maintenance costs which prohibited the uptake of poultry litter combustion plants.
Through the trials undertaken on NFU member Nigel and Patrick Joice’s farm, Norfolk, it was proved that poultry litter should be regarded as a by-product rather than a waste when used to heat poultry housing. As such poultry combustion is controlled by the Animal By-Product Regulations with far fewer regulatory controls.
The change in rules came into force July 2014.