The NFU has created a new leaflet 'Waste Volumes and Types' which will help members understand what is being spread onto their land, the volumes involved and the correct paperwork questions to ask. It also confirms the maximum amount of stackable waste any farmer can store under a mobile plant deployment at any time is 3000 tonnes. Featured images of clean and contaminated wastes include:
- Sewage sludge
- Paper pulp
The application of waste to land can have a host of benefits including improving soil organic matter content, off-set manufactured fertiliser requirements and recycling otherwise land-filled materials.
The aim of the leaflet is to raise awareness of farmers Duty of Care when spreading waste to land. By asking the right questions regarding paperwork and visually checking whether the waste is correct or contaminated farmers should ensure they are reducing the risk of spreading the wrong waste. Incorrectly spreading waste can cause environmental problems leading to an unlimited fine, prison sentence or both.
This leaflet now sits alongside our previously published Waste Checklist a handy tick list which ensures the correct questions are asked when accepting waste onto your farm.