NFU responds to reform of waste registration consultation

06 May 2022

Rural crime
Flytipped rubbish on farm land

The NFU has responded to Defra's consultation on the reform of the waste carrier, broker, dealer registration system in England.

The government’s reform of the carrier, broker, dealer regime for England intends to increase the competence and background checks required to move or trade waste and make it easier for regulators to take action against non-compliant operators.

A permit-based system

In this consultation, we expressed views on the move from a registration to a permit-based system.

The reform will mean those transporting or making decisions about waste must demonstrate they are competent to make those decisions.  

While we agree with certain proposals, we have expressed concern around how effective other changes may be.

Read our response to the CBD reform consultation.

Why it matters     

Agricultural businesses generate waste and can be involved with the handling and transportation of their own waste. The sector values the use of waste exemptions within the industry.

Fly-tipping is an issue that continues to significantly blight the countryside and agricultural businesses. We believe that the negative impacts associated with fly-tipping affect members of the farming community disproportionately.

Reducing opportunities for waste crime

We are positive that together, the measures we have suggested to Defra will ensure that waste is dealt with appropriately and will reduce opportunities for waste crime, in particularly fly-tipping which we estimated to affect 48% of NFU members in 2020.

Farmers facing fly-tipping

When waste is illegally tipped on privately owned land it is farmers and land managers who frequently have to face the consequences, with impacts on their businesses both in terms of time and money. 

There are also risks to their personal safety as well as biosecurity risks to livestock and crops as a result of having to dispose of waste, illegally dumped on their land from an unknown source.

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