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Scrap green waste composting laws and regulations

1 Comment 6th July 2010

It is not commonly known that all green waste composting on farms an d commercial premises must go through a range of hoops involving several faceless regulators and inspectors at DEFRA and farmers are also required to obtain Planning Permission from the local authority. This requires accurate plans and grid refernces to be drawn up and plotted and often takes months.

Example a farmer wishes to compost his hedge clippings and agricyultural waste from say peelings. old cabbage leaves etc. He would also like to add green waste from landscapers and councils. He would be replenishing his soil, improving fertility, water efficiency etc. Farmers have been doing this around the globe for over 5,000 years.

Suddenly in the late 20th century and 21st century rafts of regulation, form filling, inspections and general red tape are required in the name of health and safety and environmental protection.

This is but one example of the nonsense DEFRA and MAFF have foisted on farmers, The Environment Agency is a quango employing over 13,000 people………………………..most of them ordering us about.

This law shopuld be abolished along with many like it. Guidelines are more than adequate for green compost production.Planning Permits and dauily temperature readings etc are simply bureacracy gone mad.

Why does this matter?

The cost of running regulations like this is enormous to the farmer or contractor and of course the public. Green Waste on farms and nurseries is being treated in exactly the same way as toxic waste from a chemical factory. Composted Green Waste should be re categorised so that it does not come under waste regulations and laws.

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One Response to Scrap green waste composting laws and regulations

  1. Charles Clarkson says:

    This is an excellent idea, we have been composting green waste from the municipal collection on-farm for 5 years now, and are currently in the process of applying under the new legislation for a permit to continue.

    The application is challengingly complex for anyone without a detailed knowledge of UK and EU waste legislation, to the point were many who want to apply for the relevant permit will be forced to enlist an agent to do so for them. There is also now a requirement to prove ‘operator competence’ by sitting for an exam,as though 5 years of experience with no incidents and no complaints does not show this by itself.

    The cost of all this has to be covered by the applicant, squeezing the margins of what originally seemed like an excellent and appropriate diversification for a farm, in that it both confers benefit to the agrticultural land and provides an alternative income stream.

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