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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18681: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what infrastructure is in place in remote areas to facilitate SEPA’s plan to end exemptions for burning agricultural waste.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 20 September 2018

The ban does not extend to all types of agricultural waste. The burning on farms of some types of biomass waste and, under certain conditions, animal carcasses, will still be permitted. However, the burning of plastic waste on farms will be banned.

A list of plastic waste service providers is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/resource-management/farm-plastic-recycling . In addition, detailed advice for farmers is available on the SEPA website at: https://www.sepa.org.uk/regulations/waste/agricultural-waste/burning-on-farm-waste/ .

Recycling service providers already provide services to island communities, including Bute and Orkney and they have indicated that they plan to significantly extend their collection area to cover other areas as farmers and crofters move into compliance and start to demand their services. A transition period until 1 January 2019 has been agreed in order to allow this to happen. Initial feedback from providers following the recent announcement has shown a marked increase in interest in recycling services from farmers. SEPA is working closely with NFUS and local authorities to monitor the situation as the ban takes effect.