Date lodged: 13 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to decrease the cost of farm plastic collection and improve collection infrastructure after 1 January 2019 when farms will no longer be able to incinerate farm plastics on site, which would be allowed under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 25 September 2018
In 2013 the Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011 were amended to implement the requirements of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive. As a result of this change, the “paragraph 29” exemption that allows the burning of waste on farms now only applies to some types of biomass waste and, under certain conditions, animal carcasses.
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.
The costs payable for collection services will continue, like other commercial waste collection services, to be determined by the market.