Find out what is included under exemption T32 - Treatment of waste in a biobed or biofilter.
Summary of exemption
This web page contains a brief summary of the exemption so you can see if it is applicable to you. There is a link to the full guidance document at the bottom of this page.
What exemption does this replace?
Paragraph 16 (this was known as Paragraph 52 before the changes in April 2008).
What is the purpose of this exemption?
To allow the treatment of non-hazardous pesticides on farms and other places like golf courses or parks, in the place where the pesticide washings were generated.
The exemption allows you to treat non-hazardous pesticide washings prior to their disposal to land. There are fewer environmental impacts from this compared with discharging untreated pesticide washings directly to land.
What types of farming activities can I do?
- treat non-hazardous pesticide washings in a lined biobed or above-ground biofilter.
You must only do this at the place where the pesticides were used and the washings were generated; and you must construct and maintain the biobed in accordance with our guidance on using a lined biobed:
This guidance is currently being revised to include the limits and requirements of T32. However, the construction and maintenance guidance will not change. This information can be found in section 3 and 4 of the guidance (pages 6-14).
You can treat dilute pesticide washings in a sentinel unit if you register and comply with exemption T29:
You can spread the biofilter and biobed material to land under exemptions U10 and U11:
Registration of this exemption
Once you have read and understood the full guidance, please go to the following page to register:
Exemptions are registered for a 'place'. When you are registering exemptions for activities on your farm, 'place' is taken to include:
- the farm in question,
- outlying land, and
- discrete farmyards that are being managed as a single farm unit or form one business location.
Yards and land parcels with different addresses and correspondence addresses are considered separate units. Each should be registered as a separate 'place':
Read the full guidance for this exemption
Please read the document below for the full guidance on this exemption: