Where you can take waste produced on your farm.
Duty of Care
You have a duty of care to ensure your waste is dealt with appropriately. You must check that anybody you give your waste to is authorised to take it. If you use a waste carrier to pick up your waste, you must check the person or company is registered with the Environment Agency.
You can do this by:
- checking our online public register
- calling us on 03708 506 506*
- asking the person or company to show you their waste carriers certificate
*Details of call charges can be found on the gov.uk website.
If they cannot prove they are a registered waste carrier do not give them your waste. If you don’t check that somebody taking your waste is authorised to take it and the waste is then fly-tipped, you could be liable and may be fined.
If you take your own waste to a site, you must check that they have a permit or exemption which allows them to accept it:
When you pass your waste onto a waste carrier or to a waste management site you need to give them a transfer note. You must keep a copy of the transfer note for a minimum of two years.
Further guidance on the duty of care, including an example waste transfer note:
Moving other people’s waste
If you collect agricultural wastes from other farmers to take for disposal or recycling you will need to register as a lower tier carrier (this used to be known as a professional carrier).
Registering as a lower tier carrier is free and it lasts for life.
Please note that from the end of December 2013 if you normally and regularly** carry your own agricultural waste to a site for disposal you will need to register as a lower tier carrier. This will be a one-off registration.
**You would not have to register to be a lower tier carrier if your waste is normally collected by a waste contractor but for some reason you needed to transport your own farm waste on a one-off basis.
If you are collecting and transporting non-agricultural waste, you will have to register in full as a waste carrier and pay a fee. Find out how to register as a waste carrier:
Moving hazardous waste
Tighter controls apply when moving hazardous waste such as batteries or unused medicines: