Ideal for use by:
|Poultry & Game Farms|
|Renderer's / Abattoirs|
|Hatcheries & Egg Producers|
|Aqua & Salmon farms|
The government has issued updated guidance on the steps you must take to ensure all your animal waste – including animal by-product (ABP) – is incinerated carefully, and successfully.
Here we have included some key information to help you ensure you meet all guidelines.
In this case, ABP refers to everything from live animals rejected from abattoirs because they’re infected, and carcasses of animals used in experiments. It also includes unhatched poultry, which has died in its shell, and meat which was originally intended for human consumption, but has been withdrawn.
If you’re already using an incinerator to dispose of animal carcasses, it is inevitable that at some point you will be left with unmanaged ABP that hasn’t been completely burned but must still be disposed of. As such, you must reburn it.
It is vital that your live animals do not come into contact with raw, remaining ABP awaiting incineration, or the ash left after the first incineration.
In most cases, you can only send ABP to landfill if it is completely incinerated, and only ash remains. However, in England and Wales, ash from category 2 or category 3 pig and poultry ABPs can be used on farmland for fertilisation purposes.
When getting your incinerator approved, incinerating animal carcasses on their own requires Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) approval. But if you’re working with ABPs, consider the following guidance:
You must also apply to the APHA for high capacity or low capacity incinerator approval, depending on whether you burn more or less than 50kg of waste per hour.
If you incinerate a mixture of ABPs and non-ABPs, you will also need Environment Agency approval under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and registration by APHA. You can complete the registration form here.
Most countries have their own dedicated agricultural or farming agency or government department. For the United Kingdom you ca find these below:
If you are located outside of the United Kingdom please consult your local authorities and/or environmental agency.
For an incinerator to be used legally within the UK it must be listed in the 'Approved ABP Incinerator List'. If you’re only incinerating animal by-products (ABPs) and not a mix of ABPs and other materials, you must get Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) approval. Full details of the application process can be found on the DEFRA website
APHA Incineation Application Guide
Though incineration of ABP is a complex area, we’ve highlighted 10 things to consider ahead of embarking on ABP incineration: