Ragwort: Guidance on the disposal options for common ragwort (PB11050)

Key Pointers


  • think through the options for disposal at the same time as planning the control system.
  • select on-site disposal where possible.
  • select the most appropriate disposal option.
  • always use gloves and clothing that covers exposed skin e.g. arms and legs.
  • minimise the risks of exposure to pollen and other airborne particles by wearing a suitable facemask.
  • wash exposed skin thoroughly after handling material and before eating.
  • ensure that any contractors hired for the disposal are properly registered and or licensed. (Check with the Environment Agency).


  • bury in manure heaps.
  • use as animal bedding.
  • dig, bury or plough into the ground.
  • attempt to dry ragwort where animals may gain access to it.
  • allow the liquid from decomposing ragwort to drain directly to any ditch, drain or watercourse.
  • cause dark smoke by attempting to burn wet ragwort, or by using other flammable materials that may directly cause dark smoke, e.g. (rubber or plastics)7.
  • allow seed dispersal from plant residues that are awaiting disposal.
  • transport ragwort unnecessarily.
  • transport ragwort unless it is in sealed bags or containers.

7 Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Air, MAFF (Revised 1998) PB 0618

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