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

Composting using a fully contained system

When to use this option
  • For disposing of ragwort, where on-site or off-site facilities and expertise is available to compost ragwort or green waste containing ragwort to the British Standard PAS 100:200511.

Composting of ragwort should only be carried out where British Standard PAS 100:2005, or equivalent can be met. This will ensure that all material is composted effectively.

Where there are any concerns that this standard cannot be met then the residues should be disposed to landfill.

For quantities greater than 5 tonnes

Composting sites where the capacity of the site is greater than 5 tonnes at any one time need to be registered with the Environment Agency for an exemption from Waste Management Licensing12.

For quantities less than 5 tonnes

Composting sites with a capacity of less than 5 tonnes do not need to be registered with the Environment Agency.

What is Required

A fenced off area, goods-yard, compound, or enclosed building and a structure that enables the containment of any liquids that may drain from the material and which also prevents it from being affected by rain or by wind.

The combination of enclosure and containment should provide security to prevent unauthorised access.

Where to site it

Such a system should be sited at least 10 metres from any watercourse, including any pond, ditch, stream or lake and it should be away from animals.

How to go about it

Please see British Standard PAS 100; 2005 specification for composted materials which can be obtained from the WRAP organisation, e-mail: helpline@wrap.org.uk or telephone : 0808 1002040

11 PAS 100:2005 Specification for composted materials (BSI)
12 S.I. No. 883 The Waste Management Licensing (England and Wales) (Amendment and Related Provisions) Regulations 2005
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