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

Summary of disposal options

Suitability for small/large quantities

Method Regulations Labour require-ment Cost Remarks

Small

Rotting down Domestic properties not subject to WML1 Regs

WML Regs

WML (Amendment) Regs2

 

 

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Discuss with the Environment Agency

Small

Domestic refuse collection Domestic properties are not subject to the WML Regs.

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Check with Local Authority

Small - Medium

Controlled burning OR Small scale incineration Domestic properties are not subject to the WML Regs

Exemption required for the WML Regs. or AWRegs3 Agency. COGAP for Air4

 

 

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Check with the Local Authority byelaws. Avoid causing smoke nuisance.

Register an exemption with the Environment Limit is 10 tonnes in 24 hrs only at the site where the waste plant matter arises.

Small - Medium

Small - Medium scale composting WML Regs WML (Amendment) Regs

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Register an exemption with the Environment Agency. Check Local Authority need for planning consent

Medium - Large

Biomass combuster/boiler Directive 2000/76/EC  Incineration of Waste PPC Regs5

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Check with the Environment Agency to see if the facility needs to be licensed or permitted.

Small, Medium and Large

Landfill via Waste Management Contractor WML Regs PPC Regs

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Only use licensed contractors and carriers.Only use licensed disposal sites check with the Environment Agency

Definition of quantities:
Small
: Less than 1 cubic metre e.g. plastic composting bin
Medium: 10 cubic metres e.g. medium size builders skip
Large: Greater than 28 cubic metres eg roll-on roll-off container or similiar

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1 Waste Management (England & Wales) Licensing Regulations 1994
2 S.I. No. 883 The Waste Management Licensing (England and Wales) (Amendment and Related Provisions) Regulations 2005
3 Agricultural Waste Regulations 2005
4 Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Air, MAFF (Revised 1998) PB 0618
5 Pollution Prevention & Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (as amended)

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