Scotland brings in farm plastics burning ban

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A ban on the burning of farm plastics in Scotland is being introduced next year.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today announced it is ending exemptions for burning most types of agricultural waste from 1 January 2019.

The move, which will affect silage wrap, crop covers, fertiliser bags and containers, follows extensive engagement between SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland.

SEPA says it has worked closely with NFU Scotland to roll out the change which will feature ongoing dialogue with farmers and crofters over the coming months.

“Recognising that the spotlight is focussed on plastics, it is incumbent on all stakeholders that we help farmers and crofters do the right thing when dealing with the forthcoming ban on burning farm plastics.

Martin Kennedy, NFU Scotland