Scotland to ban the burning of waste plastic from farms

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced that from 1 January 2019, farmers will no longer be able to burn plastic waste from their business and will be required to find a licensed company to collect and recycle it.

Previously, exemptions to environmental regulations have enabled farmers to continue to burn their plastic waste (including crop covers, silage wrap and fertiliser bags), a practice which has been illegal in England and Wales since 2005/6.

The Scottish Government is hoping that ending this exemption will push more plastic to recycling, boosting the market for recycled plastics in Scotland. “Ending the exemption for burning farm plastics is an important next step in stemming the plastic tide by reducing the environmental impacts of farm waste,” commented Gary Walker, SEPA’s Waste and Landfill Tax Manager.