Agricultural Waste Management

Welsh farmers given three months to register waste exemption

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It has been announced by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) that all farmers within the country who have waste on their land now have three months to register or renew their waste exemption.

Many farmers registered for exemptions in 2013 and are now due to expire, meaning that many farmers need to renew their exemptions.

Farmers who have changed their working practices may need to register for the first time.

Caroline Hawkins, NRW’s customer car manager said that:

Farmers last registered their waste exemptions in 2013 and as these will be expiring soon we are reminding farmers in Wales to register again.

“Registration is free and means that farmers will not need a permit to deal with some waste on their farm.”

Although the deadline for the exemption is in September, the NRW has urged farmers to register as soon as possible to avoid a last minute rush.


It is possible to register for the waste exemption from the following link. The NRW states that registering online is both the simplest and quickest method for registration.

There is no charge.

The NRW urges farmers to familiarise themselves with the exemptions before they register; ensuring that they fully understand what they need to do in order to comply.

Once registered, it is important to note that amendments cannot be made online.

A letter or email is required for farmers who need to amend existing registrations during the three year registration period.

How the exemptions work

According to the NRW, “a waste exemption is a waste activity that does not require a permit,” and that, “exempt waste operations are limited by the types of waste, quantities and activities that can occur at the place registered.”

A registration is not actually authorised by the NRW, but this notifies the regulator that a farm might undertake a specific activity within the three year registration period.

Farmers can find out more about the waste exemptions here.

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Andy has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years and has been published in some of the UK’s top newspapers. He is now the editor Commercial Waste Magazine and contributes to a large selection of headlines and blog articles on the site.

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