Waste Spectrum

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Waste Spectrum Environmental is expert in incineration legislation. The range complies with EU Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) No, 1069/2009, and the company was first to achieve UK DEFRA ‘type-approval’, having been instrumental in the development and interpretation of the legislation. We hope you find the following information useful in helping you know what is required when purchasing an incinerator. Please note that this information is intended as a general guide, and individual cases may be subject to different legislation.

Using an incinerator to dispose of animal carcasses is subject to three key areas of legislation:

1. Environmental effect of incinerator fumes

This concerns the smoke that is generated by the burning of animal carcasses. By EU law an incinerator is legal if it heats all the fumes within it to 850 degrees, and holds them at this temperature for 2 seconds, as this has been deemed the sufficient length of time to effectively burn-off the smoke, making it environmentally friendly. In the UK DEFRA have interpreted that this law is best met by having an ‘after-chamber’ a chamber purely to burn smoke, which fumes have to go through before being released into the atmosphere. As a consequence all of our machines are typically built with an after-chamber that complies with these laws and indeed all our incinerators have DEFRA ‘type-approval’ for use in the UK.

This means that if you are a UK resident, all you need do upon purchasing an incinerator, is inform DEFRA that you have it, they will visit to check that it is a Waste Spectrum model, and so has DEFRA approval and then you will be able to use your machine. In addition to ensure that EU regulations are upheld, DEFRA require the after-chamber temperature to be recorded every tenth burn (to ensure that it is reaching the prescribed 850 degrees centigrade). This couldn’t be easier as we have built in-incinerator thermometers to monitor the temperature and display this temperature on the control panel. All you need do is take note.

2. Ash disposal

The second piece of legislation concerns non-specified risk material (non-SRM) which certain ashes are seen to be such as those generated by the incineration of sheep and cattle. These ashes will need to be taken to a landfill site, for every ton that accumulates (so one annual trip will typically suffice). Most other ashes can be disposed of normally but please contact us to check that your ashes are not classed as non-SRM.

3. Planning Permission

In the UK planning permission is only required for animal incinerators deemed to be ‘high capacity’. High-capacity animal incinerators are those that burn over 50kg an hour. Our standard range of animal incinerators have been deliberately designed to avoid this by burning

Legislation that incinerators must comply with is dependent upon which country the incinerator will be operating in.

United Kingdom

The incinerator must be:

Defra ‘type-approved’ – Animal By-Products Regulations 2005. S.I. 2005/2347. Version 2.2. compliant. http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2005/20052347.htm

CE certified, Achieve 850°C for 2 seconds , Have a secondary chamber

All our incinerators are DEFRA ‘type-approved’, and will be legal to use in the UK. All that you will need to do is fill out the following form and return to DEFRA: http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/byproducts/incinerators/index.htm DEFRA will visit your site to check that your incinerator a Waste Spectrum incinerator and you will be free to use it from there on. Typically all our machines our low capacity also, and so will not require planning permission.

European Union Countries

The incinerator must be:

EU Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 compliant – http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/consleg/2002/R/02002R1774-20070101-en.pdf

CE Certified, Achieve 850°C for 2 seconds

European Union Candidate Countries

We recommend that the incinerator should be:

EU Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 compliant

Elsewhere please contact us to discuss your countries requirements.

Non-European Union Compliant Incinerators

We are able to supply non-European standard incinerators. If you would like more information on the legislation that affects you please contact us


Please note that all information is given to the best of our knowledge, and is not legally conclusive. We cannot accept any responsibility if any of the information given is shown to be inaccurate, unless such information is found to have been intentionally misleading.

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