Waste Spectrum Environmental is expert in incineration legislation. The range complies with EU Animal By-Products Regulation (ABPR), (EC) No 142/2011, 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Planning Permission

If you are going through any kind of licencing or planning, where applicable, for pet cremation or high capacity usage please contact us for free advice and support. High-capacity animal incinerators are those that burn over 50kg an hour.


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.