Using waste as animal bedding
What you must do
Using waste as bedding
You must register an exemption from waste management licensing if you use any type of waste such as sawdust from untreated wood or shredded paper as bedding for your animals.
The exemption references are:
- paragraph 16 exemption in Northern Ireland
- paragraph 15 exemption in Scotland.
In Northern Ireland you do not need to register an exemption if your sawdust is made from virgin timber. Ask your supplier what it is made from.
The NIEA has published a regulatory position statement which explains when they consider wood to be waste.
Disposing of used bedding
Used animal bedding is waste. You should collect animal bedding separately to your other waste, as it may be considered offensive waste.
Your business is responsible for storing and transporting your waste materials safely and securely. You must ensure that your waste materials do not cause any land, water or air pollution.
If you want to compost your animal bedding you may need to register an exemption from waste management licensing.
Further information on exemptions
If you operate under a registered exemption you must ensure that your activity does not:
- endanger human health
- cause pollution to water, air or soil
- cause a risk to plants or animals
- cause a nuisance in terms of noise or odour
- adversely affect the countryside or places of special interest.