Incinerator Legislation: Going back to basics
Whether you already have an incinerator on site, or are considering investing into one soon, it’s useful to have up to date information on the regulations and legislation set by the bodies who oversee safe, ethical and efficient incineration.
To break it down, we’ve compiled this easy-to-follow digest of everything you need to know if you’re about to purchase an incinerator. The following guide also includes everything you should double check if you’re already using an incinerator regularly.
Who’s who in the world of incineration?
First things first, here are some handy acronyms:
- DEFRA – The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- APHA – Animal & Plant Health Agency
These are the two key players in incineration regulation in the UK, and they work together to ensure owners of incinerators meet particular standards.
DEFRA, a governmental department, is responsible for developing regulations. APHA, a national agency, is responsible for enforcing these regulations and carrying out inspection.
The basic requirements of owning an incinerator
Anyone wanting to operate an incinerator for the disposal of animal by-product – carcasses, innards, entrail and any other material coming from a dead animal – must submit an application and inspection form for approval by APHA, who will then grant or refuse permission for an animal incinerator.
The form is easy to complete, and simply asks for the key details about your incineration operation. This includes:
- The type and quantity of waste you will be burning
- Where your incinerator is kept
- What drainage systems you have in place
- How much ash you will generate
- The temperature of the incinerator you’ll be using
If you’re considering having an Inciner8 product installed, and need to fill in an application, we’ll take you through it step by step so all the information you input is 100% accurate.
Considerations when completing your application
While the application form itself is a simple piece of paperwork, there are some other factors to bear in mind…