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Waste Management from Licensed Animal Welfare Premises

All businesses are responsible for managing their own waste and for its safe and correct disposal. Business waste is not collected by the council and businesses must put in place contracts with licenced waste management contractors. There are specific controls on animal faeces and related waste.

Waste from animal based businesses cannot be put in household bins or be taken to the household recycling centres. It must be correctly disposed of using a licensed waste management contractor. Guidance for Pollution Prevention: Stables, Kennels and Catteries (opens new window)  advises on the what is expected. In practice, this means that all businesses handling this type of waste must:

  • have a waste management contract in place which recognises that:
    • animal faeces is a major part of the waste and that it is not 'general waste';
    • animal faeces from cats and dogs are classed as offensive waste; and
  • collection must be sufficiently often to ensure all waste can be held safely and securely.

You cannot burn soiled bedding from cats and dogs, mix it with agricultural waste or spread to land due to the risk of parasitic worms to grazing animals.

Application to unlicensed premises

Please note that the guidance applies to all stables, kennels and catteries and similar operations. It is not limited to those which have or need a licence.