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Ash Residue

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations she plans to implement on the treatment of ash residue from (a) incineration of animal by-products and (b) human incineration at crematoria. [114358]

[holding answer 19 May 2003]: The EU Animal By-Products Regulation requires that ash from low-capacity incinerators which burn whole ruminant carcases or other specified risk material(SRM) must be disposed of as waste to a licensed landfill site.Ash from incinerators which burn non-SRM material may be spread to land if it is derived from agricultural waste. However, the requirement for a waste management licence effectively prevents the application of non-agricultural waste e.g. from pet crematoria to land.Ash from the cremation of human corpses does not fall within the scope of waste legislation.