Incinerators and low capacity carcase incineration
Pig keepers may incinerate fallen stock on the holding of origin using equipment with a capacity of less than 50 kg/hour.
These are referred to as ‘Low Capacity Incinerators’. These incinerators must be of a type approved under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011. These are exempt from the more onerous controls of the Waste Incineration Directive. However, plants which burn other animal by-products (ABPs) (eg former foodstuffs, catering waste, manure), processed products (meat and bone meal, tallow), or other waste not of animal origin must be authorised under the Waste Incineration Directive. The regulations covering low capacity incinerators apply to most incinerators found on pig farms as pig carcases are classified as non-Specified Risk Material (SRM).
The Defra ABP incinerator page is here; www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/disease-control/abp/incin-render/approv-op-incin-plants-receive-abp/
Current approved incinerator list: www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/files/abp-incinerator-approval.pdf