'If farmers bought exactly what they needed... there would be no hazardous waste'
Farmers need an affordable national scheme to safely dispose of hazardous wastes, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned.
At a recent Teagasc beef open-day event, farmers also stressed their appetite for the setting up of an official annual collection scheme with the majority indicating that a permanent national scheme is required.
However, the Animal Plant and Health Association (APHA) said rolling out a national scheme in the near future would be "counterproductive".
Brendan Barnes, CEO of the APHA said farmers would be putting the "cart before the horse".
"The most responsible approach to waste is to purchase appropriate quantities for animals or crops. Then you won't have waste product"
"If farmers bought exactly what they needed then we wouldn't have legacy products and that needs to get into our psyche before we consider a national policy," he said.
Jane Brogan, EPA scientific officer, said data from previous collections show that average farmers are travelling roughly 40km, with some travelling up to 150km, to dispose of waste in the correct manner.
She said this commitment also clearly shows the farmers care about protecting themselves, their families and farms, as well as the wider environment.