Section 6.8The treatment of animal and vegetable matter and food industries


Tanning hides and skins where the treatment capacity exceeds 12 tonnes of finished products per day.


Disposing of or recycling animal carcasses and animal waste except by incineration at installations with a capacity exceeding 10 tonnes per day.


Slaughtering animals with a carcass production capacity greater than 50 tonnes per day.


Treating and processing materials intended for the production of food products from–


animal raw materials (other than milk) with a finished product production capacity greater than 75 tonnes per day;


vegetable raw materials with a finished product production capacity greater than 300 tonnes per day (average value on a quarterly basis).


Treating and processing milk, the quantity of milk received being greater than 200 tonnes per day (average value on an annual basis).


The following activities if operated at installations not falling within a description in another Section or an exempt activity, namely processing in anyway whatsoever, storing or drying by the application of heat of any dead animal (or part thereof) or any vegetable matter if the process may result in the release into water of any substance listed in the Table in paragraph 13 of Part 2 of this Schedule in a quantity which, in any 12 month period, exceeds the background quantity by more than the amount specified in relation to the description of the substance set out in column 1 of that Table in the corresponding entry in column 2 of that Table: but excluding any activity that treats effluent so as to permit its discharge into controlled waters or into a sewer unless the treatment process involves the drying of any material with a view to its use as an animal feedstuffs.


Any activity mentioned in Section 6.8 (f), unless an exempt activity–


where the activity has the characteristics described in paragraph 2 of Part 2 of this Schedule; but


may release into the air a substance referred to in paragraph 12 of Part 2 of this Schedule or any offensive smell noticeable outside the premises in which the activity is carried on.


Breeding maggots in any case where 5 kilogrammes or more of animal or of vegetable matter or, in aggregate, of both are introduced into the process in any week.


The ensiling or storage of dead fish or fish offal in plant capable of retaining volumes–


of less than 10m3of ensiled liquor;


in excess of 10m3and less than 50m3of ensiled liquor; or


in excess of 50m3of ensiled liquor.

Interpretation of Section 6.8

In this Section–

“animal” includes a bird or a fish;

“ensiling” means the treatment of dead fish or fish offal by the application of formic acid for the purpose of rendering the material free from infectious disease;

“exempt activity” means–


any activity carried on a farm or agricultural holding, other than the manufacture of goods for sale;


the manufacture or preparation of food or drink for human consumption but excluding–


the extraction, distillation or purification of animal or vegetable oil or fat, otherwise than as an activity incidental to the cooking of food for human consumption;


any activity involving the use of green offal or the boiling of blood, except the cooking of food (other than tripe) for human consumption;


the cooking of tripe for human consumption elsewhere than on premises on which it is to be consumed;


the fleshing, cleaning and drying of pelts of fur-bearing mammals;


any activity carried on in connection with the operation of a knacker’s yard, as defined in article 3(1) of the Animal By-Products Order 1999(1);


any activity for the manufacture of soap not falling within a description in Part A of Section 4.1;


the storage of vegetable matter otherwise than as part of any prescribed activity;


the cleaning of shellfish shells;


the manufacture of starch;


the processing of animal or vegetable matter at premises for feeding a recognised pack of hounds registered under article 13 of the Animal By-Products Order 1999;


the salting of hides or skins, unless related to any other prescribed activity;


any activity for composting animal or vegetable matter or a combination of both, except where that activity is carried on for the purposes of cultivating mushrooms;


any activity for cleaning, and any related activity for drying or dressing, seeds, bulbs, corms or tubers;


the drying of grain or pulses;


any activity for the production of cotton yarn from raw cotton or for the conversation of cotton yarn into cloth;

“food” includes drink, articles and substances of no nutritional value which are used for human consumption, and articles and substances used as ingredients in the preparation of food;

“green offal” means the stomach and intestines of any animal, other than poultry or fish, and their contents.


S.I. 1999/646.