Animal Products: Waste Disposal

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which UK companies are licensed to deal with category 1 waste; and how many tonnes of category 1 waste (a) in total and (b) from abattoirs in the UK each such company dealt with in each of the last three years.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Category 1 waste is animal by-product waste as defined in the EU Animal By-product Regulations 1069/2009. This includes specified risk material from abattoirs, international catering waste, carcasses of pet and zoo animals, carcasses of ruminants at the point of disposal and certain other animal by-products.

The vast majority of category 1 material will be sent for rendering or incineration. A list of approved rendering and incineration plants, including those that can handle category 1 material, is maintained by Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and can be found at:

AHVLA does not keep a list of companies that exclusively handle category 1 waste.

Other businesses that may handle category 1 animal by-products include hauliers, certain licensed landfill sites, approved handling premises and plants producing technical products.

AHVLA does not keep a record of weights of category 1 material dealt with by each company.

Additionally, the Environment Agency issues permits to allow category 1 ABP waste to be disposed or treated by incineration or rendering.


The Environment Agency permitted five incineration facilities in England at the end of 2012 authorised to burn only ABP wastes. These were:

Ancillary Components Ltd, Rushden

EPR Thetford Ltd, Thetford

Granox Ltd, Widnes

Fibrogen Ltd, Flixborough

University of Bristol Field Station, Langford.

Total tonnage burnt at these incinerators between 2010 and 2012
  Tonnage incinerated
2010 826,893
2011 786,870
2012 739,497
Note: This data is for all categories of ABP. We cannot distinguish category 1 ABPs alone from our records.

Abattoirs and/or renderers

The Environment Agency permitted seven facilities in England at the end of 2012 authorised to render ABP wastes.

Some facilities are abattoirs and/or renderers and as such permitted maximum quantities accepted may be in tonnes of ABP waste or numbers of animals. One or the other is given in the following table:

Maximum tonnage or number of animals allowed to be accepted under the permit
Company Tonnage/number
Anglo Beef Processors, Shrewsbury 90,000 cattle
Demulder & Son Ltd, Nuneaton 250,000 tonnes
Granox Ltd, Widnes 150,000 tonnes
John Pointon & Sons Ltd No limit
Neerock Ltd, Colne 35,900 tonnes
Neerock Ltd, Spalding 50 tonnes per day
Sun Valley Foods Ltd, Hereford 900,000 chickens per week

Further work would be required to be carried out to collate actual annual quantities accepted over the last three years as this information is not held centrally.


The Environment Agency permits 65 facilities for slaughtering animals with a capacity of >50 tonnes per day in England.

Further work would need to be carried out to collate the data on the quantity of ABP waste produced by the facilities as this information is not held centrally.

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