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|
|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|
|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.