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Animal by-products: disposal guidance

Published: 30 Jan 2017

Strict regulations designed to prevent harm to people, animals and the environment.

Animal by-products: disposal guidance
Animal by-products registered and approved premises

Animal by-products premises

Premises that receive, handle, use, treat or destroy animal by-products must be approved under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013.

Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) is responsible for the inspection of animal by-products premises that want to be registered or approved. If you have a query regarding approved premises, or need advice on local disposal routes for animal by-products please contact APHA.

Operators who require an approval under the ABPER should complete the appropriate application form and submit it to APHA.

The UK Government has published lists of registered or approved animal by-product premises in Great Britain.

Types of animal by-products premises

There are many premises that generate, store, use handle or dispose of animal by-products, as set out below:

Types of animal by-product       Related premises
Animal carcasses and parts of carcasses
  • rendering plants
  • incineration and combustion plants
  • petfood plants
  • knacker yards and hunt kennels
    (intermediate plants and collection centres
  • abattoirs (NB: approved by FSA)
  • farms (fallen stock)
ABP food waste
  • food manufacturers
  • catering establishments
  • food retailers
Other ABP plants/sites
  • plants handling ABPs to make technical products (e.g. tanneries, taxidermists, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices)
  • handling/storage plants
  • manufacturers of organic fertilisers and soil improvers (OFSI)
  • composting plants
  • anerobic digestion (biogas plants)