An estimated UK 70,000 farmers are preparing get ready to submit up to 500,000 agricultural waste exemptions this summer as the Environment Agency encourages agricultural and other businesses owners to go online.
The new waste exemption service replaced the paper and e-form options as waste exemptions moved to being ‘digital by default’ to make the process easier for farmers and other businesses.
According to the agency, the new digital service has been designed to make online registration quicker, easier and more efficient and has already resulted in 10,000 exemptions being registered.
The EA added that farms and other businesses which handle small quantities of waste or low-risk wastes may be able to save money by registering for a free exemption if they meet the limits and conditions rather than paying an annual fee for an environmental permit.
As most farmers registered for a three year exemption after new rules came into effect in 2013, the Environment Agency is expecting up to half a million agricultural waste exemptions to be submitted before October as the current ones expire and need to be re-registered.
Since 2013 there have been significant changes which the EA said makes registering online easier following feedback from those submitting exemptions. The agency added that the new service went through comprehensive user testing before its launch, resulting in improvements which include:
- New design to make the service simpler and more intuitive to use
- Ability to access the service from more browsers and devices, including smartphones and tablets
- Increased accessibility to those with special user needs, including voice-activated software.
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