26 April 2006
TALLOW BURNING BANNED"Livestock farmers say they face additional costs of between £30 million and £50 million (an added £10 to the cost of every animal they produce) due to the decision by Environment Secretary, Margaret Beckett, to define tallow as a waste, not a product. This means that tallow, a by-product of meat processing, cannot be burned as a fuel in rendering plants.
Defra's interpretation of the EU Waste Incineration Directive, which came into force at the end of last year, is not shared by regulators in Ireland, France and Holland where tallow continues to be burned. The United Kingdom Renderers Association has said it would have to pass on the added costs of disposal to meat and livestock businesses even though "there are serious doubts as to their ability to meet them."
It has told Mrs Beckett that banning the burning of tallow, which is a renewable, carbon-neutral fuel, will cause the burning of £70,000 worth of fossil fuels per plant and increase Britain's rising carbon dioxide emissions by 750,000 tons a year."
(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml? xml=/news/2006/04/26/nbeef26.xml), 26 April)
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