Poultry incineration: UK versus around the globe
Earlier in 2019, poultry farms across the UK and Ireland were warned they must make plans for the safe disposal of animal waste from their premises. Something which could face export restrictions if a no-deal Brexit were to be passed.
Internationally – particularly in the United States of America (USA) – incineration has been long-known as an effective tool for the management of poultry waste. For example, North Carolina has mandated the use of incinerated poultry waste as a means of creating renewable energy. This is resulted in proposals for three poultry-litter-fuelled power plants to be built across the state.
In Maryland, incineration is often used as a solution to control excess poultry litter. This includes manure, bedding, feathers and spilled feed. After incineration, it is used for energy, fertiliser and in some cases, chicken feed.
Why incinerate poultry?
The problem with unsafely disposing of poultry waste is the huge impact it can have on the food and drink we consume. If this animal waste is not incinerated, it poses the risk of contaminating water courses or soil. Additionally, we are running out of suitable land to dispose of it – a particular problem in Northern Ireland.
Incineration is also an ideal solution for those who wish to use their poultry waste as a fertiliser. Incinerating chicken waste specifically converts it to just three per cent bottom ash – usually rich in nutrients and vitamins, and therefore perfect for spreading.
Most poultry incinerators are also perfect for smaller pig and sheep farms, and for managing butchery waste.
Inciner8’s poultry waste products
Inciner8 offers a wide range of poultry incineration machines for fallen stock, to assist in the burning of chickens, turkeys, game, geese, hatcheries and more. It is the most efficient – and only recognised bio secure – method of poultry waste disposal, reduces infection risk and offers total process control.
Inciner8’s DEFRA-approved machines have a burn rate of no more than 50kg per hour. Larger models with higher throughput are available, but may require additional permits to operate.
UK poultry incineration
In places such as Asia and America, incineration is the most commonly used technology in waste management to avoid costly transport of refuse to landfill.
In the UK, however, there’s more that can be done to make incineration a more widely-used and accepted method of waste management, particularly when it comes to poultry waste.
If you work with poultry and would like to discuss how you can adapt your current waste management processes to be kinder to the environment, avoid costly transport fees and stay within changing regulation regarding exports, contact our team today.