Welsh Commercial Dog Breeders and their Waste
Many licensed dog breeders in Wales are acting illegally when disposing of solid waste from their dog breeding kennels such as faecal matter, contaminated soiled bedding, and empty chemical containers. These items must all be disposed of via a suitably permitted facility. Dog faeces and carcasses are defined as 'hazardous waste' under Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 and it is the responsibility of the dog breeder to ensure that the site used for disposal is permitted to receive this particular type of waste (Waste Code 18 02 02*).
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Thank you for your letter about the disposal of waste at licensed dog breeding
establishments. It has been passed to me to respond.
The disposal of waste is not a Welsh Government matter; the enforcement responsibility lies
with the relevant Local Authority and also the Environment Agency. However, the Guidance
accompanying the forthcoming Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations
2013 does cover waste and stipulates the following:
“Facilities should be provided for the proper reception, storage and disposal of waste.
Particular care should be taken to segregate waste arising from the treatment and handling
of dogs with infectious diseases. The licensee should check with the Environment Agency
for current guidance on the appropriate means of disposal”.
The aforementioned Regulations are currently being translated and checked by the Welsh
Government’s Legal Department. Once this process has been completed, they will be
tabled in the National Assembly for Wales for a period of 40 days to allow Assembly
Members to comment on its content. Finally, a Plenary Debate will be taking place on 7th
May 2013. If there are no amendments, the Regulations will come into force shortly after