Microplastics

puppet

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Livestock Farmer
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sw scotland
In the Telegraph reported as if the whole of UK is spreading digestate which is far from the truth. I suspect it is all concentrated in some areas and of course no indication as to how plastic gets there in the first place by people flushing stuff and finding its way into our sewer system.
If farmers don't accept digestate then going to be a big pile of poo somewhere.
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melted welly

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Arable Farmer
Location
DD9.
In the Telegraph reported as if the whole of UK is spreading digestate which is far from the truth. I suspect it is all concentrated in some areas and of course no indication as to how plastic gets there in the first place by people flushing stuff and finding its way into our sewer system.
If farmers don't accept digestate then going to be a big pile of poo somewhere.View attachment 1034554
Was on radio yesterday, or maybe Friday too.. reported as micro plastics spread on farmland and water companies were urging people to stop flushing wet wipes away to stop the problem. Nothing about them getting their fecking affairs in order.

Be a massive surprise to public where their waste ends up.
 

Yale

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Livestock Farmer
I've been in a couple of plants that do have separators, but they're not perfect & certainly not practical for the average sized unit.
Indeed the give away is ‘micro’.

Not physically possible to remove the problematic plastics.

If you can see it with the naked eye it currently would not be an issue. It’s the stuff you can’t see which is building issues for the future,the stuff which can cross cell membranes and become incorporated into organisms.
 

Bald Rick

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey
I have long been of the opinion that plastics could be a bigger problem than our current obsession with climate change and the transfer of cash to greenwashers. We just haven’t quite yet realised.

+1

was about to post the same.
IIRC a lot of fish now have plastics in their blood and the ever vigilant Dutch have found them in cows
 

Goweresque

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Location
North Wilts
I considered digestate and hearing of the micro plastics issue it was a no brainier to totally discount it as an option.

Why would you intentionally pollute your land in an irreversible way?

I totally agree. I have never allowed any of the waste products on my place, despite heavy pressure from my contractors over the years. 'Its cheap nutrients!' they kept saying. Not looking so cheap now though.

I think the day is coming when the Environment Agency suddenly declare that land with X level of microplastics is considered contaminated, and various restrictions as to its use will apply. All those people who have been falling over themselves to do the water company's job for them and disposing of sewage sludge on their land will find themselves in a bit of a bind.
 

wr.

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Location
Breconshire
Has anyone done a full and comprehensive sewage sludge test lately? Would they be prepared to post the result on here?
I know it's in the US but -
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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