FARMERS will need to look for a new disposal method in the new year as a total ban on the burning of plastics on farms and crofts comes in to play on January 1.

NFU members raised concerns following the announcement regarding the cost to their business and access to economical means of disposal. A meeting was quickly arranged with representatives from the waste and recycling industry.

The union has also produced an in-depth Business Guide Update which includes information on the changes, alternative options, the key points on recycling and an extensive list of specialist recycling contractors.

The rule changes bring Scotland in line with the rest of the UK, which has had an overall ban of burning plastics on farm for a number of years.

NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick said: “We understand this will be an unwelcome expense and inconvenience for a number of our members, many of whom are in extremely remote regions and islands and feel they will struggle to find affordable alternatives.”