Agricultural Waste Collection Scheme
Quality control and traceability are essential elements in the agricultural waste collection service and the NAAC has taken a proactive role in establishing an independently audited quality standard for agricultural waste collection contractors. This will cover the quality of service which the contractor provides and will be known as the NAAC Assured Land-Based Contractor (Agricultural Waste Collection) Scheme.
Waste collection contractors and their customers must co-operate to ensure a safe, traceable waste collection service can take place. This Scheme offers customers genuine assurance about the activity of contractors. Contractors will only be certified if they can meet the appropriate standards.
In addition to the NAAC’s Agricultural Waste Collection Specific Standard, the contractor must also have been assessed against the NAAC Assured Land-Based Contractor (Generic) Standard in the current scheme year. Ideally, both audits will be carried out together. Please note, certification cannot be granted without conformity with the generic and waste collection standards.
The NAAC scheme is designed to help contractors involved in the agricultural waste collection service to identify the hazards and critical control points of the collection process. The scheme aims to help the person(s) collecting waste to fully understand, and to be able to show full understanding of, the waste collection process and the control points of that process.
These will include:
- Personnel involved in the waste collection are suitably skilled;
- The agricultural waste collection process is fully traceable;
- Collection equipment / vehicles are regularly and appropriately maintained and cleaned;
- Production processes are adopted, such as record keeping which ensures full traceability;
- Hazards are identified and controlled.
The scheme will establish a framework of good and safe working practices to be verified by independent external assessors that will enable members of the scheme to produce a safe, fully traceable service to meet requirements of national farm assurance schemes.
The scheme is open to NAAC members and non-members and the Association will provide contractors with the appropriate support and advice.