Removal and disposal of Ash Trees infected by Chalara Fraxinea (‘Ash Dieback’)
In recent years dieback of ash trees has become an increasing problem nationally. Consequently we have compiled advice on the best methods of managing the disposal of ash dieback material in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
This advice is directed towards householders and applies only when the householder intends to or it becomes necessary to dispose of infected vegetation.
Accordingly and depending on the nature and location of any infected vegetation the following options are suggested, in decreasing order of preference:
1. Burning in situ on the ground or in mobile incinerators brought to site (burning is the preferred option where allowed under legislation in smoke control areas, and subject to the potential risk of smoke nuisance. Please be considerate by advising your nearest neighbours before lighting a bonfire, so that they can be prepared for any minor inconveniences which might arise).
2. On site burial in the ground.
3. Home Composting. Ash dieback material cannot go into your brown garden waste bin at home.
4. Household Recycling Centre:
Where it is not possible to deal with plants or plant material from affected areas on site, the waste should be securely contained, either by bagging or by placing in enclosed containers and taken to your nearest Household Recycling Centre (HRC). Your nearest HRC can be found here.
On arrival at the HRC you should inform the site staff that you have Chalara infected garden waste materials that require disposal to landfill.
Further information can be obtained from the Forestry Commission.