Farmers across Wales who have waste on their land have three months to register or renew an exemption with Natural Resources Wales.
According to the agency registering ensures waste is dealt with in a way that does not cause harm to people or the environment and meets cross compliance requirements to for receiving Single Farm Payments.
Many farmers last registered for an exemption in 2013 but these are now about to expire and need to be renewed, while other farmers may have changed working practices and need to register for the first time.
NRW says it wants to work with farmers and is making it as easy as it can to register - but also reminds farmers that they would be committing a criminal offence by carrying out a waste operation without having an exemption or a permit.
It has devised a simple online system to make it as easy as possible for people to register.
And although the deadline for registering is September NRW is encouraging as many people as possible to do so in July and August, avoiding a last-minute rush.
A waste exemption notifies NRW that a farmer may be handling waste, for example burning green waste or using construction waste on farm roads.
Activities such as building tracks with rubble, stone or woodchip; using tyres on top of silage sheets; using paper bedding, burning hedge cuttings all need to be registered.
“Farmers last registered their waste exemptions in 2013 and as these will be expiring soon we are reminding farmers in Wales to register again,” says Caroline Hawkins, NRW’s customer care manager.
“Registration is free and means that farmers will not need a permit to deal with some waste on their farm.”
Farmers can register at: www.naturalresources.wales/wasteexemptions