Livestock manure and silage storage infrastructure for agriculture (C759)


The previous edition of this report, CIRIA R126, published in 1992, was produced to take account of The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations (SSAFO), introduced in 1991 to prevent agricultural incidents and limit the impacts of farm waste on the environment.

The new, updated report incorporates the amendment of the SSAFO Regulations in 2010, the introduction of new relevant regulations and the evolution of the construction and storage technologies. It provides up-to-date information on the selection, sizing, costs and risks associated with farm waste storage as well as on the issues that may arise during the design, construction and operation phases. 

The guide is divided into two parts: 

Part 1 Selection guide describes the legislative context and presents the characteristics of farm wastes and principles of waste treatment and disposal. Also, it summarises the main features of the most widely used storage systems, thus helping select the most appropriate store or narrow down the choice to the suitable options. This part is intended for those people who are seeking an overview of the topic and/or advice on the selection of the store (eg the farmers).

Part 2 Design and Construction guide covers the general design, construction and installation aspects and provides specific details on the storage facilities, including, but not limited to, earth-banked lagoons, concrete stores, weeping walls, slurry bags and anaerobic digestion systems. This part also provides guidance on the maintenance and repair of structures, and health and safety considerations. It is aimed at a more technical audience, such as designers, consultants, material suppliers and contractors.

Download a free copy of C759a - Part 1 Selection guide (PDF)
Download a free copy of C759b - Part 2 Design and Construction guide (PDF)