Weed Control Legislation

In the UK it is a legal requirement and Good Practice that those who use pesticides aim to minimise pesticide use in public spaces.

“More and more countries are banning the use of certain types of weedkillers so it makes sense for Aberdeen to stay ahead of the legislation and take the best envi­ron­men­tally-friendly course of action now available to control weed growth.”

Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor Neil Cooney.

Sustainable Use Directive

As things stand, legally, the UK must fundamentally comply with the EU Sustainable Use Directive which outlines nation states must:

"keep the use of pesticides and other forms of intervention to levels that are economically and ecologically justified and reduce or minimise the risks to human health or the environment."

Hot water weed control can be used in all weather conditions, in public spaces and around water bodies without restriction or risk of contamination - call 01254 703 212 to find out more

Water Framework Directive

The purpose of the Directive is to establish a framework for the protection of inland surface waters (rivers and lakes), transitional waters (estuaries), coastal waters and groundwater; especially drinking water. 

"Given these concerns, future weed management strategies will need to integrate a larger number of practices, that do not rely solely on herbicides, in order to deliver sustainable control of weeds."

Hot water weed control can be used in all weather conditions, in public spaces and around water bodies without restriction or risk of contamination - call 01254 703 212 to find out more

Glyphosate license

Because EU decision makers failed to reach agreement on the reauthorisation of glyphosate in the run up to the expiration of the license in June 2016, a temporary 18 month extension has been granted subject to further scientific scrutiny which, in effect, potentially allows for just one or two more seasons.

In a non-binding resolution, MEPs voted to ban “use in or close to public parks, public playgrounds and public gardens” as well as outright for domestic use noting “concerns about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, used in many farm and garden applications.”

Hot water weed control can be used in all weather conditions, in public spaces and around water bodies without restriction or risk of contamination - call 01254 703 212 to find out more

Best Practice

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) launched The Need for Integrated Weed Control report, which outlines "the argument for adopting integrated weed control methods" and "how the latest guidelines on integrated weed control can help local authorities meet their legal duties to reduce harm to the public and the environment."

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) "shares the view that the reliance upon chemical methods of weed control is unsustainable and recognises the growing evidence that points towards the increased use of herbicide and pesticide is damaging the environment."

Hot water weed control can be used in all weather conditions, in public spaces and around water bodies without restriction or risk of contamination - call 01254 703 212 to find out more