Dealing with a Flood


After a flood, you’ll want to get back to business as usual. But it’s important that you take the appropriate steps and comply with regulations as follows:

De-contamination of equipment and supplies
If you find that you are left with contaminated equipment and supplies, you must contact your environmental health department for advice.

Waste disposal
If items or stock are contaminated/damaged beyond repair, you have a duty of care by law to ensure that they are handled safely by authorised waste disposal contractors.

The following categories require special attention:

  • special waste (also known as ‘Hazardous’ waste)
  • food waste
  • oil
  • vehicles
  • electrical and electronic equipment

For more information on responsible waste disposal, visit the SEPA website.


The effects of flooding on livestock present their own environmental risks and issues. So it’s important to remember the following:

  • Water contamination is possible when manure, slurry, milk spillages, pesticides or animal carcasses come into contact with rivers and streams
  • Don’t let livestock drink flood water - it may contain silt, fuel, sewage and other pollutants
  • Dispose of any waste using an authorised waste contractor

For more information, contact your local SEPA office or visit the SEPA website.