Popular wood preservative creosote is set to be off Irish shelves by the New Year

Farmers have until New Year’s Eve to buy the popular wood preservative creosote as it will be banned from Irish shelves from January 1st.

A new regulation passed at EU level bans the sale and use of creosote products to treat agricultural/equine fences.

In the future, creosote will only be approved for use on wood used for railway sleepers and telecommunication poles.

Up to now it has been used to treat nearly 60 pieces of agricultural fences while it has also been used to stake fruit trees.

The deadline for professionals to use creosote products to treat fences is February 28, 2023.

Enforcement of the new regulation lies with the Department of Agriculture, which has said shops, distributors and importers must ensure all stocks of creosote products are sold to professional end-users by December 31, 2022, or otherwise returned to their supplier.

“From April 30, 2023 it will be prohibited to place on the market and sell creosote treated agricultural/horse fences.

“Stocks of creosote-treated wood not sold by that date may be destroyed as hazardous waste or re-exported from the EU.

“All wooden fence posts purchased for subsidized fencing must be treated and certified to IS 436.”

Classified as a carcinogen, creosote has been under review for a number of years and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) conducted a public consultation and review of its use.

In the case of farm/horse fences, 18 out of 21 submissions during the public consultation supported this use.

Ireland is understood to have provided the Commission with information and justification for the continued use of creosote for agricultural fencing pending a suitable alternative.

However, no other Member State has provided a justification for the continued use of treated agricultural fencing.

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