Pet Ashes Law: What is the law on burying or scattering cremated pet ashes?

Pet Ashes Law: What is the law on burying or scattering cremated pet ashes?


Sadly unlike human ashes, animal cremains are considered to be a ‘waste item’ in strictly legal terms. The law doesn’t take into account the amount you loved them. Thus they are covered by the law, you are allowed to bury or scatter the ashes in your garden as long as you own the property.

Scattering their ashes, is a different issue and theoretically is not allowed however public bodies such as a local authority or the Environment Agency have to take a proportionate approach and if it is not causing a nuisance, they will deem it not in the public interest to take action.

Let me give you an example, pouring the remains of a pet over neighbours fence would prompt action, but a dusting over a wide expanse such as moorland or the sea would not. It is about being considerate.

Over time the ashes will ingrate into the soil, the more thinly spread and closer to the surface they are, the faster this will happen.

7 thoughts on “Pet Ashes Law: What is the law on burying or scattering cremated pet ashes?

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    Jak - April 20, 2021

    Can mi babyz petz Tu zum pepl get put wiv me when I get cremated

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      Karen Martin - May 6, 2021

      Thank you for your question Jak. Your baby pet can be buried with in quite a few locations now but you must check beforehand, as with most things it will depend on who owns the site. I hope this is helpful. Karen

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    Sue - May 22, 2019

    Can my pets ages be put in my coffin when I’m cremated?

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    Vivienne Stopp - August 13, 2018

    Can a pets cremated ashes be put on his deceased owners geave

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      Hannah - August 16, 2018

      Hi Vivienne
      You would need to check with the cemetery to find out if they would allow this, I believe it differs depending on location.
      Kind regards

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      Sue Houghton - October 17, 2021

      I left my dogs ashes in cardboard file and planted flowers on top is this acceptable

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        Karen Martin - January 11, 2022

        Hi Sue, did you bury the cardboard file in the garden? Planting flowers on top of buried ashes is a wonderful way to celebrate your dog.

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