Rendering, disposal of animal by-products

Dead animals and certain animal components must be disposed of in a special rendering facility.

Dead animals (domestic, domestic, zoo, circus and, in special circumstances, wild animals) and certain waste of animal origin, such as slaughterhouse waste or food waste from restaurants or commercial kitchens, must be disposed of properly.

The harmless disposal of these carcasses and waste is an important part of animal disease control and public health care and is carried out by the counties/independent cities. Only through effective treatment is it possible to render harmless detected or unrecognized pathogens of diseases in animal carcasses or their parts. Therefore, dead animals and certain animal components must be properly disposed of in a special rendering facility. Kitchen and food waste from gastronomy and canteen kitchens that contain animal components (e.g. meat residues, sausages) is also subject to legal and uniformly regulated disposal throughout Europe.

Dead animals do not belong in the organic bin or on the compost.

If you have your own property and it is not in a watershed, you are also allowed to bury your pet on your property. The carcase must be covered by a layer of soil at least 50 cm thick.

Have you found a dead pet? If the animal is located on your own property, you as the property owner have to dispose of the animal. If the animal is in the public transport area, please contact the local regulatory authority.


A list of veterinary offices in Schleswig-Holstein as well as further information can be found in the state portal "Agriculture and Environment Schleswig-Holstein".

  • Veterinary offices in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Animal By-Products Disposal Act (TierNebG)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 October 2002 laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption
  • Ordinance on the Implementation of the Animal By-Products Disposal Act (Animal By-Products Disposal Ordinance - TierNebV)

Related Links

  • TierNebG
  • Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002
  • TierNebV

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