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Here you will find news relevant to management of biodegradable wastes in the UK, the topics ranging from changing regulations and new research to the activities of the Renewable Energy Association's members.

 
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Bioeconomy study tour to Italy

Bioeconomy study tour to Italy

Cré, in partnership with Organics Recycling Group of the Renewable Energy Association, has put together a bioeconomy study tour in the Milan and Venetto regions of Italy on 13-15th October 2019.
Quality Meat Scotland rules on using compost as cattle bedding

Quality Meat Scotland rules on using compost as cattle bedding

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) have amended their standard to allow the use of green waste derived compost to be used as animal bedding. There are some additional requirements, set out in an addendum to their standard.
ORG conducts compostable packaging trials-Does what it says on the tin!

ORG conducts compostable packaging trials-Does what it says on the tin!

ORG in conjunction with Biogen and Vegware undertook a commercial composting trial with EN13432 certified packaging to see how it behaved!
EA Consultation on charging in England from April 2019

EA Consultation on charging in England from April 2019

This EA consultation follows various changes implemented in April 2018 as a result of the EAs Strategic Review of Charges. Further views are sought by the EA which will take place in April 2019
Problem plastics in composting and AD

Problem plastics in composting and AD

REA invites composters and AD operators to feedback about problematic plastics.
AQE event host ORG for seminar on emissions

AQE event host ORG for seminar on emissions

ORG ran a successful seminar on emissions in the biowaste sector at the annual Air Quality and Emissions event in Telford.
European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference

European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference

Jeremy's thoughts from the Biosolids conference in Leeds he attended this week.
WRAP launches its twelfth annual gate fee survey

WRAP launches its twelfth annual gate fee survey

WRAP is undertaking its twelfth annual gate fees survey, which investigates gate fees paid at waste treatment facilities throughout the UK.
EA host biowaste sector meeting

EA host biowaste sector meeting

A two day conference hosted by the Environment Agency, provided industry a unique opportunity to hear first-hand views of the regulator on a wide range of topics all associated with biowaste and the wider environmental landscape.
Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

The revised Waste Treatment BREF has been published on the EIPPCB website.
 Minimising the environmental impact of digestate on farmland

Minimising the environmental impact of digestate on farmland

An event on 6th November which includes showcasing of new technologies for extracting ammonia and reducing ammonia emissions and covers some new value streams for AD operators.
Government actions towards tackling plastic packaging

Government actions towards tackling plastic packaging

A communication from HM Treasury, on 29th October, about a number of government actions towards tacking plastic packaging.
Please support survey on composting and AD in Scotland

Please support survey on composting and AD in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is about to carry out a survey of the biogas and composting sectors in Scotland, which will result in sector reports for each being published in 2019
Defra action to reduce food waste

Defra action to reduce food waste

The Government will set up a pilot scheme to reduce food waste. The scheme will be supported by £15 million of additional funding which has been allocated to tackle food waste. The pilot scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities. The scheme will launch in 2019/20.
UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competition

UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competition

UK Plastics Pact summit on 11th October highlighted plastics issues, progress of the Pact and some of its future work. The UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition was launched at this event.
EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultation

EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultation

The Environment Agency has run two webinars explaining the current consultation on assessing and scoring Permit compliance.
Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules Consultation

Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules Consultation

REAL are consulting on the scheme rules for the Compost (PAS100) and Biofertiliser (PAS110) Certification Schemes.
Compostable bags carry the Co-op a stride away from single-use plastics

Compostable bags carry the Co-op a stride away from single-use plastics

Compostable carrier bags will replace plastic ones in nearly 1,400 Co-op food stores in areas where compostable ones are accepted in food waste collections. Their use as liners for caddies and food waste bins, suitability for home composting, other features and price support householder switching and less plastic contamination of food waste.
Revised PAS100 published

Revised PAS100 published

The revised version of PAS100 has been published. Following a long revision prices the standard has been updated and more quality controls have been introduced.
EA Call for Evidence Consultation response  from the REA

EA Call for Evidence Consultation response from the REA

The REA, after consultation with its members, has submitted its response to the EA's call for evidence.
New Agriculture Bill introduced

New Agriculture Bill introduced

A new Agriculture Bill to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations has been introduced. It sets out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding.
Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators Regulation Guidance

Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators Regulation Guidance

The EA have published guidance and application forms for Bespoke and Low Risk New Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) & Specified Generators (SG) Standard Rules Permits.
Material Change live on Gardeners Question Time (GQT)

Material Change live on Gardeners Question Time (GQT)

Ed Bastow from Material Change provides an insight into commercial composting to Bunny Guinness from Gardeners Question Time
Agrivert to be sold to Severn Trent Green Power for £120m

Agrivert to be sold to Severn Trent Green Power for £120m

Agrivert, a market leader in Organic Waste Treatment and renewable energy production has accepted an offer from Severn Trent Green Power (STGP), a subsidiary of Severn Trent plc, to acquire its UK operational assets and associated support functions for £120m.
ORG host seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions Conference

ORG host seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions Conference

Understanding emission risks from organics recycling activities:
ORG has been invited back to host a seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions conference and exhibition at the Telford International Conference centre on the 22nd November.
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