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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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Cost benefit tool for food waste collections

Cost benefit tool for food waste collections

WRAP have launched a Cost benefit analysis tool for food waste collections. Designed specially for food waste collectors and processors working jointly, the new Cost Benefit Analysis tool can help weigh up the costs and associated benefits of implementing proven intervention measures, based on the specifics of local arrangements.
Better Environmental Regulation Scotland Newsletter - February 2017

Better Environmental Regulation Scotland Newsletter - February 2017

Latest news on Scotland's Better Environmental Regulation programme including details on current and upcoming consultations.
Job opportunity in North Hampshire

Job opportunity in North Hampshire

Laverstoke Park operated a state of the art composting site in North Hampshire. They have an opportunity for an experienced hands-on site manager for their fully licensed composting site which is permitted to process up to 75,000 tonnes of green waste per year.
Subscribe to Biocycle at discounted rate

Subscribe to Biocycle at discounted rate

An opportunity to subscribe to Biocycle, a journal dedicated to organics recycling. Published 11 times a year, each issue is filled with how-to articles, case studies, research reports, equipment and systems evaluations, and insights.

Biowaste treatment and fire prevention plans

The EA have updated their position on Fire Prevention Plans and biowaste treatment sites.
SEPA publish Food Waste Guidance and revised position statements for Compost and Digestate

SEPA publish Food Waste Guidance and revised position statements for Compost and Digestate

SEPA has published new guidance on Food Waste Management in Scotland which sets out obligations along the chain of food waste management in order to achieve high quality recycling. In addition they have revised their position for the Regulation of Outputs from Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Processes.

M9 Technical Guidance for monitoring bioaerosols launched by EA

This technical guidance note has been produced to provide a standardised approach for
monitoring bioaerosols.
It is applicable to facilities that have both ambient and point source
emissions.
 European Parliament's Environment Committee votes for mandatory separate collection of bio-waste

European Parliament's Environment Committee votes for mandatory separate collection of bio-waste

Committee votes for the mandatory separate collection of bio-waste in the EU but will other legislation influencers agree?
WRAP publish summary of risk assessments for compost and digestate

WRAP publish summary of risk assessments for compost and digestate

WRAP have published summaries of all the risk assessment work that was carried out looking at the safety of using compost and digestate. A wide range of hazards were considered and risks were considered to be low or negligible in all scenarios examined.
WRAP report on physical contaminants in PAS composts & digestates

WRAP report on physical contaminants in PAS composts & digestates

This WRAP project investigated the current robustness of sampling and testing for physical contaminants in compost and digestate and, where necessary, provided recommendations for improvement
WRAP report on household food waste in the UK

WRAP report on household food waste in the UK

WRAP's report provides estimates for total and avoidable household food waste for 2014 and 2015, for the UK. The estimated amount of HHFW in the UK for 2015 was 7.3 million tonnes.
Environmental Permitting Charges Scheme Updated

Environmental Permitting Charges Scheme Updated

The EA have updated the guidance on their Environmental permitting charges scheme in December 2016 with a new section on flood risk activities.
Biosurf Newsletter - December 2016

Biosurf Newsletter - December 2016

Biosurf's objective is to increase the production and use of biomethane, for grid injection and as transport fuel. The latest newsletter contains information on the new Renewable Energy Directive and updates on the latest achievements.
UK Bioenergy Crops in 2015

UK Bioenergy Crops in 2015

Defra have released information on the area of non-food crops grown in the UK including areas of crops grown for AD and biomass.
Amendments to landspreading permits and storage permit

Amendments to landspreading permits and storage permit

EA announces forthcoming changes to three landspreading permits and one storage permit.
Definition of Waste Panel closed until further notice

Definition of Waste Panel closed until further notice

The Definition of Waste Panel is closed until further notice whilst its role and purpose is reviewed in the context of our waste regulation strategy.
Astoria Organic Matters in administration

Astoria Organic Matters in administration

Astoria Organic Matters UK has gone into administration and the administrators, are looking to find a buyer for the assets of the Company so that a purchaser can take forward the composting facility project which Astoria had started.
Zero Waste Scotland release food waste figures

Zero Waste Scotland release food waste figures

An estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink in Scotland was wasted in 2013, according to new figures released by Zero Waste Scotland.
Falling UK recycling rate reported by Defra

Falling UK recycling rate reported by Defra

The government has just released recycling figures for the UK which show that recycling rates have fallen for the first time from 44.9% in 2014 to 44.3%
Field Labs: an opportunity to test ideas

Field Labs: an opportunity to test ideas

Are you interested in the impacts that organics can have for farmers and growers? Would you like to get involved in a small-scale DIY trial that looks at a particular issue?
The Soil Association run a Field Lab programme, and we are always looking for ideas.
Research articles on physical contamination testing of compost

Research articles on physical contamination testing of compost

A couple of articles have been published recently looking at the physical contaminant testing of compost, how variable the test methodologies are and different limits in different countries.
Job opportunity - Restoration development assistant

Job opportunity - Restoration development assistant

A great opportunity has arisen within Hargreaves for a Restoration Development Assistant. Working within the Environmental Services team, you will assist the Restoration Development Manager to create sustainable value from the restoration of former surface mining sites.
Scottish Quality Cereals publish standard for combinable crops

Scottish Quality Cereals publish standard for combinable crops

Scottish Quality Cereals have published their revised standard for combinable crops which details the requirements for using compost and digestate.
Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland are investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.
ORG at all party parliamentary group (APPG) on food waste

ORG at all party parliamentary group (APPG) on food waste

ORG participated in an All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) in Portcullis House hosted by Biogen with Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, LARAC, WRAP and a number of AD operators and local authorities discussing mandatory food waste collections.
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