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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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Biowise win Cheshire East contract

Biowise win Cheshire East contract

Leading recycling and waste management firm Biowise has announced that it has been awarded a minimum 15-year contract for the treatment of organic waste in partnership with Cheshire East Council.
Material Change form partnership with Foresight

Material Change form partnership with Foresight

Material Change have entered into a partnership with Foresight Group. As part of the deal, Material Change has long term feedstock supply, digestate offtake and management & maintenance services contracts.
Consultation on reducing crime at waste sites

Consultation on reducing crime at waste sites

Defra are seeking views on measures to reduce waste crime and poor performance at waste sites and introducing a fixed penalty to discourage household waste being fly-tipped.
SEPA Compliance Scheme Delayed

SEPA Compliance Scheme Delayed

Following the recent consultation, SEPA have announced a delay to the introduction of their new compliance assessment scheme.
Medium Combustion Plant Directive

Medium Combustion Plant Directive

Regulations transposing the medium combustion plant directive and implementing emission controls on (largely diesel) generators have been laid. Attached is a factsheet providing a summary, along with a short Q&A.
EA workshop on landspreading open for bookings

EA workshop on landspreading open for bookings

The Environment Agency is holding a customer workshop on 12 January 2018 to focus on how we can improve our land spreading permitting process
Paper outlining improvements to the compost stability test

Paper outlining improvements to the compost stability test

A paper outlines how the methodology of the stability test ORG20 can be modified to give more precise results. 
EA extend deadline for Strategic Review of Charges Consultation and provide clarification

EA extend deadline for Strategic Review of Charges Consultation and provide clarification

The EA has extended the SRoC consultation deadline until the 26th January as a result of a letter the REA wrote to Neil Davies, Director of Regulatory Charges and lobbying from other trade bodies.
Defra release latest waste statistics for England in 2016/17

Defra release latest waste statistics for England in 2016/17

The official England waste from households recycling rate for 2016 was 44.9%.
This rate includes for the first time the percentage of metal recovered and
recycled from waste which has been through incineration. For 2016 this raises
the waste from households recycling rate by around 0.7 percentage points.
Environment Agency issues Guidance on classifying waste wood

Environment Agency issues Guidance on classifying waste wood

Environment Agency issue Guidance on Classifying waste wood from mixed waste sources through a Regulatory position Statement (RPS 207)
Industrial Strategy White Paper launched by Business Secretary

Industrial Strategy White Paper launched by Business Secretary

The Government launched their white paper on the new Industrial Strategy this week, which follows the green paper from January which kicked off a year-long consultation process between Government and a wide number of industries.
WRAP launches its eleventh annual gate fee survey

WRAP launches its eleventh annual gate fee survey

WRAP is undertaking its eleventh annual gate fees survey, which investigates gate fees paid at waste treatment facilities throughout the UK
EA launch Strategic Review of Charges Consultation

EA launch Strategic Review of Charges Consultation

The Environment Agency has today launched their consultation on the long-anticipated Strategic Review of Charges.

This is a wholesale review of a number of charging schemes for the permitting services provided by the Environment Agency for the period of 2018-2023. It impacts any operator that is required to have a permit for operation under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR). As such, this is of particular importance to all our bioenergy members.
Guidance on soil screening for assessing ecological risk

Guidance on soil screening for assessing ecological risk

The EA have published guidelines for screening the risks to soils from chemicals released through the landspreading of waste-derived materials.
Landfill tax Budget Brief

Landfill tax Budget Brief

The government announced in the budget that Landfill Tax will be extended to cover illegal waste sites from 1 April 2018.
FWRAP Bulletin 1st edition

FWRAP Bulletin 1st edition

The new bulletin from the Food Waste Recycling Plan is now live. Find out about progress in the first year, the latest tools and industry guidance, as well as opportunities to get involved and help improve recycling rates across the sector.
BSI release PAS 100 Consultation

BSI release PAS 100 Consultation

BSI has now released the draft PAS 100 specification for composted materials.
The deadline for comments on-line is Friday 12th January
Productivity grant to help farmers improve farm productivity

Productivity grant to help farmers improve farm productivity

The Government has recently released a Productivity Grant scheme to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity. One way to do this is more efficient use of digestate.
Report on Biorefining Potential for Scotland

Report on Biorefining Potential for Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland have published a report on the Biorefining potential for Scotland. The report maps the bioresources arising across Scotland.
SEPA report on plastic in food waste derived digestate and soil

SEPA report on plastic in food waste derived digestate and soil

SEPA have published a report of their investigation into plastic in food waste derived digestate and soil.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation call for ban on oxo-degradable packaging

Ellen MacArthur Foundation call for ban on oxo-degradable packaging

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has published a statement calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging. Signatories include M&S, PepsiCo, Unilever, Veolia, British Plastics Federation, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, Packaging South Africa, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and ten Members of the European Parliament.

FWRAP Steering Group Annual Report presented

The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan has released its annual report from the cross-industry steering group. The REA is one of the industry representatives that sit on this Steering Group to provide support and initiatives to promote this work to their members and further afield.

Briefing note on mentions of AD,food waste and soil health within Clean Growth Strategy

On 12 October 2017 the Government released its’ Clean Growth Strategy (view the full document here). Below is a briefing on lines in the strategy which refer to soil health, AD, and food waste
Job opportunity - Technical Manager

Job opportunity - Technical Manager

REAL are recruiting a Technical Manager for the Compost and Biofertilisers Certification Schemes.
Regulatory Position Statement on Manufactured Topsoil

Regulatory Position Statement on Manufactured Topsoil

The EA have released an updated regulatory position statement on the use of manufactured topsoil.
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