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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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EA looking at Performance Regulation for Environmental Permitting

EA looking at Performance Regulation for Environmental Permitting

The EA are informally consulting on proposals for moving to a performance based approach for sites regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR).
Organics Recycling Industry status report 2015

Organics Recycling Industry status report 2015

WRAP have published a report which is a snapshot of the UK’s anaerobic digestion and composting sector and markets for their outputs. This is similar to the previous ASORI survey.
ORG Sector Group visit to Veolia IVC

ORG Sector Group visit to Veolia IVC

ORG recently held a Sector Group meeting at Veolia's Woodlands Composting facility. A morning session of updates was followed by a site tour of the IVC site which produces PAS100 certified compost.
EFRA committee report on Food waste in England

EFRA committee report on Food waste in England

The EFRA Committee have published a report that says that Government and Supermarkets must do more to prevent food waste.
SEPA position on Use of crop residues in AD

SEPA position on Use of crop residues in AD

SEPA have issued a position statement on the use of crop residues in small AD plants which accept less than 100 tonnes of waste per day. The position covers misshapen and bruised produce separated on farms or pack-houses as well as trimmings removed on-farm or in pack houses in preparation for sale.
WRAP guidance on management of liners for food waste at AD sites

WRAP guidance on management of liners for food waste at AD sites

WRAP have published some industry guidance focused on dealing with household food waste at AD Facilities – Management of Liners.
Sewage sludge on farmland: Code of practice

Sewage sludge on farmland: Code of practice

The sewage sludge code of practice is for anyone who produces, supplies or uses sewage sludge, and anyone who owns or manages farmland where it is used.
EA offer advice to operators on fire risks in activated carbon filters.

EA offer advice to operators on fire risks in activated carbon filters.

Activated carbon is widely used for emissions and odour treatment. Under normal operating conditions the likelihood of fire is low, however, there are certain circumstances in which a fire may occur
EA publish Sector Strategies

EA publish Sector Strategies

The EA have published sector strategies which includes Biowaste. The sector strategies are high level documents containing the strategic objectives of each sector for the next 4 years.
Will new legislation see your insurance premiums soar?

Will new legislation see your insurance premiums soar?

A briefing note from Jelf on the changes to the Ogden rate. With changes in legislation likely to significantly increase the cost of claims, and ultimately insurance premiums, risk management becomes more and more important.
Digest of waste and resource statistics 2017

Digest of waste and resource statistics 2017

The Digest of waste and resource statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics and Eurostat.
European Parliament vote on waste proposals

European Parliament vote on waste proposals

With great majority, the members of the European Parliament adopted the report of the ENVI Committee on the waste legislative proposals in the Plenary on 14 March 2017. Proposals included recycling targets and mandatory separate collection of biowaste.
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.
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.
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