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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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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.
ORG and Biogas Sector Group meeting at Geneco

ORG and Biogas Sector Group meeting at Geneco

The ORG and Biogas groups held a joint sector group meeting which included a visit to GENeco's site.
SEPA calls for businesses to take action on recycling or face penalties

SEPA calls for businesses to take action on recycling or face penalties

SEPA is calling on businesses across Scotland to meet their duty to recycle now or they could potentially receive a £300 Fixed Monetary Penalty (FMP).
Waste sites due to be visited by HSE in October

Waste sites due to be visited by HSE in October

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be making targeted inspections at both composting and AD sites during the month of October as well as other waste management facilities.
Compost Certification Scheme Annual Report

Compost Certification Scheme Annual Report

The Compost Certification Scheme has recently published their first annual report. This report provides an overview of the scheme in 2016 using data collected by the appointed certification bodies.
EA support PAS 100 review

EA support PAS 100 review

The Environment Agency support the revision of the PAS certification scheme which underpins the production and use of quality compost
Welsh Government target reduction in food waste

Welsh Government target reduction in food waste

Welsh Government have announced plans to launch a consultation on a non-statutory target for Wales to halve food waste by 2025, against a 2006-07 baseline.
Wales improves recycling rate

Wales improves recycling rate

Wales’ impressive recycling performance shows no sign of diminishing as latest figures reveal they now recycle, reuse or compost 64 percent of their waste, up from the previous year’s rate of 60 percent.
Job opportunity - Compost operations manager

Job opportunity - Compost operations manager

Envar Composting Ltd is the largest In-Vessel composting facility in the UK, currently accepting and processing 105,000 tonnes per annum of co-mingled feedstock. They are looking for a compost operations manager to be responsible for the overall running of compost operations.
Carfest promotes clean compost

Carfest promotes clean compost

Carfest, the longstanding 'petrol head' event and idea of ex Formula 1 racing driver Jody Scheckter this year used part of the composting yard as a race track and promoted 'clean-green' waste.
Agrivert win 15 year contract for food waste

Agrivert win 15 year contract for food waste

Eight months after the opening of their 4th Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant facility in Bridgend, Agrivert has signed a 15 year contract with Bridgend & Swansea to recycle approximately 18,000 tonnes of food waste collected from their residents each year.
PAS100 revision members' comments

PAS100 revision members' comments

ORG have been gathering members' views on PAS100 to provide input into the revision process.
Quality Action plan surveys on quality

Quality Action plan surveys on quality

The QAP undertook two surveys: one on the quality of feedstocks to anaerobic digestion and composting facilities; and the other on the quality of compost and digestate products. The surveys provide useful information for the composting and AD industries, users of compost and digestate products and policy makers.
Guidance for food waste collections

Guidance for food waste collections

This brief guidance document is designed for companies collecting food waste from businesses to help them save money, manage compliance risk and provide their customers with a better service.
Write to your MP now!

Write to your MP now!

The REA has put together a quick and easy tool that matches you or your company with your local MP. Template text is in place to make writing to your local representative in Westminster easier.
Say NO to plastic

Say NO to plastic

Local authorities need to step up to the mark and improve the quality of the feedstock that they supply to the bio-waste sector if we are to provide quality outputs to the discerning market. Quality does matter! Plastic contamination is the scourge for many an operator and it costs to remove it and clean-up the finished compost to an acceptable level.
Proposed Workshop on 'Self-heating in waste storage stacks'

Proposed Workshop on 'Self-heating in waste storage stacks'

WISH (the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum), which ORG are founding members of will be organising a workshop specifically looking at self-heating of a variety of wastes in storage.
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