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Webinar on biowaste permit reviewWe have arranged a webinar to discuss the EA's proposals for biowaste permits. Held on 28th August from 1.30 - 2.30pm. Kathryn Nicholls from the EA will be talking us through the proposals outlined in the consultation.
Bioeconomy study tour to ItalyCré, 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 14-17th October.
Compost key to keeping our soils cool?Runaway climate change, heatwaves, rising sea levels, wild fires and wide scale loss of permafrost in Greenland, the Antarctic and elsewhere were the dystopian vision of a world plagued by global warming in a recently published report.
Chairman Charlie's blog on compostablesThoughts from Chairman Charlie on the news that some compostable items can be composted at non-ABP approved facilities.
ENVA announces acquisition of GP Green Recycling LtdEva announces that it has acquired GP Green Recycling Limited for an undisclosed sum. GP Green Recycling, based in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, is one of Scotland’s largest recoverers of organic wastes, recycling organic waste materials into a soil conditioner and high-grade compost certified to British Standard PAS 100.
Green light for compostablesThe REA’s Organics Recycling Group is pleased to confirm after discussions with the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency, that the following compostable material types are allowed to be composted in a facility that does not have APHA approval under animal by-products regulations;
CoGAP for reducing ammonia emissionsDefra have published a Code of Good Agricultural Practice for reducing ammonia emission.It explains the practical steps farmers, growers, land managers, advisors and contractors in England can take to minimise ammonia emissions from the storage and application of organic manures and other materials.
EA release new version of M9-Environmental monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilitiesThe EA has just released the latest guidance on the monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities.
It provides information on the monitoring of bioaerosols from stacks, open biofilters and in ambient air. It focuses on the following bioaerosol components:
1.The thermotolerant fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus
2. Total mesophilic bacteria
The general principles of the measurement methods may also be used to measure other types of bioaerosols.
Heat wave affects organics recyclingThe prolonged warm weather is causing tonnages to drop particularly at green waste composting sites. We've put together a list of some resources that might be useful for managing conditions.
Keeping plastics out of compost and ADREA and ADBA have published a joint position paper on keeping plastics out of digestates and composts. The paper details the various measures taken to ensure that compost and digestate meet the quality requirements.
National Infrastructure Commission supportive of separate food waste collectionsNIC support mandatory food waste collections by 2025.
The REA is delighted to see that the recent NIC Assessment recommends that there are separate food waste collections for all by 2025 and that Government set a recycling target of 65% for municipal waste and 75% for plastic packaging by 2030.
REA sign up to Plastic PactThe REA has formally signed up to the Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative to drive circularity of plastic packaging, deliver a step change in driving best practice, stimulating innovation to unlock barriers and engage with citizens.
Fatalities in Waste and Resources sector remain highFatalities within the Waste and resources sector is 16 times higher than the average of all other industries
Defra Consultation on Duty of CareThis further consultation to the recent one on Waste crime focuses on the proposal to introduce a new FPN for household Duty of Care offences related to fly-tipping.
Iceland store supports mandatory food waste collectionsIceland is supportive of the use of compostable packaging in all their stores and is keen to see food waste collections mandated.
Standard rules consultation no 16The Environment Agency proposes to change standard rules for permits regarding water discharges, materials recovery and recycling, waste electrical and electronic equipment, storage of electrical insulating oils, metal recovery / scrap metal, onshore oil and gas exploration and mining
clarification on distances from springs, wells or boreholes.
EA review of biowaste permits - call for evidenceThe EA have issued a call for evidence for biowaste treatment facilities to enable a review of permit conditions later this year.
APHA introduce feesAPHA have confirmed details of the fees that ABP sites will now have to pay.
Digestate spreading surveyTo inform our discussions with Defra about ammonia emissions, we are asking members to complete a short survey about how they spread digestate.
EA engagement with industryThe Environment Agency and businesses talk about current and future regulation and expressions of interest are invited on training covering how the EA carries out compliance assessment and scoring.
REA submits evidence on single-use plasticsThe REA has responded to the government's call for evidence on single-use plastics. Government is considering how best to reduce the amount we waste and drive innovation.
Defra Digest of waste and resource statistics 2018The 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. They are collated in this Digest for ease of use.
Defra republish Sewage Sludge in Agriculture Code of PracticeWork to republish the Code has been undertaken to address concerns received that a formatting of the code to enable publication onto gov.uk had introduced factual changes.
Deployment data and MAGICThere has been concern from a number of landspreading operators that the closure of the What's in Your Backyard (WIYBY) service in April and replacement with MAGIC has meant that the new scaling provided is not adequate. An explanation from the EA below, explains more on this subject.
SEPA Guidance on landfill banTo help all stakeholders prepare for the ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill, SEPA, in collaboration with industry and local authority representatives have produced a guidance document.
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