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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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Deployment data and MAGIC

Deployment data and MAGIC

There 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 ban

SEPA Guidance on landfill ban

To 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.
Compost Awareness Week

Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. The theme for this year is Compost! Building a Better Future.
EA invitation to further workshop on landspreading

EA invitation to further workshop on landspreading

The Environment Agency is holding a customer workshop on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at their Warrington office on their landspreading permitting process.
EU parliament backs Circular Economy package

EU parliament backs Circular Economy package

EU Parliament have adopted ambitious recycling targets, under legislation on waste and the circular economy. This includes a target for 2024 when biodegradable waste will have to be either collected separately or recycled at home through composting.
Bioaerosol monitoring update

Bioaerosol monitoring update

There has been some debate recently from EA officers and site operators regarding the use of the old AfOR protocol. The EA has recently a position statement which says that they will accept monitoring until 2019 if the site permit refers to the old standard.
APHA Introduction of fees for statutory services

APHA Introduction of fees for statutory services

APHA have issued report from their consultation in 2015 concerning proposed charges for some of their services. The report outlines the steps towards the introduction of fees.
EA plan to open definition of waste service in June 2018

EA plan to open definition of waste service in June 2018

The EA are planning to open a definition of waste service in June 2018. This replaces the previous End of Waste panel and is a charged service.

German research looking at plastic in compost and digestate

A group of German researchers looked at organic fertilisers (composts and digestates) as vehicles for the entry of microplastic into the environment.
Chairman Charlie's Blog on Quality

Chairman Charlie's Blog on Quality

Chairman Charlie Trousdell urges operators to focus on quality of products and make the most of the anti-plastic public opinion.
Government invites evidence on single-use plastics

Government invites evidence on single-use plastics

Government calls for evidence on single-use plastics and will consider how best to reduce the amount we waste and drive innovation. Announces £20m of funding to businesses and universities to stimulate new thinking and rapid solutions.
Bioaerosol Monitoring at regulated facilities using M9

Bioaerosol Monitoring at regulated facilities using M9

If your facility is within 250 metres of a sensitive receptor (a place where people live or work for more than 6 hours at a time), you must monitor for Bioaerosols using M9
Update on PAS100 revision - March 2018

Update on PAS100 revision - March 2018

The PAS100 revision process is nearing the end. The Steering Group have agreed a number of changes. This sets out the changes and the timetable for publication of the revised standard.
EA responds to the SRoC

EA responds to the SRoC

The EA has responded to the recent Strategic Review of Charges Consultation but has failed to listen to industry's concerns.
Research HUB launched

Research HUB launched

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) is setting up a Research HUB to fund or support R&D work in the organics recycling sector. The Hub will support growth in the composting and anaerobic digestion sectors.
End of Waste Blogpost from Resource Recovery from Waste

End of Waste Blogpost from Resource Recovery from Waste

This Blogpost from The Resource Recovery from Waste, seeks to clarify how an End of Waste (EoW) position can be achieved in practice. The blogpost was authored by Anne Valenturf,David Tompkins, Rachel Marshall and Alfonso Lag Brotons.
Forthcoming consultation on Standard Permits

Forthcoming consultation on Standard Permits

News of a forthcoming consultation looking at the review of standard permit conditions in light of a review undertaken by the EA and the Medium Combustion Plant Directive.
Specialist Health and Safety Training for Compost and AD

Specialist Health and Safety Training for Compost and AD

ORG are hosting a specialist health and training course developed for composting and AD sites. Held on 17-18th April in Oxfordshire. The trainer has lots of practical knowledge and experience and the course is packed with useful practical information. The course also provides a NVQ level 2 equivalent qualification.
Progress with PAS100 revision

Progress with PAS100 revision

As the revision of PAS100 progresses, ORG have collated all comments from members and are using this to represent members' views on the Review Panel and Steering Group.
4R making 'soil from spoil'

4R making 'soil from spoil'

Along with major industrial and housing developments in the area 4R Group has now commenced the restoration and remediation of the Rossington Spoil tip in South Yorkshire.
Charlie's Blog on the PAS100 revision process

Charlie's Blog on the PAS100 revision process

Views from ORG Chairman, Charlie Trousdell - Charlie gives an update on the PAS100 revision so far.
Ancala Partners’ Biogen grows anaerobic digestion platform with acquisition of Tamar Energy

Ancala Partners’ Biogen grows anaerobic digestion platform with acquisition of Tamar Energy

Biogen, a portfolio company of Ancala Partners LLP (‘Ancala’), the independent mid-market infrastructure investment manager, has acquired Tamar Energy, one of the largest anaerobic digestion (“AD”) owners and operators in the UK, for an undisclosed sum. A number of Tamar Energy’s existing shareholders have rolled-over their investment into the combined group. The acquisition creates one of the largest independent AD platforms in the UK.

EA Regulatory Position Statement on Bioaerosol Monitoring

The EA have issued a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) on the monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities. It outlines when you must monitor bioaerosols in accordance with the M9 guidance.
REA's response to the EA's Strategic Review of Charges Consultation

REA's response to the EA's Strategic Review of Charges Consultation

The REAs full response to the recent Environment Agency's consultation on the Strategic Review of Charges
ORG Chairman highlights opportunity with compostable packaging

ORG Chairman highlights opportunity with compostable packaging

ORG Chairman Charlie Trousdell attended a packaging event and wants to highlight the opportunity for composters to accept compostable packaging.
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