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Defra action to reduce food wasteThe Government will set up a pilot scheme to reduce food waste. The scheme will be supported by £15 million of additional funding which has been allocated to tackle food waste. The pilot scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities. The scheme will launch in 2019/20.
UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competitionUK Plastics Pact summit on 11th October highlighted plastics issues, progress of the Pact and some of its future work. The UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition was launched at this event.
EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultationThe Environment Agency has run two webinars explaining the current consultation on assessing and scoring Permit compliance.
Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules ConsultationREAL are consulting on the scheme rules for the Compost (PAS100) and Biofertiliser (PAS110) Certification Schemes.
Compostable bags carry the Co-op a stride away from single-use plasticsCompostable carrier bags will replace plastic ones in nearly 1,400 Co-op food stores in areas where compostable ones are accepted in food waste collections. Their use as liners for caddies and food waste bins, suitability for home composting, other features and price support householder switching and less plastic contamination of food waste.
Revised PAS100 publishedThe revised version of PAS100 has been published. Following a long revision prices the standard has been updated and more quality controls have been introduced.
EA Call for Evidence Consultation response from the REAThe REA, after consultation with its members, has submitted its response to the EA's call for evidence.
New Agriculture Bill introducedA new Agriculture Bill to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations has been introduced. It sets out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding.
Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators Regulation GuidanceThe EA have published guidance and application forms for Bespoke and Low Risk New Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) & Specified Generators (SG) Standard Rules Permits.
Material Change live on Gardeners Question Time (GQT)Ed Bastow from Material Change provides an insight into commercial composting to Bunny Guinness from Gardeners Question Time
Agrivert to be sold to Severn Trent Green Power for £120mAgrivert, a market leader in Organic Waste Treatment and renewable energy production has accepted an offer from Severn Trent Green Power (STGP), a subsidiary of Severn Trent plc, to acquire its UK operational assets and associated support functions for £120m.
ORG host seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions ConferenceUnderstanding emission risks from organics recycling activities:
ORG has been invited back to host a seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions conference and exhibition at the Telford International Conference centre on the 22nd November.
Networking tour of Eco Sustainable Solutions in DorsetJoin the ORG on a networking tour in Dorset. A great opportunity to see composting, AD, biomass, soil recycling, street sweeping recycling and wood waste recycling with award winning Eco Sustainable Solutions.
BREF BAT conclusions publishedThe BAT conclusions from the revised waste treatment BREF have now been published in the Official Journal of the EU.
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.
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.
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.
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