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EA feedback responses from industry on biowaste permitsThe EA has provided a summary of the responses that they received from industry concerning a review of permit conditions to improve environmental outcomes.
Vegware guidance on accepting compostable packaging into your siteVegware, one of the leading producers of compostable packaging has provided this visual guidance for composting sites to assist them with identifying what to look for on compostable packaging.
REA response to EFRA committee's inquiry on the state of peatland in England.EFRA seeks views from industry into how peatland in England has been degraded, the environmental impacts and how it can be restored.
EA releases briefing note on Quality ProtocolsThe EA is going to review all thirteen Quality Protocols and decide whether they are still fit for purpose. This work will be carried out over the next 12 - 18 months with compost, digestate and poultry litter ash QPs being the first 3 to be reviewed.
UK to lead global innovation in sustainable plastics in drive to net zeroBusinesses are expected to jointly invest up to £149 million, alongside a £60 million government investment, to help fight the global battle against single use plastics. Funding could be used to find ways to cut waste in the supply chain, develop new business models and create new sustainable recyclable materials. This could include using plants instead of oils to make plastic, which will help reduce their carbon impact.
Call for evidence on standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plasticsGovernment calls for evidence on standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics, including the impacts of such plastics on waste processing.
New EU rules on fertilisersThe EU Fertilising Products Regulation was published on 25th June 2019, the JRC's report on STUBIAS materials is expected soon and modification of the REACH regulation that will exempt digestates from registration is expected to be published in summer 2019.
AHDB develop soil health scorecardAHDB have published a article on measuring soil health using a broad range of indicators. They've developed a soil health scorecard as part of a case study looking at the application of 5 different organic treatments, including compost and digestate.
Organics industry surveys for ScotlandZero Waste Scotland have published surveys of the organics recycling industry in Scotland. These cover composting and anaerobic digestion / biogas facilities and were carried out in 2018 using figures from 2017.
David BorderIt is with great regret we report that David Border passed away on 14th June 2019.
The state of soils in EnglandThe Environment Agency has published a report on the state of soils in England and how they change over time. The report considers the current pressures on soil and the threats to future soil health to help people understand and manage them better.
Reform of the UK’s Packaging Producer Responsibility SystemThe UK, Welsh and Scottish governments' consultation on reform of the UK's Packaging Producer Responsibility System has closed. The REA's response includes recommendations applicable to compostable packaging.
Scotland's Food Waste Action PlanThe Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland have unveiled plans to help reduce Scotland's food waste by one third by 2025 with the new Food Waste Reduction Action Plan (FWRAP).
Digestate spreading and storageInformation for members covering digestate storage and spreading. This includes a briefing note on the Farming Rules for Water that cover spreading of organic manures and the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for reducing ammonia emissions.
Food Waste Recycling Action Plan Annual reportThis Food Waste Recycling Action Plan Annual Report. marks FWRAP’s second year. Progress continues to be made towards increasing food waste collections and recycling through the efforts of the steering group. Its members have continued to work together to consolidate successes from last year.
Methane leakage from AD plantsBEIS have published a report on a project to develop and test a method to assess the leakage of methane from anaerobic digestion (biomethane) plants.
EA issue a derogation to Compost Quality ProtocolThe Environment Agency has issued a derogation enabling wastes with EWC codes 19 05 01 and 19 05 02 to be included as acceptable inputs for the production of Quality Protocol certified compost.
Certification scheme rules publishedREAL have published the revised scheme rules for the compost and biofertiliser certification schemes.These are in force already. We have prepared a summary of the changes. Details of the research hub are also included.
Consultation on Single-use Carrier Bag ChargeDefra is consulting on its proposals to require all retailers in England to charge, from January 2020, a minimum of 10p per single-use carrier bag.
Landspreading the News-Issue 5 from the EAThis is the Environment Agency National Permitting Service's publication designed to help us share good practice and updates with customers of their deployments permitting service.
Waste and Resources StrategyGovernment have published the Waste and Resources Strategy. This strategy sets out how they plan to double resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds (including plastic waste) by 2050. The REA welcomes mandatory food waste collections following years of campaigning.
Quality Meat Scotland rules on using compost as cattle beddingQuality Meat Scotland (QMS) have amended their standard to allow the use of green waste derived compost to be used as animal bedding. There are some additional requirements, set out in an addendum to their standard.
ORG conducts compostable packaging trials-Does what it says on the tin!ORG in conjunction with Biogen and Vegware undertook a commercial composting trial with EN13432 certified packaging to see how it behaved!
Revised Waste Treatment BREF publishedThe revised Waste Treatment BREF has been published on the EIPPCB website.
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.
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