New SEPA guidance on food waste management in Scotland and revised position statements on compost and digestate

Following on from their consultation and previous engagement with industry (see here for info), SEPA has published new guidance on Food Waste Management in Scotland. This sets out obligations along the chain of food waste management in order to achieve high quality recycling. The chain of management includes the waste producer, collection service provider, food waste treatment facility and final user of the food waste derived compost and / or anaerobic digestate.

Only food waste managed in accordance with the guidance will fulfil the duty to segregate food waste, demonstrate compliance with duty of care as regards quality requirements and fulfil proposed waste acceptance criteria at food waste treatment facilities regulated by SEPA in Scotland.

They have also revised their position for the Regulation of Outputs from Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Processes.  These revisions set out limits (by weight) of physical contaminants (including plastic) to 50% of those specified in PAS 100 and 8% of those specified in PAS110 standards (for compost and anaerobic digestate respectively) by 1 Dec 2019. This will align SEPA physical contamination limits with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) standards.

This guidance and amendments support the Scottish Government Strategy for a Circular Economy, and the SEPA Waste to Resources Framework.

Published: 13/2/17

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