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.
Our news articles here cover the last 6 months, and older ones with useful technical content are transferred to our website's 'Tech Info' section. Any REA member wanting help to find one of our 'older than 6 months' news stories should contact the REA's Organics Recycling Group team.
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Revision of BS3882 and Electrical Conductivity thresholdWRAP has recently supported a re-drafting workshop for BS3882 (the British Standard for topsoil).
SEPA Better Environmental Regulation newsletterSEPA and the Scottish Government have published the latest in their Better Environmental Regulation newsletters.
WRAP funded digestate management and market planning supportWRAP are providing support to anaerobic digestion plant businesses with the development of markets for their digestate. This will entail up to 5 days one to one support including a site visit and be focussed around the development of markets for quality digestates. Deadline is 28th February.
Environment Agency Reviews Corporate StrategyEnvironment Agency reviews its corporate ambitions for the next five years.
Environment Agency releases the Updated Anaerobic Digestate Quality ProtocolThe Environment Agency, with support from WRAP and industry representatives have revised and updated the end of waste Quality Protocol (QP) for Anaerobic Digestate.
Biomethane Quality Protocol LaunchedThe Environment Agency, with support from WRAP, industry representatives and funding from LIFE +, has developed a Quality Protocol for Biomethane which is being launched today.
Waste and Recycling Industry calls for support for SMEsSusan Relf, Renewable Energy Association representative on the WISH steering forum and Compliance Director for Agrivert Ltd, writes on the launch of the WISH working group “Support for SMEs” in the Waste and Recycling Industry.
EA draft position statement on regulation of woodThe EA have drafted a position statement for the environmental regulation of wood waste. This is still going through their internal approval process.
Tamar Energy signs deal to handle Essex food and garden wasteTamar Energy and Essex County Council have announced a deal that will see the anaerobic digestion (AD) operator help the council achieve its commitments to responsible waste management.
Devon firm fined after man seriously injured at recycling plantA Devon company has been fined after a man was seriously injured by a reversing vehicle at a recycling centre in Exeter.
WRAP have just re-tendered: Developing a laboratory proficiency framework for the UK compost and digestate certification schemes (OMK009-003)This work will be aimed at developing a laboratory proficiency framework for the UK compost and digestate certification schemes.
Zero Waste Scotland invite expressions of interest for ADZero Waste Scotland are calling for expressions of interest for an Anaerobic Digestion facility opportunity in Orkney.
Results of Consultation on Review of European Waste Management targetsThe European Commission ran a consultation on the Review of Waste Management targets that closed in September 2013 and the results of this have now been published.
Sustainable Phosphorous - Event for identifying opportunities for R&DThe European Sustainable Phosphorous platform are organising a working meeting on 7th February in Brussels
Oxygen monitoring - BioCycle articleMeasuring oxygen in compost
HSE appoints new head of Waste & RecyclingThe HSE has appointed a new head of Waste and Recycling. Rick Brunt, currently head of field operations for North West Scotland & Northern England replaces Graeme Walker who is retiring.
Defra consultation on reforming waste management guidanceDefra has launched a short consultation (closing on 7th Feb) on all current waste management. Some of this may be relevant to organics recycling.
EA position on landspreading of animal by-productsThe Environment Agency has confirmed arrangements for the regulation of the landspreading of Animal By-Products.
Management of street leaf-sweeping wasteThe EA have published their report from the trials to inform the management of street leaf-sweeping waste.
Waste Management Plan for EnglandWaste Management Plan for England has been published. This plan provides an analysis on waste management in England, bringing current and planned waste management policies together in one place.
Bioenergy project wins Scottish Green Energy AwardDiageo and Clearfleau bio-energy project has been recognised at the 2013 Scottish Green Energy Awards.
Control of substances hazardous to health ACOPThis book from the HSE contains the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH) and covers all substances to which the Regulations apply.
Warning from the HSE regarding mobile crushing plantA warning from the HSE regarding mobile crushing plant
There is potential, on some mobile crushers, for unintended movement of a machine track if an earth/ground fault occurs because of damage to the outer sheath and insulation of the electrical cable that controls the proportional control valve for the track. This represent a hazard to plant operators.
False engagement of tipping hooks on skipsA safety warning from the HSE regarding the correct use of skip containers which are widely used in the waste industry.
People in commercial waste containersThere have been several incidents of people sleeping in commercial waste bins and being killed or injuredas a result of the mechanised emptying of these bins. This advice from the HSE attempts to reduce the risk of these fatalities.
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