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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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Regulating the waste industry: 2015 evidence summary

Regulating the waste industry: 2015 evidence summary

This report summarises Environment Agency statistics on environmental performance, pollution incidents and illegal waste activities in the waste industry. It is for the calendar year 2015
Fire Prevention Plan - Update 6

Fire Prevention Plan - Update 6

Update 6 on the Fire Prevention Plans includes the consultation response, proposed alternative measures and a business impact target update
SEPA food waste treatment operators workshop

SEPA food waste treatment operators workshop

ORG attended a SEPA workshop with food waste treatment operators to discuss the feedback on their recent consultation and to agree a way forward.
Temporary closure of the Definition of Waste panel

Temporary closure of the Definition of Waste panel

The EA are temporarily closing their definition of waste panel for all new submissions for a period of three months.
Fire Prevention Plans - Supplementary survey

Fire Prevention Plans - Supplementary survey

The EA are seeking some further information to help them complete a cost-benefit analysis in relation to the changes they have made to their Fire Prevention Plans guidance.
New NFU leaflet outlining waste types and volumes

New NFU leaflet outlining waste types and volumes

The NFU has created a new leaflet 'Waste Volumes and Types' which will help farmers understand what is being spread onto their land, the volumes involved and the correct paperwork questions to ask.
Herbicides in compost and AD-WRAP reports released

Herbicides in compost and AD-WRAP reports released

WRAP has now released the results of work carried out regarding the fate of persistent herbicides in compost and AD.

OF&G Job opportunity

One of the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme's certification bodies, OF&G, has an opportunity for a certification officer within their team.
Consultation outcome on proposed changes to landspreading

Consultation outcome on proposed changes to landspreading

Following the EA's consultation on their draft Business Engagement Assessment earlier this year, they have now published their response. The BEA considered the financial impacts of a proposal to revise standard rules that authorise the landspreading of waste on land for recovery, and separate standard rules that authorise the storage of waste destined for landspreading.
Researchers to probe UK bioenergy emissions

Researchers to probe UK bioenergy emissions

A seven-month project will review data on bioenergy greenhouse gas impacts from existing life-cycle assessments. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stemming from the UK bioenergy sector will come under the spotlight as part of a new research project.
Material comparators to assist in an end-of-waste assessment

Material comparators to assist in an end-of-waste assessment

The EA have released a series of research reports to characterise 15 non-waste materials as comparators for waste-derived materials, these include materials applied to land and for biomass.
Revised Fire Prevention Plan Guidance is published

Revised Fire Prevention Plan Guidance is published

Following the recent consultation, the EA have published updated regulatory guidance to help reduce the risk and impact of fires at regulated waste sites.
A survey of the organics reprocessing industry in Scotland for 2014

A survey of the organics reprocessing industry in Scotland for 2014

The amount of organic waste processed by Scotland’s anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting sector grew by an extra 30,000 tonnes in 2014, a new report from Zero Waste Scotland has revealed.
SEPA publish technical guidance on financial provision

SEPA publish technical guidance on financial provision

Following SEPA’s Financial Provision consultation they have updated two technical guidance documents, one for landfill and one for non-landfill activities.
Circular economy: Defra's busy scenario planning

Circular economy: Defra's busy scenario planning

For the time being, UK government will continue to participate in circular economy negotiations and Defra is busy scenario planning and modelling UK recycling rates.
Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

WRAP launch the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, the first action plan designed to increase the quantity and quality of household and commercial food waste collected and recycled.
Cutting Red Tape Review

Cutting Red Tape Review

BIS is seeking data on the costs and resources required to carry out regulatory activity, by 5th August.
EFRA Committee launches food waste inquiry

EFRA Committee launches food waste inquiry

Economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste in the UK will be examined and the committee will ask how far voluntary initiatives can further reduce food waste or if legislation is required.
Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 4

Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 4

The EA will soon publish version 3 of its FPP guidance in light of feedback from independent fire experts at BRE Global.
DEFRA Roles and Responsibilities

DEFRA Roles and Responsibilities

At a recent Biowaste Regulatory Forum meeting attended by ORG, a list of all the new Defra appointees was supplied with their roles and responsibilities explained.
Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 3

Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 3

In its 3rd communications update, the EA says its FPP guidance is on track to be published in July and highlights anticipated benefits, a current research project and views of the Chief Fire Officers Association.
Performance of biowaste sector

Performance of biowaste sector

The EA provide feedback to industry annually on the biowaste sectors performance relating to environmental compliance. They have provided information for 2015.
Compost key to meeting Government soil quality goals

Compost key to meeting Government soil quality goals

The recent Environment Audit Committee’s report titled ‘Soil Health’ recognises the importance of soil as a key ingredient to agricultural production, climate change mitigation and flood risk protection.
Industry and Local Authorities collaborate to increase food waste capture rates

Industry and Local Authorities collaborate to increase food waste capture rates

The REA and Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) have released a joint statement communicating a need for collaboration and action to boost recycling rates and food waste capture rates. This is following the release of the REA’s report The Real Economic Benefit of Separate Food Waste Collections.
Best Practice Scheme for AD - inviting feedback

Best Practice Scheme for AD - inviting feedback

Feedback is invited on draft checklists as part of the Best Practice Scheme for the AD sector. Deadline: Wednesday 15th June.
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