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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.

 
Please email jenny@r-e-a.net if you would like to recommend a newsworthy topic or highlight a news item our readers are likely to find interesting.
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Call for evidence on waste exemptions

Call for evidence on waste exemptions

The EA have asked us to gather views and evidence on what you would like to see changed for waste exemptions. This is part of the Cutting Red Tape review and feedback is needed by mid September.
House of Lords proposal on food waste

House of Lords proposal on food waste

The national parliaments of the European Union have written to the European Commission with proposals to reduce food waste in the EU.
WRAP report on lab proficiency scheme

WRAP report on lab proficiency scheme

WRAP have published a report on a project that looked at developing a framework for a laboratory proficiency scheme that could be implemented by the UK certification schemes to ensure that laboratory performance is consistent and adequate across the range of tests required for compost and digestates.
Sad news about Niall Cormac-Walshe

Sad news about Niall Cormac-Walshe

It is with great regret that we have to tell you that Niall Cormac-Walshe, died suddenly at his home in Norfolk last Friday night (24th July).
REA engaging with Government

REA engaging with Government

REA have recently written to and met with Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to raise our key asks for organics recycling and AD. We have had an encouraging response from him. You can get involved too by writing to your MP.
European Bioplastics welcomes the Circular Economy

European Bioplastics welcomes the Circular Economy

European Bioplastics have issued a statement that welcomes the European Parliament's call for a paradigm shift towards a resource-efficient circular economy.
WRAP report on factors influencing local authority recycling rates

WRAP report on factors influencing local authority recycling rates

A recent WRAP report has highlighted that local authorities collecting food waste generally have higher recycling rates than those with no food waste collections and that more capacity for residual waste is associated with lower recycling rates.
Government launch new drive to cut red tape

Government launch new drive to cut red tape

The government is launching ambitious reviews into burdensome red tape in 5 key industry sectors: energy, waste, agriculture, care homes and mineral extraction.The reviews are the first step to axe unnecessary regulation and its poor implementation by a further £10 billion over the course of this Parliament.
Biofertiliser Certification Scheme publish new Scheme rules

Biofertiliser Certification Scheme publish new Scheme rules

The Biofertiliser Certification Scheme has published new scheme rules.
IBBK Anaerobic digestion course at Abertay University

IBBK Anaerobic digestion course at Abertay University

IBBK along with REA and Abertay University held the first International Interactive Biogas training in Scotland.

Clean energy technology to go on tour in search of waste

Pyrofab technology developed at Aston University produces carbon neutral fuel from waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill. A demonstration prototype is set to travel to France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden this summer to identify sustainable sources of bioenergy.
ORG Health and Safety day hailed as 'best yet' by delegates

ORG Health and Safety day hailed as 'best yet' by delegates

The ORG held its sixth H&S conference and exhibition at the Chesford Grange hotel in Kenilworth. Over 100 delegates attended the event and listened to a broad range of speakers covering topical subjects for the organics recycling sector.
EA publish statistics on environmental performance

EA publish statistics on environmental performance

The EA have published their latest set of facts and statistics about the number of serious pollution incidents relating to the waste industry, the waste industry’s environmental performance and facts about illegal waste.
The latest gate fees trends revealed by WRAP

The latest gate fees trends revealed by WRAP

WRAP’s Gate Fees Report: comparing the cost of alternative waste treatment options (2014/15) shows that fees remain relatively constant for most waste treatment and disposal options, with gate fees at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and Energy from Waste facilities (EfW) differing the most from the previous annual assessment.
EC consultation on waste markets

EC consultation on waste markets

The European Commission has begun a consultation on the nature and extent of regulatory failures that cause undue distortions to EU waste markets for recycling and recovery. Deadline 4th September 2015
Successful ORG meeting at Jack Moody site

Successful ORG meeting at Jack Moody site

ORG held a successful sector group meeting at Jack Moody Recycling's site near Wolverhampton. The day consisted of updates on relevant legislation and presentations on business rates and insurance for composting sites followed by a site tour of the facility.
Organics Recycling Group H&S Survey Quarter 1; 2015

Organics Recycling Group H&S Survey Quarter 1; 2015

This survey contains results provided by our members for the first quarter of 2015.
Keenan Recycling MD named as Scotland entrepreneur of the year

Keenan Recycling MD named as Scotland entrepreneur of the year

The managing director of a leading Scottish organics recycling firm has been named as an Ernst and Young (EY) Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in recognition of his services to business.
Smart Soil Conference

Smart Soil Conference

Conference - SmartSOIL: Sustainable soil management aimed at reducing threats to soils under climate change" on 30 September 2015 in Halles des Tanneurs, Brussels. The conference will conclude the 4-year research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme.
Scotland Better Environmental Regulation Newsletter

Scotland Better Environmental Regulation Newsletter

Scottish Government have issued a newsletter with updates on their Better Environmental Regulation programme.
Climate change report - action needed

Climate change report - action needed

The report by the Committee on Climate Change details actions needed to reduce emissions and prepare for climate change. These include the need to preserve soil fertility and organic matter in agricultural soils.
Advice for working in a heat wave

Advice for working in a heat wave

Given the current weather, here are some useful documents that give advice on working in a heat wave.
Biowise open new In-vessel Composting facility

Biowise open new In-vessel Composting facility

A new state of the art In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility developed by East Riding-based recycling company Biowise, which also trades under the name Wastewise, was opened by Lord Haskins.
Vegware host roundtable discussion on Scottish Waste Regulations

Vegware host roundtable discussion on Scottish Waste Regulations

Vegware have published their findings from a roundtable discussion on the Scottish Waste Regs – One Year On, which gathered the Scottish resources sector to evaluate Scotland’s progress towards its ambitious zero waste targets.
Report on the carbon impacts of the circular economy

Report on the carbon impacts of the circular economy

A new report from Zero Waste Scotland could have major implications for circular economy policy makers and decision takers worldwide.
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