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Keeping plastics out of compost and ADREA and ADBA have published a joint position paper on keeping plastics out of digestates and composts. The paper details the various measures taken to ensure that compost and digestate meet the quality requirements.
REA meet with Waste and Resource Strategy team at DefraThe REA policy team met with the Defra Waste and Resource Strategy team, where they highlighted the potential of Organics Recycling, Food waste collections, Biogas, landfill gas and Energy from Waste.
National Infrastructure Commission supportive of separate food waste collectionsNIC support mandatory food waste collections by 2025.
The REA is delighted to see that the recent NIC Assessment recommends that there are separate food waste collections for all by 2025 and that Government set a recycling target of 65% for municipal waste and 75% for plastic packaging by 2030.
REA sign up to Plastic PactThe REA has formally signed up to the Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative to drive circularity of plastic packaging, deliver a step change in driving best practice, stimulating innovation to unlock barriers and engage with citizens.
Fatalities in Waste and Resources sector remain highFatalities within the Waste and resources sector is 16 times higher than the average of all other industries
Defra Consultation on Duty of CareThis further consultation to the recent one on Waste crime focuses on the proposal to introduce a new FPN for household Duty of Care offences related to fly-tipping.
Iceland store supports mandatory food waste collectionsIceland is supportive of the use of compostable packaging in all their stores and is keen to see food waste collections mandated.
Standard rules consultation no 16The Environment Agency proposes to change standard rules for permits regarding water discharges, materials recovery and recycling, waste electrical and electronic equipment, storage of electrical insulating oils, metal recovery / scrap metal, onshore oil and gas exploration and mining
clarification on distances from springs, wells or boreholes.
EA review of biowaste permits - call for evidenceThe EA have issued a call for evidence for biowaste treatment facilities to enable a review of permit conditions later this year.
APHA introduce feesAPHA have confirmed details of the fees that ABP sites will now have to pay.
Digestate spreading surveyTo inform our discussions with Defra about ammonia emissions, we are asking members to complete a short survey about how they spread digestate.
EA engagement with industryThe Environment Agency and businesses talk about current and future regulation and expressions of interest are invited on training covering how the EA carries out compliance assessment and scoring.
REA submits evidence on single-use plasticsThe REA has responded to the government's call for evidence on single-use plastics. Government is considering how best to reduce the amount we waste and drive innovation.
Defra Digest of waste and resource statistics 2018The Digest of Waste and Resource Statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics, and Eurostat. They are collated in this Digest for ease of use.
Defra republish Sewage Sludge in Agriculture Code of PracticeWork to republish the Code has been undertaken to address concerns received that a formatting of the code to enable publication onto gov.uk had introduced factual changes.
Deployment data and MAGICThere has been concern from a number of landspreading operators that the closure of the What's in Your Backyard (WIYBY) service in April and replacement with MAGIC has meant that the new scaling provided is not adequate. An explanation from the EA below, explains more on this subject.
SEPA Guidance on landfill banTo help all stakeholders prepare for the ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill, SEPA, in collaboration with industry and local authority representatives have produced a guidance document.
Compost Awareness WeekInternational Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. The theme for this year is Compost! Building a Better Future.
EA invitation to further workshop on landspreadingThe Environment Agency is holding a customer workshop on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at their Warrington office on their landspreading permitting process.
EU parliament backs Circular Economy packageEU Parliament have adopted ambitious recycling targets, under legislation on waste and the circular economy. This includes a target for 2024 when biodegradable waste will have to be either collected separately or recycled at home through composting.
Bioaerosol monitoring updateThere has been some debate recently from EA officers and site operators regarding the use of the old AfOR protocol. The EA has recently a position statement which says that they will accept monitoring until 2019 if the site permit refers to the old standard.
APHA Introduction of fees for statutory servicesAPHA have issued report from their consultation in 2015 concerning proposed charges for some of their services. The report outlines the steps towards the introduction of fees.
EA plan to open definition of waste service in June 2018The EA are planning to open a definition of waste service in June 2018. This replaces the previous End of Waste panel and is a charged service.
German research looking at plastic in compost and digestateA group of German researchers looked at organic fertilisers (composts and digestates) as vehicles for the entry of microplastic into the environment.
Chairman Charlie's Blog on QualityChairman Charlie Trousdell urges operators to focus on quality of products and make the most of the anti-plastic public opinion.
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