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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.

 
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.
 
Please email gordon@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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AHPA's ABP composting and biogas guidance now available

AHPA's ABP composting and biogas guidance now available

An updated version of the AHPA's ABP composting and biogas guidance is now available
Update on EU Fertilisers Regulation

Update on EU Fertilisers Regulation

Latest update on plans for revision of the EU Fertilisers Regulation, incorporating End of Waste criteria for composts and digestates.
WRAP report on validation of novel pasteurisation

WRAP report on validation of novel pasteurisation

WRAP have published a report on the validation of a novel pasteurisation
approach for treating non-animal by-product waste in Anaerobic digestion.
Dan Rogerson MP responds to REA’s concerns over AD.

Dan Rogerson MP responds to REA’s concerns over AD.

Dan Rogerson MP, Under Secretary of State has responded to the REA’s concerns over whether crop and vegetable processing residues are waste..
Animal and Plant Health Agency launched

Animal and Plant Health Agency launched

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) was launched on 1 October 2014. It merges the former Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) with parts of the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) to create a single agency responsible for animal, plant and bee health.
Guidance and forms for the Animal by-products industry

Guidance and forms for the Animal by-products industry

Some of the forms and guidance for the animal by-products regulations have been updated.
SEPA guidance  on composting and bioaerosols

SEPA guidance on composting and bioaerosols

SEPA have published guidance on composting and bioaerosols - distance from sensitive receptors detailing when measures should be put in place to restrict the emissions of bioearosols from composting sites.
EA briefing note on regulation of wood

EA briefing note on regulation of wood

This EA briefing replaces their previous position on the environmental regulation of wood and details classifications and suitable uses.
REA's Chief Executive details the role of renewable technologies the circular economy

REA's Chief Executive details the role of renewable technologies the circular economy

In an article in the CIWM Journal, REA's chief executive, Dr Nina Skorupska sets out how industry led initiatives and Government policy can help realise the potential for renewable technologies in the circular economy.
Regulations concerning soil conditioners that can be used on organic farms

Regulations concerning soil conditioners that can be used on organic farms

Changes to the regulations that detail what fertilisers and soil conditioners may be used for organic production
Revised EU Fertiliser Regs could influence UK markets for composts and digestates

Revised EU Fertiliser Regs could influence UK markets for composts and digestates

Proposals for revision of EU Fertiliser Regulations are likely to broaden the scope of materials and include End of Waste criteria for composts and digestates derived from waste. REA is participating and considering potential implications for the UK markets for composts and digestates, both those with product status and those with waste status.
SEPA guidance on determining capacity of facilities

SEPA guidance on determining capacity of facilities

SEPA have issued guidance on determining capacity for PPC section 5.3 and 5.4 activities. It sets out how the thresholds in the Industrial Emissions Directive will apply and when a PPC permit may be required.
EA briefing note on crop residues used as feedstocks in AD plants

EA briefing note on crop residues used as feedstocks in AD plants

After persistent lobbying, the EA have issued a briefing note giving information about particular feedstocks used in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and under what circumstances they are waste or not.
Peat usage in growing media production

Peat usage in growing media production

Defra publishes statistics on peat usage in growing media production.
HSE Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe use of lifting equipment.

HSE Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe use of lifting equipment.

This consultative document seeks your views on the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice relating to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe work in confined spaces.

Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe work in confined spaces.

This consultative document seeks your views on the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice (L101) relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.
Sad loss for the organics industry

Sad loss for the organics industry

It is with great sadness that ORG learnt of the sudden passing of Professor Brian Chambers at the weekend.
Brian was one of the leading soil scientists of our time and worked tirelessly on behalf of the organics recycling sector to promote the benefits of improving soil health using manures and biowastes.
REA submits to Defra, EBA and ECN its comments on the EU Fertiliser Regs proposals

REA submits to Defra, EBA and ECN its comments on the EU Fertiliser Regs proposals

REA submitted to Defra, EBA and ECN comments on the EU Fertiliser Regs proposed safety and quality requirements on behalf of its members.
Comments needed on the EU Fertilisers regulations proposals

Comments needed on the EU Fertilisers regulations proposals

We have drafted detailed comments on the proposals in the EU Fertiliser regulations which will send to EBA, ECN and Defra. Please let us know if you have any comments by lunch time on 27th August.
WRAP food waste collection survey

WRAP food waste collection survey

WRAP is carrying out a survey on food waste collection as part of a wider programme to maximise food waste yields in accordance with the challenge of meeting UK 2020 recycling targets.
Compost Certification Scheme launch new website

Compost Certification Scheme launch new website

The Compost Certification Scheme which certifies to PAS100 has been relaunched with a new website, logo and new scheme rules.
4R wins 5 year centrate contract at Poplars Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cannock

4R wins 5 year centrate contract at Poplars Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cannock

4Recycling Ltd of Stourton, Leeds has recently been awarded a five year contract by Biffa Waste Services Ltd to remove and recycle centrate from the Poplars Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cannock, Staffordshire.
Sickness absence ‘costing waste sector up to £70m’

Sickness absence ‘costing waste sector up to £70m’

Worker absence due to ill-health could be costing the waste and recycling industry as much as £70 million a year, a study by the Health & Safety Executive has estimated.
Updated specification for renewable fertiliser to boost UK farming

Updated specification for renewable fertiliser to boost UK farming

The market for certified, safe, high quality biofertiliser for UK farming is set to grow following the publication of the updated PAS 110 specification.
Quarterly Health & Safety Newsletter Summer 2014

Quarterly Health & Safety Newsletter Summer 2014

The latest edition of our quarterly health & safety news brought to you from the Organics Recycling Group of the REA.
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