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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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WRAP launches its twelfth annual gate fee survey

WRAP launches its twelfth annual gate fee survey

WRAP is undertaking its twelfth annual gate fees survey, which investigates gate fees paid at waste treatment facilities throughout the UK.
EA host biowaste sector meeting

EA host biowaste sector meeting

A two day conference hosted by the Environment Agency, provided industry a unique opportunity to hear first-hand views of the regulator on a wide range of topics all associated with biowaste and the wider environmental landscape.
Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

The revised Waste Treatment BREF has been published on the EIPPCB website.
 Minimising the environmental impact of digestate on farmland

Minimising the environmental impact of digestate on farmland

An event on 6th November which includes showcasing of new technologies for extracting ammonia and reducing ammonia emissions and covers some new value streams for AD operators.
Please support survey on composting and AD in Scotland

Please support survey on composting and AD in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is about to carry out a survey of the biogas and composting sectors in Scotland, which will result in sector reports for each being published in 2019
Defra action to reduce food waste

Defra action to reduce food waste

The Government will set up a pilot scheme to reduce food waste. The scheme will be supported by £15 million of additional funding which has been allocated to tackle food waste. The pilot scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities. The scheme will launch in 2019/20.
UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competition

UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competition

UK Plastics Pact summit on 11th October highlighted plastics issues, progress of the Pact and some of its future work. The UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition was launched at this event.
EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultation

EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultation

The Environment Agency has run two webinars explaining the current consultation on assessing and scoring Permit compliance.
Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules Consultation

Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules Consultation

REAL are consulting on the scheme rules for the Compost (PAS100) and Biofertiliser (PAS110) Certification Schemes.
Compostable bags carry the Co-op a stride away from single-use plastics

Compostable bags carry the Co-op a stride away from single-use plastics

Compostable carrier bags will replace plastic ones in nearly 1,400 Co-op food stores in areas where compostable ones are accepted in food waste collections. Their use as liners for caddies and food waste bins, suitability for home composting, other features and price support householder switching and less plastic contamination of food waste.
Revised PAS100 published

Revised PAS100 published

The revised version of PAS100 has been published. Following a long revision prices the standard has been updated and more quality controls have been introduced.
EA Call for Evidence Consultation response  from the REA

EA Call for Evidence Consultation response from the REA

The REA, after consultation with its members, has submitted its response to the EA's call for evidence.
New Agriculture Bill introduced

New Agriculture Bill introduced

A new Agriculture Bill to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations has been introduced. It sets out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding.
Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators Regulation Guidance

Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators Regulation Guidance

The EA have published guidance and application forms for Bespoke and Low Risk New Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) & Specified Generators (SG) Standard Rules Permits.
Material Change live on Gardeners Question Time (GQT)

Material Change live on Gardeners Question Time (GQT)

Ed Bastow from Material Change provides an insight into commercial composting to Bunny Guinness from Gardeners Question Time
Agrivert to be sold to Severn Trent Green Power for £120m

Agrivert to be sold to Severn Trent Green Power for £120m

Agrivert, a market leader in Organic Waste Treatment and renewable energy production has accepted an offer from Severn Trent Green Power (STGP), a subsidiary of Severn Trent plc, to acquire its UK operational assets and associated support functions for £120m.
ORG host seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions Conference

ORG host seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions Conference

Understanding emission risks from organics recycling activities:
ORG has been invited back to host a seminar at the Air Quality and Emissions conference and exhibition at the Telford International Conference centre on the 22nd November.
Networking tour of Eco Sustainable Solutions in Dorset

Networking tour of Eco Sustainable Solutions in Dorset

Join the ORG on a networking tour in Dorset. A great opportunity to see composting, AD, biomass, soil recycling, street sweeping recycling and wood waste recycling with award winning Eco Sustainable Solutions.
BREF BAT conclusions published

BREF BAT conclusions published

The BAT conclusions from the revised waste treatment BREF have now been published in the Official Journal of the EU.
Bioeconomy study tour to Italy

Bioeconomy study tour to Italy

Cré, in partnership with Organics Recycling Group of the Renewable Energy Association, has put together a bioeconomy study tour in the Milan and Venetto regions of Italy on 14-17th October.
Webinar on biowaste permit review

Webinar on biowaste permit review

We have arranged a webinar to discuss the EA's proposals for biowaste permits. Held on 28th August from 1.30 - 2.30pm. Kathryn Nicholls from the EA will be talking us through the proposals outlined in the consultation.
Compost key to keeping our soils cool?

Compost key to keeping our soils cool?

Runaway climate change, heatwaves, rising sea levels, wild fires and wide scale loss of permafrost in Greenland, the Antarctic and elsewhere were the dystopian vision of a world plagued by global warming in a recently published report.
Chairman Charlie's blog on compostables

Chairman Charlie's blog on compostables

Thoughts from Chairman Charlie on the news that some compostable items can be composted at non-ABP approved facilities.
ENVA announces acquisition of GP Green Recycling Ltd

ENVA announces acquisition of GP Green Recycling Ltd

Eva announces that it has acquired GP Green Recycling Limited for an undisclosed sum. GP Green Recycling, based in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, is one of Scotland’s largest recoverers of organic wastes, recycling organic waste materials into a soil conditioner and high-grade compost certified to British Standard PAS 100.

Green light for compostables

The REA’s Organics Recycling Group is pleased to confirm after discussions with the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency, that the following compostable material types are allowed to be composted in a facility that does not have APHA approval under animal by-products regulations;
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