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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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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.
ORG's paper on key policy asks for the Organics Recycling sector

ORG's paper on key policy asks for the Organics Recycling sector

We have prepared a paper which summarises REA’s main policy asks to the Government for supporting the Organics Recycling sector. This document will inform REA’s position when lobbying the Government to ensure it fully recognises the value of Organics Recycling.
Overview of Biowaste regulatory forum meeting June 2015

Overview of Biowaste regulatory forum meeting June 2015

The REA meet on a quarterly basis with the Environment Agency, Defra and other stakeholders to discuss issues relevant to the biowaste industry. The June 2015 meeting covered sampling methodology for ABP pathogens, feedback on the landspreading consultation and results from the Health and Safety survey the EA carried out on AD sites.
Joint letter sent to new Resource Minister

Joint letter sent to new Resource Minister

Several of the UK’s representative bodies for the waste and resource management sector, and local authorities, have joined forces to send a letter to the new Resource Minister, Rory Stewart MP. The letter highlights the key areas of the sector which, if focused on by Defra, could improve resource management in England, and help boost England’s waste & recycling performance.
Compost stability test evaluation paper published

Compost stability test evaluation paper published

A paper has been published on some work that was carried out to evaluate compost (and related industry) stability tests. Five stability tests were evaluated on composts from ten in-vessel composting sites.
REA awards raise funds for Neuroblastoma charity

REA awards raise funds for Neuroblastoma charity

The REA’s Awards dinner held last week in the Savoy Hotel was a resounding success. As well as hosting all the great and the good in the world of renewables, a worthy charity was selected for this year’s fundraiser, the Neuroblastoma Society.
Farmers guide to sourcing digestate and compost

Farmers guide to sourcing digestate and compost

Zero Waste Scotland and NFU Scotland have published a Farmer's guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost.
UK first for Eco-Towels

UK first for Eco-Towels

Environmentally friendly eco-towels found in hair-dressers, veterinary practices and beauty shops around the country could soon be spreading further afield, after a Dorset-based business became the first in the UK to achieve internationally recognised certification for its products. Eco Towels Ltd has achieved certification of their viscose rayon disposable towels from Berlin-based certification body, DIN CERTCO, under their DIN Gepruft Bio-based scheme.
Compost Certification Scheme appoints independent auditors

Compost Certification Scheme appoints independent auditors

REAL has announced that they have appointed Heriot-Watt University to carry out independent audits to check CCS Appointed Laboratories’ conformance with their Terms and Conditions.
REA to work with Chief Fire Officers Association

REA to work with Chief Fire Officers Association

The REA is delighted to have been invited to work with the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and the National Operational Guidance project team (London Fire Brigade) on a project to identify hazards arising from firefighting on sites that contain waste materials and other organic fuels
Consultation on the Circular Economy

Consultation on the Circular Economy

The European Commission has begun its consultation on the Circular Economy.
Funding scheme in Scotland for SMEs

Funding scheme in Scotland for SMEs

Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Scottish Government funded Zero Waste Scotland, has launched an Implementation Grant fund and an SME Loan fund to help businesses overcome barriers to implementing resource efficiency measures.
REA calls for improved quality of garden waste

REA calls for improved quality of garden waste

There continues to be unacceptable levels of plastic contamination found in green and garden waste delivered to composting sites throughout the UK.
The REA has emphasized the need for good quality compost and called for improved education of householders to help achieve this.
Quality Counts for Recycling: Integrated communications approach

Quality Counts for Recycling: Integrated communications approach

Environmental communications consultancy Nicki Souter Associates (NSA) has developed an integrated, targeted communications approach to tackle the issue of contamination in recycling collections and improve the quality of recyclate collected including or food and garden waste collections.
Construction, Design & Management Regs 2015

Construction, Design & Management Regs 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. The law applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion.
European Compost Network Bulletin 3

European Compost Network Bulletin 3

Latest bulletin from the European Compost Network including information from a live panel debate on Circular Economy.

Research reveals scale of skin cancer among outdoor workers

The number of people in the UK diagnosed with or dying from the deadliest form of skin cancer because of sun exposure at work is revealed in the findings of a new study published today.
Latest AD reports published

Latest AD reports published

Two reports on AD have been published. The NNFCC on AD deployment in the UK and the European Biogas Association report on the UK Biogas profile.
Election information: Party manifesto summary and response

Election information: Party manifesto summary and response

REA have published a summary of the main parties' manifestos and responded to them.
Health and Safety Survey: Call for responses

Health and Safety Survey: Call for responses

We are calling for members to complete our survey on accidents and incidents to help us build a picture of the issues which are impacting the sector the most.
Compost Awareness Week 2015

Compost Awareness Week 2015

3-10th May 2015: International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. This years theme is: Be loyal to your soil - Compost!
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