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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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Reform of the UK’s Packaging Producer Responsibility System

Reform of the UK’s Packaging Producer Responsibility System

The UK, Welsh and Scottish governments' consultation on reform of the UK's Packaging Producer Responsibility System has closed. The REA's response includes recommendations applicable to compostable packaging.
Scotland's Food Waste Action Plan

Scotland's Food Waste Action Plan

The Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland have unveiled plans to help reduce Scotland's food waste by one third by 2025 with the new Food Waste Reduction Action Plan (FWRAP).
Digestate spreading and storage

Digestate spreading and storage

Information for members covering digestate storage and spreading. This includes a briefing note on the Farming Rules for Water that cover spreading of organic manures and the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for reducing ammonia emissions.
Food Waste Recycling Action Plan Annual report

Food Waste Recycling Action Plan Annual report

This Food Waste Recycling Action Plan Annual Report. marks FWRAP’s second year. Progress continues to be made towards increasing food waste collections and recycling through the efforts of the steering group. Its members have continued to work together to consolidate successes from last year.
Methane leakage from AD plants

Methane leakage from AD plants

BEIS have published a report on a project to develop and test a method to assess the leakage of methane from anaerobic digestion (biomethane) plants.
Consultations on recycling collections and packaging

Consultations on recycling collections and packaging

Government have launched a series of consultations aimed at overhauling the waste system. Building on the Resources and Waste Strategy, these consultations provide detail on the plans.
EA issue a derogation to Compost Quality Protocol

EA issue a derogation to Compost Quality Protocol

The Environment Agency has issued a derogation enabling wastes with EWC codes 19 05 01 and 19 05 02 to be included as acceptable inputs for the production of Quality Protocol certified compost.
ISWA Beacon Conference on Food Waste

ISWA Beacon Conference on Food Waste

ISWA is hosting the ISWA Beacon Conference on Food Waste, taking place on the 8th of April in Oslo, Norway.The conference is aligned with the 7th Nordic Biogas Conference and Composting Day for a four-day focus on the next wave of policy and potential of bio-waste treatment in Europe and beyond.
Job opportunity - Compliance Assistant

Job opportunity - Compliance Assistant

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL) is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed team member to assist with a range of membership, monitoring and compliance activities within the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC).
Job opportunity - Compost operations manager

Job opportunity - Compost operations manager

Envar Composting Ltd requires a Compost Operations Manager to join the team at their established composting facility located in near St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
Graduate vacancy - Environmental Scientist

Graduate vacancy - Environmental Scientist

Albion Environmental Ltd is delighted to have recently been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, working with the Open University to help Albion acquire the knowledge, in-house capabilities and technical expertise to complete bioaerosol assessments. They are currently recruiting for this exciting 24-month fixed term post.
Charlie's blog on research opportunities

Charlie's blog on research opportunities

Chairman Charlie highlights the opportunity for compost and digestate producers to suggest research projects for REAL's research hub and suggests some areas he would like to see covered.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority to meet composting operators

Greater Manchester Combined Authority to meet composting operators

GMCA Issues OJEU Notice for Food and Garden waste composting operators
Certification scheme rules published

Certification scheme rules published

REAL have published the revised scheme rules for the compost and biofertiliser certification schemes.These are in force already. We have prepared a summary of the changes. Details of the research hub are also included.
Consultation on Single-use Carrier Bag Charge

Consultation on Single-use Carrier Bag Charge

Defra is consulting on its proposals to require all retailers in England to charge, from January 2020, a minimum of 10p per single-use carrier bag.
Landspreading the News-Issue 5 from the EA

Landspreading the News-Issue 5 from the EA

This is the Environment Agency National Permitting Service's publication designed to help us share good practice and updates with customers of their deployments permitting service.

Webinar on Increasing profitability from compost through smart biology

ORG are hosting a webinar on 24th January 2019, 11am-12noon. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can increase the profitability of your compost.
Waste and Resources Strategy

Waste and Resources Strategy

Government have published the Waste and Resources Strategy. This strategy sets out how they plan to double resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds (including plastic waste) by 2050. The REA welcomes mandatory food waste collections following years of campaigning.
Quality Meat Scotland rules on using compost as cattle bedding

Quality Meat Scotland rules on using compost as cattle bedding

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) have amended their standard to allow the use of green waste derived compost to be used as animal bedding. There are some additional requirements, set out in an addendum to their standard.
ORG conducts compostable packaging trials-Does what it says on the tin!

ORG conducts compostable packaging trials-Does what it says on the tin!

ORG in conjunction with Biogen and Vegware undertook a commercial composting trial with EN13432 certified packaging to see how it behaved!
EA Consultation on charging in England from April 2019

EA Consultation on charging in England from April 2019

This EA consultation follows various changes implemented in April 2018 as a result of the EAs Strategic Review of Charges. Further views are sought by the EA which will take place in April 2019
Problem plastics in composting and AD

Problem plastics in composting and AD

REA invites composters and AD operators to feedback about problematic plastics.
AQE event host ORG for seminar on emissions

AQE event host ORG for seminar on emissions

ORG ran a successful seminar on emissions in the biowaste sector at the annual Air Quality and Emissions event in Telford.
European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference

European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference

Jeremy's thoughts from the Biosolids conference in Leeds he attended this week.
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.
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