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Warning from the HSE regarding mobile crushing plant A warning from the HSE regarding mobile crushing plant
There is potential, on some mobile crushers, for unintended movement of a machine track if an earth/ground fault occurs because of damage to the outer sheath and insulation of the electrical cable that controls the proportional control valve for the track. This represent a hazard to plant operators.
People in commercial waste containersThere have been several incidents of people sleeping in commercial waste bins and being killed or injuredas a result of the mechanised emptying of these bins. This advice from the HSE attempts to reduce the risk of these fatalities.
Compost stability project This project, procured by WRAP in conjunction with the Environment Agency (EA), will examine whether the current stability test is suitable, and the limit appropriate, for food waste based composts.
Waste and Recycling Fire ReductionWith over 230 fires in the past year it is apparent that the waste industry has an ongoing problem with fires. . The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has now formed a working group to review fire in the waste management & recycling industries. These fires and methods to reduce both the number of fires and related hazards were discussed at a meeting held in London on November 27th.
REA welcomes Government commitment to review Feed-in Tariff for small scale biogas plantsThe REA has welcomed the government’s commitment to review Feed-in Tariff for small scale biogas plants. The review gives the government an opportunity to save on-farm AD and unlock biogas benefits for rural economy. Energy Minister Greg Barker has confirmed that DECC will launch a review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for small scale anaerobic digestion (AD) in January. The AD industry has been calling for a review because the policy as currently designed will trigger a tariff reduction for small scale AD in April, even though hardly any plants have actually been built at this scale. This reduction, if left unchecked, would make small scale AD, including on farms, economically unviable.
New Defra report on bioaerosols and odourGovernment policy requires that valuable resources should be recovered and recycled from biodegradable waste. A successful and growing organics recycling industry delivers this policy with composting being one of the principal technologies deployed to process suitable feedstock such as garden and food waste.
Digestate distribution modelsThe objective of this project was to examine different organic recycling industry supply/distribution models (i.e. the manner in which materials move from where they are ‘produced’ to where they will be used) and to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each model.
Fire fighters industrial action HSE advice for this critical time The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) have announced their intention to take further strike action. The strikes will take place in England and Wales only on Friday 1 November 2013 from 1830 to 2300 and on Monday 4 November from 0600 to 0800. Given that the waste industry has a regrettable history of fires occurring on sites the whole industry should be extremely vigilant during this time. The HSE have issued advice on fire prevention for businesses during this time.
EQual Newsletter Autumn 2013EQual is a major LIFE+ programme led by the Environment Agency that will support and encourage the use of products made from waste.
HMRC offers further guidance on landfill taxHer Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published further guidance to landfill site operators providing clarity on the evidence needed when considering whether to apply the lower rate of landfill tax to certain wastes.
Preventing fires at waste sitesThere have been a number of serious fires at waste sites recently. These follow more than 230 fires at permitted and exempt waste sites in 2012, with some sites having repeated fires. As part of your permit requirements you need to minimise the impact of pollution on people and the environment, including the impact of fires. The Environment Agency want you to consider the implications of fire on your site and make sure you are doing all you can to prevent them happening.
ORG Second Progress ReportThis Second Progress Report from the ORG sets out the key activities underway that the Group is focused on. REA ORG members are encouraged to direct any policy questions or issues to the appropriate member of the REA ORG team and to the REAL team in respect to certification activities.
Fires at waste management sites During 2012 there were 232 fires at permitted and exempt waste management sites, with some of these sites having repeated fires. Fires at waste sites result in significant environmental harm from toxic fumes, release of carbon dioxide and run-off of contaminated fire water and the formation of hazardous wastes. They can have a significant impact on local communities and businesses, especially where roads are closed and premises evacuated. Some fires are taking days or even weeks to extinguish and the costs associated with tackling the fire and subsequent clean up can be huge.
Zero Waste Scotland promotes new regulationsA Scotland-wide campaign to raise awareness of the forthcoming change in waste regulations in the country has been launched today (September 2) by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS).
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations come into force on January 1 2014, after which all organisations and businesses in the country will need to recycle plastic, metal, glass, paper and card or face a fine.