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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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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;
CoGAP for reducing ammonia emissions

CoGAP for reducing ammonia emissions

Defra have published a Code of Good Agricultural Practice for reducing ammonia emission.It explains the practical steps farmers, growers, land managers, advisors and contractors in England can take to minimise ammonia emissions from the storage and application of organic manures and other materials.
EA release new version of M9-Environmental monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities

EA release new version of M9-Environmental monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities

The EA has just released the latest guidance on the monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities.
It provides information on the monitoring of bioaerosols from stacks, open biofilters and in ambient air. It focuses on the following bioaerosol components:
1.The thermotolerant fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus
2. Total mesophilic bacteria
The general principles of the measurement methods may also be used to measure other types of bioaerosols.
Heat wave affects organics recycling

Heat wave affects organics recycling

The prolonged warm weather is causing tonnages to drop particularly at green waste composting sites. We've put together a list of some resources that might be useful for managing conditions.
Keeping plastics out of compost and AD

Keeping plastics out of compost and AD

REA and ADBA have published a joint position paper on keeping plastics out of digestates and composts. The paper details the various measures taken to ensure that compost and digestate meet the quality requirements.
National Infrastructure Commission supportive of separate food waste collections

National Infrastructure Commission supportive of separate food waste collections

NIC support mandatory food waste collections by 2025.

The REA is delighted to see that the recent NIC Assessment recommends that there are separate food waste collections for all by 2025 and that Government set a recycling target of 65% for municipal waste and 75% for plastic packaging by 2030.
REA sign up to Plastic Pact

REA sign up to Plastic Pact

The REA has formally signed up to the Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative to drive circularity of plastic packaging, deliver a step change in driving best practice, stimulating innovation to unlock barriers and engage with citizens.
Fatalities in Waste and Resources sector remain high

Fatalities in Waste and Resources sector remain high

Fatalities within the Waste and resources sector is 16 times higher than the average of all other industries
Defra Consultation on Duty of Care

Defra Consultation on Duty of Care

This further consultation to the recent one on Waste crime focuses on the proposal to introduce a new FPN for household Duty of Care offences related to fly-tipping.
Iceland store supports mandatory food waste collections

Iceland store supports mandatory food waste collections

Iceland is supportive of the use of compostable packaging in all their stores and is keen to see food waste collections mandated.
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