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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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Field Labs: an opportunity to test ideas

Field Labs: an opportunity to test ideas

Are you interested in the impacts that organics can have for farmers and growers? Would you like to get involved in a small-scale DIY trial that looks at a particular issue?
The Soil Association run a Field Lab programme, and we are always looking for ideas.
Research articles on physical contamination testing of compost

Research articles on physical contamination testing of compost

A couple of articles have been published recently looking at the physical contaminant testing of compost, how variable the test methodologies are and different limits in different countries.
Job opportunity - Restoration development assistant

Job opportunity - Restoration development assistant

A great opportunity has arisen within Hargreaves for a Restoration Development Assistant. Working within the Environmental Services team, you will assist the Restoration Development Manager to create sustainable value from the restoration of former surface mining sites.
Scottish Quality Cereals publish standard for combinable crops

Scottish Quality Cereals publish standard for combinable crops

Scottish Quality Cereals have published their revised standard for combinable crops which details the requirements for using compost and digestate.
Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland are investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.
ORG at all party parliamentary group (APPG) on food waste

ORG at all party parliamentary group (APPG) on food waste

ORG participated in an All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) in Portcullis House hosted by Biogen with Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, LARAC, WRAP and a number of AD operators and local authorities discussing mandatory food waste collections.
Quality Action Plan Surveys

Quality Action Plan Surveys

ORG are working with a cross-industry working group on compost and digestate quality and we are seeking feedback from compost and digestate producers on the impact of feedstock quality and end users on the quality of products.
Tender for certification services under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Tender for certification services under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

REAL have opened a tender for organisations to offer their services as Certification Bodies under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS). Deadline is 5th December 2016.
Eco start work on £5 million renewable energy plant in Dorset

Eco start work on £5 million renewable energy plant in Dorset

Work has started on a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Eco Sustainable Solution’s Parley site. The project, which is expected to be completed by March next year, will be capable of burning about 10,000 tonnes of oversize material from Eco’s compost operation annually.
Better Environmental Regulation Newsletter - Oct 2016

Better Environmental Regulation Newsletter - Oct 2016

Scottish Government and SEPA have published an update on progress with their Better Environmental Regulation programme and information on future plans.
Digestate use in horticulture reports published

Digestate use in horticulture reports published

WRAP have published three reports looking at the potential uses of digestate in protected horticulture.
Businesses encouraged to review draft rateable values

Businesses encouraged to review draft rateable values

Businesses should review their property's draft rateable values for 2017 and, by 30th November, inform the VOA if information about the property is incorrect.
WRAP publish compost stability report

WRAP publish compost stability report

WRAP have published a report detailing an assessment of the current compost stability test methods and a literature review.
Regulating the waste industry: 2015 evidence summary

Regulating the waste industry: 2015 evidence summary

This report summarises Environment Agency statistics on environmental performance, pollution incidents and illegal waste activities in the waste industry. It is for the calendar year 2015
Fire Prevention Plan - Update 6

Fire Prevention Plan - Update 6

Update 6 on the Fire Prevention Plans includes the consultation response, proposed alternative measures and a business impact target update
SEPA food waste treatment operators workshop

SEPA food waste treatment operators workshop

ORG attended a SEPA workshop with food waste treatment operators to discuss the feedback on their recent consultation and to agree a way forward.
Temporary closure of the Definition of Waste panel

Temporary closure of the Definition of Waste panel

The EA are temporarily closing their definition of waste panel for all new submissions for a period of three months.
Fire Prevention Plans - Supplementary survey

Fire Prevention Plans - Supplementary survey

The EA are seeking some further information to help them complete a cost-benefit analysis in relation to the changes they have made to their Fire Prevention Plans guidance.
New NFU leaflet outlining waste types and volumes

New NFU leaflet outlining waste types and volumes

The NFU has created a new leaflet 'Waste Volumes and Types' which will help farmers understand what is being spread onto their land, the volumes involved and the correct paperwork questions to ask.
Herbicides in compost and AD-WRAP reports released

Herbicides in compost and AD-WRAP reports released

WRAP has now released the results of work carried out regarding the fate of persistent herbicides in compost and AD.

OF&G Job opportunity

One of the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme's certification bodies, OF&G, has an opportunity for a certification officer within their team.
Consultation outcome on proposed changes to landspreading

Consultation outcome on proposed changes to landspreading

Following the EA's consultation on their draft Business Engagement Assessment earlier this year, they have now published their response. The BEA considered the financial impacts of a proposal to revise standard rules that authorise the landspreading of waste on land for recovery, and separate standard rules that authorise the storage of waste destined for landspreading.
Researchers to probe UK bioenergy emissions

Researchers to probe UK bioenergy emissions

A seven-month project will review data on bioenergy greenhouse gas impacts from existing life-cycle assessments. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stemming from the UK bioenergy sector will come under the spotlight as part of a new research project.
Material comparators to assist in an end-of-waste assessment

Material comparators to assist in an end-of-waste assessment

The EA have released a series of research reports to characterise 15 non-waste materials as comparators for waste-derived materials, these include materials applied to land and for biomass.
Revised Fire Prevention Plan Guidance is published

Revised Fire Prevention Plan Guidance is published

Following the recent consultation, the EA have published updated regulatory guidance to help reduce the risk and impact of fires at regulated waste sites.
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