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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.

 
Our news articles here cover the last 6 months, and older ones with useful technical content are transferred to our website's 'Tech Info' section.  Any REA member wanting help to find one of our 'older than 6 months' news stories should contact the REA's Organics Recycling Group team.
 
Please email gordon@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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EA landspreading consultation

EA landspreading consultation

EA has released its latest landspreading consultation. This will affect the storage and spreading of non-PAS compost and digestate.
Survey of Organics Reprocessing in Scotland

Survey of Organics Reprocessing in Scotland

A Survey of the Organics Reprocessing Industry in Scotland 2013, shows an increase in material processed by the industry in 2013, even before the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) regulations on 1st January 2014.
Latest ASORI published

Latest ASORI published

WRAP has published the latest ASORI which quantifies the processing of organic material via anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK in 2013, using a survey of AD operators.
Compost Workers Health Survey

Compost Workers Health Survey

The Organics Recycling Group has been asked to help with medical research into the health of workers on compost sites. We would be grateful if all members could please read this information and contact research team regarding this study.
London Waste and Recycling  Board Investment Fund

London Waste and Recycling Board Investment Fund

The London Waste and Recycling Board has recently launched a £20 million fund for waste infrastructure projects in and around London
Summary of Defra RDF call for evidence response

Summary of Defra RDF call for evidence response

Defra has published its response to the call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England that was held earlier this year. The response sets out their intention to work closely with stakeholders as they take forward the actions identified.
Autumn 2014 issue of Health and Safety Newsletter

Autumn 2014 issue of Health and Safety Newsletter

The Autumn edition of the ORG Health and Safety Newsletter gives information on what to do if a HSE inspector calls, results of the latest H&S survey and what to consider when moving from construction to operation in Anaerobic Digestion.
EA responds to ORG questions on Compost stability and End of Waste

EA responds to ORG questions on Compost stability and End of Waste

The EA has responded to ORG's letter asking for their views on compost stability and End of Waste issues.
Statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England in 2013-2014

Statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England in 2013-2014

Defra has just released statistics relating to the management of waste under the possession or control of the Local Authority. Results are displayed using the ‘Waste from Households’ measure on a calendar year basis, which is how the UK reports against the EU Waste Framework Directive.
REA leads initiative to boost compost quality

REA leads initiative to boost compost quality

The Renewable Energy Association’s Organics Recycling Group (ORG) announces the Feedstock Quality Package, a best practice guide which will assist in reducing plastics and other physical contaminants in feedstock for composting
Sweet success for Nestlé’s on-site anaerobic digestion plant

Sweet success for Nestlé’s on-site anaerobic digestion plant

Clearfleau plant built for Nestlé supplies nearly 8% of factory electricity demand, eliminating solid waste handling costs externally and reducing Nestlé’s carbon footprint.
EA clarifies its crop residue note

EA clarifies its crop residue note

REA obtains clarification from the EA on whether certain feedstocks are classed as crop residues.
Latest update on Seveso III / COMAH 2015 Regulations

Latest update on Seveso III / COMAH 2015 Regulations

A recent informal update from the DG Enterprise suggests that if digestates are caught under the regime of Seveso III, its implications could be even more severe than we originally anticipated.
QMS release revised standard

QMS release revised standard

QMS have published a revised version of their standard detailing the requirements for compost and digestate to be used on their members' farms.
WRAP tender opportunity for screened out material from composting and AD

WRAP tender opportunity for screened out material from composting and AD

WRAP tender opportunity - Screened out side-streams from AD and composting operations: Guidance on potential markets. Closing date 24th November 2014.
AHPA's ABP composting and biogas guidance now available

AHPA's ABP composting and biogas guidance now available

An updated version of the AHPA's ABP composting and biogas guidance is now available
WRAP report on validation of novel pasteurisation

WRAP report on validation of novel pasteurisation

WRAP have published a report on the validation of a novel pasteurisation
approach for treating non-animal by-product waste in Anaerobic digestion.
Dan Rogerson MP responds to REA’s concerns over AD.

Dan Rogerson MP responds to REA’s concerns over AD.

Dan Rogerson MP, Under Secretary of State has responded to the REA’s concerns over whether crop and vegetable processing residues are waste..
Animal and Plant Health Agency launched

Animal and Plant Health Agency launched

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) was launched on 1 October 2014. It merges the former Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) with parts of the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) to create a single agency responsible for animal, plant and bee health.
Guidance and forms for the Animal by-products industry

Guidance and forms for the Animal by-products industry

Some of the forms and guidance for the animal by-products regulations have been updated.
SEPA guidance  on composting and bioaerosols

SEPA guidance on composting and bioaerosols

SEPA have published guidance on composting and bioaerosols - distance from sensitive receptors detailing when measures should be put in place to restrict the emissions of bioearosols from composting sites.
EA briefing note on regulation of wood

EA briefing note on regulation of wood

This EA briefing replaces their previous position on the environmental regulation of wood and details classifications and suitable uses.
REA's Chief Executive details the role of renewable technologies the circular economy

REA's Chief Executive details the role of renewable technologies the circular economy

In an article in the CIWM Journal, REA's chief executive, Dr Nina Skorupska sets out how industry led initiatives and Government policy can help realise the potential for renewable technologies in the circular economy.
Regulations concerning soil conditioners that can be used on organic farms

Regulations concerning soil conditioners that can be used on organic farms

Changes to the regulations that detail what fertilisers and soil conditioners may be used for organic production
SEPA guidance on determining capacity of facilities

SEPA guidance on determining capacity of facilities

SEPA have issued guidance on determining capacity for PPC section 5.3 and 5.4 activities. It sets out how the thresholds in the Industrial Emissions Directive will apply and when a PPC permit may be required.
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