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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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New EU rules on fertilisers

New EU rules on fertilisers

The EU Fertilising Products Regulation was published on 25th June 2019, the JRC's report on STUBIAS materials is expected soon and modification of the REACH regulation that will exempt digestates from registration is expected to be published in summer 2019.
AHDB develop soil health scorecard

AHDB develop soil health scorecard

AHDB have published a article on measuring soil health using a broad range of indicators. They've developed a soil health scorecard as part of a case study looking at the application of 5 different organic treatments, including compost and digestate.
Organics industry surveys for Scotland

Organics industry surveys for Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland have published surveys of the organics recycling industry in Scotland. These cover composting and anaerobic digestion / biogas facilities and were carried out in 2018 using figures from 2017.
David Border

David Border

It is with great regret we report that David Border passed away on 14th June 2019.
The state of soils in England

The state of soils in England

The Environment Agency has published a report on the state of soils in England and how they change over time. The report considers the current pressures on soil and the threats to future soil health to help people understand and manage them better.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

The revised Waste Treatment BREF has been published on the EIPPCB website.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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;
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.
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