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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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Job opportunity with Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd

Job opportunity with Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd

Eco Sustainable Solutions are looking for a Environmental and Health & Safety Manager to ensure the continued compliance of all the organisations facilities across Dorset and Hampshire.
Summary of HSE’s Inspection Initiative of Household Waste and Recycling Services

Summary of HSE’s Inspection Initiative of Household Waste and Recycling Services

This report contains results from a HSE initiative into the role of local authorities in procuring municipal waste and recycling contracts.
Keenan Recycling announces support of Scottish Government and the Living Wage pay campaign

Keenan Recycling announces support of Scottish Government and the Living Wage pay campaign

Scottish member, Keenan Recycling has pledged to boost the pay of workers at the lower end of its pay scales in support of The Scottish Government and a national campaign.
Does REACH apply to digestate? - Latest feedback

Does REACH apply to digestate? - Latest feedback

ORG have had feedback from the European Compost Network regarding the application of REACH to 'end of waste' digestate that the European Commission are prepared to review the situation.
WRAP latest bulletin on compost and digestate use

WRAP latest bulletin on compost and digestate use

The latest edition of the DC-Agri project bulletin is now available. This bulletin quantifies a number of the benefits of compost use, including its contribution to improving soil nitrogen supply, soil microbial activity and soil organic matter.
SEPA consult on BAT for composting

SEPA consult on BAT for composting

SEPA have asked for comments on their consultation on the development of guidance for the best available techniques (BAT) for composting.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

New Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6 April 2015.
Food waste landfill ban lacks political support

Food waste landfill ban lacks political support

Labour reveal that banning food waste from landfill was not agreed and is not their policy.
EA concern for health and safety of staff on AD sites

EA concern for health and safety of staff on AD sites

The REA has recently been notified by the Environment Agency that they are assessing AD permit applications with greater rigour and scrutiny than has been the case in the past in light of the number of containment failures that have occurred at AD facilities.
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.
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.
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