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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.

 
Please email jenny@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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Request for feedback on changes to Animal By Product Regulations

Request for feedback on changes to Animal By Product Regulations

Defra are looking for feedback to help them want to understand how changes to the ABP regulations have impacted on sectors which generate, collect or dispose of animal by-products during the last 5 years. They have an online survey to complete.
ORG meeting to discuss compost oversize

ORG meeting to discuss compost oversize

ORG hosted a meeting in January to discuss with the EA and members what the options are for dealing with compost oversize.

New Ciria guidance released-Containment systems for the prevention of pollution

This guidance has been developed to assist owners and operators of industrial and commercial facilities storing substances (inventories) that may be hazardous to the environment
Supporting more sustainably produced growing media

Supporting more sustainably produced growing media

WRAP publishes revised guidelines for producing and specifying compost suitable for use in growing media, plus a report that aims to de-mystify the use of PAS 100 compost in growing media and an infographic about how the components in growing media are sourced.
EA revises environmental permit guidance suite

EA revises environmental permit guidance suite

The Environment Agency (EA) has published a suite of revised and updated guidance on the environmental permitting regime
Potential changes to waste exemptions

Potential changes to waste exemptions

The EA have recently been working on some changes to the waste exemptions. After further discussions, they have revised their initial preference for the withdrawal of T24 and would now welcome your comments.
EA open to reviewing position on composting of street swept leaves

EA open to reviewing position on composting of street swept leaves

Let's Recycle have reported that the EA are open to reviewing their position on the composting of street-swept leaves.
Job opportunity - Restoration development manager

Job opportunity - Restoration development manager

Hargreaves Scotland are looking for a Restoration Development Manager to develop and deliver the restoration of a large number of unrestored open-cast coal mines across Scotland.
Review of standards for biodegradable plastic bags

Review of standards for biodegradable plastic bags

A report has been published concerning the biodegradability of lightweight plastic in order to assess whether or not there is a suitable standard that could form the basis for an exemption from the 5p charge for single use carrier bags.
Compost Certification Scheme invite tenders for Certification Bodies

Compost Certification Scheme invite tenders for Certification Bodies

The Compost Certification Scheme have issued a tender invitation for certification services for the REAL Compost Certification Scheme.
Fire Prevention Plans Consultation - update

Fire Prevention Plans Consultation - update

the REA has been involved in recent discussions with the Environment Agency regarding their current consultation on Fire Prevention Plans for composting and wood processing sites and we have an update on their proposals.
Food waste recycling action plan

Food waste recycling action plan

This new action plan for food waste recycling, initiated by WRAP, is bringing industry stakeholders and local authorities together for the first time to develop an action plan to help food waste collectors to maximise the amount of food waste they collect and secure the supply of food waste as a key feedstock to the AD and IVC sectors.
WRAP DC Agri bulletin 8

WRAP DC Agri bulletin 8

WRAP have published Bulletin 8 from the DC-Agri project. This update looks at soil quality.
SEPA technical guidance on BAT for composting

SEPA technical guidance on BAT for composting

Following a consultation earlier in the year, SEPA have published guidance on the composting process and on what they consider to be BAT for the composting of waste.
Winter 2015 edition of Organics Recycling Magazine

Winter 2015 edition of Organics Recycling Magazine

The Winter 2015 edition of Organics Recycling magazine has been published and is now available online.
ISWA Global newsletter

ISWA Global newsletter

December's edition of the ISWA Global E-Newsletter.
Commission's Circular Economy package: REA's first impressions

Commission's Circular Economy package: REA's first impressions

Today, 2 December 2015, the Commission adopted its new Circular Economy Package. Full details can be found here and whilst we are still digesting all the content, we have looked beyond the bluster, seeking those aspects that should drive significant change relevant to those who manage biodegradable wastes.
Oversize discussions between the EA and ORG- An update

Oversize discussions between the EA and ORG- An update

The ORG has been in discussion with the EA for a while with regards to an End of Waste (EoW) position on oversize from composting. The ORG plan to hold a meeting in January to discuss further.
EC Circular Economy may challenge UK green economy

EC Circular Economy may challenge UK green economy

The European Commission (EC) is anticipated to release its Circular Economy package today. In it may be binding targets that will significantly impact many of the UK’s green businesses, particular those involved in recycling or the progressive management of waste
Compost field research update

Compost field research update

AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds have published an update on their research on soil organic matter. The results so far show that compost is the leading soil improver.
Proposals to change waste exemptions

Proposals to change waste exemptions

The Environment Agency have been working on some changes to the waste exemptions and they have asked REA to help gather comments from industry. They welcome comments which either support or object to their proposals.
Doing it differently: AD and Composting in Scotland

Doing it differently: AD and Composting in Scotland

This paper describes the differences between the organics recycling sectors in Scotland and England and draws conclusions on the impact of government targets incentives, government targets, the regulatory regimes, recent research and market demands on the development of composting and anaerobic digestion in each country.
European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform newsletter Sept 2015

European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform newsletter Sept 2015

Sustainable management of Phosphorus is crucial for agriculture, food, industry, water and the environment. ESPP brings together companies and stakeholders to address the Phosphorus Challenge and its opportunities. The latest edition of their SCOPE newsletter is now available.
WRAP video on digestate and understanding nitrogen

WRAP video on digestate and understanding nitrogen

WRAP have released another video, Digestate and understanding nitrogen, focuses on the best times and techniques for applying digestate, and to look at what happens to the nitrogen in digestate if it’s applied less well.
Publication of changes to Standard Rules 1 December

Publication of changes to Standard Rules 1 December

The EA will be publishing a large number of amended and new rules sets on 1 Dec, following the environmental permit Standard Rules consultations No 12 and No.14
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