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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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Graduate vacancy - Environmental Scientist

Graduate vacancy - Environmental Scientist

Albion Environmental Ltd is delighted to have recently been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, working with the Open University to help Albion acquire the knowledge, in-house capabilities and technical expertise to complete bioaerosol assessments. They are currently recruiting for this exciting 24-month fixed term post.
Charlie's blog on research opportunities

Charlie's blog on research opportunities

Chairman Charlie highlights the opportunity for compost and digestate producers to suggest research projects for REAL's research hub and suggests some areas he would like to see covered.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority to meet composting operators

Greater Manchester Combined Authority to meet composting operators

GMCA Issues OJEU Notice for Food and Garden waste composting operators
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.

Webinar on Increasing profitability from compost through smart biology

ORG are hosting a webinar on 24th January 2019, 11am-12noon. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can increase the profitability of your compost.
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!
Bioeconomy study tour to Italy

Bioeconomy study tour to Italy

Cré, in partnership with Organics Recycling Group of the Renewable Energy Association, has put together a bioeconomy study tour in the Milan and Venetto regions of Italy on 13-15th October 2019.
EA Consultation on charging in England from April 2019

EA Consultation on charging in England from April 2019

This EA consultation follows various changes implemented in April 2018 as a result of the EAs Strategic Review of Charges. Further views are sought by the EA which will take place in April 2019
Problem plastics in composting and AD

Problem plastics in composting and AD

REA invites composters and AD operators to feedback about problematic plastics.
AQE event host ORG for seminar on emissions

AQE event host ORG for seminar on emissions

ORG ran a successful seminar on emissions in the biowaste sector at the annual Air Quality and Emissions event in Telford.
European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference

European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference

Jeremy's thoughts from the Biosolids conference in Leeds he attended this week.
WRAP launches its twelfth annual gate fee survey

WRAP launches its twelfth annual gate fee survey

WRAP is undertaking its twelfth annual gate fees survey, which investigates gate fees paid at waste treatment facilities throughout the UK.
EA host biowaste sector meeting

EA host biowaste sector meeting

A two day conference hosted by the Environment Agency, provided industry a unique opportunity to hear first-hand views of the regulator on a wide range of topics all associated with biowaste and the wider environmental landscape.
Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

Revised Waste Treatment BREF published

The revised Waste Treatment BREF has been published on the EIPPCB website.
 Minimising the environmental impact of digestate on farmland

Minimising the environmental impact of digestate on farmland

An event on 6th November which includes showcasing of new technologies for extracting ammonia and reducing ammonia emissions and covers some new value streams for AD operators.
Government actions towards tackling plastic packaging

Government actions towards tackling plastic packaging

A communication from HM Treasury, on 29th October, about a number of government actions towards tacking plastic packaging.
Please support survey on composting and AD in Scotland

Please support survey on composting and AD in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is about to carry out a survey of the biogas and composting sectors in Scotland, which will result in sector reports for each being published in 2019
Defra action to reduce food waste

Defra action to reduce food waste

The Government will set up a pilot scheme to reduce food waste. The scheme will be supported by 15 million of additional funding which has been allocated to tackle food waste. The pilot scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities. The scheme will launch in 2019/20.
UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competition

UK Plastics Pact: summit and launch of funding competition

UK Plastics Pact summit on 11th October highlighted plastics issues, progress of the Pact and some of its future work. The UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition was launched at this event.
EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultation

EA webinar on forthcoming permit compliance consultation

The Environment Agency has run two webinars explaining the current consultation on assessing and scoring Permit compliance.
Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules Consultation

Compost and Biofertiliser Scheme Rules Consultation

REAL are consulting on the scheme rules for the Compost (PAS100) and Biofertiliser (PAS110) Certification Schemes.
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