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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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WRAP report on Quantification of food surplus

WRAP report on Quantification of food surplus

WRAP have published a report that reveals that over half of the food waste generated by the UK manufacturing and retail sectors is avoidable.
REA Comment on Collaboration with Local Authorities over separate biowaste collections

REA Comment on Collaboration with Local Authorities over separate biowaste collections

REA Comment on calls for wider collaboration between industry and local authourities in regards to the campaign for UK wide separate food waste collections.
SEPA Consultation on Food Waste Management

SEPA Consultation on Food Waste Management

SEPA are consulting on their proposed new guidance on Food Waste Management in Scotland and a review of SEPA’s end-of-waste positions for compost and anaerobic digestate. Deadline for responses 29th June.
REA launch report on the Real Economic Benefit of Separate Biowaste Collections

REA launch report on the Real Economic Benefit of Separate Biowaste Collections

REA launch their report on the economic benefits of separate biowaste collections. This report funded by Olleco an REA member and written by Eunomia Consulting examins the net costs of introducing measures to mandate the source separation of food waste by councils and businesses.
Making food waste count

Making food waste count

With the impending launch of the REA’s report on the economics of food waste collections, funded by national food waste collector Olleco and written by Eunomia Consulting there has never been a better time to sign up to the #food waste counts petition.
EA note on Compost oversize and End of Waste status for use as a non-waste fuel

EA note on Compost oversize and End of Waste status for use as a non-waste fuel

After recent discussion with the REA and our members, the EA have published a briefing note on Compost oversize and End of Waste status for use as a non-waste fuel.
Legal definition of waste guidance

Legal definition of waste guidance

New guidance from Defra, Welsh Government, EA and NRW that provides advice on how to decide if a material is waste or not.
FGS Organics acquires Envar

FGS Organics acquires Envar

FGS Organics have acquired Envar Composting Ltd. FGS Organics is an established providers of recycling solutions and the acquisition will see the capacity of their composting operations significantly increase.
Northern Ireland food waste regulations come into force

Northern Ireland food waste regulations come into force

On 1st of April the Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) come into force. Food businesses producing greater than 50kg of food waste per week, must secure the separate collection of that waste.
House of Commons Food Waste Briefing

House of Commons Food Waste Briefing

A House of Commons Library Briefing including some key food waste facts and trends; an explanation of the impacts of food waste; food waste policy and legislation; information on the UK voluntary initiatives in place to tackle food waste; and a summary of proposals for change.
Report on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in European Agriculture

Report on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in European Agriculture

The RISE Foundation has launched its new report on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse: a review of the issues, opportunities, and actions.
Scottish Better Environmental Regulation newsletter

Scottish Better Environmental Regulation newsletter

Scottish Government have published their Better Environment Regulations no 10 in March 2016.
Zero Waste Scotland launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for business

Zero Waste Scotland launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for business

Zero Waste Scotland have launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy.
Courtauld Commitment 2025

Courtauld Commitment 2025

WRAP have unveiled a pioneering commitment which brings together organisations from across the food system for the first time to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable for the future.
WRAP food waste collection guide

WRAP food waste collection guide

WRAP’s Food Waste Collection guide provides local authorities with information on the collection of household food waste as a way of diverting this material from landfill or other residual waste treatment. It highlights issues to consider when planning and implementing a new food waste collection service.
Waste duty of care- Code of practice

Waste duty of care- Code of practice

Debra have published a code of practice that provides practical guidance on how to meet your waste duty of care requirements in England and Wales.
Commission's proposal for revised EU Fertilisers Regulation

Commission's proposal for revised EU Fertilisers Regulation

Commission announces its proposal for a revised EU Fertilisers Regulation, its first deliverable in the circular economy package.
Rural planning review - call for evidence

Rural planning review - call for evidence

Defra and DCLG are inviting views, especially from farmers and other rural businesses, about their experiences of the planning system in rural areas. Deadline: 21st April 2016.
Anaerobic Digestion Core Operational Requirements (Safety) Document

Anaerobic Digestion Core Operational Requirements (Safety) Document

A collaborative, industry led document has been prepared that provides a basic level of safety and awareness requirements for AD Plant Operators to demonstrate they can operate safely on site. This is out for consultation.
Waste sector performance summary

Waste sector performance summary

The REA recently attended a briefing where the EA presented a summary of the environmental performance of the waste treatment sector.
Scottish Circular Economy Strategy

Scottish Circular Economy Strategy

Scottish Government launched their Circular Economy Strategy which amongst other things has a target to reduce food waste by a third by 2025.
Soil Association report on 7 ways to save our soil

Soil Association report on 7 ways to save our soil

The Soil Association have published a report looking at seven ways to save our soil and their number one recommendation is to increase the amount of plant and animal matter going back onto soils by using certified compost.
Final DC-Agri results published by WRAP

Final DC-Agri results published by WRAP

Farmers’ and growers’ confidence in digestate and compost has been given a welcome boost, as new ground-breaking research, shows smart use of these renewable fertilisers can increase yields and reduce bills with no negative impact on crop quality or safety.

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
Request for feedback on changes to Animal By-Products Regulations

Request for feedback on changes to Animal By-Products Regulations

Defra's on-line survey asks how changes to the ABP regulations have impacted on sectors which generate, collect or dispose of animal by-products during the last 5 years.
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