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EA extend deadline for Strategic Review of Charges Consultation and provide clarificationThe EA has extended the SRoC consultation deadline until the 26th January as a result of a letter the REA wrote to Neil Davies, Director of Regulatory Charges and lobbying from other trade bodies.
Defra release latest waste statistics for England in 2016/17The official England waste from households recycling rate for 2016 was 44.9%.
This rate includes for the first time the percentage of metal recovered and
recycled from waste which has been through incineration. For 2016 this raises
the waste from households recycling rate by around 0.7 percentage points.
Environment Agency issues Guidance on classifying waste woodEnvironment Agency issue Guidance on Classifying waste wood from mixed waste sources through a Regulatory position Statement (RPS 207)
Industrial Strategy White Paper launched by Business SecretaryThe Government launched their white paper on the new Industrial Strategy this week, which follows the green paper from January which kicked off a year-long consultation process between Government and a wide number of industries.
WRAP launches its eleventh annual gate fee surveyWRAP is undertaking its eleventh annual gate fees survey, which investigates gate fees paid at waste treatment facilities throughout the UK
EA launch Strategic Review of Charges ConsultationThe Environment Agency has today launched their consultation on the long-anticipated Strategic Review of Charges.
This is a wholesale review of a number of charging schemes for the permitting services provided by the Environment Agency for the period of 2018-2023. It impacts any operator that is required to have a permit for operation under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR). As such, this is of particular importance to all our bioenergy members.
Guidance on soil screening for assessing ecological riskThe EA have published guidelines for screening the risks to soils from chemicals released through the landspreading of waste-derived materials.
Landfill tax Budget BriefThe government announced in the budget that Landfill Tax will be extended to cover illegal waste sites from 1 April 2018.
FWRAP Bulletin 1st editionThe new bulletin from the Food Waste Recycling Plan is now live. Find out about progress in the first year, the latest tools and industry guidance, as well as opportunities to get involved and help improve recycling rates across the sector.
BSI release PAS 100 ConsultationBSI has now released the draft PAS 100 specification for composted materials.
The deadline for comments on-line is Friday 12th January
Productivity grant to help farmers improve farm productivityThe Government has recently released a Productivity Grant scheme to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity. One way to do this is more efficient use of digestate.
Report on Biorefining Potential for ScotlandZero Waste Scotland have published a report on the Biorefining potential for Scotland. The report maps the bioresources arising across Scotland.
SEPA report on plastic in food waste derived digestate and soilSEPA have published a report of their investigation into plastic in food waste derived digestate and soil.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation call for ban on oxo-degradable packagingThe Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has published a statement calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging. Signatories include M&S, PepsiCo, Unilever, Veolia, British Plastics Federation, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, Packaging South Africa, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and ten Members of the European Parliament.
FWRAP Steering Group Annual Report presentedThe Food Waste Recycling Action Plan has released its annual report from the cross-industry steering group. The REA is one of the industry representatives that sit on this Steering Group to provide support and initiatives to promote this work to their members and further afield.
Briefing note on mentions of AD,food waste and soil health within Clean Growth StrategyOn 12 October 2017 the Government released its’ Clean Growth Strategy (view the full document here). Below is a briefing on lines in the strategy which refer to soil health, AD, and food waste
Job opportunity - Technical ManagerREAL are recruiting a Technical Manager for the Compost and Biofertilisers Certification Schemes.
Regulatory Position Statement on Manufactured TopsoilThe EA have released an updated regulatory position statement on the use of manufactured topsoil.
ORG and Biogas Sector Group meeting at GenecoThe ORG and Biogas groups held a joint sector group meeting which included a visit to GENeco's site.
SEPA calls for businesses to take action on recycling or face penaltiesSEPA is calling on businesses across Scotland to meet their duty to recycle now or they could potentially receive a £300 Fixed Monetary Penalty (FMP).
Waste sites due to be visited by HSE in OctoberThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be making targeted inspections at both composting and AD sites during the month of October as well as other waste management facilities.
Compost Certification Scheme Annual ReportThe Compost Certification Scheme has recently published their first annual report. This report provides an overview of the scheme in 2016 using data collected by the appointed certification bodies.
EA support PAS 100 reviewThe Environment Agency support the revision of the PAS certification scheme which underpins the production and use of quality compost
Welsh Government target reduction in food wasteWelsh Government have announced plans to launch a consultation on a non-statutory target for Wales to halve food waste by 2025, against a 2006-07 baseline.
Wales improves recycling rateWales’ impressive recycling performance shows no sign of diminishing as latest figures reveal they now recycle, reuse or compost 64 percent of their waste, up from the previous year’s rate of 60 percent.
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