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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CCS issue tender for labs auditorsThe Compost Certification Scheme has issued a tender invitation for independent auditors to provide independent checks of REAL Appointed Labs. Closing date: 13th March.
Latest EQual newsletterThe Winter 2014/2015 newsletter for EQual, a major LIFE+ programme that will support and encourage the use of products made from waste.
WRAP latest bulletin on compost and digestate useThe 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 compostingSEPA have asked for comments on their consultation on the development of guidance for the best available techniques (BAT) for composting.
EA concern for health and safety of staff on AD sitesThe 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 consultationEA has released its latest landspreading consultation. This will affect the storage and spreading of non-PAS compost and digestate.
Survey of Organics Reprocessing in ScotlandA 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 publishedWRAP 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 SurveyThe 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.
Summary of Defra RDF call for evidence responseDefra 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 NewsletterThe 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.