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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.

 
Our news articles here cover the last 6 months, and older ones with useful technical content are transferred to our website's 'Tech Info' section.  Any REA member wanting help to find one of our 'older than 6 months' news stories should contact the REA's Organics Recycling Group team.
 
Please email gordon@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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Gate fees report from WRAP

Gate fees report from WRAP

Gate fees charged at composting and AD facilities in the UK have increased slightly over the previous twelve months, whilst the number of AD sites has doubled in the last 12 months.
EA release duly-making checklist for IED installations

EA release duly-making checklist for IED installations

The EA has released an IED duly-making checklist, which is a document that sets out what information is required in making an application for a ‘newly prescribed’ installation activity.
Food waste feedstocks insufficient for new projects, report suggests

Food waste feedstocks insufficient for new projects, report suggests

A report by consultancy Eunomia has found that there is a shortfall in the volume of food waste feedstocks required to fulfil the needs of AD plants currently in development
Identifying Best Practice for Silage Making for AD

Identifying Best Practice for Silage Making for AD

Work is currently underway, to identify current knowledge of silage making in the UK and help determine best practice for silage making for AD. As part of this work, a survey has been created to obtain a better understanding of how silage making affects the quality of different crop silages and their subsequent biogas yields when used in anaerobic digestion.
WRAP video on using digestate as a renewable fertiliser

WRAP video on using digestate as a renewable fertiliser

WRAP have launched a video that will help more farmers use anaerobic digestate as a renewable fertiliser. It provides practical advice for farmers and agronomists on how to maximise the supply of nutrients to crops, and how this can be balanced with standard fertilisers.
EU Higher Recycling targets adopted

EU Higher Recycling targets adopted

The higher recycling targets have been adopted by the European Commission with the aim of turning Europe into a more circular economy.
Scottish Planning Policy

Scottish Planning Policy

Published in June 2014, Scottish Planning Policy is a statement of Scottish Government policy on how nationally important land use planning matters should be addressed across the country.
New WRAP report on household food waste

New WRAP report on household food waste

New insights on how to reduce household food waste can help industry target their activity and enable their customers to waste less and save money
Recycling firm sentenced over worker’s arm injury

Recycling firm sentenced over worker’s arm injury

A waste and recycling company has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in an unguarded moving conveyor belt at a site in Essex.
SEPA issue guidance on small scale food waste pre-treatment

SEPA issue guidance on small scale food waste pre-treatment

SEPA have issued guidance on the regulation of small scale food waste pre-treatment that defines 'composting'
Better Environmental Regulation Scotland Newsletter

Better Environmental Regulation Scotland Newsletter

Joint update from SEPA and Scottish Government on the Better Environment Regulation Programme
EU Environmental Technologies Verification Pilot Programme

EU Environmental Technologies Verification Pilot Programme

The EU Commission ETV Pilot Programme aims to generate independent and credible information about new environmental technologies. It will do this by verifying that performance claims by technology developers and vendors are accurate,complete,fair and based on reliable test results.
Update on the revision of the EU Fertiliser Regulations

Update on the revision of the EU Fertiliser Regulations

This article contains an update on the revision of the EU Fertiliser Regulations and relevant information reported by ECN following a recent meeting in Brussels.
ORG to engage with Local Government to tackle physical contaminants in organics

ORG to engage with Local Government to tackle physical contaminants in organics

As a part of ORG's programme of work to reduce physical contaminants in organics, we are planning to engage with local government by attending a number of events / meetings with local authorities.
Resource Association release their ReQIP - Recycling Quality Information Point

Resource Association release their ReQIP - Recycling Quality Information Point

The Resource Association (RA) has released their ReQIP, designed to provide guidance to local authorities on quality specifications for recyclable materials, in the absence of any formal guidance from Government in England.
Contingency planning for managing waste recovery in extreme weather

Contingency planning for managing waste recovery in extreme weather

Guidance from the EA on the spreading of bio-wastes (including waste-derived compost, digestate and compost-like output) to land in extreme weather conditions.
Assessing the operational performance of bio-filters

Assessing the operational performance of bio-filters

Bio-filters have been used as abatement technology in the bio-waste industry for the control of odours and bio-aerosols for many years. This research project was conducted to establish to determine the extent to which bio-filters reduce bio-aerosols & odours arising from bio-waste treatment facilities.
Commission Gives “Heads-Up” For EU Waste And Circular Economy Package

Commission Gives “Heads-Up” For EU Waste And Circular Economy Package

Karl Falkenberg, (Director-General for Environment at the European Commission) has given a “heads-up” regarding the Commission’s upcoming waste and circular economy package in a video interview today.
ORG compost meeting a success

ORG compost meeting a success

The ORG compost meeting held on 3rd June at Amey Cespa's Cambridgeshire site was heralded a success
Reforming Environmental Permitting Regulations Guidance

Reforming Environmental Permitting Regulations Guidance

Defra have launched a short consultation, which closes 7th July 2014, on Reforming Environmental Permitting Regulations Guidance.
Revised BS 3882 standard for topsoils released for public consultation

Revised BS 3882 standard for topsoils released for public consultation

A draft of a revised British Standard BS 3882 has now been released for public consultation.
New waste prevention fund which was launched

New waste prevention fund which was launched

This £800k Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund stems from a commitment in the Waste Prevention Programme for England (Dec 2013) for a scheme “to support communities to take forward innovative waste prevention, re-use and repair actions in their local areas, working in partnership with local businesses, authorities and civil society groups”. WRAP will deliver the scheme on behalf of Defra.
Update from the Organics Recycling Group on relevant European Policies

Update from the Organics Recycling Group on relevant European Policies

This article contains an update on European Policies relevant to the Organics Recycling sector and the work being undertaken by REA to influence these policies
Good practice guide for compost and digestate use (including renewable fertiliser matrix)

Good practice guide for compost and digestate use (including renewable fertiliser matrix)

Later this summer WRAP plans to launch a Good Practice Guide for compost and digestate use in agriculture. This guide is intended to provide farmers and growers with practical advice on how best to use these products as ‘renewable fertilisers’, whilst maintaining crop quality and minimising risks to the environment. It also includes a simple ‘Renewable Fertiliser Matrix’ with suggested harvest intervals for particular crops.
Spring Health & Safety Newsletter from the HSE

Spring Health & Safety Newsletter from the HSE

A summary of topical health & safety issues from the HSE
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