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EA responds to Standard Rules Consultation No.14EA publishes summary of responses to its consultation number 14 on Standard Rules, plus its decisions
Improved waste management plays important role in GHG mitigationA report recently published by Zero Waste Europe and produced by Eunomia has found that the role waste prevention and improved waste management can play in reducing GHG emissions and the development of a low carbon economy has previously been significantly understated.
Minister backs industry’s plans to tackle food waste recyclingREA was pleased to be involved when work kicked off on the new action plan for food waste recycling last week, when key players from across the industry got together for the inaugural meeting in Birmingham; initiated by resource efficiency experts WRAP and chaired by waste and resources specialist, Ray Georgeson.
Biowaste treatment sector - Environmental Performance 2014The Environment Agency have published information regarding biowaste sector environmental performance for 2014. The headline numbers show an improvement year on year.
Cutting Red Tape SurveyFollowing on from the Cutting Red Tape consultation, BIS have asked us to ask our members to complete this short survey to give context to some of the themes and issues that have been raised. This closes on 19th October so your participation would be much appreciated.
BBIA guidance on the use of compostable carrier bagsBBIA have released guidance on how the 5p carrier bag charge affects compostable carrier bags.
Food waste reduction target for ScotlandCabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead announced that Scotland will set a target for the reduction of food waste. Details are likely to be included in the Circular Economy strategy released later this year.
Job opportunity-Temporary COTC cover required at Sandhills composting site, Newcastle Upon TyneTemporary COTC cover required at Sandhills composting site in Newcastle upon Tyne
Keenan Recycling expands in central belt with BGF investmentKeenan Recycling has secured a £2.2m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) to fuel its expansion in the Central Belt.
EA 2014 data on regulated businesses in EnglandThe Environment Agency has published 2014 data on operational risk assessment compliance ratings, pollution inventory, pollution incidents and enforcement.
What to do with pumpkin waste this halloweenA reminder that if a pumpkin has been taken into a domestic dwelling, or into a canteen, it would legally be Cat 3 meat excluded catering waste if consigned to a composting or AD plant.
Annual organics survey for Scotland - coming soonThe annual survey of the organics industry will once again take place this year for Scottish facilities. All operators (farm, industrial and merchant) of AD, composting and MBT facilities in Scotland will be contacted in the next few weeks to conduct the new survey, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, which will cover the 2014 calendar year.
Moulded Fibre Products achieves certified compostable product statusMoulded Fibre Products has just achieved certified compostable product status for its range of trays made from recycled cardboard waste.
House of Commons briefing paper on food wasteThe House of Commons have published a briefing paper on food waste. The paper gives an overview of food waste in the UK along with initiatives to tackle food waste and future approaches
Power of compost - Video competitionZero Waste Europe are running a video competition - 'Power of compost' and inviting people to submit a video or animation showing off your composting project, explaining why composting is so great, or highlighting a creative solution.
CCS publish revised plant response testREAL CCS has published a revised version of the tomato plant response and weeds test specified in PAS 100.
New study shows leaves pose low risk in compostA new study shows that street-swept leaves going into a composting only poses a ‘low risk to human health’ if the material is first screened and routinely monitored.
Report on EU food wasteThis report looked at data from six countries to analyse the water and nitrogen resources lost in the EU through consumer food waste. The UK was found to be the worst offender for food waste.
Scotland launches Circular Economy consultationScotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has launched a consultation on creating a more circular economy in Scotland – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible.
The consultation will run until the 30th October 2015.
Tender opportunity - Composting facility - Ipswich Borough CouncilIpswich Borough Council will shortly be releasing a tender requirement for a composting facility.
Anaerobic Indigestion – Is The Growing AD Sector Heading For Heartburn?The AD sector risks starvation by 2018 at the current rate of expansion, according to a new report by Link2Energy Ltd. The report, “Anaerobic Indigestion”, assesses the overall market capacity of the AD and IVC sectors with specific focus on Defra-licenced facilities seeking food waste versus the plausible amount of available food waste.
Equal field trial reportsThe EQual project has published some technical reports from the field trials that were carried out as part of the project. This included two field trials on agricultural use (poultry litter ash and paper sludge)
EA provisional performance data shows improvementThe EA have published annual environmental performance data. They have provided a provisional more detailed drill down on the biowaste treatment sector which shows improvement from the previous year.
House of Lords proposal on food wasteThe national parliaments of the European Union have written to the European Commission with proposals to reduce food waste in the EU.
Call for evidence on waste exemptionsThe EA have asked us to gather views and evidence on what you would like to see changed for waste exemptions. This is part of the Cutting Red Tape review and feedback is needed by mid September.
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