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FGS Organics acquires EnvarFGS 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 forceOn 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 BriefingA 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 AgricultureThe RISE Foundation has launched its new report on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse: a review of the issues, opportunities, and actions.
Scottish Better Environmental Regulation newsletterScottish Government have published their Better Environment Regulations no 10 in March 2016.
Zero Waste Scotland launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for businessZero 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 2025WRAP 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 guideWRAP’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 practiceDebra 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 RegulationCommission announces its proposal for a revised EU Fertilisers Regulation, its first deliverable in the circular economy package.
Rural planning review - call for evidenceDefra 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) DocumentA 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 summaryThe REA recently attended a briefing where the EA presented a summary of the environmental performance of the waste treatment sector.
Scottish Circular Economy StrategyScottish 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 soilThe 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 WRAPFarmers’ 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 pollutionThis 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 RegulationsDefra'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.
ORG-EA meeting discusses compost oversizeORG hosted a meeting to discuss with the EA and members the options for compost oversize.
Supporting more sustainably produced growing mediaWRAP publishes revised guidelines for producing and specifying compost suitable for use in growing media, plus a report that aims to de-mystify the use of PAS 100 compost in growing media and an infographic about how the components in growing media are sourced.
EA revises environmental permit guidance suiteThe Environment Agency (EA) has published a suite of revised and updated guidance on the environmental permitting regime
Potential changes to waste exemptionsThe EA have recently been working on some changes to the waste exemptions. After further discussions, they have revised their initial preference for the withdrawal of T24 and would now welcome your comments.
EA open to reviewing position on composting of street swept leavesLet's Recycle have reported that the EA are open to reviewing their position on the composting of street-swept leaves.
Job opportunity - Restoration development managerHargreaves Scotland are looking for a Restoration Development Manager to develop and deliver the restoration of a large number of unrestored open-cast coal mines across Scotland.
Review of standards for biodegradable plastic bagsA report has been published concerning the biodegradability of lightweight plastic in order to assess whether or not there is a suitable standard that could form the basis for an exemption from the 5p charge for single use carrier bags.
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