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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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Forthcoming EU Fertiliser Regs could have implications for UK market for composts and digestates

Forthcoming EU Fertiliser Regs could have implications for UK market for composts and digestates

Proposals for European Fertiliser Regulations are currently being developed by the DG ENTR. A recent discussion held in Europe suggests that these may have implications for the UK market for compost and digestate with both product and waste status.
SEPA guidance on determining capacity of facilities

SEPA guidance on determining capacity of facilities

SEPA have issued guidance on determining capacity for PPC section 5.3 and 5.4 activities. It sets out how the thresholds in the Industrial Emissions Directive will apply and when a PPC permit may be required.
EA briefing note on crop residues used as feedstocks in AD plants

EA briefing note on crop residues used as feedstocks in AD plants

After persistent lobbying, the EA have issued a briefing note giving information about particular feedstocks used in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and under what circumstances they are waste or not.
Peat usage in growing media production

Peat usage in growing media production

Defra publishes statistics on peat usage in growing media production.
HSE Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe use of lifting equipment.

HSE Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe use of lifting equipment.

This consultative document seeks your views on the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice relating to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe work in confined spaces.

Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe work in confined spaces.

This consultative document seeks your views on the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice (L101) relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.
Sad loss for the organics industry

Sad loss for the organics industry

It is with great sadness that ORG learnt of the sudden passing of Professor Brian Chambers at the weekend.
Brian was one of the leading soil scientists of our time and worked tirelessly on behalf of the organics recycling sector to promote the benefits of improving soil health using manures and biowastes.
REA submits to Defra, EBA and ECN its comments on the EU Fertiliser Regs proposals

REA submits to Defra, EBA and ECN its comments on the EU Fertiliser Regs proposals

REA submitted to Defra, EBA and ECN comments on the EU Fertiliser Regs proposed safety and quality requirements on behalf of its members.
Comments needed on the EU Fertilisers regulations proposals

Comments needed on the EU Fertilisers regulations proposals

We have drafted detailed comments on the proposals in the EU Fertiliser regulations which will send to EBA, ECN and Defra. Please let us know if you have any comments by lunch time on 27th August.
WRAP food waste collection survey

WRAP food waste collection survey

WRAP is carrying out a survey on food waste collection as part of a wider programme to maximise food waste yields in accordance with the challenge of meeting UK 2020 recycling targets.
Compost Certification Scheme launch new website

Compost Certification Scheme launch new website

The Compost Certification Scheme which certifies to PAS100 has been relaunched with a new website, logo and new scheme rules.
4R wins 5 year centrate contract at Poplars Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cannock

4R wins 5 year centrate contract at Poplars Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cannock

4Recycling Ltd of Stourton, Leeds has recently been awarded a five year contract by Biffa Waste Services Ltd to remove and recycle centrate from the Poplars Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cannock, Staffordshire.
Sickness absence ‘costing waste sector up to £70m’

Sickness absence ‘costing waste sector up to £70m’

Worker absence due to ill-health could be costing the waste and recycling industry as much as £70 million a year, a study by the Health & Safety Executive has estimated.
Updated specification for renewable fertiliser to boost UK farming

Updated specification for renewable fertiliser to boost UK farming

The market for certified, safe, high quality biofertiliser for UK farming is set to grow following the publication of the updated PAS 110 specification.
Quarterly Health & Safety Newsletter Summer 2014

Quarterly Health & Safety Newsletter Summer 2014

The latest edition of our quarterly health & safety news brought to you from the Organics Recycling Group of the REA.
SEPA Better Environmental Regulation newsletter 8

SEPA Better Environmental Regulation newsletter 8

The latest newsletter from the Scottish Government and SEPA regarding Better Environmental Regulation (BER)
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.
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