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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.

 
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Fire Prevention Plan - Update 3

Fire Prevention Plan - Update 3

The EA have issued update 3 regarding Fire Prevention Plans. With info on reducing the duration of waste fires, research on the effectiveness of sheltering during major incidents and support from the Chief Fire Officers Association.
DEFRA Roles and Responsibilities

DEFRA Roles and Responsibilities

At a recent Biowaste Regulatory Forum meeting attended by ORG, a list of all the new Defra appointees was supplied with their roles and responsibilities explained.
Performance of biowaste sector

Performance of biowaste sector

The EA provide feedback to industry annually on the biowaste sectors performance relating to environmental compliance. They have provided information for 2015.
Compost key to meeting Government soil quality goals

Compost key to meeting Government soil quality goals

The recent Environment Audit Committee’s report titled ‘Soil Health’ recognises the importance of soil as a key ingredient to agricultural production, climate change mitigation and flood risk protection.
Industry and Local Authorities collaborate to increase food waste capture rates

Industry and Local Authorities collaborate to increase food waste capture rates

The REA and Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) have released a joint statement communicating a need for collaboration and action to boost recycling rates and food waste capture rates. This is following the release of the REA’s report The Real Economic Benefit of Separate Food Waste Collections.
Best Practice Scheme for AD - inviting feedback

Best Practice Scheme for AD - inviting feedback

Feedback is invited on draft checklists as part of the Best Practice Scheme for the AD sector. Deadline: Wednesday 15th June.
Benefits of compost video

Benefits of compost video

WRAP have released a video explaining the benefits of compost as part of their DC Agri project.
Fire Prevention Plans Update

Fire Prevention Plans Update

The EA have issued an update on Fire Prevention Plans following their previous consultation. This update covers the business impact assessment, FPP assessment, getting it right and complying with FPPs.
WRAP report on Quantification of food surplus

WRAP report on Quantification of food surplus

WRAP have published a report that reveals that over half of the food waste generated by the UK manufacturing and retail sectors is avoidable.
REA Comment on Collaboration with Local Authorities over separate biowaste collections

REA Comment on Collaboration with Local Authorities over separate biowaste collections

REA Comment on calls for wider collaboration between industry and local authourities in regards to the campaign for UK wide separate food waste collections.
SEPA Consultation on Food Waste Management

SEPA Consultation on Food Waste Management

SEPA are consulting on their proposed new guidance on Food Waste Management in Scotland and a review of SEPA’s end-of-waste positions for compost and anaerobic digestate. Deadline for responses 29th June.
REA launch report on the Real Economic Benefit of Separate Biowaste Collections

REA launch report on the Real Economic Benefit of Separate Biowaste Collections

REA launch their report on the economic benefits of separate biowaste collections. This report funded by Olleco an REA member and written by Eunomia Consulting examins the net costs of introducing measures to mandate the source separation of food waste by councils and businesses.
Making food waste count

Making food waste count

With the impending launch of the REA’s report on the economics of food waste collections, funded by national food waste collector Olleco and written by Eunomia Consulting there has never been a better time to sign up to the #food waste counts petition.
EA note on Compost oversize and End of Waste status for use as a non-waste fuel

EA note on Compost oversize and End of Waste status for use as a non-waste fuel

After recent discussion with the REA and our members, the EA have published a briefing note on Compost oversize and End of Waste status for use as a non-waste fuel.
Legal definition of waste guidance

Legal definition of waste guidance

New guidance from Defra, Welsh Government, EA and NRW that provides advice on how to decide if a material is waste or not.
FGS Organics acquires Envar

FGS Organics acquires Envar

FGS 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 force

Northern Ireland food waste regulations come into force

On 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 Briefing

House of Commons Food Waste Briefing

A 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 Agriculture

Report on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in European Agriculture

The RISE Foundation has launched its new report on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse: a review of the issues, opportunities, and actions.
Scottish Better Environmental Regulation newsletter

Scottish Better Environmental Regulation newsletter

Scottish Government have published their Better Environment Regulations no 10 in March 2016.
Zero Waste Scotland launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for business

Zero Waste Scotland launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for business

Zero 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 2025

Courtauld Commitment 2025

WRAP 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 guide

WRAP food waste collection guide

WRAP’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 practice

Waste duty of care- Code of practice

Debra 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 Regulation

Commission's proposal for revised EU Fertilisers Regulation

Commission announces its proposal for a revised EU Fertilisers Regulation, its first deliverable in the circular economy package.
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