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SEPA publish Food Waste Guidance and revised position statements for Compost and DigestateSEPA has published new guidance on Food Waste Management in Scotland which sets out obligations along the chain of food waste management in order to achieve high quality recycling. In addition they have revised their position for the Regulation of Outputs from Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Processes.
M9 Technical Guidance for monitoring bioaerosols launched by EAThis technical guidance note has been produced to provide a standardised approach for
It is applicable to facilities that have both ambient and point source
European Parliament's Environment Committee votes for mandatory separate collection of bio-wasteCommittee votes for the mandatory separate collection of bio-waste in the EU but will other legislation influencers agree?
WRAP publish summary of risk assessments for compost and digestateWRAP have published summaries of all the risk assessment work that was carried out looking at the safety of using compost and digestate. A wide range of hazards were considered and risks were considered to be low or negligible in all scenarios examined.
WRAP report on physical contaminants in PAS composts & digestatesThis WRAP project investigated the current robustness of sampling and testing for physical contaminants in compost and digestate and, where necessary, provided recommendations for improvement
WRAP report on household food waste in the UKWRAP's report provides estimates for total and avoidable household food waste for 2014 and 2015, for the UK. The estimated amount of HHFW in the UK for 2015 was 7.3 million tonnes.
Environmental Permitting Charges Scheme UpdatedThe EA have updated the guidance on their Environmental permitting charges scheme in December 2016 with a new section on flood risk activities.
Biosurf Newsletter - December 2016Biosurf's objective is to increase the production and use of biomethane, for grid injection and as transport fuel. The latest newsletter contains information on the new Renewable Energy Directive and updates on the latest achievements.
UK Bioenergy Crops in 2015Defra have released information on the area of non-food crops grown in the UK including areas of crops grown for AD and biomass.
Amendments to landspreading permits and storage permitEA announces forthcoming changes to three landspreading permits and one storage permit.
Definition of Waste Panel closed until further noticeThe Definition of Waste Panel is closed until further notice whilst its role and purpose is reviewed in the context of our waste regulation strategy.
Astoria Organic Matters in administrationAstoria Organic Matters UK has gone into administration and the administrators, are looking to find a buyer for the assets of the Company so that a purchaser can take forward the composting facility project which Astoria had started.
Zero Waste Scotland release food waste figuresAn estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink in Scotland was wasted in 2013, according to new figures released by Zero Waste Scotland.
Falling UK recycling rate reported by DefraThe government has just released recycling figures for the UK which show that recycling rates have fallen for the first time from 44.9% in 2014 to 44.3%
Field Labs: an opportunity to test ideasAre you interested in the impacts that organics can have for farmers and growers? Would you like to get involved in a small-scale DIY trial that looks at a particular issue?
The Soil Association run a Field Lab programme, and we are always looking for ideas.
Research articles on physical contamination testing of compostA couple of articles have been published recently looking at the physical contaminant testing of compost, how variable the test methodologies are and different limits in different countries.
Job opportunity - Restoration development assistantA great opportunity has arisen within Hargreaves for a Restoration Development Assistant. Working within the Environmental Services team, you will assist the Restoration Development Manager to create sustainable value from the restoration of former surface mining sites.
Scottish Quality Cereals publish standard for combinable cropsScottish Quality Cereals have published their revised standard for combinable crops which details the requirements for using compost and digestate.
Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment FundZero Waste Scotland are investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.
ORG at all party parliamentary group (APPG) on food wasteORG participated in an All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) in Portcullis House hosted by Biogen with Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, LARAC, WRAP and a number of AD operators and local authorities discussing mandatory food waste collections.
Quality Action Plan SurveysORG are working with a cross-industry working group on compost and digestate quality and we are seeking feedback from compost and digestate producers on the impact of feedstock quality and end users on the quality of products.
Tender for certification services under the Biofertiliser Certification SchemeREAL have opened a tender for organisations to offer their services as Certification Bodies under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS). Deadline is 5th December 2016.
Eco start work on £5 million renewable energy plant in DorsetWork has started on a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Eco Sustainable Solution’s Parley site. The project, which is expected to be completed by March next year, will be capable of burning about 10,000 tonnes of oversize material from Eco’s compost operation annually.
Better Environmental Regulation Newsletter - Oct 2016Scottish Government and SEPA have published an update on progress with their Better Environmental Regulation programme and information on future plans.
Digestate use in horticulture reports publishedWRAP have published three reports looking at the potential uses of digestate in protected horticulture.
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