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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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Consultation outcome on proposed changes to landspreading

Consultation outcome on proposed changes to landspreading

Following the EA's consultation on their draft Business Engagement Assessment earlier this year, they have now published their response. The BEA considered the financial impacts of a proposal to revise standard rules that authorise the landspreading of waste on land for recovery, and separate standard rules that authorise the storage of waste destined for landspreading.
Researchers to probe UK bioenergy emissions

Researchers to probe UK bioenergy emissions

A seven-month project will review data on bioenergy greenhouse gas impacts from existing life-cycle assessments. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stemming from the UK bioenergy sector will come under the spotlight as part of a new research project.
Material comparators to assist in an end-of-waste assessment

Material comparators to assist in an end-of-waste assessment

The EA have released a series of research reports to characterise 15 non-waste materials as comparators for waste-derived materials, these include materials applied to land and for biomass.
Revised Fire Prevention Plan Guidance is published

Revised Fire Prevention Plan Guidance is published

Following the recent consultation, the EA have published updated regulatory guidance to help reduce the risk and impact of fires at regulated waste sites.
A survey of the organics reprocessing industry in Scotland for 2014

A survey of the organics reprocessing industry in Scotland for 2014

The amount of organic waste processed by Scotland’s anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting sector grew by an extra 30,000 tonnes in 2014, a new report from Zero Waste Scotland has revealed.
SEPA publish technical guidance on financial provision

SEPA publish technical guidance on financial provision

Following SEPA’s Financial Provision consultation they have updated two technical guidance documents, one for landfill and one for non-landfill activities.
Circular economy: Defra's busy scenario planning

Circular economy: Defra's busy scenario planning

For the time being, UK government will continue to participate in circular economy negotiations and Defra is busy scenario planning and modelling UK recycling rates.
Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

WRAP launch the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, the first action plan designed to increase the quantity and quality of household and commercial food waste collected and recycled.
Cutting Red Tape Review

Cutting Red Tape Review

BIS is seeking data on the costs and resources required to carry out regulatory activity, by 5th August.
EFRA Committee launches food waste inquiry

EFRA Committee launches food waste inquiry

Economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste in the UK will be examined and the committee will ask how far voluntary initiatives can further reduce food waste or if legislation is required.
Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 4

Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 4

The EA will soon publish version 3 of its FPP guidance in light of feedback from independent fire experts at BRE Global.
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.
Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 3

Fire Prevention Plan Guidance ~ Communication Update 3

In its 3rd communications update, the EA says its FPP guidance is on track to be published in July and highlights anticipated benefits, a current research project and views of the Chief Fire Officers Association.
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.
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.
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