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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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Field bean bioassay

Field bean bioassay

The additional, more sensitive, plant response test method has been developed by WRAP, using field bean (Vicia faba cv Fuego).
Update from the Environment Agency on implementation of the IED directive

Update from the Environment Agency on implementation of the IED directive

This briefing provides an update on the work the Environment Agency are doing to implement the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). It is aimed at operators of permitted waste operations and of installations.
HSE Consultation on Draft Approved Code of Practice PUWER:

HSE Consultation on Draft Approved Code of Practice PUWER:

HSE Consultation on Draft Approved Codes of Practice PUWER This consultative document is issued by the Health and Safety Executive in compliance with its duty to consult under section 16 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
 DEFRA better FOR BUSINESS A Strategic Reform Plan for Defra’s Regulations

DEFRA better FOR BUSINESS A Strategic Reform Plan for Defra’s Regulations

This document brings together all of DEFRA’s Red Tape Challenge commitments together with related actions to reduce regulatory burdens and to improve the way that regulation is designed and managed in Defra and its delivery network.
Counting the Cost of EU Food Waste

Counting the Cost of EU Food Waste

The House of Lords EU Committee has today called for urgent action on food waste in Europe highlighting that at least 90 million tonnes of food is wasted across the EU each year.
CCS Scheme Rules Consultation

CCS Scheme Rules Consultation

REAL CCS has recently reviewed the Scheme Rules v6 and is planning to implement the revised Scheme Rules v7 in the near future. The documents is now available for consultation and we welcome your responses by Friday, 9th May 2014.
EFRA commitee inquiry on waste management-your views sought

EFRA commitee inquiry on waste management-your views sought

This inquiry will examine existing approaches to the recycling and treatment of municipal waste in England, and the impact of the reduction of Defra’s activities in municipal waste management.
HSE consultation on proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

HSE consultation on proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

The Health and Safety Executive has today opened a 10 week consultation on proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
New website for the Environment Agency.

New website for the Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency website is closing in April 2014. The EA is one of hundreds of government websites moving to www.gov.uk over the next few months. GOV.UK will make it simpler, clearer and faster to find information from government.
Call for Evidence – Refuse Derived Fuel Market in England

Call for Evidence – Refuse Derived Fuel Market in England

DEFRA is calling for evidence into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) for both domestic use and for export. The purpose of this call is to gain a greater understanding of the RDF market in England; any issues associated with the market and how these might best be addressed.
Defra's draft guidance on liquid digestates to sewers and other ABPR compliance issues

Defra's draft guidance on liquid digestates to sewers and other ABPR compliance issues

Defra, in consultation with the AHVLA and industry bodies including REA, has drafted new GUIDANCE on a number of ABPR compliance issues.
End of waste criteria for the production and use of recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard.

End of waste criteria for the production and use of recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard.

This Quality Protocol sets out end of waste criteria for the production and use of recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard. If these criteria are met, the resulting outputs will normally be regarded as having been fully recovered and to have ceased to be waste.
Revision of BS3882 and Electrical Conductivity threshold

Revision of BS3882 and Electrical Conductivity threshold

WRAP has recently supported a re-drafting workshop for BS3882 (the British Standard for topsoil).
SEPA Better Environmental Regulation newsletter

SEPA Better Environmental Regulation newsletter

SEPA and the Scottish Government have published the latest in their Better Environmental Regulation newsletters.
WRAP funded digestate management and market planning support

WRAP funded digestate management and market planning support

WRAP are providing support to anaerobic digestion plant businesses with the development of markets for their digestate. This will entail up to 5 days one to one support including a site visit and be focussed around the development of markets for quality digestates. Deadline is 28th February.
Environment Agency Reviews Corporate Strategy

Environment Agency Reviews Corporate Strategy

Environment Agency reviews its corporate ambitions for the next five years.
Environment Agency releases the Updated Anaerobic Digestate Quality Protocol

Environment Agency releases the Updated Anaerobic Digestate Quality Protocol

The Environment Agency, with support from WRAP and industry representatives have revised and updated the end of waste Quality Protocol (QP) for Anaerobic Digestate.
Waste and Recycling Industry calls for support for SMEs

Waste and Recycling Industry calls for support for SMEs

Susan Relf, Renewable Energy Association representative on the WISH steering forum and Compliance Director for Agrivert Ltd, writes on the launch of the WISH working group “Support for SMEs” in the Waste and Recycling Industry.

Biomethane Quality Protocol Launched

The Environment Agency, with support from WRAP, industry representatives and funding from LIFE +, has developed a Quality Protocol for Biomethane which is being launched today.
EA draft position statement on regulation of wood

EA draft position statement on regulation of wood

The EA have drafted a position statement for the environmental regulation of wood waste. This is still going through their internal approval process.
Tamar Energy signs deal to handle Essex food and garden waste

Tamar Energy signs deal to handle Essex food and garden waste

Tamar Energy and Essex County Council have announced a deal that will see the anaerobic digestion (AD) operator help the council achieve its commitments to responsible waste management.
Devon firm fined after man seriously injured at recycling plant

Devon firm fined after man seriously injured at recycling plant

A Devon company has been fined after a man was seriously injured by a reversing vehicle at a recycling centre in Exeter.
WRAP have just re-tendered:  Developing a laboratory proficiency framework for the UK compost and digestate certification schemes (OMK009-003)

WRAP have just re-tendered: Developing a laboratory proficiency framework for the UK compost and digestate certification schemes (OMK009-003)

This work will be aimed at developing a laboratory proficiency framework for the UK compost and digestate certification schemes.
Zero Waste Scotland invite expressions of interest for AD

Zero Waste Scotland invite expressions of interest for AD

Zero Waste Scotland are calling for expressions of interest for an Anaerobic Digestion facility opportunity in Orkney.

Sustainable Phosphorous - Event for identifying opportunities for R&D

The European Sustainable Phosphorous platform are organising a working meeting on 7th February in Brussels
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