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.
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EU Consultation on the Circular EconomyThe EU Commission have released a public consultation on the Circular Economy.
Funding scheme in Scotland for SMEsResource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Scottish Government funded Zero Waste Scotland, has launched an Implementation Grant fund and an SME Loan fund to help businesses overcome barriers to implementing resource efficiency measures.
REA calls for improved quality of garden wasteThere continues to be unacceptable levels of plastic contamination found in green and garden waste delivered to composting sites throughout the UK.
The REA has emphasized the need for good quality compost and called for improved education of householders to help achieve this.
Circular Economy consultation imminentA policy debate and conference in June will provide opportunity for Circular Economy discussion with European Comissioners and MEPs. Consultation on the Comission's new Circular Economy initiative should begin at the end of May.
Quality Counts for Recycling: Integrated communications approachEnvironmental communications consultancy Nicki Souter Associates (NSA) has developed an integrated, targeted communications approach to tackle the issue of contamination in recycling collections and improve the quality of recyclate collected including or food and garden waste collections.
Construction, Design & Management Regs 2015The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. The law applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion.
European Compost Network Bulletin 3Latest bulletin from the European Compost Network including information from a live panel debate on Circular Economy.
Research reveals scale of skin cancer among outdoor workersThe number of people in the UK diagnosed with or dying from the deadliest form of skin cancer because of sun exposure at work is revealed in the findings of a new study published today.
Latest AD reports publishedTwo reports on AD have been published. The NNFCC on AD deployment in the UK and the European Biogas Association report on the UK Biogas profile.
Election information: Party manifesto summary and responseREA have published a summary of the main parties' manifestos and responded to them.
Health and Safety Survey: Call for responsesWe are calling for members to complete our survey on accidents and incidents to help us build a picture of the issues which are impacting the sector the most.
Compost Awareness Week 20153-10th May 2015: International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. This years theme is: Be loyal to your soil - Compost!
Biobased and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA)New trade association representing biobased and biodegradable industries in the UK now established.
Material Change Limited acquires Organic Recycling LtdMaterial Change Limited has announced the successful acquisition of the green waste composting business and assets of Organic Recycling Ltd.
Organic Recycling Ltd’s sister company Bettaland’s Products Ltd will remain unchanged
ORG Health & Safety Survey Quarter 4 2014Results from our latest health & safety survey of the organic waste industry covering the last quarter of 2015.
Report on Biomethane for transport from landfill and anaerobic digestionThe DfT have released a report that describes the supply potential of biomethane in the UK. It considers how much of this fuel could be available for transport between 2020 and 2030 under current incentive mechanisms.
European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform newsletterThe latest issue of the SCOPE newsletter contains a summary of the 2nd annual European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference
Systematic Review of Studies of Bio-aerosol Emissions From Composting FacilitiesA report that looks at studies related to bio-aerosol exposures within and near composting facilities and associated health effects in both community and occupational health settings.
Business rates for renewable fueled power generation plants (including AD)GVA have produced for REA a Briefing note on Business Rates for Renewable fueled power generation plants (including AD plants)
Report on planning sustainable eventsResource Efficient Scotland have published 'How to plan and deliver environmentally sustainable events' - A practical, useful guide for event organisers and suppliers.
AD Strategy and Action Plan Annual Report 2014Defra published their annual report on progress made under the anaerobic digestion strategy and action plan 2011
Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2015The Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2015 have been published, they concern the protection of waters against pollution by nitrates from agricultural sources.
ORG conference hailed as huge successThe annual ORG conference was a great success with attendance up 15% on last year.
Consultation on stronger powers to tackle waste crimeDefra and the Welsh Government have published a consultation on the proposals to enhance measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste sector.
Supporting growth of the UK bioeconomy: opportunities from wasteA report highlighting the range of actions being taken across government to grow the bioeconomy using waste as a feedstock
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