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PAS100 revision members' commentsORG have been gathering members' views on PAS100 to provide input into the revision process.
Quality Action plan surveys on qualityThe QAP undertook two surveys: one on the quality of feedstocks to anaerobic digestion and composting facilities; and the other on the quality of compost and digestate products. The surveys provide useful information for the composting and AD industries, users of compost and digestate products and policy makers.
Guidance for food waste collectionsThis brief guidance document is designed for companies collecting food waste from businesses to help them save money, manage compliance risk and provide their customers with a better service.
Write to your MP now!The REA has put together a quick and easy tool that matches you or your company with your local MP. Template text is in place to make writing to your local representative in Westminster easier.
Say NO to plasticLocal authorities need to step up to the mark and improve the quality of the feedstock that they supply to the bio-waste sector if we are to provide quality outputs to the discerning market. Quality does matter! Plastic contamination is the scourge for many an operator and it costs to remove it and clean-up the finished compost to an acceptable level.
Proposed Workshop on 'Self-heating in waste storage stacks'WISH (the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum), which ORG are founding members of will be organising a workshop specifically looking at self-heating of a variety of wastes in storage.
Performance based regulation-Proposed changes summary updateThe EA is replacing the OPRA, the risk screening tool used for permitted waste activities and installations. There is a move towards Performance Based Regulation (PBR)
WRAP publish 2017 Gate Fees ReportWRAP’s tenth gate fees report analyses the gate fees charged for a
range of waste treatment, recovery and disposal options as reported
by local authorities. In addition, gate fees are supplied by organic
and wood waste facility operators for both local authority, and
commercial and industrial waste sources.
Update on the EU Circular Economy PackageDefra provides an update to REA and other stakeholders on the Circular Economy Package (CEP).
A stakeholder meeting held on the 6th July provided a room of over 30 attendees including key trade associations, Consultants, local authorities an update on the CEP.
EA engage with industry regarding regulation and compliance assessmentThe EA is discussing a change to the way in which sites are assessed for their performance and what opportunities exist for compliant sites to self-regulate. The REA has attended a number of workshops with the EA and can share some of these discussions with members.
Brian Chambers Soils leadership programme-opportunity for new entrants to schemeThe Brian Chambers Soils Fund was established to provide grants to help fund the learning and development costs of students and early career scientists. Encouraging the skills and knowledge needed to manage soils effectively to meet the demands of modern farming systems is essential for the future sustainability of agriculture.
PAS100 revision - members views neededPAS100 is being revised and ORG members have an opportunity to tell us what elements of PAS100 you feel need to be changed.
Compost Certification Scheme announce revision of PAS100REAL has initiated a revision to the compost quality standard BSI PAS100:2011. The revision process has been agreed and technical author appointed.
Successful emissions seminarORG held a successful seminar on Controlling and Monitoring Emissions at the Air Quality and Emissions (AQE) exhibition at the International Conference Centre, Telford. There was a range of speakers including the EA and plenty lively debate.
EA looking at Performance Regulation for Environmental PermittingThe EA are informally consulting on proposals for moving to a performance based approach for sites regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR).
Organics Recycling Industry status report 2015WRAP have published a report which is a snapshot of the UK’s anaerobic digestion and composting sector and markets for their outputs. This is similar to the previous ASORI survey.
ORG Sector Group visit to Veolia IVCORG recently held a Sector Group meeting at Veolia's Woodlands Composting facility. A morning session of updates was followed by a site tour of the IVC site which produces PAS100 certified compost.
EFRA committee report on Food waste in EnglandThe EFRA Committee have published a report that says that Government and Supermarkets must do more to prevent food waste.
SEPA position on Use of crop residues in ADSEPA have issued a position statement on the use of crop residues in small AD plants which accept less than 100 tonnes of waste per day. The position covers misshapen and bruised produce separated on farms or pack-houses as well as trimmings removed on-farm or in pack houses in preparation for sale.
WRAP guidance on management of liners for food waste at AD sitesWRAP have published some industry guidance focused on dealing with household food waste at AD Facilities – Management of Liners.
Sewage sludge on farmland: Code of practiceThe sewage sludge code of practice is for anyone who produces, supplies or uses sewage sludge, and anyone who owns or manages farmland where it is used.
EA offer advice to operators on fire risks in activated carbon filters.Activated carbon is widely used for emissions and odour treatment. Under normal operating conditions the likelihood of fire is low, however, there are certain circumstances in which a fire may occur
EA publish Sector StrategiesThe EA have published sector strategies which includes Biowaste. The sector strategies are high level documents containing the strategic objectives of each sector for the next 4 years.
Will new legislation see your insurance premiums soar?A briefing note from Jelf on the changes to the Ogden rate. With changes in legislation likely to significantly increase the cost of claims, and ultimately insurance premiums, risk management becomes more and more important.
Digest of waste and resource statistics 2017The Digest of waste and resource statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics and Eurostat.
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