Animal and Plant Health Agency charges come into force

Following a previous consultation, the Animal By-Products and Pet Passport Fees (England) Regulations 2018 were laid on 1st June 2018 and come into force on 30th June 2018. These set out the fees that will be charged by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for initial registration and on-going inspections.

The fees are being phased in over two years with 50% of the final fee being charged in the first year in most cases. Typical fees for an application from a compost or AD plant processing animal by-products is £475 for applications up to 30th June 2019 and £951 for applications after 30th June 2019.

For routine inspections the fees are:

  • £78 (year 1)/ £157 (after 1st year) per visit for annual or biannual inspections
  • £281 (year 1)/ £561 (after 1st year) per year for quarterly inspections
  • £829 (year 1) / £1658 (after 1st year( per year for 12 inspections

For each of the above, the fee includes the first 30 mins of a visit with additional time on site being charged at £8/16 per quarter hour for a veterinary officer or £4/8 per quarter hour for an officer (not a vet).

There will be additional fees for admin and travel.

For sites who are required to register or notify APHA, for example to transport ABP derived composts or digestates, there is no fee for the registration but where APHA visit such registered operators, they would charge them the appropriate routine ‘inspection site visit’ rate shown in Table 2 of the Regulations.

Read the Regulations here.

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Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.