EA briefing on crop residues used in anaerobic digestion

The Environment Agency (EA) has clarified the position with respect to crop residues and has set out the circumstance under which they can be considered a ‘by-product’.

If the residue is a by-product it falls outside the scope of the Waste Framework Directive and therefore is not a ‘waste’. In essence crop residues are:

  • Misshapen, bruised or undersized fruit and vegetables separated out as being unsuitable for sale as food for consumption;
  • Parts of fruit and vegetables such as leaves, roots and toppings that are removed as part of the processing for sale;

that are discarded at the farm or packing plant.

Items discarded later in the supply chain or at the supermarket remain a waste. Anaerobic digestion (AD) plants accepting crop residues that meet the definitions do not need to have an Environmental Permit.

If you think you are affected by these changes and would like assistance, please contact us on 01480 462 232.

Read the EA Briefing note on crop residues used as feedstock for AD plants

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Accreditations

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.