EA issues new position on short term storage of RDF at a dockside

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued its new Regulatory Position Statement 128 – The short term storage of refuse derived fuel at a dockside. This new RPS will be withdrawn on 30th April 2015.

After the 30th April 2015, those who were operating under this RPS will need to prove one of the following:

  •  They have an appropriate permit in place;
  • They have applied for an appropriate permit, either Standard Rules permit or bespoke permit;
  • They have cleared the site of any waste previously covered by this RPS.

For those operators choosing to apply for an environmental permit to continue operating, from 1st May 2015 it will be a requirement for all newly permitted sites storing combustible materials (waste wood, tyres, RDF etc) to have a Fire Prevention Plan, approved by the EA before the permit is issued.

It is expected that this Fire Prevention Plan will meet the new standard set ‘Regulatory Standard – Fire Prevention Plan’ to be issued by the EA by the end of February, as a minimum.

For those operators who previously benefited from RPS128, the EA has prepared a ‘Frequently asked questions – Standard Permit Consultation – Fire Prevention’ document to explain the options and the newly implemented standards.

If this change to RPS128 is likely to affect your operations, please do not hesitate to contact Wiser Environment on 01480 462 232 or at info@wisergroup.co.uk to discuss how we may be able to assist you.


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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.