EA proposes changes to the Fire Prevention Plan Guidance

Last month, the Environment Agency (EA) issued a consultation document containing proposed changes to fire prevention plan guidance issued earlier this year.

??????In March 2015, the EA issued guidance on the storage of combustible waste at permitted sites. The Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) Guidance requires applicable sites to undertake an assessment of fire risk at their sites and put in place measures to prevent, detect, suppress, mitigate and contain fires. The standards set out in the FPP guidance include fixed maximum pile size and separation distances, maximum storage periods and controls to be implemented to reduce the impact in the event of an outbreak.

The FPP guidance has come under ongoing criticism from the recycling industry with many calling for amendments to areas such as pile sizes and separation distances.

On 26th November, the EA issued its consultation document stating both proposed amendments and areas which the EA feel do not require amendment. The consultation runs from 26th November to 4th March 2016 with a full response to be published by April 2016. The proposal covers areas of the FPP such as the amendment of pile sizes, a decrease in the separation distance required for WEEE and the addition of a secondary site plan identifying sensitive receptors. The proposal also seeks to clarify acceptable deviations from the minimum standards after only 4 of the 80 reviewed FPPs have received approval on the basis of unacceptable deviations from the standards.

Find out more about the consultation on Gov.uk.

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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.