Government seeks views on the revised DOC Code of Practice

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is seeking views and comments on the recently revised Duty of Care (DOC) Code of Practice.

The Duty of Care sets out the legal requirements for those dealing with household, commercial and industrial waste to produce, store, transport and dispose of these ‘controlled wastes’ safely and without causing harm to the environment.

The Code of Practice is designed to give simple and practical advice on how to meet the Duty of Care. It has been revised to take into account changes to legislation such as the requirement to treat waste in line with the waste hierarchy which have taken place since the current Code of Practice was produced.

Russell Hirst, Managing Director, Wiser Group says: “This is an opportunity for anyone producing or handling waste to have their say so we would encourage our clients across both Wiser Recycling and Wiser Environment to do so”

The consultation is open until 21st September. Find out more and share your views 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.