How well would your AD plant stand up to an EA audit?

The recent nationwide Environment Agency (EA) anaerobic digestion (AD) plant audit programme has forced many operators to review their processes and procedures to ensure they comply with legislation and best practice and to identify the greatest areas of business risk. How well would your AD plant stand up to an audit?

The EA audits were carried out nationwide across a broad spectrum of AD operators and will enable the development of a standardised regulatory approach to the bio-waste sector. Wiser Environment attended a number of the technical audits on behalf of AD plant operators, supporting them through the assessment process and providing constructive feedback, and action plans upon completion. The audits identified good practice and areas for improvement particularly in relation to operational safety, DSEAR (the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002), odour control and training.

Charles Thomas, Director, Wiser Environment says: “The operators who participated have found this exercise useful. Having been involved in these audits and with experience of providing support and training to mitigate against potential risks, we are able to help those businesses who weren’t audited to benefit from the programme and take steps to improve their practices before a regulatory approach is implemented”.

For more information about how we can assist you in protecting your staff, the environment and your greatest asset, contact us on 01480 462 232.

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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.