New waste recovery guidance issued

The Environment Agency has recently issued new guidance on how operations involving the deposit of inert materials on land are classified. This update follows the outcome of a court case involving Tarmac at the end of 2015 at which the currency of EAs previous guidance, RGN 13 Defining waste recovery – permanent deposit of waste on land was called into question.

The distinction between recovery and deposit of inert waste is important for the restoration of quarries and other landscaping uses. If the restoration of a quarry could be shown to be a recovery operation then it is not a landfill and the strictures of the Landfill Directive would not apply. In the Tarmac case the court found that the EA should have issued a recovery permit for the restoration of a Quarry. The Court found that if an obligation, such as a Planning Permission imposed by a regulator required the restoration of a quarry the substitution of suitable waste material was automatically a recovery operation unless there was evidence that the regulator would not insist on compliance with the obligation. Previously the EA required an applicant to demonstrate that the restoration could be carried out with a non-waste if the waste material was not available prior to accepting the operation as a recovery one.

The new Waste Recovery Guidance updates the EA’s positon in line with this judgement and has potentially significantly implications for the restoration of quarries and other sites using inert waste to complete landscaping or noise bunds. Although it is yet to be seen how the guidance will work in practice it would appear that many quarry restorations will now be done via a recovery permit rather than potentially a landfill (deposit) one.

If you wish to discuss the implications of this new guidance please 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.