Portable battery definition change

The definition of portable batteries changed from 1st January 2016 affecting battery manufacturing and recycling.

??????????The Environment Agency (EA) has stated that batteries that weigh more than 4kg are no longer considered portable batteries but are now classified as industrial. The EA has also confirmed that batteries that weight less than 4 kg can still be classed as industrial if they are ‘designed exclusively for professional or industrial use’.

Batteries used in the home, for example AA, AAA and button batteries are generally classified as portable unless they have higher than normal voltage.

For further clarification, please visit the Government’s website.

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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.