Reuse of waste affected by reclassification

From this summer, changes to the classification of certain wastes could potentially prevent their reuse or result in the requirement for greater pre-treatment.

The reuse of waste materials is a frequent practice in several industries, for example, reusing excavated soil and rock at construction sites has known environmental, economic and social advantages. This reuse of materials is affected by its classification as hazardous or non-hazardous and, the interpretation of the analytical results can be tricky.

On 8th June 2017 Council Regulation (EU) 2017/997 was released amending Annex III to Directive 2008/98/EC which lists properties of waste which render it hazardous. The change involves the classification of wastes as ecotoxic (hazardous property 14, or HP14) i.e. waste that presents immediate or delayed risks to the ecosystem.

The regulation lays out the calculations to be used to interpret analytical results when assessing this hazardous property of waste. Whilst the aim is to harmonise the classification within the EU, the regulation may mean that some waste that was previously classified non-hazardous is now considered hazardous and therefore can no longer be reused without further treatment.

This Regulation will apply from 5th July 2018. For more information or to find out if this applies to you, please contact Andrea Petrolati on 01480 462 232.

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Accreditations

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.