Tight deadline for transition to revised PAS100 standard

Earlier this month PAS 100:2018, the revised standard for specification for compost material, was published. With an implementation deadline of 31st December 2018, businesses have less than three months to transition from PAS 100:2011 that it replaces.

The key changes to the PAS 100 include:

  • PAS 100:2018 introduces a new ‘compost quality’ clause to make clearer the existing requirements to produce compost that is fit-for-purpose (suitable for intended use). Any quality requirements that are more stringent or wider ranging than the minimum baseline quality requirements specified in the PAS must be checked and agreed with customers in writing.
  • The revised standard for specification for compost material requires a team approach to developing a Safety and Quality Control System (SQCS).
  • The previous Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) section of PAS 100:2011 has been re-written to extend the requirements. PAS 100:2018 requires producers to set up a SQCS to consider hazards affecting quality, as well as safety, relevant to the intended use of the compost. This also relates to the new ‘compost quality’ clause.
  • PAS 100:2018 requires compost to be reassessed for compliance with the requirements of the ‘compost quality’ clause when stored for a period of six months or longer.
  • The dispatch of sampled batches of compost for use is restricted until after the test results have been checked for conformance to PAS 100.

All operators will be audited against the new PAS 100:2018 from 1st January 2019. For assistance to transition from PAS 100:2011 contact Wiser Environment 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.