Category: Regulation Blog

Autumn Spreading & The Farming Rules for Water

The Farming Rules for Water have been causing quite a stir in the farming and organic’s recycling industry over the past few weeks. The recent Regulatory Position Statement published by the Environment Agency on the spreading of organic manures for this autumn has fuelled significant interest, debate and confusion right across the sector…

New EA Consultation on Technical Competence Requirements

The requirement to have a nominated Technically Competent Manager, or TCM, has been a long-standing requirement under environmental permit conditions. But the EA are proposing to make changes to these requirements to ensure ‘poor performers receive additional supervision by TCMs to rectify non-compliances and reduce risk’. It’s time to have your say…

*QP Update* Call for funding the Compost & AD QP Revisions

REA Organics, together with ADBA, CIWM and ESA trade associations have just released their call for funding the compost and anaerobic digestion Quality Protocol revisions. If you or your business are reliant on these vital End of Waste frameworks, it’s time to make your pledge…

NVZs for Wales

It’s been on the table for a long time, but earlier this month, the Welsh Government announced the whole of Wales will become an NVZ, to start being phased in as early as this spring. This will impact farming practices across the country…

Review of Farming Rules for Water

The Farming Rules for Water, underpinned by the Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution Regulations (England) were originally published in April 2018. At the time, a review of these rules were promised after three years – and it’s happening now… 

Compost & Digestate Quality Protocols – What’s Happening?

In December 2020, the EA published their initial report on the current Anaerobic Digestate and Compost Quality Protocols. They have concluded that both QP’s need revising in a number of key areas. The task now falls onto the industry to make changes, in order to maintain these End of Waste frameworks for these materials. Without a Quality Protocol (soon to be called Resource Frameworks), even PAS100 and PAS110 certified materials will be ‘wastes’… 

Changes to Regulations for Land Spreading of Biosolids

All biosolids and septic tank sludge to land will be regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations by 2023. The Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations, which has been in use since 1989, will no longer be needed. This comes from the…