First Call for Evidence in Waste Quality Protocol Review
Back in August the Environment Agency (EA) announced the beginning of a full comprehensive review of the End of Waste Framework. You can read our summary of the review in our previous blog post.
A Quick Recap
The agency will spend the next 12-18 months scrutinising the current Quality Protocols (of which there are 13), with 1 of 3 potential outcomes for each. Our summary explains what each of these outcomes could mean for you and your business as well as a worked example of rising costs.
Societal pressure, environmental concerns, technical advancement, and new legal standards have directed the EA to overhaul the End of Waste Framework, with QPs forming a key part of this. The QPs will be reviewed in stages with different groups of protocols being focused on at various times over the assessment period.
4R Group will update you throughout with progress of reviews and the ramifications of each decision that is announced.
Anaerobic digestate operations could face increased scrutiny
First Call for Evidence
After a delayed start to the review process, it is now time to submit evidence to the EA for consideration. First up under the microscope are the Quality Protocols (QPs) for anaerobic digestate, compost, and poultry litter ash.
At this point no decision has been made regarding the continuation or withdrawal of these QPs. This stage is purely a gathering of information/views/evidence to be taken into account in the decision process. If it is decided that EA support is withdrawn or deemed necessary to revise a QP, further detailed calls for evidence will take place at that time.
For each of these 3 QPs, the EA would like views expressed as answers to the following questions:
As well as the more generic questions above, there are specific questions for each individual QP that need to be answered (along with evidence). These more unique questions relate to concerns raised by EA staff during the initial stages of the review and are as follows:
Anaerobic Digestion QP:
Poultry Litter Ash QP:
Compost producers may have to apply for deployments in the future
This call for evidence represents a real opportunity for waste producers and businesses to put their case forward for the continuation of the QPs and to have their say in addressing environmental concerns. On the flip side, the outcomes could potentially cause some drastic and costly changes on the horizon, highlighting the need for industry wide engagement from the whole scope of producers.
How to contribute
Please e-mail your comments/evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title "Waste to Land QP Comments" in the title/subject box.
The deadline for correspondence is Friday 31st January 2020.
Keep posted to 4R Group for announcement updates and contact us for advice on QPs and permitting by emailing email@example.com. If you wish to have input into any of the QP reviews keep your eyes peeled for communications. You can contact the review team directly by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by forwarding your comments and input to the Organics Recycling Group at the Renewable Energy Association.
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