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Environment Agency to review bio-waste sites

The Environment Agency is set to launch a review of permitted waste sites within the bio-waste sector, including anaerobic digestion and mechanical biological treatment.

The review will ensure all bio-waste operations are regulated in a consistent manner and that the objectives of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan are met.

It will also seek to improve the quality of recovered material and improve the performance of the sector, securing a regulatory framework that is fair and achievable, whilst providing the best possible protection for people and the environment.

The Environment Agency said a standard rules consultation will be published in the early Autumn and there have been several consultations on the revised standards and proposed changes for bio-waste.

These have provided operators with the opportunity to influence and raise concerns which have been taken into account in final proposals.  

The review will begin with bespoke Installations permits and with sites presenting the highest risk or poor performance being prioritised.  

The Environment Agency said it will shortly formally request information from operators on their process and pollution control measures to assess against new best available techniques.

“The aim of the review of permitted sites is to ensure the bio-waste sector continues to grow and develop in a sustainable and efficient way, providing benefits to communities and the environment,” said an Environment Agency spokesman.

“The review has developed with input from industry representatives from the bio-waste sector, ensuring we are well sighted on opportunities and issues.”

Author: Jamie Hailstone,
Topic: Policy & Regulation , Wastewater quality
Tags: anaerobic digestion

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