The EA recently held a Biowaste Use Workshop which was attended by leading consultancies in the biowaste industry. The primary functions of this workshop were to discuss the performance of operators and EA staff, look at how to improve the deployment process and lastly, to examine potential changes moving forward.
WRM Ltd would like to share with you the outcomes of this workshop as some very important issues have been highlighted and will go to consultation later this year. We anticipate any changes will come into force in 2015.
The first session focussed on the performance of the regulator and the operators with non-compliances being a general theme. It was noted that non-compliances were being generated from the Management Systems for landspreading. They contained inadequate and/or out of date information. The EA stated that moving forward, all sites will be required to have a Management System in place and these must all contain contingency plans for extreme weather events, disease and land changes. The second non-compliance performance related issue was that Waste Returns are not being completed. These should be completed even if no material has been sent off site. The EA saw sites falling into a Band B due to these non-compliances.
The discussion at the end of the first session brought to light the need for more flexible deployments, including a 12 – 24 month agricultural window and start dates for deployments.
The second session sought to address the deployment process and how to best achieve a quick turnaround. Cropping and sensitive receptors formed a major element of this session, and it was noted that more information, especially in relation to cropping grasses, will ensure the EA staff are able to be quicker at determining deployments. The EA also stated that EA staff dealing with landspreading will undergo training with Harper Adams. This should mean that questions unrelated to deployments and questions already answered in the deployments, should not be returned as often, therefore reducing the turnaround time.
The end of session discussion sought clarification on the impracticalities of the waste analysis and EA staff misunderstandings.
The final session was based on what the EA would like to see in future. This included:
There many potential changes moving forward, mainly good for the industry and we would like to see these implemented to allow for increased flexibility that works for the compost producer, the farmer and landspreaders.
WRM Ltd have dedicated staff who deal with deployments, their associated management systems and the permit applications. Our team has successfully sent over 100,000 tonnes of waste to land for ecological or agricultural benefit with a zero rejection rate. Our deployment applications are at a leading industry standard. Our FACTS qualified advisors work with the deployment process to ensure the appropriate amount of waste is allocated to each application.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss these issues further or if you would like us to undertake deployments for you. Email email@example.com or call 01943 468 138.