Category Archives: Albion Environmental News

REA’S ORGANICS RECYCLING SCOTLAND CONFERENCE

Albion team attended The REA Organics Scotland Conference, organised by The Renewable Energy Association and hosted in Aberdeen. This conference allows groups within the organics sector – including local authorities, waste operators, waste management companies, and industry consultants – to come together to discuss the issues facing the Organic Waste Treatment sector. It is the ideal platform to look at innovative developments, current opportunities, and certain challenges and difficulties within the field.

The event started with a visit to an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) site being constructed near Aberdeen’s TECA (The Event Complex Arena). It was fascinating to see the plans for the site, how it would work, and to see the inside of an Anaerobic Digestion tank. Once the AD site is operating, it will produce enough electricity to power TECA. The plant will use 81,000 tonnes of feedstock each year, and this will include Aberdeen’s food waste, along with agricultural wastes and crop fuels.

In Scotland, building more organic waste treatment plants could be crucial in meeting the target to ban any biodegradable municipal waste from entering landfills from 2025 onwards (extended from 2021). This is just one of many important policy targets implement by the Scottish Government, to improve waste management. Another aim in Scotland is to cut food waste by 33% (from the 2013 figure) by 2025.

The first conference speaker covered this topic, by introducing the Scottish Governments Food Waste Reduction Action Plan & explaining the different methods that will be used to minimise food waste. Most of the other speakers, focused on organic waste management. Over the course of the conference, there were multiple interesting talks on a variety of topics, including:

  • Plastics found in organic waste, and what can be done about this
  • Summary of a study tour that explored the methods that Italy use to handle organic wastes
  • The process of building an organic waste treatment plant
  • How Aberdeen is using renewable energy to transform the city
  • Improving the quality of compost outputs from composting sites
  • Panel discussion on promoting the benefits of recycling organic materials

Albion’s very own KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) Associate presented at the conference too. She gave a well-received and engaging talk about bioaerosol monitoring and the benefits of a KTP. The talk included a description of what bioaerosols are,why it is important to monitor them and ways for sites to manage and minimise the risk of bioaerosols.

Bioaerosols are often generated by microorganisms, and high levels of microorganisms are crucial in the process of degrading (and therefore treating) organic wastes. As such, organic waste treatment can be strongly linked to high concentrations of bioaerosols – which can have certain negative health effects for humans. This makes bioaerosol monitoring an important subject.

Going forward a mutual understanding of both the key issues facing organics recyclers and how environmental and health & safety legislation may fit will help progress this KTP. Following on from the KTP, our environmental consultants here at Albion Environmental will have acquired the expertise and in-depth knowledge needed to provide a wide array of bioaerosol services that are useful to any potential clientstargeted specifically at their needs.

Information about the services our environmental consultants can provide can be found here

Albion’s ABC of Waste Management – N – Non-Hazardous Soil Waste

Albion Environmental provide training and advice to ensure your business is compliant and reduce your waste disposal costs.  Do you produce, manage or handle waste soils? Are you aware of your legal obligations? Find out more and sign up for one of our courses now.

Scotland produces approximately 11.6 million tonnes of controlled waste per annum and approximately 4.3 million tonnes of this is waste soil.

If you produce waste soil, to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011 and the Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations you must:

  • Apply the waste hierarchy to the management of your soil waste
  • Ensure your waste is transferred to someone authorised to receive it
  • Complete a waste transfer note
  • Describe the waste accurately
  • Take measures to ensure that your waste does not cause pollution or harm to human health

While most businesses will have their waste transfer note paperwork, in our experience, many do not fully complete all of the above steps.

Why should you take time to consider this?

  1. Financial Benefits – By ensuring the waste hierarchy has been applied and soils classified correctly you could reduce the volume of waste soil you generate and its associated cost for disposal.
  • Environmental Benefits – You could reduce the volume of material going to landfill, help identify greater opportunities to reuse soils and lower your carbon footprint.
  • Legal Compliance – It is a legal requirement

What Can Albion Do?

Albion can provide those who produce, handle and manage waste soils with a range of services to comply with your Duty of Care Requirements, including:

  • Bespoke training to help your staff understand their Duty of Care Obligations
  • Sampling and assessment of soil waste
  • Soil waste classification in accordance with WM3 Guidance
  • Soil reuse assessments
  • Development of soil management plans

The results of the above will help your business demonstrate it is complaint and can generate significant cost savings.

To find out more or to have an informal chat please contact Andrew Howlett.

REHIS 2 Day Course – Working with Waste Management Legislation

Do you need to comply with current Waste Management Legislation or are you working towards gaining a WAMITAB COTC award? If the answer is ‘yes’ then our 2 Day Working with Waste Management Legislation course is not to be missed.

Next Course 30th & 31st March 2020. Book Here or contact us directly on 01292 610428 to speak to our Training Manager Kirstie MacDougall

Background
This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the legislation relating to the Waste Management industry and provides background knowledge and understanding for WAMITAB candidates. The course is suitable for those new to the Industry, anyone starting or completing WAMITAB COTC awards or experienced managers who require to be kept abreast of recent changes.

Qualification
Candidates who successfully complete the course will receive a joint certificate from Albion Environmental Ltd and The Royal Environmental Health Institution of Scotland (REHIS) which can be used to demonstrate Advanced Prior Learning (APL) for WAMITAB awards.

Objectives
To provide evidence of the knowledge & understanding aspects required for the technical units of WAMITAB’s Certificate of Technical Competence (COTC’s) and to provide a basic understanding of the main elements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

To understand and apply the practical aspects of:

  • The Definition of Waste
  • The Duty of Care
  • Registration of Carriers
  • Special Waste Regulations
  • Transport of Wastes (Including Dangerous Goods)

Course Content

  • The Definition of Waste
  • Registration of Carriers
  • Duty of Care
  • EWC Codes Special Waste Regulations & Consigning Special Waste
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods (By Road)
  • Storage of Hazardous/Special Wastes
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Health & Safety Management

Training Methods
Participative with a mix of lecturing, case studies and exercises.

Course Materials include:
Course Manual

Confirmation of Learning
Confirmation of learning is achieved by completion of course exercises.

Compliance with the EPR 5.07 – Clinical Waste guidance

Are you struggling with complying with the EPR 5.07 – Clinical Waste guidance?

The EPR 5.07 applies to all waste management facilities that are permitted to accept clinical waste.

Albion Environmental Ltd has a dedicated team of qualified trainers and expert Consultants with experience on healthcare waste management. We have been providing support to many NHS Trusts across Scotland which includes the delivery of comprehensive site audits as required.

Under the EPR 5.07, facilities handling healthcare wastes must: ‘focus on preventing emissions by providing appropriate measures for waste storage, handling and dispatch. This applies to all facilities that manage clinical waste and is intended to reduce the potential for spillage, resulting in the release of fluids, solids, aerosols and litter; odour; infestation by pests; interference by trespassers’.

If you are a permit holder and need some support to demonstrate you comply with storage, handling and dispatch requirements, we have prepared a simple showing key points you need to make sure are covered by your daily activities.

EPR 5.07 – Validation of Treatment

The EPR 5.07 applies to all waste management facilities that are permitted to accept clinical waste.

Albion Environmental Ltd has a dedicated team of qualified trainers and expert Consultants with experience on healthcare waste management. We have been providing support to many NHS Trusts across Scotland which includes the delivery of comprehensive site audits as required.

Under the EPR 5.07, a Validation of Treatment procedure is required on the following conditions: ‘’The following additional standards and measures are mandatory for clinical waste treatment activities. This includes small plant, mobile plant, and devices located on producer premises’’.

If you are a permit holder carrying out treatment of healthcare waste and need some support to demonstrate that your treatment process is able to render clinical waste safe, we have prepared a simple diagram showing the 3 stages of Quality Assurance of treatment efficacy. Efficacy testing measures the ability of your process to achieve this.