Businesses and the agricultural community using anaerobic digestion (AD) stand to benefit from relaxed waste regulations if they conform to a new Quality Protocol(QP). Officially launched at the RWM exhibition last week, this sets out clear standards for the production of digestate from organic waste.
The QP will mean charges associated with waste regulations will no longer have to be paid, making it cheaper and easier for businesses and the agricultural community to use AD digestate on farmland.
By defining when the material ceases to be a waste and when it becomes a product, the QP should reduce the amount of regulation involved.
It has been developed by the Waste Protocols Project a joint Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Environment Agency initiative - in close consultation with the Renewable Energy Association and other industry bodies.
WRAP organics technical specialist Nina Sweet told MRW the QP was an important part of the jigsaw in the development of AD in the UK, as it should help stimulate the demand for the digestate produced via the AD process and in turn boost the case for organic waste treatment.
The relaxed regulations will come into force when individual AD plants become accredited to the QP. The QP sets out the minimum standards required to collect, transport, store, recycle and reuse source-segregated biodegradable waste and also stipulates compliance with the proposed quality standard for AD digestate, PAS110, due to be published later this autumn by BSI British Standards.