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Decision on animal bedding by end of year

Wood recyclers should find out whether animal bedding has been included in the Quality Protocol (QP) by the end of the year.

WRAP head of new programmes Julia Turner told the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) annual meeting that the Environment Agency was in contact with organisations including the Food Standards Agency and the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratory Agency as it considers the case for its inclusion.

Discussions on whether to include animal bedding hinge on the potential impact of wood treatments on animal and human health via the food chain.

Further work is also being carried out to develop test methods for landscaping products.

When the draft QP was released in March for consultation, wood recyclers expressed their dissatisfaction that animal bedding was not included.

It covered wood for use in landscape and panel board applications, but biomass and wood for animal bedding were both excluded due to a lack of evidence to support their inclusion.

At the meeting WRA secretary Peter Butt said: “We didn’t initially include animal bedding because the feeling was that if we pushed too hard we could damage the QP. It is frustrating that we’re not moving faster on it though.”

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