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RDF firm to resume export from Avonmouth

Waste wood processing firm Boomeco has been given the green light to re-start exporting Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) from Avonmouth docks, but will have to stick to a strict set of conditions laid down by Bristol City Council.

Boomeco’s permit to store waste wood at the docks was withdrawn by the Environment Agency earlier this year after a severe fly infestation.

However, the company has now been allowed to resume export with Bristol City Council taking over as “the enforcement authority rather than the Environment Agency”. The firm has been warned that it faces prosecution if it does not comply with the new working conditions.

Under the new regime, waste bales will be directly transported from lorries arriving at the port into the holds of waiting cargo ships. RDF storage remains not allowed.

The Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson said: “We have been very clear with the operator that we expect them to adhere to all the conditions laid out in the enforcement notice and that if there is any breach they could face prosecution.

“We will have Environmental Health officers on site, closely monitoring as the materials are transported through the docks and into the ship. We will be watching.”

Among the conditions which Boomeco will be required to adhere to are:

  • all bales received at the port must be fully-wrapped between 12 and 18 times in heavy-duty plastic
  • any bales arriving at the docks that are pierced or damaged are to be re-loaded onto the lorries and taken immediately off-site
  • no lorries to be received on to the dock until the vessel has been berthed
  • Boomeco is responsible for clearing and cleaning the complete site within two hours of the end of operations
  • Boomeco has to follow strict guidance on the use of pesticides on site by a chemical expert 

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