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Relief as new fertiliser regulations are dropped in Brussels

Organics recyclers in the UK have welcomed a decision by the European Commission not to update the regulation on fertilisers across the EU.

It has emerged that end-of-waste (EoW) proposals in the sector have been dropped in the general revision of the Commission’s work programme for this year.

Members of the Commission’s Fertilisers Working Group say they understand that officials working on the topic are exploring different possibilities for including organic fertilisers in a future revision.

It is said to be a possibility that it could come under the controversial Circular Economy package which is due to be re-introduced in late 2015.  

The Renewable Energy Association’s Organics Recycling Group (REAORG), which opposed the plan, said it was relieved that UK compost and digestate producers and their certification schemes would not have to realign to EU criteria.

At present, UK producers and users of compost and digestate products made from biodegradable wastes are bound by PAS 100 and PAS 110 and their quality protocols (QPs) for compost and digestate, respectively.

The REA website said: “Such change would have been costly and some of the draft criteria would have been impossible to meet. Our members will be pleased to continue marketing quality compost and digestate products that comply with the UK’s relevant PASs and QPs.”  

As MRW reported exclusively in November, REAORG argued that if the Commission’s changes were adopted, then the PAS regimes would no longer be valid and, following 10 years of establishing the standards with public funding from WRAP, it would not be good for industry.

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