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Recycle Week 2017, 25 Sept. to 1st Oct. - WRAP

Posted by hertswow on September 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (2)


"This year’s campaign ‘Recycling – it’s worth it’ is designed to encourage us all to recycle more of the right things from all around the home. Our research shows that in the UK, whilst almost 90% of people claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. Yet recycling just three empty deodorant cans can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes. And those recycled aerosols could come back as parts for mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can.

It is these value and transformational messages we want to get across throughout this Recycle Week. And not just for dry recycling items, but food waste too. We know that understanding the importance of food waste recycling and what happens to recycled food once collected has increased, however awareness of it still lags behind dry recycling – so this will be a key area of focus next week."

Publicity: https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/why-recycle-because-its-worth-it/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">press release

Resources: https://partners.wrap.org.uk/collections/187/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">images & videos

Seminar on 'Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment'

Posted by hertswow on September 18, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In London c/o CIWEM on Thursday 9th November 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm, details

Cost £100.00. For sponsorship enquires please email [email protected]

"On the 16th May 2017 amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process were introduced in line with the 2014 EU Directive (2014/52/EU). The amendments pay increased attention to emerging threats and challenges including the increasing threat of climate change, ...

The aim of this seminar is to provide an overview and evaluation of the amendment to the EIA process six months after its introduction. The event will examine the state of adaptation and resilience in the UK and the effectiveness of EIA in driving positive change before sharing best practice on its consideration using case studies from the UK and EU.

Food Waste in the EU

Posted by hertswow on September 17, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

On 15th Sept. 2017, Martin Bowman (of 'This Is Rubbish' initiative) has requested this:

"Call on the European Commission to halve food waste in the UK and Europe before it's too late! Just over a month to go.  . . ." https://www.change.org/p/let-s-cut-europe-s-food-waste-in-half/u/21358195?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_campaign=139371&sfmc_tk=Xc4xjC6IXgqlqzYqjCwkkQd8krK5schZ8E5yQOOHstDaV0XRambjpwHSBTfR1yrM&j=139371&sfmc_sub=199855857&l=32_HTML&u=26589352&mid=7259882&jb=39" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Eunomia's 12th Residual Waste Infrastructure Review

Posted by hertswow on September 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eunomia consultancy team has published their biannual Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. here

which "tracks and forecasts the UK’s supply of treatment capacity and available waste arisings. The 12th edition of the report highlights the significant growth in residual waste treatment capacity since Eunomia started tracking facility development in 2009.

The review finds that the UK has more than doubled its residual waste treatment capacity in this time, while the quantity of residual waste suitable for treatment has fallen by 13%, and forecasts that supply will exceed capacity in 2020/21. Were all planned facilities to operate at full capacity, this would limit the UK’s recycling rate to no more than 63%."

Re-consultation on VES's planning application

Posted by hertswow on August 18, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday Herts. CC opened a public re-consultation on a slew of reports under 'Regulation 22' matters that queried many of  the original set of documents. This will run until Thursday 21st September 2017. If that is too short a timescale for your organisation, you are invited to notify HCC and ask for an extension (sooner rather than later please, so that other respondents can benefit from the timescale).

We expect that HCC's Minerals and Waste Planning team will publicise this via the HCC's web site's Consultations page https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/About-the-council/Consultations/Consultations.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

This is a substantial addition to the Planning documentation. Here is an index of the amended documents:

A new folder 'Further Information' contains these zip folders of 'Regulation 22' documentation:

  • Plans / Individ_Revised_App_Plans (14 docs): site, lighting, traffic
  • Misc (4 docs): design of the drainage & piling
  • Highways: Arrivals; Transport Assessments (2 docs):
  • Further Info (2 docs): AECOM's responses to Scoping Opinion; Further Information & Changes*
  • Flood Risk Assessment; Hydrology (2 docs)

*Further Info & Changes gives an outline of all changes made in the documents just published, via a few folder of Further Information: https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/tabPage3.jsp?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page

Part One - Further information supplied under Regulation 22

Part Two - Changes to the submitted planning application:

Flood Risk Assessment

Transport Assessment

Changes to the Environmental Statement

Additional info on risks to groundwater

Drainage / Appx 11.5 Drainage and Ground Water (1 doc)

By the way, a vital new response 'Landscape Comments RL' was added on 3rd August, from HCC's Landscape team, via the Statutory Representations folder. https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/tabPage3.jsp?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page (1st item)

EA's Consultation towards Environmental Permit - closed

Posted by hertswow on August 18, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday the Environment Agency's consultation on Veolia ES'a application for an Environmental Permit closed. We submitted a comprehensive response to the permitting team in terms of the range of topics, without specialising in any of them. At the same time, we sent a copy to the planning support team of ES who are in correspondence with Veolia and with Herts. CC about VES's planning application. We divided our concerns between permitting and planning, though there can be overlaps.

The gist of our response is that notwithstanding VES's claims about best available techniques, mitigation measures etc. the EA should refuse VES an environmental permit to operate the proposed facility because it is in the processes it would use are inevitably harmful to its surroundings, not least in terms of emissions fromthe facility and the transportation.

Defra's Air Quality Strategy, 26 July 2017

Posted by hertswow on July 27, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday the UK Government/Defra published its policy paper on 'Air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in UK (2017)' https://deref-gmx.co.uk/mail/client/p71ljOMdouA/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ukpia.com%2Fnews_press%2F2017%2F07%2F26%2Fukpia-statement---government%27s-air-quality-strategy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here 

Whilst the report's target timescales are ridiculously long and will doubtless be overtaken by events, this provides campaigners with a topical source to raise in consultations and enquiries regardless of closing dates for responses.

Lobbyists at UKPIA have yet to make any substantial response. https://deref-gmx.co.uk/mail/client/p71ljOMdouA/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ukpia.com%2Fnews_press%2F2017%2F07%2F26%2Fukpia-statement---government%27s-air-quality-strategy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here

Household Waste Recycling Centre at Ware

Posted by hertswow on July 19, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Herts. CC are running a consultation on a proposal to redevelop and expand the centre to replace the inadequate facilities dating from the 1970s. This is part of a programme to enhance the HWRC network across the county. proposal, form (by today):

"A split-level HWRC for deposit of wastes for re- use, recycling, recovery/disposal together with a Re-Use Centre, weighbridge, site offices and staff welfare facilities. The facility would be designed with capacity to receive up to 300,000 visitors and around 10,000 tonnes of waste per annum."

I only came across this today, but do not let the closing date put you off if you wish to respond. The online form will close but we have put a copy of the questionshttps://www.dropbox.com/s/j5zimemi4g3jkk8/Ware%20HWRC%20Consultation%20questions.rtf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

A standby copy of the exhibition brochure is https://www.dropbox.com/s/iw5hwmunlm1c8o6/ware-household-recycling-centre-proposals.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

EA's Consultation re Env. Permit for VES Ratty's Lane - DATE CHANGED

Posted by hertswow on July 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Environment Agency notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/en 11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-application-advertisement/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-application-advertisement" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">details

"EN11 0RF, Veolia ES Hertfordshire Limited:environmental permit application advertisement . . .

If you have any comments on the application send these by 17th August 2017. - NOTE  THE CHANGE OF CLOSING DATE.

Online: view and comment on the application using https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Citizen Space

Email: [email protected]

Or write to:

Environment Agency, Permitting and Support Centre, Land Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield S9 4WF"

Quote the Application number: EPR/SP3038DY/A001.

Herts. CC Waste Local Plan Stakeholder Event

Posted by hertswow on July 16, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On 23rd August, Herts. CC wil be running a Stakeholder Event towards updating their Waste Local Plan. It will be held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Herts., SG1 2FQ. map

You can request an invitation to take part as a specialist group from Trish Lyons, Planning Policy Officer, Minerals and Waste Policy Team, Spatial Planning & Economy Unit, by Friday 4th August: [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE that Herts, CC have advised us that "the workshop is seeking to explore how to address key issues in the forthcoming Waste Local Plan" since this is "a preliminary event to seek initial views" and not a formal consultation.

"...  we are very much at the first stage of document review and a draft Waste Local Plan is a long way off at present. As the plan review progresses, we will engage with different parties depending on the issue and stage, in line with the SCI [Statement of Community Involvement]; all formal stages of plan production will be carried out in accordance with the appropriate regulations."

"The invitation has been circulated to organisations and groups under the following headings: statutory consultees, District/Borough Councils, adjoining authorities, internal colleagues, linked business groups, Green Belt and landscape groups and other environmental/wildlife groups, including Friends of the Earth."