Waste Management: Anaerobic Digesters

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of The Duke of Montrose The Duke of Montrose Deputy Chief Whip, Whips, Shadow Minister (Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Also In Scotland Team), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Shadow Minister, Scotland

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Environmental Protection Agency produces a standard for the residue of anaerobic digesters which can be sold; and whether that product still falls under the waste disposal regulations.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The Environment Agency (EA) is currently developing a standard for anaerobic digestate, with a view to providing greater regulatory certainty on the issue of when this material has been fully recovered and has ceased to be waste for the purposes of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). The EA is the main competent authority for the purposes of implementing the WFD in England and Wales.

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