Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Composting Motion unanimously approved

My composting motion to the full meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire Council was today approved by a unanimous decision. I would like to thank my fellow Councillors from all parties for their support.

I would also like to acknowledge the help of ERYC officers for their help and guidance in bringing this motion forward.

Hopefully the review of the composting industry will now take place in the early part of next year.

But today was only the beginning of the process to ensure that the Composting Industry is rigorously monitored and the regulation of the processes, especially the range of material composted, the geographic origin, the storage, and the days and methods of spreading are brought out into the open, that the composters conform to ALL regulations, and that the rights of local residents are paramount.

Also see the story in today's Yorkshire Post at the following link:


Stunk-out at Spaldington said...

Thank you Paul for raising the waste composting issue at the council meeting today, and thank you to all elected members of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for voting unanimously in favour of the motion. The people of Spaldington are very relieved that, after nearly two years of having had their complaints and concerns on waste composting ignored by the Environment Agency, Public Protection and the Planning Department, at last someone in authority has recognised how serious the issue is and is taking action.

Alec Wild said...

Many thanks Paul for the Motion on the composting situation in the Howdenshire region of East Riding of Yorkshire.The authorities cannot now ignore the problems related to composting animal by- products that may effect the Health of humans,animals and damage to the environment.I have raised many concerns since 2001 about the way on-farm composters are regulated by the authorities and the incompetent methods and buildings used to produce so called compost in relation to the animal by-products regulations 1774-2002.The validation and approvel of the systems used for composting animal by-products needs to be addressed urgently to avoid potential disasters.The way forward is to produce compost to pas bs100 standards in specialised constructed composting systems which can ensure 99.9% reduction of potential dangerous pathogens and parasites.If existing barns are used for housed windrows on farms then the animal by-products should be PRESSURE COOKED at
133oC/20min/3bar before composting this may also reduce pathogens and parasites to acceptable levels.The public need protection,animals need protection and the environment needs protection.
We may need to follow Scotland's lead and ban animal by-products from composting plants altogether,they have realised the potential danger.Maybe the composters in Howdenshire have another supply of animal by-products! from SCOTLAND our authorities are sure to allow the transportation to increase an already over production of vile,stinking waste that they call compost.

Anonymous said...

Well done Paul on bringing this exploitation of the recycling efforts to evryone's notice. It is about time the Enivorment Agency did their job and controlled what is going on and the rules that are been broken

Anonymous said...

There are many environmental concerns
about composting thst worry us.

1.odours, still are evident.

2.large numbers of rat sightings close to composting sites.

3.huge heaps left standing on fields permanently draining in to the surrounding water courses.

When will the agencies who police these business's decide that the existing heaps should be spread before more can be made? Or will they allow more and more to be stored on farm land despite there being not enough space to dispose of the rubbish? Who decides when the land can take no more spreading and still be viable agricultural land? If the answer to the above is the quality is of no importance, then the land ceases to be agricultural and a change of use should be applied for.
Composting business's do not seem to be agricutural,they are waste disposal enterprises that are running all year and are clearly lucrative. In our opinion any building involved in waste disposal
should not be classified agricultural but industrial and rated accordingly. Are they?

Paul Robinson said...

I have today received a copy of a letter from the Barbara Young, the Chief Executive of The Environment Agency detailing some interesting developments in this ongoing saga. I will post some of the contents when they've been checked out.

Anonymous said...

December 23rd 2007
The farmer at the water tower at Spaldington is creating an appalling stench from his waste compost again. He appears to be pushing loads of waste through as quickly as possible whilst all the people from the authorities who have been monitoring him are off work over the Christmas break. He is making a mockery of the whole Regulatory system and showing total disregard for all those living nearby.

Anonymous said...

A Christmas Tale....
A visitor on CHRISTMAS DAY in my garden commented that some of the rats we had complained about and had been poisoning must have died in the garden as she could smell rotting flesh.Those of us who knew better replied "oh no thats the compost." I am sure the various agencies would still tell us that the odour is not bad enough to warrant a complaint but our guest who is not aware of there guidelines considered it quite unacceptable.You do not know from one day to the next when we will be invaded by odour,so someone please tell me how will i know when it will be safe to hold a bbq this summer?Can we borrow someones garden from the enviroment agency?Perhaps if they had to spend time living with the smell there opinion of what is acceptable might change.Did i register a complaint on christmas day? Such is my disgust as to how we have been treated i did not .THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS BLOG!!!