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Keeping on top of the legislation is important. Operation within the requirements of the law in terms of by-product transport and application is not just a requirement for MBP but also for producers of by-products. Knowledge about the legislation also opens up new possibilities for optimal applications. A solid knowledge about the everchanging legislation is a cornerstone in MBP to the benefit of our suppliers and customers alike.
The legislation is constantly changing and being updated as the EU and national authorities are trying to balance the two objectives of
- maximal recycling of resources in an environmentally sustainable way
- restrictions to prevent waste from ending up in the wrong places and causing harm to people or the environment.
A range of international and national legislation and laws are covering the waste, by-products and products which MBP is handling:
The legal applications of by-products are restricted by several aspects of legislation. Since 2002, the Animal By-product Regulation has regulated how fats and oils of animal as well as marine origin may be used legally. Used cooking oils from restaurants are also covered by this legislation. The distinction between waste and a product is particularly relevant when it comes to adding value to by-products. A general legal framework defines the distinction between waste and products. However, the actual operational distinction is often made by local authorities, a fact that often leads to unpredictable outcomes. In some cases, classification as a product requires a REACH registration. REACH is a EU register which requires costly technical documentation and registration of a range of chemical substances in order to ensure safe application. MBP is REACH registered for a number of products.
Transportation of by-products is regulated by the international transport legislation, including trans-frontier shipment of waste as well as transport of dangerous goods.
In the various areas of application a number of general and country-specific laws exist. As regards biofuel applications, the EU has a general legislation with the purpose of encouraging the use of biofuels, the most recent being the Renewable Energy Directive, which links national promotion of renewable energy to restrictions on the use of biofuels having insufficient carbondioxide reduction effect or negative effects on landuse. For practical purposes, the EU Waste Incineration Directive restricts the use and the incineration of biomass classified as waste to certain plants. At the national as well as the regional level further restrictions may apply. As an example, in Denmark, biofuel may only be legally incinerated if it is classified as “non-food”. In many countries specific rules and regulations apply in order to regulate the taxation or tax-exemption of a particular biofuel. An example of this is the English Renewable Obligation Order which places strict requirements on the approval of biofuel, supply chain as well as categorisation of incineration equipment in order to qualify for the so-called Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).
For Animal Feed applications a set of national certification systems apply in order to ensure that only safe and healthy feed materials are used for animal feed. This places restrictions on manufacturers, as well as transporters, storage facilities and trading companies in order to avoid contamination and ensure full tracability. MBP is registered as a feed company with the Swiss feed authorities.
Regarding fertilisers, raw material for anaerobic digestion as well as for composting, different national legislations place restrictions. A combination of positive lists as well as requirements for regular analysis of unwanted substances is typically implemented in order to ensure safe use and avoid contamination of arable land.
Through the combination of MBP’s international coverage as well as national offices, MBP is able to ensure that local and international legislation is complied with, as well as identify the optimal outlet for any by-product.
Animal Feed Legislation Links: