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COSLA CONFERENCE ON DISPOSAL OF ORGANIC WASTE TO LAND

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The conclusions and recommendations of SEPA's strategic review of ...
The conclusions and recommendations of SEPA's strategic review of

the disposal of organic waste to land, come under the spotlight at a

COSLA conference today.

The report makes recommendations for controlling the spreading of

organic waste such as sewage sludge and blood and gut contents

from abattoirs on agricultural land.

SEPA were asked to produce the report by Lord Sewel who, in

responding to public concern including representations by COSLA,

wanted an assessment of the robustness of existing regulatory

provisions.

SEPA's report concludes that the current regulation and management of

the practice is both inadequate and inconsistent and leads to methods

and systems which pose a risk to the environment and, potentially, to

public, plant and animal health.

Today's conference will allow consideration of the recommendations

made by SEPA in their report, which are currently with the minister.

COSLA's protective services forum convener Julia Sturrock said: 'The practice of spreading waste on land has caused some communities great concern. Today's conference will allow for discussion on whether the new controls SEPA recommends will sensibly meet these concerns.

'It is vitally important that this issue which can cause such misery

to some of our communities is properly addressed.'

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