360 Environmental
  30th March 2009  

360 Newsletter

A fairly dull week from a legislative point of view, with the Home Secretary's expense claims providing far more excitement. However, the decision to change the minimum threshold for Hazardous waste exemptions should take many thousands of companies out of the need to register. And there was news that at a recent meeting at Defra, they indicated that the they were preparing plans to start gathering waste volume data from commercial and industrial producers and that landfill tax would continue to increase after 2010. Do not forget that landfill tax goes up on Wednesday by £8/tonne. And for those with any interest in WEEE, responses to the BERR consultation are required by 6 April.

Tighter scrutiny imposed on exports 27 MARCH 2009
India and Indonesia have announced new pre-shipment inspection requirements that will see shipments having to undergo monitoring during the entire loading process.

Resource efficiency organisations wrapped up 26 MARCH 2009
Defra have announced that WRAP's remit it to be extended to manage a range of resource efficiency organisations.

Retailer WEEE in-store Guidelines 25 MARCH 2009
The VCA a range of Guidance on their website on how retailers should discharge their in-store information responsibilities. This includes a new leaflet.

WRAP offers free advice to waste businesses 25 MARCH 2009
The Waste Resources & Action Programme has expanded its business development service so that recycling and reprocessing businesses can call upon advice from regionally-based experts. 


Some actual Exam Paper answers

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A: If you are buying a house, they will insist you are well endowed.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q; Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Newspaper clipping

Pink lights designed to show up teenagers' spots have been installed to stop them gathering in a Mansfield housing estate. Layton Burroughs Residents' Association bought the lights in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour, reports the BBC. The lights, said to have a calming influence but which also highlight skin blemishes such as acne, have been installed in three underpasses on the estate. Tony Gelsthorpe, chairman of the Layton Burroughs Residents' Association, said: "We've had problems with underage drinking, drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and general intimidation. I was a little bit dubious about the pink lights at first but it's done the trick. We've got to think of our residents and we've got to live here at the end of the day."
However, the National Youth Agency said it would just move the problem somewhere else.
Peta Halls, development officer for the NYA, said: "Anything that aims to embarrass people out of an area is not on. They have a right to congregate, it's part of being a teenager and most young people are good, law-abiding people."