360 Environmental
  17th January 2011  

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Glass PRN market jumps as Welsh recycler gets investigated by EA - 14 JANUARY
Nationwide Recycling, a significant PRN issuer, is being investigated by the EA and has had its accreditation as a Packaging Regulations reprocessor suspended.


German report (in English) compares various carbon emissions trading schemes
Institute of Civil Engineers calls for waste 'evolution' and £10-20bn investment
GMB report shows recycling top and bottom performing councils
Defra project to look at business waste prevention for Waste Review
Wales recycling rate hits 45%
Concern expressed over proposals for free disposal for charity shops

New Consultations - Previous ones here - no new ones in the last week.

Events - Details here

19-20 January - Waste Management Finance Forum - London
26 January - The London Conference - London
10 February - Organics - the big issues
16-17 February - Energy from Waste - London
7-8 March - PPP in waste - London

9 March - Redefining Commercial Waste
13-15 September - RWM/Futuresource Exhibition - Birmingham

360 Training courses

£150/person, held at 360 Environmental, Leicester - more details

  • Packaging regulations overview and data support - 26th Jan, 9th Feb, 23rd Feb
  • Whistlestop general waste legislation - 19th Jan
  • Hazardous Waste - 16th Feb
  • Local Authority - legislation affecting household waste - 2nd Mar

Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

EA - Illegal waste deposits costs Leicestershire skip operators £13k plus suspended sentence - 13 Jan
EA - £30k fine for illegal Lincolnshire waste business - 12 Jan
EA - 150 hour Community Order for running two illegal transfer stations - 12 Jan
EA - Illegal waste deposit costs Hereford company £70k in fines and costs - 12 Jan
EA - Easy Skips Director jailed for large scale illegal waste storage - 10 Jan
EA - Vehicle hirer prosecuted for fly-tipping - 6 Jan
EA - Pathetic fines handed out to illegal waste site operator - 5 Jan


The prices below are an indication of available spot prices (last week in brackets) taking commission into account. Aluminium has now dropped below £20, but glass has rocketed following a difficult December and the news on Nationwide Recycling. PRN price history shown here.

Paper - 1-2 
Glass - 40-50 (10-16)  
Aluminium - 15-18
Steel 1-2
Plastic - 1-2
Wood - 1-2 
Net recycling - 1-2
Net recovery - 0.50-1

Material Prices

The prices below are an indication of current market values per tonne and for cardboard and plastic, are for large bales. Last week in brackets if there is a change.

Corrugated cardboard - (£120-130 (£105-115)
Plastic LDPE film - £280-290 
Aluminium cans - £800-850
General scrap metal - £160-180 (£130-140) 
Mixed glass - £-5-0  
Colour separated - £15-30


  • My mate just hired an Eastern European cleaner, took her 5 hours to hoover the house. Turns out she was a Slovak
  • Since the snow came, all the wife has done is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I’ll have to let her in.
  • I’ve been charged with murder for killing a man with sandpaper. To be honest I only intended to rough him up a bit.
  • After years of research, scientists have discovered what makes women happy. Nothing.
  • A lad comes home from school and excitedly tells his dad that he had a part in the school play and he was playing a man who had been married for 25 years. The dad says, “Never mind son, maybe next year you’ll get a speaking part.”
  • Just had my water bill of £100 drop on my mat. That’s a lot. Oxfam can supply a whole African village for just £2 a month. Time to change supplier I think.

Newspaper clipping

Diners in China are overcoming their reservations by flocking to a new toilet-themed restaurant where business is booming. Customers at the Modern Toilet restaurant, in Kunming, Yunnan province, eat on seats converted from toilets.
Urinals hang on the walls as decorations and signature dishes include 'excrement ice cream', 'toilet bowl hot pot' and 'fried poo sticks'. Owner Xu Liang says the restaurant has proved more popular than expected with students, in particular, keen to try the experience.
"We had a survey before opening, and 20% of people wanted to try it, 60% weren't sure, while only 20% found the idea unacceptable," he said. "Sometimes unusual combinations can work. A toilet and a restaurant are complete opposites but combined together they make for a unique experience."
Regular customer Yang Siwen, a university student, has eaten at the restaurant three times since it opened two weeks ago. "I originally went in because I thought it was a toilet but then discovered it was a restaurant and decided to give it a try," she said.