360 Environmental
  31st January 2011  

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Statements of Compliance for Packaging Regs due today 31 JANUARY 
Today is the final day for direct registrants and schemes to submit their Statements of Compliance for 2010.

Mixed WEEE protocol Guidance updated 27 JANUARY
The Agencies have updated the recently issued Guidance on mixed WEEE protocols to take account of some calculation errors.


News

Latest NI Environmental statistics published
Government considering scrapping Carbon Reduction Commitment
Latest EA Business News published
Biggest crime probe into illegal WEEE exports gets trial date
Defra publish draft EuP Guidance notes for household washing machines and dishwashers
November Landfill Tax stats published
Another waste recycling site goes up in flames
Dublin Covanta waste incinerator contract may cost public €350m
Government report says packaging is key to world food waste reduction
Some of the UK’s biggest grocery and construction companies sign up to Courtauld


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


Events - Details here

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 (in partnership with CIWM) Exhibition - Birmingham


360 Training courses

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

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

Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

 

EA - Failure to register under Packaging Regs costs Leicestershire concrete company £50k - 28 Jan
EA - Leeds waste company AWM fined for illegal waste storage and disposal - 28 Jan
EA - Pollution costs Welsh landfill company £83k in fines and costs - 28 Jan
SEPA - TEG Environmental fined £14k for odour problems - 26 Jan
HSE - Metal recycler fined £200k for worker death - 31 Jan


PRNs 

The prices below are an indication of available spot prices for 2011 PRNs (last week in brackets) taking commission into account.
The pressure on glass appears to have fallen off a bit, but the recent scare has now pushed up prices for 2011 glass PRNs. Other materials have also hardened a bit for 2011. PRN price history shown here.

Material   2011 prices
Paper   1.50-2
Glass   15-20
Aluminium   15-20
Steel   5-7
Plastic   3-5 (2-3)
Wood   1.50-2
Net recycling   1.50-2.50
Net recovery   0.5-1

Material Prices

We only have the current price for cardboard - baled ex-works. Other prices should resume next week.

Corrugated cardboard - £115-125 (£125-135)  


Humour 

A young couple wanted to join the church, the vicar told them, 'We have a special requirement for new member couples. You must abstain from conjugal activity for one whole month.' 
The couple agreed, but after two-and-a-half weeks returned to the Church. When the vicar ushered them into his office, the wife was crying and the husband was obviously very depressed. 'You are back so soon...Is there a problem?' the vicar inquired. 
'We are terribly ashamed to admit that we did not manage to abstain for the required month.' The young man replied sadly. 
The vicar asked him what happened. 
'Well, the first week was difficult... However, we managed to abstain through sheer willpower. The second week was terrible, but with the use of prayer, we managed to abstain. However, the third week was unbearable. We tried cold showers, Prayer, reading from the Bible....anything to keep our minds off Carnal Thoughts. 
One afternoon my wife reached for a can of paint and dropped it. When she bent over to pick it up, I was overcome with lust and I just had my way with her right then and there. It was lustful, loud and passionate. It lasted for over an hour and when we were done we were both drenched in sweat,' admitted the man, shamefacedly. 
The vicar lowered his head and said sternly, 'You understand this means you will not be welcome in our church.' 
'We know.' said the young man, hanging his head, 'We're not very welcome at Homebase either'.

Newspaper clipping

A council has been criticised for plans to be the first in Britain to use its crematorium furnace to heat a swimming pool. Town hall chiefs at Redditch want to use the excess heat to warm the pool at the neighbouring Abbey Stadium Sports Centre. Council chiefs say it will save cash and is a greener way of powering the leisure centre - but local people have expressed concerns at the "eerie" proposals.
Simon Thomas, of Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors, said: "I don't know how comfortable people would feel about the swimming pool being heated due to the death of a loved one, I think it's a bit strange and eerie.
"I'm not comfortable with it at all and I think trying to save money due to the death of someone's family member or friend is a bit sick. It just doesn't feel right."
But council leader Carole Gandy defended the plan, saying: "I'd much rather use the energy rather than just see it going out of the chimney and heating the sky. It will make absolutely no difference to the people who are using the crematorium for services. I do recognise some people might not like it, but if they don't they don't have to use our crematorium. I wouldn't want them to do that but they have to make that choice."