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  28th February 2011  

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Latest Landfill Tax stats show continued fall in Standard rate inputs 28 FEB
HMRC has published the final Landfill Tax stats for 2010 showing a continued quarterly decline for Standard Rate waste and plateauing of inert.

New Waste Regulations introduce significant changes 22 FEB
New Regulations awaiting final Parliamentary approval will see a number of significant changes introduced across a wide range of legislation.


News

EA publish Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags
Scotland remove Planning requirement for business renewable energy installations
Defra launch WasteDataFlow survey
Scottish Government launch site explaining recycling symbols
European glass recycling report published
Cornish Pasties officially protected
US report suggests LED lights could be 'hazardous'
Paper recycling firm Total Waste fined for fire safety faults
Lincs budget cuts see closure of Trading Standards 'Packaging Reduction' team
Second costly legal challenge fails for SITA after Easco settlement


New Environment Agency Position Papers - The EA regularly publish new papers giving their regulatory position on various topics. The ones listed below are the most recent.

Storage of waste aerosol containers
A trial to treat waste paper crumb with waste paper sludge ash to produce animal bedding material
CPI trial to enhance understanding of anaerobic digestion process

Use of energy crops and other non-waste materials as feedstock for anaerobic digestion 
Storage of food waste intended for recovery
Production and use of processed fuel oil from waste lubricating oils


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


Events - Details here

7-8 March - PPP in waste - London
9 March - Redefining Commercial Waste
24-27 May - Waste-to-resources - Hanover, Germany
14-16 June - CIWM/ESA Annual Conference - London
13-15 September - RWM (in partnership with CIWM) Exhibition - Birmingham


Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

EA - £12k fine for Bradford man guilty of exporting WEEE to Afghanistan - 25 Feb
EA - Shipping WEEE costs Bradford recycler £9k - 25 Feb
EA - Police and EA raid lead to £8k cost for illegal waste site in London - 25 Feb
EA - £32k costs for illegal burial of waste at farm in Staffs - 24 Feb
EA - Bromsgrove farmer hit with £9k costs for illegal waste storage - 24 Feb
EA - Bedford skip operator fined £1.5k for illegal waste site - 24 Feb
NIEA - £13k fines for Port of Londonderry unlicensed scrapyard operation - 21 Feb


PRNs 

The prices below are an indication of available spot prices for 2011 PRNs (last week in brackets) taking commission into account. PRN price history shown here.
Very little trading at the moment as producers and schemes get their data together for early April.
The next set of data that is due to be released by the EA will be the final 2010 dataset on 31st March. Q1 2011 data will be available 22nd April.

Material   2011 prices
Paper   1.50-2
Glass   13-15
Aluminium   20-22
Steel   8-10
Plastic   3-5
Wood   1.50-2
Net recycling   1.50-2.50
Net recovery   0.5-1

Material Prices

Corrugated cardboard unchanged - £130-140 (£125-135)
Newspapers and magazines - £120
Soft mix (newspapers, junk mail, household packaging etc) - £140-150
Mixed office paper - £190-200


360 Environmental services

We have now added Carbon Reduction Commitment support to our ranges of services. Dr Gus Atri, formerly of Northern Foods and an expert on this area, has joined our team of associates and can help with:

  • Registration
  • Submission of annual reports
  • Carbon management 

Humour 

The barman said "we don't serve time travellers in here"
A time traveller walks into a bar

Two parrots are sitting on a perch, one says to the other "can you smell fish?"

Newspaper clipping

LONDON: An immigration officer put his own wife on a terrorist watch list – ­so she could not get home from a trip to Pakistan.
The officer added her name to the register of people banned from flights into the UK.
When she went to the airport to get her return flight back, officials told her she could not board the plane and did not explain why. She called her husband, who promised to look into it but he left her stuck in Pakistan for THREE YEARS. He was sacked after bosses found out about his antics.
An immigration source said: “A lot of people may dislike their other halves but to do this takes it to the next level. Needless to say she was confused when she got to the airport as she had never been involved in anything criminal or terrorist related. She obviously thought her husband, being an immigration officer, would be able to find out what was going on. Little did she know it was him who had put her on the list. By all accounts he then had the time of his life.”
The officer was caught out when bosses vetted him after he went for a promotion that required him to have a higher level of security clearance. They realised his wife was on the watch list and asked him for an explanation. He had no choice but to confess what he had done – and was fired.
The immigration source added: “He may have lost his job but he is bit of a legend in immigration circles. It will be talked about for years."