360 Environmental
  7th March 2011  

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Changes to Hazardous Waste Regulations as a result of The (new) Waste Regulations 4 FEB
The new Waste (England and Wales) Regulations bring about some signficant changes to the Hazardous Waste Regulations, including the removal of the multiple consignment note system.

Civil Sanctions offer Packaging Regs free riders alternative to prosecution 4 FEB
The new Civil Sanctions Regulations will now enable companies that have failed to register under the Packaging Regulations the opportunity to offer Enforcement Undertakings to avoid prosecution.

Final 2010 WEEE data published 3 FEB
The EA has published the final WEEE data for 2010 showing a generally stagnant position.


New Permanent Secretary appointed for Defra
Defra publish report on environmental labelling for food products
EA publish four new Standard Rules Permits for 6 April start
ECHA publish REACH Evaluation Report for 2010
Latest EA Netregs Environmental Update
EU publish Economy-wide Materials report
Northern Ireland to introduce 15p bag tax
EC to provide €267 for new environmental projects
New report shows how Packaging Regulations have led to German reprocessing self-sufficiency
UK plastic bottle recycling capacity to double
Latest Resource Management and Recovery published

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

Proposed amendments to the Groundwater Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009; The Environmental Liability (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 and The Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 - closes 22 April 2011

Events - Details here

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 - Poultry farm fined over 'plague' of flies - 3 Mar
EA - Kent farmer ordered to pay £7k for illegal waste site - 2 Mar
HSE - Spread of asbestos costs roofing firm £33k - 2 Mar


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   7-9 (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
Newspapers and magazines - £130 (£120)
Soft mix (newspapers, junk mail, household packaging etc) - £115
Office paper - £165


During a visit to the mental asylum, I asked the director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
"Well," said the director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No." said the director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

Newspaper clippings

A detailed new policy document drawn up by Kenneth Clarke's Ministry of Justice sets out the rights of s*x change inmates, saying they must be allowed to purchase "gender appropriate" clothing from a home shopping catalogue.
Jail warders, who are already required to address inmates by courtesy titles such as Mister, must call transse*ual prisoners "Miss" or "Ms" under the new mandatory guidelines, which come into effect later this month.
The document also offers advice on other problematic issues when dealing with transse*ual prisoners – such as access to prison showers – and urges officers to contact the Ministry of Justice's dedicated "gender recognition policy team" if they have questions about the policy.
The 20-page guidebook, issued to prison governors last week, says: "An establishment must permit prisoners who consider themselves transse*ual and wish to begin gender reassignment to live permanently in their acquired gender."
It says that concessions which must be made "include allowing prisoners to dress in clothes appropriate to their acquired gender and adopting appropriate names and modes of address".