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  14th March 2011  

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2010 Batteries Regulations data published 14 MAR
The EA has now published the Batteries Regulations portable batteries data for 2010 that was due on 28th Feb. It shows that overall, Compliance Schemes met the 10% target.

Local Authority trade waste collection services now VAT exempt 10 MAR
In a letter that seems to have come out of the blue for Local Authorities, HMRC have stated that their trade waste collection services are vat exempt.


News

UK recycling rates move above EU average
DECC finally announce launch of RHI scheme
Defra publishes research into the financial benefits to businesses of resource efficiency
FSA warns people not to panic over recycled packaging scare
Modern drinks deposit scheme could raise large amounts for charity
Packaging sector calls on Welsh Environment Minister to drop bag tax
WRAP urges Welsh businesses to respond to Welsh draft Collections, Infrastructure and Market sector plans
Commission grants UK additional time to comply with EU air quality standards in Greater London
First Environment Council meeting under Hungarian Presidency on 14 Mar will attempt to reach agreement on recast WEEE
German considers the use of a single bin for all household recyclables
Wall Street Journal lists Recyclebank as no.1 clean-tec company


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

Welsh Assembly - Collections, Infrastructure and Markets Sector Plan for Consultation March 2011 - closes 10 June


Events - Details here

24 March - The Big Green Society Conference - London
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 - Failure to register under Packaging Regs 2006-9 costs Krispy Kreme Doughnuts £12k - 11 Mar
EA - Garden centre fined £12k for burning waste and not having transfer notes - 11 Mar
EA - Fines and suspended sentence for illegal skip hire company in Essex - 11 Mar
EA - Hampshire building materials company hit with £15k costs for illegal waste activities - 10 Mar
SEPA - £600 fine for failure to move waste by fish farm - 9 Mar
NIEA - Two companies fined total of £2.2k for waste offences - 11 Mar
HSE - Director of asbestos survey firm fined £5k for failing to manage spread of asbestos - 11 Mar
HSE - Site manager sentenced after worker exposed to asbestos - 10 Mar
HSE - Coolrec UK fined £60k after worker lost arm - 9 Mar
HSE - Refurbishment company fined after exposing workers and the public to asbestos - 8 Mar


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   12-14 (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 (last weeks prices in brackets if changed)

Corrugated cardboard unchanged - £130-140 
Newspapers and magazines - £130
Soft mix (newspapers, junk mail, household packaging etc) - £115
Office paper - £165


360 Environmental

Training Courses - two new courses now available. See website for details.
11th May - General Waste Legislation
12th May - Hazardous Waste

New design www.wastesupport.co.uk launched - EWC Code finder plus Packaging Calculator, Exemptions list etc


Humour 

A tough looking group of bikers were out riding when they saw a girl about to jump off a bridge so they stopped. The leader, a big burly man, gets off his bike and says, "What are you doing?"
"I'm going to commit suicide," she says.
While he did not want to appear insensitive, he didn't want to miss an opportunity and he asked "Well, before you jump, why don't you give me a kiss?"
So, she does and it was a long, deep lingering kiss.
After she's finished, the biker says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had. That's a real talent you are wasting. You could be famous! Why are you committing suicide?"
"My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl......"

Newspaper clippings

Police in India are punishing dangerous drivers by making them direct traffic. The plan was devised by Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police in the city of Gugaon, because fines were not working.
"We decided to let them see how difficult it is to work as a traffic constable," she explained. "Some say it has changed their attitude."