360 Environmental
  6th April 2009  

360 Newsletter

We have added a couple of new things to the website. On the left, there are a couple of new boxes: the first to simplify the process of identifying a particular document or link for each piece of legislation (still under construction, but in place for Packaging and WEEE) and the second to provide a legislative timetable we will keep updated. On the right, we have added a banner to emphasise new particular features. At the moment, we are promoting a Batteries Workshop to look at the new Regulations - which should be published by then. If you are a retailer or producer, this could be a low cost way of getting up to date as I will be attending a Defra workshop the week before.

On a wider front, you will be glad to hear that June 22nd has been announced by WRAP as the start of this year's 'Recycling Week'. Today is the closing date for WEEE Consultation responses. Viridor Waste Management have rebranded and will now be kown as...... Viridor. The Engineering Employers Federation has published a report  'Resource Efficiency; business benefits from sustainable resource management'. And 1 April saw the increase in landfill tax.

News summary

New Environmental Permitting Charges published 04 APRIL 2009
The Environment Agency have published their new Environmental Permitting charges for 2009/10, covering the charges made not just for Environmental Permits, but also waste brokers and carriers.

Government announces new Unitary Authorities 01 APRIL 2009
The Government has announced the creation of 9 new Unitary Authorities that will replace 44 district and county authorities.

Landfill tax increases to £40/tonne 01 APRIL 2009
Today sees the addition of £8 to the standard rate of Landfill Tax, taking it up to £40/tonne.

Ofgem gets its ROCS off 30 MARCH 2009
Ofgem has published guidance on the Renewable Obligations Certificates changes that are due to start from 1 April. This will include a downgrading of landfill gas to .25 ROCs per MWh compared to 2 for pyrolysis and other emerging technologies.

Humour

On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple was involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting they began to wonder; could they possibly get married in Heaven?

When St. Peter arrived they asked him if they could get married in heaven. St. Peter said, "I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out," and he left.

The couple sat and waited for an answer... for a couple of months. While they waited, they discussed the pros and cons. If they were allowed to get married in Heaven, should they get married, what with the eternal aspect of it all? "What if it doesn't work? Are we stuck in Heaven together forever?"

Another month passed. St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. "Yes," he informed the couple, "You can get married in Heaven." "Great!" said the couple. "But we were just wondering; what if things don't work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?"

St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard on the ground. "What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple.

"OH, COME ON!!!" St. Peter shouted. "It took me 3 months to find a priest up here! Do you have ANY idea how long it'll take to find a lawyer???"

News clipping

In safe hands.......

Police officers have been ordered not to finish off the sentences of people with a stutter. Officers have been given a new "diversity handbook" advising them how to avoid offensive faux pas when dealing with the public. The 140-page guide also tells them not to move people's walking sticks or lean on people's wheelchairs, reports the Daily Telegraph. It tells officers that it would be "inappropriate" to handcuff people who can only communicate through sign language. And it says they should not "chew gum, eat sweets, shout, turn away or cover their mouths" when communicating with the deaf. The booklet also reminds officers it is legal "to wear clothing and accessories of any gender in public so long as their genitals are covered". The pocket-sized handbook has been compiled by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and distributed to all Scottish forces at a cost of £4,500. The ACPOS Diversity Handbook is described as a "quick reference practical guide for staff covering aspects such as age, disability, gender, faith and religion, race and orientation". Calum Steele, of the Scottish Police Federation, warned: "The guidance is too long and is probably an easy target for the anti- political correctness brigade." But Ian Latimer, chief executive of Northern Constabulary, insisted: "This is an extremely useful resource for staff. It is important our communities are given the respect and professional service they deserve."