360 Environmental
  20th June 2011  

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WASTE REVIEW - further analysis 16 JUNE
With the Government Waste Review now 2 days old, there has been time to reflect on the content and likely impact.

SEPA trials online Annex VII system for exports 16 JUNE
SEPA are trialling a new online system for submitting Annex VII export documents.


DCLG launch new planning policy - presumption in favour of sustainable development
ESA regard this as 'toothless, because it fails to even try to suggest what qualifies as “sustainable development"
Defra announce Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan for England
ESA publish new report quantifying the economic growth potential of the waste management sector
Defra publish ‘Evidence Investment Strategy: 2010-2013 and beyond’
Defra publish 'The Economics of Waste and Waste Strategy'
DECC publish Renewables Study
End of waste for paper and glass could come in 2011
Biffa open UK's largest anaerobic digestion facility near Stafford
Defra launch 'Dragon's Den' style call for creative recycling bids
ECHA updates REACH Candidate list
2012 SEAD Global Appliance Efficiency Award for Televisions
Defra publish Waste Framework Guidance on Environmental Permitting
Defra publish 'Environmental Permitting Guidance – The Landfill Directive'
Defra publish Environmental Permitting Core Guidance
Defra publishes Guidance on Applying the Waste Hierarchy
Defra publish Advisory Committee on Packaging Annual Report
Defra publish Plasterboard Sustainability Action Plan
WRAP publish England Delivery Plan - 2011 - 2015
HSE lists of all CDG prosecutions
Positive responses to SEPA's consultation on new Environmental Protection regime
Disposal Authority pilots low cost trade waste disposal service

New Consultations - no new ones - previous ones here.

Events - Details here

5-6 July - Carpet Recycling UK Annual Conference - Birmingham
14 July - National Recycling Awards - London
13-15 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition (in partnership with CIWM) Exhibition - Birmingham

Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

EA - Corewire fined for burning waste - 20 June
EA - Illegal tyre storage costs MTR (UK) Ltd £54k - 15 June
SEPA - Businessman fined for failing to dislose environmental conviction - 15 Jun
HSE - Environcom fined £17k for waste appliances collapse injury - 15 Jun


The prices below are an indication of available spot prices for 2011 PRNs (last week in brackets). PRN price history shown here.  
The next data due is the Q2 recycling data that should be published on 22 July.



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Material Prices (last weeks prices in brackets if changed) These have now been remarkably stable for many weeks despite fears of a tumble. Still no change.

Corrugated cardboard - £125
Newspapers and magazines - £130
Soft mix (household card, paper etc) - £115
Office paper - £165


A lawyer died and went to heaven. As he approached the pearly gates, he noticed and orchestra playing and thousands of angels cheering. St Peter himself rushed over to shake his hand. “This is quite a reception” marvelled the new arrival.
“You’re very special,” St Peter explained. “We’ve never had anyone live to be 130 before.”
The lawyer was puzzled. “But I’m only 65.”
St Peter thought for a moment. “Oh,” he said, “we must have been adding up your billing hours.”

Newspaper clipping

A social networking site for ''beautiful people'' has been hit by a ''Shrek'' virus which allowed tens of thousands of ''ugly'' applicants to sign up. Members of BeautifulPeople.com must traditionally pass a strict ''rating'' stage where existing users vote on whether someone is attractive enough to be accepted into the online community. But this screening process was brought down last month, allowing anyone to join, regardless of their looks. Owners today apologised to more than 30,000 ''unfortunate'' people who were ''wrongly admitted'' to the site and subsequently banished.
''We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting,'' Managing director Greg Hodge said.
''We responded immediately, repairing the damage from the Shrek virus and putting every new member back into the rating module for a legitimate and democratic vote. The result is that we have lost over 30,000 recent members. 'We have sincere regret for the unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and who believed, albeit for a short while, that they were beautiful. It must be a bitter pill to swallow, but better to have had a slice of heaven then never to have tasted it at all.''
The origin of the ''Shrek'' virus is still being investigated internally but it is believed a former employee may have been responsible. A spokesman said the sabotage was initially believed to have been caused by one of the 5.5 million people rejected from the site. Safeguards are now in place to prevent any further infiltrators who do not come up to the expected standards, the site said. It insisted member privacy and security was never breached and has set up a hotline to help recently rejected applicants come to terms with the news. BeautifulPeople.com has more than 700,000 members worldwide. On average one in seven applicants is accepted. The majority of successful new members come from the USA, Denmark and France, it claims.
The UK is among the countries with the highest rate of rejections, alongside Russia and Poland.