360 Environmental
  19th December 2011  

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Defra publishes consultation on proposed packaging recycling targets for 2012 - 2017 19 DECEMBER
The consultation laying out the Government's position on new targets for the Packaging Waste Regulations has been published by Defra. Three options are put forward with the preferred option seeing a major challenge for plastic.


Northern Ireland cycle upcycling recycles bicycles in new initiative...
EA Flickr site shows extensive photos of illegal waste activity
Householders in Wales with septic tanks required to register
New EuP information - Stakeholder meeting report and Consultation Forum for Commercial Refrigeration products
Disagreements stall WEEE Recast negotiations
Minister slated as being 'out of touch with reality' over packaging
Defra agree to pay CRR costs over Judicial Review delay
WRAP highlight 'resource security' benefits of reuse
WRAP claim additional WEEE reuse could generate revenues of £220m/year
Grocery industry on course to meet Courtauld 2 targets
Top 10 seasonal myths compiled by HSE
HSE publish leaflet on safe skip loading
New Chief Executive announced for SEPA
Police set up specialist unit to deal with cable theft
Waste expert warns of prosecution risk for businesses........
SEPA publish WEEE disposal Guide
13.5% reduction in local authority reported fly-tipping incidents in England
Reminder that the Continued Competency test must be completed by 29 Feb 2012
Latest Resource Management & Recovery magazine

New Consultations - previous ones here.

Defra - Recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste for 2013-2017 - closes 10 Feb
EA - Hierarchy for the derivation of new Environmental Assessment Levels - closes 01 Apr
EA - Pollution Prevention Pays Guidance - closes 23 Mar

Events - Details here

7-11 May 2012 - Entsorga - Internation waste Trade Fair - Munich 
11-15 Sept 2012 - RWM Exhibition - NEC

Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

EA - Chesterfield man sent to prison for waste crimes - 14 Dec
EA - Welsh illegal waste site operator fined £22k - 12 Dec
EA - £150 fine for Bedfordshire landowner for allowing waste to be dumped - 12 Dec
EA - Illegal waste burning on IoW costs ex-boxer £6k - 12 Dec 


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 is ridiculously not due until the 2nd April when the final 2011 outturn data including Q4 is published.



2011 prices






7-8 (8-9)






1-2 (2.50-3)



3.50-4 (4-4.50)




Net recycling



Net recovery




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A GALWAY councillor has refused to apologise for swearing at a County Council committee meeting after he told a fellow councillor to "go **** himself". Local area councillor Seamus Tiernan made the amazing outburst after he was told he was a "feckin eejit" for thinking that cloud computing was only suitable in areas with lots of rain.He had told the Infrastructure Committee meeting this week that his native Connemara would be ideal for cloud computing because it has heavy cloud cover for nine months of the year."
The Independent councillor said that the Government should be doing more to harness clean industries for the Connemara area and he named wind energy and cloud computing as two obvious examples."Connemara in particular could become a centre of excellence for wind energy harnessing, as it is open to the Atlantic. Also in terms of cloud computing, we have dense thick fog for nine months of the year, because of the mountain heights and the ability to harness this cloud power, there is tremendous scope for cloud computing to become a major employer in this region."However his mistake was pointed out by an incredulous Cllr Martin Shiels who said that "this is taking the biscuit. I've heard it all now. You must be a fecking eejit to think that the cloud computing had anything to do with climate."Cllr Tiernan took umbrage at the remarks of his colleague and called for them to be withdrawn. When Cllr Shields refused to do so, Tiernan said "go **** yourself, Cllr Shields."Chairman Sile Ni Baoill asked for both councillors to withdraw their comments, but Cllr Tiernan was repentant that Cllr Shields was wrong and that cloud comouting is linked to cloud cover."Tell me why large companies are opening server farms in cold wet countries then," he asked Cllr Shields.* (please see note at bottom.)
Police arrested a Christmas tree thief - after following a trail of pine needles to his front door. Nursery boss John Dacre, 65, of Spenborough, West Yorkshire, called in police after the overnight raid.
"I got up to find the Christmas trees had gone, along with wrought iron tree stands, holly wreaths, some little conifer trees decorated with snow, and bird tables," he told The Mirror.
"I called the police, they were here within minutes and we found this trail of pine needles. We walked together following this trail through the pouring rain and I joked that all we needed was a big magnifying glass and then we'd be real super sleuths."
A police spokesman said: "The foliage led officers to a house where the stolen trees were found and recovered.
"As an extra present, officers also found a cannabis farm at the address."
A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and cultivating cannabis.
QUIZ (a bit of light relief)
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward? 
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several  growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? 
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle.The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle? 
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh. 
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'
(*This article was printed by the Daily Telegraph before it was then found to be a hoax!)

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