360 Environmental
  10th February 2012  

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HP report questions WEEE evidence charges - 9 FEBRUARY
A report commissioned by HP has exposed profiteering in the WEEE evidence market, claiming that WEEE Producers overpaid by as much as £50m in 2010.

Packaging reprocessor and exporter registrations down again - 9 FEBRUARY
The Public Register for packaging waste reprocessors and exporters is showing its third successive fall, raising concerns as to whether the supply of PRNs will be significantly affected.

Northern Ireland announces single use carrier bag tax - 9 FEBRUARY
The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment has announced plans to introduce a 5p levy on all one trip carrier bags from 1 April 2013.

360 response to packaging targets consultation - 6 FEBRUARY
The Packaging Waste Regulations targets consultation ended on Friday 10th. 

Valpak management buyout approved - 26 JANUARY
Valpak has announced that it is to proceed with its planned management buyout following a revised bid.


  1. Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Report 2012 published
  2. Guidance published in support of Statutory Recovery Targets set under Waste (Wales) Measure 2010
  3. New fund launched in Scotland to help small businesses work together to recycle more
  4. Commission urges Germany to comply with EU waste legislation
  5. Commission asks France to comply with European packaging waste legislation
  6. EU parliament calls for urgent reduction in food waste
  7. Details of £250m Pickles bin fund announced
  8. Latest English municipal statistics show 42% recycling
  9. WRAP publish plastic bottle collection guide
  10. SEPA 2010 business waste survey shows 1% fall from 2009
  11. Wales publishes proposals for single environmental enforcement body
  12. Defra announce plans for dealing with 'dodgy scrap dealers'
  13. EC update statistics on water, sewage and waste management across Europe
  14. November landfill tax data shows 18% decline in standard waste from Nov 2010
  15. Report published in Germany's environmental economy
  16. Compliance Assessment Tool for MRFs launched
  17. Global Environmental Performance Index published
  18. Latest Resource Management and Recovery published
  19. New report shows that household recycling saves Councils in Scotland £20m
  20. EC begins work on RoHS recast
  21. EA remove 11,000 illegally stored tyres for disposal

New Consultations - previous ones here.

EA - A consultation to revise the Environment Agency's Pollution Inventory - 23 Apr
Wales - Proposed arrangements for establishing and directing a new body for the management of Wales’ natural resources - closes 2 May

Events - Details here

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

Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

EA - Failure to comply with conditions leads to withdrawal of Permit for Abbey Skips of Corby - 8 Feb
EA - Suspended prison sentence for illegal storage and export of waste tyres - 30 Jan
EA - Brackley skip hire company fined £10k for operating without Permit - 27 Jan
EA - Trago Mills gets £185k fine reduced to £65k on appeal - 27 Jan


The prices below are an indication of available spot prices for 2012 PRNs (last week in brackets). PRN price history shown here.  
The next data is not due until the 2nd April when the final 2011 outturn data including Q4 is published.



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A Christmas parade ended in near farce when the Council officers had to turn on the lights themselves because the Mr Men hired to do the job couldn't reach the switch. Mr Bump and Little Miss Sunshine were paid almost £1500 to parade through Pontypool and turn on the decorations, but their costumes were so tight, they couldn't even wave to the children. "These characters weren't as cooperative as they have been in previous years," noted the council clerk. "When we had Noddy and George from Rainbow, they were great."

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