360 Environmental
  25th April 2012  

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Whistlestop waste legislation - 10th May - Sileby Leics, £150 per person

Make sure you are aware of your responsibilities across a wide range of waste legislation - Duty of Care, Hazardous waste, definition, producer and ownership of waste, Environmental Permitting, Producer Responsibility etc and learn about the proposed changes in Scotland and England.

360 News

EA issues guidance on classifying B2B WEEE that is similar to B2C 24 APRIL
The EA has produced a guidance note to clarify how B2B WEEE that is similar to B2C should be classified. For example, televisions from a caravan park.

Q1 packaging data reveals big fall in plastic and glass recycling 23 APRIL
The latest packaging recycling data has shown an overall fall of 10% compared to the same quarter last year. 

Final 2011 packaging data published 4 APRIL
The EA has now published the final data for 2012 which shows that targets were met across all materials.

Landfill Tax rises to £64/tonne 2 APRIL
The rate of landfill tax has increased by £8/tonne from 1 April.


  1. Welsh Government reports where Council recyclables are going
  2. New Regulations that change the amount of landfill tax that can be used for the Communities fund
  3. Waste saving recipes for cost conscious Scots
  4. EU concerned that rush to biomass may be counter productive
  5. Planning application analysis shows massive jump in MRF applications
  6. BIS publish consultation on implementation of new RoHS Directive
  7. EA 'on track' to roll out electronic Duty of Care in 2014
  8. Old paras 13 and 21 Exemptions no longer valid (from 6 April)
  9. NI issues consultation on single use bags levy
  10. Defra publish progress report on delivery of Waste Review commitments
  11. EA blitz on London waste operators nets 14 illegal sites
  12. Three plead guilty to illegal waste exports to Brazil
  13. Landfill still accounts for 40% of waste disposal in EU-27
  14. Defra holds packaging regulations improvements workshop in preparation for 2013 consultation
  15. European Commission launches public consultation on priority objectives for the environment
  16. SEPA freezes charges for another year
  17. SEPA day of action reveals 50% of waste carriers were not registered
  18. Award winning technology extracts lead from CRT glass
  19. Revised EA position statement issued for non-packaging plastics end of waste
  20. EA Position statement on flat glass end of waste protocol
  21. EA Position Statement on laboratory samples and the Haz Waste Regs
  22. EA position statement clarifying that gypsum/plasterboard cannot be used for animal bedding
  23. Latest Resource Management and Recovery magazine published
  24. Defra publish Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance
  25. National Measurement Office publish RoHS report on household appliances
  26. Defra's wording amendment to Waste Regs for comingled collections comes under fire
  27. Nationwide Recycling prosecution starts with pleas of 'not guilty'
  28. Waste wood consumption sees 4.5% fall in 2011
  29. WRAP launch PAS 111 quality standard for waste wood
  30. Schedule 2 changes to the Controlled Waste Regulations come into force
  31. Recoup publish 2011 Plastic Bottle Recycling Survey

New Consultations - previous ones here.

Implementation of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU - closes 6 July
The Draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 - closes 9 Jul

Events - Details here

7-11 May - Entsorga - International waste Trade Fair - Munich
15 May - The Science of Sorting - Birmingham
11-15 Sept - RWM Exhibition - NEC

Prosecutions - details here (including all previous ones)

EA - Biffa fined £8k for running illegal waste site - 17 Apr
EA - NW toxic waste gang leaders jailed - 12 Apr
EA - Illegal waste sites cost Essex landlord £225k - 5 Apr
EA - Illegal burning of waste on his farm costs Warwick transfer station owner £12.6k - 3 Apr
EA - Bolton man ordered to pay £10k for illegal scrap yard - 28 Mar
SEPA - £3.2k fine for illegal waste operator who has had warnings going back to 2002 - 16 Apr
SEPA - WRG fined £10.5k for landfill smell - 11 Apr
NIEA - Car breaker fined £300 for lack of environmental permit - 2 Mar
HSE - Risk of lead poisoning costs battery recycling company £85k - 23 Apr
HSE - Countrystyle Recycling hit with £16k cost after workers foot crushed - 4 Apr


The prices below are an indication of available spot prices for 2012 PRNs.
PRN price history shown here.  
The next data that is due will be the obligated data that should be published on 15 May.
Plastic PRNs have risen sharply on the low tonnages revealed in the Q1 data recycling data.



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We get a lot of equiries about SIC codes at the moment. Just a reminder that we have a SIC Code search facility on the www.wastesupport.co.uk website which also contains an EWC Code search facility and other tools such as a list of all current and old Exemption. 


Patrick walks into a bar in Dublin, Orders three pints of Guinness & sits in the corner of the room, drinking a sip out of each pint in turn.  
When he had finished all three, He went back to the bar & ordered three more. 
The barman says, "You know a pint goes flat soon after I pull it .......... your pint would taste better if you bought one at a time." 
Patrick replies, "Well now, I have two brodders, one is in America & de odder in Australia & here I am in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised dat we'd drink dis way to remember de days we all drank togedder." 
The barman admits that this is a nice custom & says no more. 
Patrick becomes a regular customer, & always drinks the same way ....... ordering three pints and drinking a sip out of each in turn, until they are finished.  
One day, he comes in & orders just two pints.   
All the other regulars in the bar notice and fall silent. 
When he goes back to the bar for the second round, the barman says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss." 
Patrick looks confused for a moment, then the penny drops & he starts to laugh. 
"Oh no," he says, "Bejesus, everyone is fine! Tis me, ...................... I've quit drinking!"
Newspaper article
The makers of a bath plug designed to look like the Titanic sinking have been criticised for being "distasteful and sick". 
A Titanic-like plastic ship attached to the 'Tubtanic' bath plug appears to sink when water fills the bath. According to markers Paladone it enables people to "re-enact the famous sinking-ship scene in the comfort of your own bathtub".
However, following complaints about the product Paladone has apologised with spokeswoman Fiona Parkinson commenting: "We're sorry if anyone is offended. It's meant as a harmless novelty item."

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