360 Environmental
  15th June 2009  

360 Newsletter

A busy week gone with the new Futuresource exhibition and conference at Excel well attended and received despite the RWT's best efforts.

Biffa has been fined £190k for worker's death
Caroline Jackson gives her view on the direction of EU waste policy
WRAP report fuels the argument between comingled and source separated recycling
The EA consults on 16 new or revised rules for environmental permitting
The EA issue a report that reviews a number of incidents at Haz Waste sites
The European Environment Agency issue a report on the effectiveness of municipal waste landfill diversion policies

360 News

WEEE JR ends with delayed decision 14 JUNE 2009
After 3 days of hearings, the Judicial Review, instigated by REPIC against BERR and the Environment Agency, came to an end on Thursday. The judge has postponed the decision for, it is believed, at least a month.

Ministerial shuffle for environmental posts 11 JUNE 2009
The fallout from duckhousegate has seen a number of changes in ministerial positions at both Defra and BERR, now renamed DBIS - the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
 
Agency and police conduct WEEE export raid 11 JUNE 2009
Environment Agency enforcement officers have raided two sites in east London and in Essex in the most significant action to date in stopping the suspected illegal export of electrical waste from the UK.
 
Government's long awaited Packaging Strategy published 09 JUNE 2009
The Government's Packaging Strategy, originally intended to be published last November, has finally seen daylight.

Current Consultations

Defra Environmental Permitting Guidance - closes 29 July
Defra revised Duty of Care - 31 July
Defra Guidance on measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions - closes 7 August
EA Standard Rules for EP Regulations - closes 28 August

Events

15 June - Climate Change Summit - London
23 June - Developing UK Biogas - Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
24 June - The future of UK and EU Climate Change Policy - Central London
29/30 June - Tackling Waste - Nottingham University
15 - 17 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC

Humour

Newspaper clipping - Genuine article from Bristol Evening Post - 4th June 2009:-

"Outside Bristol Zoo is the car park, with spaces for 150 cars and 8 coaches. It has been manned 6 days a week for 23 years by the same charming and very polite car park attendant with the ticket machine. The charges are £1 per car and £5 per coach.
On Monday 1 June, he did not turn up for work. Bristol Zoo management phoned Bristol City Council to ask them to send a replacement parking attendant.
The Council said "That car park is your responsibility."
The Zoo said "The attendant was employed by the City Council... wasn't he?"
The Council said "What attendant?"
Gone missing from his home is a man who has been taking daily the car park fees amounting to about £400 per day for the last 23 years...!
Total sum 2.9 million!!!"

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. "House" for instance, is feminine: "la casa." "Pencil," however, is masculine: "el lapiz."
A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?"
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether "computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun.
Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computadora"), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay check on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ("el computador"), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.