360 Environmental
  6th July 2009  

360 Newsletter

360 News

EU moves closer to Biowaste Directive - 3 JULY
At a meeting of the European Council last week, the conclusions of the Commission's Green Waste on Biowaste Management were adopted with the recommendation that a Biowaste Directive should be tabled in 2010.

Other news

Government sets out its Climate Change position before December Copenhagen conference
New HSE webpage on maximum/minimum workplace temperatures
Scotland's renewable action plan unveiled
Small business to benefit from reduced cost of air pollution permits
EA publish new learning tool for farm waste
Mines and Quarries require environmental permits from 7 July
New environment minister for Northern Ireland
WRAP announces new funding for municipal food waste collection schemes for 2010/11
Case studies on best practice construction waste recycling published by WRAP
WRAP financial assessment of mixed plastics recycling published
6 month Swedish Presidency of the EU starts

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
Defra Implementation and enforcement of EuP - 4 September
Defra Adapting to Climate Change - closes 9 September
Welsh Assembly Single use carrier bag levy - closes 21 September

PRN Prices

Some may find a weekly update on PRN price movements useful. We will be creating a page on the website with price history, but for the moment, we will have a summary of each past Quarter in the year and the current average prices taken from a number of indicators.

These should be taken as a guide only as prices may vary due to volume purchased, month purchased etc. But they will not be far out.

PRN Price/tonne
Material Qtr 1 Qtr 2 Current
Paper 5-10 5-8 4-6
Glass 20-25 22-27 22-26
Aluminium 60-80 50-70 65-70
Steel 20-50 60-75 80-85
Plastic 20-30 15-25 17-20
Wood 5-8 5-7 4-6
Net Recycling 5-10 5-8 4-6
Net Recovery 3-6 3-5 3-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

New event
24-25 September - International Symposium on Healthcare waste management - London

Other events
360 website events page
 

Prosecutions

No relevant prosecutions in the last week.

Humour

Letter of recommendation

Dear Sir

Phineas Dlamini, my assistant programmer, can always be found
hard at work in his cubicle. Phineas works independently, without
wasting company time talking to colleagues. Phineas never
thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
finishes given assignments on time. Often he takes extended
measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee
breaks. Phineas is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no
vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Phineas can be
classed as a high-caliber employee, the type that cannot be
dispensed with. Consequently, I truly recommend that Phineas be
promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
executed as soon as possible.

Addendum
The idiot was standing reading over my shoulder while I wrote this
report. Kindly re-read only only using every other line.

Female logic

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman, who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?'

'No, I had to stop drinking years ago', the homeless woman told me.

'Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?' I asked.

'No, I don't waste time shopping,' the homeless woman said. 'I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.'

'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?' I asked.

'Are you NUTS!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!'

'Well, I said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.'

The homeless Woman was shocked. 'Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'

I said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.'