360 Environmental
  13th July  

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LGA demands supermarket packaging data publication 13 JULY
In a new twist in the deteriorating relationship between the Local Government Association and the supermarkets, the LGA have demanded that WRAP reveal the amount of packaging used by all the supermarkets to back up their reduction claims.

Quarter 1 WEEE Data published 08 JULY 2009
Data relating to 1 Jan - 31 Mar EEE and WEEE was published back in May and we thought we would just do a quick analysis.

Mining Waste Directive now in force 08 JULY 2009
As of yesterday - 7 July - all mines and quarries are now required to operate under the new Mining Waste Directive. This will require, among other responsibilities, an environmental permit and a waste management plan for each site.

Other news

WRAP starts reusable packaging project
Agency update Hazardous Waste Consignment Note Guidance
Plastics industry launch scheme to double the amount of packaging waste recycled by 2020
Joint global Customs initiative seizes 30k tonnes of illegal waste exports
EA launch fly-tipping project
WRAP and EA under threat if Conservatives gain power
Scrap plastic prices fall
Carpet recycling sector look to follow US lead

Current Consultations

New consultations in last week

EA - Environmental Permitting: H4 Odour Management Guidance - closes 13 October

Other current consultations

PRN Prices

We now have a page on the website showing Quarterly prices and general price history for PRNs. In the newsletter, we will therefore just give any price swings that have occurred over the past week.
These should be taken as a guide only as prices may vary due to volume purchased, month of purchase etc. But they will not be far out. Figures shown are £/tonne.

Material Current price Change on previous week
Paper 4-6 0
Glass 22-26 0
Al 65-70 0
Steel 80-85 0
Plastic 17-20 0
Wood 4-6 0
Recycling 4-6 0
Recovery 3-5 0

 
Events

15-17 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC
24-25 September - International Symposium on Healthcare Waste Management - London
29-20 September - The Carbon Show - Excel London
7-8 October - LARAC conference - Liverpool
20 October - letsrecycle.com Awards Lunch - London
17-18 November - EEE and the Environment - Sheraton Heathrow

Prosecutions - previous weeks listed on website

New since last week
Roadside Group garage operators fined £10k under Packaging Regs - 9 July

Humour

Actual GCSE answers

  1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and travelled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
  2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
  3. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
  4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
  5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
  6. Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long.
  7. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonised by Bernard Shaw. Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the same offence.

Newspaper clippings

A bra made especially for men is taking Japan by storm. Mail order company Wishroom started selling the unusual underwear last year. Unsure of its reception, at first they only produced 160 bras as the start. These sold out immediately, prompting the company to order 5,000 more.
Wishroom president Masayuki Tsuchiya says demand from customers prompted the company to create the male bra. In Japan, men who wear bras are known as "Bra-o", which means "Bra men".
Wishroom's bras are available in a choice of white, pink and black and retail for around £20. They are all A cup size with chest size ranging from 32ins to 38ins.
According to Mr Tsuchiya, office workers in their 30s and 40s are Wishroom's main clients.
"Japanese salary men have a lot of stress, and the bras seem to relieve that," he said.
Another, more surprising, market has proven to be in their 50s and 60s who, it turns out, also partial to the calming effects of a bra. "They were the generation we had been told were manly - they led Japan in the post-war period," explains Tsuchiya, speculating they may now be reacting against this stereotype.

A Polish mum is suing an Egyptian hotel after claiming her daughter got pregnant using their mixed swimming pool. The bizarre claim surfaced as Magdalena Kwiatkowska demanded compensation after her 13-year-old daughter came back from the family holiday expecting a baby. Tourist authorities in Warsaw confirmed they had received the complaint which states that the girl conceived because of stray sperm in the pool.
"The mother is adamant that her daughter didn't meet any boys while she was there and is determined to go ahead with the case," said one travel industry source.