360 Environmental
  20th July 2009  

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360 News

The main environmental news from last week was the launch of the Governments Climate Change Strategy and in particular, the Renewables Energy Strategy which mentions potential biowaste landfill bans for the future.

EA issues brief Batteries Regulations Guidance - 20 July
The Environment Agency have issued a brief two page Guidance Document on how to comply with the Batteries Regulations.

Renewables Energy Strategy published - 16 JULY
Following last year's consultation, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has published its proposed Renewables Energy Strategy which includes reference to a consultation later this year on the potential landfill bans for biomass including food waste.

Other news

Defra's Anaerobic Digestion Task Group published initial recommendations
Environment Secretary rejects LGA calls for supermarkets topublish packaging data
WRAP claims Reusable Packaging trials could signal start step change in environmental retailing
Defra publishes consultation on the revised Waste Framework Directive

Millions fewer carrier bags on England’s high streets
Claims of toxic dumping of UK waste in Brazil
Recyclers have opportunity to tap into 3.2bn euro fund
UK just misses ELV recycling target
EC admits it does not have the resources to enforce EU waste legislation effectively
Fascinating EU stats you never needed to know
British Plastics Federation urge firms to sign up to climate change levy reduction
EA prevents export of illegal load of waste

Consultations

New consultations in last week

Defra Draft Noise Action Plan - closes 4 November
Defra Transposition of the Waste Framework Directive - closes 9 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 

Once again, PRN prices have generally been flat. However, Q2 data is due to be released on Thursday which could have quite an impact, especially on steel. 

Material £/tonne change on last week
Paper 4-6 0
Glass 22-26 0
Aluminium 65-70 0
Steel 80-85 0
Plastic 17-20 0
Wood 4-6 0
General recycling 4-6 0
General 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

Skip business fined £6k for Bonfire night illegal waste fires - 20 July
Metals company fined over £15k for attempting illegal exports - 17 July

Previous prosecutions

Humour

Some actual lonely hearts ads

Shy, ugly man, fond of extended periods of self pity, middle-aged, flatulent and overweight seeks the impossible. Box no. 8623

Many are called, few are chosen. Telemarketeer (M 25) wondering where it all went wrong and when I can get my money back (thanks for nothing UCL). Box no. 2387

'Guilty, your honour.' Don't let these be my last words ever spoken to a UK resident female. Long-distance offers of love (one letter per month, weight restricted and all contents vetted) to box no. 1673.

If you don't open the letters from the credit-card companies, it's just like they never asked for their money back. Woman, 36, would like to hear from any men (professionals, blond, to 45) for whom this defence has worked in an actual court of law. Box no. 1780

If mother could see me now. Fortunately her bad hip prevents her coming up the stairs too often. Man, 36, seeks woman to 40 before the stairlift engineers are called out and my love life has to run its course in shopping-centre food courts yet again. Box no. 6407

Newspaper clippings

A Chinese bus company is equipping its vehicles with bricks for passengers to use to break windows in an emergency.
The bricks, painted yellow with "emergency use" written on both sides, are stored under the driver's seat and under a rear seat.
"It's easy for passengers to spot them, and use them to break the window if something happened," said a spokesman for the Harbin Public Transport Company.
The company had stopped providing passengers with safety hammers to break windows as they were always being stolen.
"We don't think anybody will be interested in stealing bricks," the spokesman added.
Bricks have so far been installed on several bus routes in a pilot scheme in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, reports Northeast Network.
But the company says it will equip all 700 of its buses with the bricks if feedback from passengers is positive.

A novice nun is suing her ex-boyfriend in Italy after he uploaded pictures of her naked on Facebook.
The 31-year-old woman who lives in Turin said she was devastated when she saw the pictures, taken in summer 2006 during a holiday in Sicily, on the social networking site.
The man who said he wanted to stop her becoming a nun has refused to remove the pictures despite the woman's requests.
Now lawyer Anna Orecchioni has taken action and said: "My client doesn't want money, she only wants that he respects her decision to become a nun."
Large numbers of Italians meanwhile have logged on to see the pictures leaving comments like: "If all the nuns are like that, I want to become a priest."