360 Environmental
  27th July 2009  

360 Newsletter

A somewhat busier week that normal with those who are caught by the Packaging Regulations and forthcoming Batteries Regulations having issues of particular interest.

360 News

Consultation on Hazardous Waste Strategy for England 27 JULY 2009
Defra have issued a Consultation that seeks views on a proposed Strategy for Hazardous Waste in England. Very dull.

Defra issues Advisory Note on Storage and Transport of Batteries 27 JULY  2009
Defra has issued a comprehensive Advisory Note on the Storage and Transport of Portable Batteries to help retailers, in particular, understand the constraints they will have to work under when their free take-back obligations start on 1 Feb. Interesting - nightmare for retailers.
 
Q2 packaging recycling data released 24 JULY 2009
The Environment Agency has published the provisional data for packaging waste recycling and recovery from 1 April - 30 June. Interesting - steel is going to be tricky.

Defra issues consultation on enforcement Civil Sanctions 22 JULY 2009
Defra have issued a consultation on proposals to give certain enforcement agencies - including the EA - powers to apply civil sanctions where prosecution may not be proportionate or possible. About time.

Other news

Environmental Permitting Operator competence management system launched
Conservatives guarantee ongoing landfill tax amongst other waffle
HSE publishes annual Corporate H&S plan
EU ministers pushing for more growth and fewer emissions
Three arrested over illegal waste export to Brazil
Consultation on Fairer and Better Environmental Enforcement
Chemical Business Association publish REACH survey
May Landfill Tax figures show sharp decline on May 2008
NIEA publish business plan 2009 - 2012

Consultations

New consultations in the last week

DEFRA Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management - closes 13 October
DEFRA Proposals for Fairer and Better Environmental Enforcement - closes 14 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.
PRN prices have remained fairly flat although steel has risen slightly. With the publication of Q2 data at the end of last week, we would expect steel to rise and aluminium to fall in the coming week.

Material £/tonne change on last week
Paper 4-6 0
Glass 22-26 0
Aluminium 65-75 +5
Steel 80-90 +5
Plastic 16-20 -1
Wood 4-6 0
Net recycling 4-6 0
Net 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
6-7 October - Scottish Waste and Resources Conference - Glasgow
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

Building company and Director fined £15k forillegal waste dumping- 21 July
Developer fined for sewage pollution - 23 July
Two businesses fined £20k for disposal of drums containing hazardous waste - 23 July 

Humour

Prince Phillip gaffes.

"You look like you are ready for bed.."
(On meeting an African leader wearing robes, date uncertain - reported to be in Nigeria 1956.)
"Are you sure you want to go ahead with this, old chap?.."
(To the future President Kenyatta at Kenya's official independence ceremony, 1963.)
"Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.."
(A comment during the UK's recession, 1981.)
"You can't have been here that long, you haven't got a potbelly yet.."
(To a British expat in Hungary, c.1990.)
"I am self-employed.."
(When replying to a question as to what type of work he did, c.1990.)
"You're not wearing mink knickers are you?.."
(To a fashion writer at a World Wildlife Fund event., 1993.)
"How do you keep the natives off the booze for long enough to pass their test?.."
(To a Scottish driving instructor in Oban, 1995.)
"You managed not to get eaten then?.."
(To a student who'd trekked in Papua New Guinea, 1998.)
"I don't think a prostitute is more moral than wife, but they are doing the same thing.."
(Quoted in The Observer newspaper, 1988.)
"It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.."
(On seeing a fuse box while being shown around an Edinburgh factory, 1999.)
"Do you still throw spears at each other..?
(To an Aboriginal man on Australia's Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, 2002.)
"Do you know they have 'eating-dogs' for the anorexics now?.."
(To a blind woman with a guide-dog, 2002.)
"If you travel as much as we do you appreciate how much more comfortable aircraft have become. Unless you travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.."
(Commenting during the Jubilee tour, 2002.)
"The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop tourism we could stop the congestion.."
(Commenting on the London traffic debate, after mayor Ken Livingstone forced through his plan to charge motorists £5 to enter the city, 2002.)
"You'll have to lose a bit of weight first.."
(Visiting a school, asking a tubby little boy what he wanted to be when he grows up, and being told, 'an astronaut', 2003.)
Prince Philip: "What did you do in the war?
Woman: I wasn't born until 1954.."
(Visiting a D-Day museum in Portsmouth in 2009.)

News clippings

A doctor who left his 8 year old son in the car while he nipped into the bank has been placed on the police and social services register. The GP says he left his son playing on his handheld computer in Newton Abbott, Devon. The roof was open and the boy knew how to open the door. But when he returned, he was reprimanded by two police officers who told him that his details would remain on their files for 10 years.

Residents of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, are baffled by the new signson their public lavatories. One has been renamed an "ambulant urinal" and the other a "unisex ambulant facility". The council has promised to review the 'confusing' signs.