360 Environmental
  3rd August 2009  

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Repic unsuccessful in WEEE Judicial Review - 31 JULY
The Judicial Review applied for by Repic and heard over a three day period in early June has had the findings made public this afternoon. The judge found in the government's favour on all counts and Repic's complaints were dismissed.

Government publishes 'Sustainable indicators in your pocket' - 2009 30 JULY 2009
The Government has published the 2009 edition of 'Sustainable indicators in your pocket' which contains a vast range of environmental measures from bird population to landfill use.
 
EU eco-attitudes survey published - 30 JULY 2009
The EU has published a survey that may be of interest to those selling products across the EU. It shows the attitudes of a cross section of poulation in each Member State to sustainability and consumption issues.
 
Red Bull wings clipped with £261k packaging regs fine - 29 JULY 2009
The largest fine to date under the Packaging Waste Regulations has been handed out to Red Bull for failing to regsiter between 1999 and 2006.

Other news

Digest of UK Energy Statistics published
UK Landfill Tax Regulations amended to take account of ruling on tax free engineering inputs
Biodiesel from cooking oil protocol published
EU launches report on Sustainable Development Strategy
Electronics industry file lawsuit in New York to prevent new take back legislation
Tescos claim zero to landfill
Viridor acquire Lancashire plastics recycling company
India implements new import controls on recyclables
Fined Welsh film hits out at EA for lack of information on Packaging Regs
Coca Cola pledges to recover 100% packaging by 2020
EA releases figures on prosecutions over last 5 years

Consultations

No new consultations in the last week

Other current consultations

PRN Prices

We 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.
Prices so far seem little affected by Q2 data although it is likely trading volumes are low, given the time of year.

Material

Current price £/t

Change on last week
Paper 4-6 0
Glass 22-26 0
Alumimium 65-75 0
Steel 80-90 0
Plastic 16-20 0
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

Owner of Cornish holiday park fined for waste offences - 31 July
Red Bull fine record £271k for packaging offences - 28 July

Humour

Actual insurance claims

"Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have."
"I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it."
"The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him."
"As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before."
"My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle."
"I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull."
"I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him."
"The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him."
"I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car."
"The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth."
"The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end."
"The gentleman behind me struck me on the backside. He then went to rest in a bush with just his rear end showing. "
"I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way."
"I was backing my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before."
"When I saw I could not avoid a collision I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car."
"No one was to blame for the accident but it would never have happened if the other driver had been alert."
"The pedestrian ran for the pavement, but I got him."
"I saw her look at me twice. She appeared to be making slow progress when we met on impact."
"The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week."

News clippings

Haggis was invented by the English before being hijacked by Scottish nationalists, according to a leading food historian. Catherine Brown has discovered references to the dish in a recipe book dated 1615, The English Hus-wife by Gervase Markham.This was published at least 171 years before Robert Burns penned his poem Address to a Haggis, which made the delicacy famous, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The first mention she could find of Scottish haggis was in 1747, indicating that the dish originated south of the Border and was later copied from English books. Ms Brown believes that Scottish nationalists may have appropriated haggis as a symbol of their nationhood in the decades following the Act of Union with England in 1707.
"It seems to be that there's an identity thing there. We'd lost our monarchy, we'd lost our parliament and we gained our haggis," she said.
She said Burns claimed the pudding as Scottish with his poem in 1786 because it was a thrifty contrast to the elaborate and pretentious French cuisine popular in Edinburgh at the time.
James Macsween, director of Macsween's, the award-winning Edinburgh haggis-maker, said that whatever its origin, the pudding would remain a Scottish icon. He said: "This is certainly a revelation to me, but haggis is now renowned as Scotland's dish largely due to Robert Burns, who made it famous.
"That's not to say that prior to Burns that haggis wasn't eaten in England, but Scotland has done a better job of looking after it. I didn't hear Shakespeare writing a poem about haggis."

A holiday company is giving German holidaymakers the chance to pre-book their sun loungers. It's a long-standing tradition that German tourists beat the rush and head to the pool early to secure the best spot.
Now at a cost of three euros a day they will be able to pay in advance for their lounger and beach umbrella. Thomas Cook says up to nine hotels in Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands have joined the programme.
The scheme is currently only open to winter holidays booked in Germany. A spokesperson for Thomas Cook told the Daily Telegraph: "As part of a promotion to holidaymakers in Germany, pre-bookable sun chairs are being offered as part of an upgrade package following positive feedback to a successful initiative by a small number of hotels."