360 Environmental
  17th August 2009  

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Two more companies prosecuted for Packaging Regs offences - 13 AUGUST
Following last week's record £271k fine for Red Bull, the EA anounces two further successful prosecutions against companies that had failed to register under the Packaging Waste Regulations.

Views sought on Animal By-Products changes - 12 AUGUST
Defra has issued a request for views on the latest proposals by the EU for modifications to the Animal By-Products Regulations.

Other news

WRAP issues Annual Report
HSE issue guidance on storage of Hazardous Waste
Draft End of Waste protocol for lubricating oil published
Agency offering free seminars in Midlands on WEEE
WRAP offers grants for plastics and food waste recycling in Midlands
Government scrappage scheme reaches half way
Defra declares no intervention over likely steel PRN shortfall
Euro production down 0.6%
Video showing how glass bottles are made
EA annual report published

Consultations

SEPA - Use of Sewage Sludge in Forestry and in the restoration of Derelict Land

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 continue to 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 3-5 0
Glass 22-26 0
Aluminium 60-70 0
Steel 85-95 +5
Plastic 15-19 0
Wood 4-6 0
Net recycling 3-6 0
Net recovery 2-4 -1

Events

8-10 September - CIWM Introduction to Waste Management - Northampton
9-10 September - Energy 2009 - National Motorcycle Museum
15-17 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC
24-25 September - International Symposium on Healthcare Waste Management - London
29-30 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

Prosecutions - previous weeks listed on website

New since last week

EA - Suspended sentence for unauthorised vehicle dismantling - 12 Aug
EA - Waste company fined £12k for keeping full skips on site - 12 Aug
EA - Pavers shoe shops fined £20k for not registering under Packaging Regs - 13 Aug
EA - Polystar Plastics fined £5k for failing to register under Packaging Regs - 13 Aug
EA - Tyre fly-tipper fined £600 - 13 Aug
EA - Wincanton building contractor and developed fined £8k for illegal dumping - 14 Aug

Humour

Miss Beatrice, the church organist was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.
One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room.
She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea...
As he sat facing her old Hammond organ the young minister noticed a cute glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!
When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.
The pastor tried to stifle his curiousity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
'Miss Beatrice', he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this?' pointing to the bowl.
'Oh, yes,' she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the Park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter!

Newspaper clipping

Help with jam making and breast-enlargement surgery are among the bizarre requests which have been made by travellers to British embassies worldwide.
The would-be jam maker asked what ratio of fruit to sugar should be used, while a lady unhappy with the size of her surgically-enhanced breasts asked for consular assistance. The Foreign Office also reported that a mother has asked the consulate in Florida to help her teenage son pack his suitcase and give him a lift to the airport as he was feeling unwell.
Other requests have included asking for embassy staff to pay a bill when a credit card had ''maxed out'' and a traveller asking: ''Can you tell me how to make my naughty son behave?''
Juliet Maric, the British Consul in Alicante, Spain, said: ''If you have a serious problem abroad - maybe you've been involved in an accident, have lost your passport or are a victim of crime - we can help you. But we can't tell you who is allowed to use your swimming pool, pay your taxi fares for you - or do anything about the exchange rate.
We regularly get inquiries from people who think we're a one-stop-shop for any problem they might encounter while abroad. This can be frustrating as we need to focus resources on the serious cases that we're there to help with.''
Consular Affairs Minister Chris Bryant said: ''Our embassies are not there to provide weather reports or give advice on unruly children. Consular staff are there to help Britons in real difficulty abroad - from victims of crime and bereaved families to those involved in accidents or who have lost their passports.
''It's important that British nationals understand what the FCO can and can't do for them so our staff can focus resources on more serious situations where people really do need our help.''