360 Environmental
  1st September 2009  

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360 News

Government clarifies WEEE evidence position to Schemes 28 AUGUST 2009
WEEE compliance schemes have received clarification from the Government on how evidence should be obtained following the Judicial Review result.

Latest Landfill Tax stats reveal 24% drop on 2008 25 AUGUST 2009
HMRC have published the June Landfill Tax stats showing a 23.6% drop in standard rate and a massive 67.2% drop in lower rate inputs for Jan - June compared to the first half of 2008.

Other news (pretty quiet week, all in all)

Potential waste wood supply shortage identified in WRAP report
Judgement delayed on Nottinghamshire/Veolia disclosure case with huge implications on FoI
Provisional figures show EU carbon emissions have fallen for 4th year running
Chinese import controls affecting plastics exports
World's largest newsprint papermill opens in Norfolk
London launches Green Procurement portal
India classifies scrap metals and paper as hazardous and restricts imports

Consultations

No new consultations

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 are still pretty stable although steel is still creeping up. We have kept the price range the same, but some marginal trades appear to be moving towards £110/t.

Material current price £/t change on last week
Paper 3-5 0
Glass 22-26 0

Aluminium

60-70 0
Steel 95-105 0+
Plastic 15-19 0
Wood 4-6 0
Net recycling 3-6 0
Net recovery 2-4 0

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 - Yorks transfer station boss fined for waste offences - 25 Aug
EA - Hair care company fined £5.6k for packaging offences - 25 Aug
EA - Somerset landowner fined for burying hazardous waste - 28 Aug

NIEA - Conditional discharge for illegal burying of 1000 tonnes of waste - 28 Aug

Humour

Insurance claim

A North Carolina man, having bought several expensive cigars, insured them against fire.
After he had smoked them, he then decided that he had a claim against the insurance company and filed.
The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigar normally. The man sued.
The judge stated that since the company had insured the cigars against fire, they were obligated to pay.
After the man accepted payment for his claim, the company then had him arrested... for arson.

Newspaper clipping

A drunk German pilot had to be guided to land by a rescue helicopter after he radioed the control tower to ask where it was 'hiding'. The 65-year-old amateur pilot had allegedly drank beer and wine before taking to the skies above Thuringia in his Cessna light aircraft, reports the Daily Telegraph. Once airborne, he served himself some cocktails while at the controls.
Two hours later he was apparently so inebriated that he was unable to read the instruments telling him where the Schoengleida airfield was.
"Come on, I know you're down there," he radioed. "Where the bloody hell have you hidden yourself?"
Control tower staff say he also sang a few songs, cracked a mother-in-law joke and told them to "pull their fingers out as I've got a party to go to".
The tower scrambled a rescue helicopter which homed in on the Cessna 50 miles west of the airport and gave instructions for the pilot to follow it back. Officials at Schoengleida said the pilot, who has not been named, made a safe landing.
The man was unsteady on his feet and smelt of alcohol as he wobbled from the cockpit to his parked car. Concerned airfield authorities alerted police. He was stopped on the way home, breathalysed and found to be nearly four times over the legal limit for driving. Now he has lost his driving licence - and his pilot's licence.