360 Environmental
  28th September 2009  

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EA issues consultation on charges for 2010/11 - 28 SEPTEMBER
The EA has issued a consultation setting out its proposed charges for 2010/11.

General news

Revisions to WEEE Regulations expected in October
The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2008
DECC releases energy statistics
Plasterboard Sustainability report published by DEFRA
DIY sector pledges to cut waste and packaging
EU Commission claim green credentials
Today is 'Green overshoot' day where planet now lives beyond its natural means for 2009
July Landfill Tax data published by HMRC
Ireland to double plastic carrier bag tax to 40p in October
Welsh proposed 15p carrier bag tax described as 'draconian' by BRC


Consultations

EA - Proposed EA charges 2010/2011 - closes 16 December

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.
Steel prices continue to slip on expectations of good Q3 figures. Aluminium remains strong despite large predicted surplus for 2009. Plastic slipping for no explicable reason.

Material current price change on last week
Paper 3-5 0
Glass 22-26 0
Aluminium 60-65 0
Steel 95-105 -5
Plastic 10-15 -2
Wood 4-6 0
Net recycling 3-6 0
Net recovery 2-4 0

WEEE Evidence prices

We have had a number of requests for a WEEE Evidence price table similar to the PRN table above. This is much more difficult to do as there is not, generally, a WEEE evidence market like there is for PRNs. Compliance schemes have to collect most of what they need and clearly, the costs for collecting mixed WEEE in Hampshire may be very different to Cornwall. Nevertheless, the prices below give an indication of what we believe are average prices for the collection and treatment of WEEE.

LDA (Cat 1) - £0-20/tonne (this has a positive value, but many schemes will pass that back to the Councils and then incur the haulage charge)
Cooling (Cat 12) - £100-125/tonne
Displays (Cat 11) - £190-230/tonne
Mixed (Cats 2-10) - £60-100/tonne
Gas Discharge (Cat 13) - £1000-1500/tonne

Events

Details of these and links to the organisers can be found on our website

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
27-30 October - Entsorga-Enteco 2009 - Cologne
3-5 November - World Recycling Forum - Shanghai
11 November - CIWM Awards for Environmental Excellence- London

Prosecutions

We list previous prosecutions on the website back to mid June and have now split out all the Packaging Regulations prosecutions since October 2008.

New since last week

EA - Skip operator jailed and lorry destroyed for illegal dumping - 23 Sep

Important dates coming up

30 September - Deadline for EA to announce approved Battery Compliance Schemes
15 October - Deadline for producer registration (or re-registration) under WEEE Regs
15 October - Deadline for producer registration under Batteries Regulations

360 Services

For many companies registered under the Packaging Waste and WEEE Regulations, this has been an expensive year. 360 can help you understand whether what you are paying is representative and reasonable. If you are considering your Packaging registration options for 2010, you will need to give notice to your existing scheme by the end of September. 360 can provide independent market advice on the most cost effective route to compliance. We can also provide a full compliance management service including the gathering of data and registration for 2010.

Humour

Barbara Walters did a story on gender roles in Kabul Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women seemed happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, 'Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?'
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, 'Land Mines.'

A man was riding his Harley along a California beach when suddenly the sky cleared above his head and, in a booming voice, the Lord said,
'Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.
'The biker pulled over and said, 'Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want.'
The Lord said, 'Your request is materialistic. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. It will nearly exhaust several natural resources. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required reaching the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help mankind.'
The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, 'Lord, I wish that I and all men could understand women; I want to know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, why she snaps and complains when I try to help, and how I can make a woman
truly happy.'
The Lord replied, 'You want two lanes or four on that bridge?'

Newspaper clippings

An airline boss has received a police warning after shouting at his own staff.
Jet2.com chief executive Philip Meeson was cheered by passengers when he spotted them queuing at check-in desks at Manchester Airport and he shouted at his workers .
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "We attended Terminal 1 at Manchester airport and warned the man about his future conduct and behaviour."
The airline said Mr Meeson was "passionate" about good service. According to the BBC online the airline chief has admitted he was "angry" but "apologises if any offence was caused on the day".
A Jet2 spokesman added: "Philip Meeson is very involved in the business at all levels and never more so than when he feels customer service is not up to scratch."
Mr Meeson was warned under the Public Order Act.