360 Environmental
  5th October 2009  

360 Newsletter

If you are a member of a compliance scheme for Packaging or WEEE, we would be grateful for any information you could provide on your quarterly charges so far this year to enable us to produce a comparison. We have a number already, but it will help us to compile a useful Guide to Schemes for our subscribers. Please see PRN and WEEE prices further down. 

360 News

Defra advertises for applications to the ACP - 5 OCTOBER
Defra are looking for interested parties to put themselves forward for interview to fill the 11 membership places and the Chairman's post for the Advisory Committee on Packaging.

Veolia loses on Freedom of Information challenge - 2 OCTOBER
In what will be a worrying development for any supplier to a government organisation, Veolia have lost an appeal against the release of PFI contract commercial details to a member of the public under FoI.

EA releases list of WEEE scheme approvals - 01 OCTOBER 2009
The Environment Agency has published the list of WEEE Schemes that have had their approval renewed. This excludes 9 current schemes including EconoWEEE, Transform and City Compliance. 

7 Batteries Compliance Schemes approved by EA - 30 SEPTEMBER 2009
The EA have announced the approval of 7 Batteries Compliance Schemes out of the 8 that applied.
 
General news

EA issue brief guidance notes on Carbon Reduction Commitment
New Guidance for ELV ATFs issued by EA
DECC issues GUidance on achiving Carbon Neutrality
DEFRA fly-tipping statistics show 9% drop to 1.16m for 2008/9
Survey shows 39% of plastic bottles recycled in 2008
New Guidance for businesses to measure and reduce greenhouse gases
Final elements of Companies Act 2006 come into force
WRAP launch innovative Site Waste Analysis tool for contruction industry
Defra publishes plasterboard sustainability report
Benn speech pushes landfill ban agenda
US embarks on REACH-style review of toxic chemicals
Tory speech in Brussels indicates 'voluntary agreement' approach under new government
Indian Pre-shipment inspection rules soften
Vinyl floor recycling scheme launched
 

Consultations

New consultations in last week

DEFRA - Local Authority Environmental Regulation of Industrial Plant: 2010/11 Fees and Charges - 23 Dec
EA - H1 Environmental Risk Assessment Consultation - 23 Dec

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.
Aluminium has started to slip on a predicted surplus for 2009. Steel prices continue to slip. Other prices have not seen significant change although there does seem to be further softening on prices in general.

If you have PRN pricing information from your scheme you would like to share (on a confidential basis), we are looking to try and compare scheme charges in future newsletters. Please email phil.conran@360environmental.co.uk

Material current price/tonne change on previous week
Paper 3-5 -1
Glass 22-25 -1
Aluminium 55-60 -5
Steel 90-100 -5
Plastic 10-13 -2
Wood 4-6 0

Net recyling

3-5 -1
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.

If you have any different WEEE evidence prices from your compliance scheme, we would be grateful for information (on a confidential basis) as we would like to publish a comparison in our newsletter. Please email phil.conran@360environmental.co.uk

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
4 November - WRAP Resource Efficiency Conference - London
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 - Agricultural contractor fined for waste offences - 28 Sep
EA - Recycling centre operator fined £2k for odour offences - 1 Oct

Important dates coming up

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

A husband and wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when an absolutely stunning young woman came to their table, gave the husband a big open-mouthed kiss, said she'd see him later, then walked away.
The wife glared at her husband and asked, "Who the hell was that?"
"Oh," replied the husband, "she's my mistress."
"Well, that's the last straw," said the wife. "I've had enough, I want a divorce!"
"I can understand that," replied her husband, "but remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more BMW in the garage, no more yacht club, and no more dinners at restaurants like this. But the decision is yours."
Just then, a mutual friend entered the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.
"Who's that woman with Mark?" asked the wife.
"That's his mistress," said her husband.
"Ours is prettier," she replied.

These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

  • The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
  • The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
  • Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
  • Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
  • Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
  • For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
  • Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
  • Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
  • At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
  • Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to help cripple children.
  • Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
  • The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
  • Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
  • The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
  • This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
  • The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
  • Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
  • Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
  • The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.

Newspaper clipping

Motorists who use a town centre car park in Wales may have to pay at one end but not the other because it falls between two councils. Two separate councils each own half of the car park in the market town of Llanfyllin in mid-Wales, reports the Daily Telegraph. Powys County Council want to start charging for their half while Llanfyllin Town Council plan to keep their side free to attract tourists and shoppers.
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against the new changes - even though the town has a population of just 1,800.
"I've never come across anything more ludicrous in my whole life," said local farmer Peter Lewis, 46, a Conservative member of both the town and county council. "It will be massively confusing - will they paint a big red line down the middle of the car park like apartheid?"
Powys Council is hoping to charge 50p an hour to earn an extra £100,000-a-year. A county council spokesman said it will make a final decision later this month after hearing the protests.
"It would be wrong to comment on these charges at one of the car parks involved before the full consultation period ends," the spokesman added.

A man who finds sneezing 'exciting' has been arrested for blowing pepper into a woman's face. The man, described as elderly, twice blew pepper into the face of a hardware store assistant in Commerce. Texas. He waited to see what happened then left. A police spokesman said "We found out he's got a problem - he becomes aroused by women sneezing. In my entire career, I've never heard of anything like this."