360 Environmental
  19th October 2009  

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Exemptions Consultation published - 19 OCTOBER 2009
Defra have published a further consultation on Exemptions under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The new Guidance is due to take effect from April 2010 and clarifies, amongst other things, that compaction and baling of waste at its place of production to facilitate collection does not require an exemption to be registered.

Gummer Valpak payment revealed 19 OCTOBER 2009
The Sunday Telegraph has published a list of MP's second jobs showing a payment by Valpak to its Chairman, John Gummer, of £8,370 for two and a half hours work.

Defra publishes Government's Commercial and Industrial Waste intentions 14 OCTOBER 2009
Defra have published their proposals for ensuring that Commercial and Industrial waste is dealt with more environmentally for the future as part of their Zero to Landfill vision.

SCA Recycling open state of the art MRF 14 OCTOBER 2009
SCA Recycling have opened a new state of the art sorting facility in Southampton, capable of processing 120k tonnes of mixed recyclables a year.

Successful appeals for Transform and Econo-WEEE 13 OCTOBER 2009
Transform and Econo-WEEE have both had their approvals granted to act as WEEE schemes for 2010 onwards following appeals to the Secretary of State for BIS.

General news

Benn unveils 'zero waste' plans
Deadline for late pre-registration under REACH ends 30 November
Government's 'Forward Regulation' published listing all intended legislation
Eco ATM on trial in USA

Consultations

Defra - Draft Environmental Permitting Exemptions Guidance - closes 5 Jan 2010
BERR - Implementation of Agency Workers Directive - closes 11 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.

This week will see the publication of the Quarter 3 reprocessor/exporter data, probably on Thursday 22 Oct. This is eagerly awaited as they will reveal the extent of the likely year end balance, particularly on steel where there is growing confidence that the targets will be met.

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 0
Glass 22-25 0
Aluminium 50-55 -5
Steel 60-65 -5
Plastic 9-12 -1
Wood 3-5 0
Net recycling 3-5 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.

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

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 - Garden machinery company ordered to pay £3.4k for Packaging offences - 13 Oct
EA - Biffa fined £55k for mishandling asbestos - 14 Oct
EA - Illegal tyre storage earns 150 hours community service - 13 Oct
NIEA - Tyre dealer fined £12.5k for waste offences - 16 Oct
NIEA - Farmer fined £2.5k for pollution - 13 Oct

360 Services

For many companies registered under the Packaging Waste and WEEE Regulations, this has been an expensive year. We can help you understand whether what you are paying is representative and reasonable and 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

Appraisals

  • Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn't watching.
  • A room temperature IQ.
  • Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.
  • A gross ignoramus--144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.
  • A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.
  • A prime candidate for natural deselection.
  • Bright as Alaska in December.
  • One-celled organisms out score him in IQ tests.
  • Donated his body to science before he was done using it.
  • Fell out of the family tree.
  • Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.
  • Has two brains; one is lost and the other is out looking for it.
  • He is so dense, light bends around him.
  • If brains were taxed, he'd get a rebate.
  • If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.
  • If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change.
  • If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.
  • It's hard to believe that he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.
  • One neuron short of a synapse.
  • Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.
  • Takes him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes.
  • Wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

Newspaper clipping

A German man who mooned at a train got his trousers caught in a carriage door and ended up being dragged half naked out of the station. The 22-year-old journalism student shoved his backside against the window of a low-slung double-decker train after staff forced him off in Lauenbrueck for travelling without a ticket.
A police spokesman in the northern city of Bremen said: "It's a miracle he wasn't badly hurt. This sort of thing can end up killing you."
The man somehow managed to keep his legs from the train wheels as he was dragged along, dangling by his trousers, for about 200 metres, reports Metro. His ordeal ended when a passenger pulled the emergency brake. Rescues services were called in, causing rail services between Bremen and Hamburg to be suspended for over an hour, delaying 23 trains.
The man - unharmed except for cuts and bruises - now faces charges of dangerous interference in rail transport, insulting the train staff, and may face sizeable a compensation claim for the delays he caused.
"He was full of remorse when I talked to him," the police spokesman added. "And he advised others not to try the same thing."