360 Environmental
  26th October 2009  

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Hotel group fined for storing waste at burnt out site 26 OCTOBER
A West Country hotel group has been fined £6k for storing waste items such as mattresses and fridges at the site of a burnt out hotel.

3rd quarter packaging recycling data released 23 OCTOBER
The Environment Agency have released the 3rd quarter data shoing the amount of packaging waste that has been recycled and recovered.

Government Transform appeal decision text available 20 OCTOBER 2009
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills have sent their reasoning to Transform members for the overturning of the EA's decision not to approve the scheme for 2010.

General news

National Measures Office appointed to police EuP
4.5m tonnes of waste composted in 07/08 as UK composting industry 'booms'
SEPA launch campaign against illegal tyre disposal
HSE launch new Risk Assessment Guide
Minister approves WRAP takeover of bodies such as NISP and Envirowise in April
DEFRA to consult on new packaging targets for 2011/12
Disagreement between Ministers and Commission on WEEE Scope review
August Landfill Tax data published by HMRC

Consultations

No new consultations last week

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.

Quarter 3 recycling data was released last week (see story above), showing a likely surplus on all materials and leading to further falls in PRN prices. In particular, steel has fallen from the heady days of £120/tonne a month ago to around £40-50/tonne, aluminium has dropped sharply to £30-40 and plastic has been selling at £5/tonne on the spot market.

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 price per tonne change on previous week
Paper 3-4 -1
Glass 20-23 -2
Aluminium 35-40 -15
Steel 45-50 -15
Plastic 5-10 -4
Wood 3-4 -1
Net recycling 3-4 -1
Net recovery 2-3 -1

WEEE Evidence prices

WEEE prices will vary considerably more than PRN prices, but the prices below give an indication of charges made by some of the schemes.

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

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 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 - Pork company to pay £14k for pollution offences - 23 Oct
EA - West Country hotel group fined £8k for illegal storage of waste - 22 Oct
EA - Skip company fined £150 for illegal storage and burning of waste - 21 Oct
EA - Animal carcass company fined £5k for stream pollution - 21 Oct
EA - Skip operator ordered to pay £20k for illegal waste operation - 20 Oct
NIEA - Recycling firm fined £15k for waste offences - 20 Oct
NIEA - Quarry company fined £5kfor pollution offences - 19 Oct

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Humour - Newspaper clippings

Aviation authorities have launched an investigation in the US after a pilot overshot his destination by 150 miles and had to turn back.
An alert was sparked when a Northwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Minneapolis lost radio contact with air-traffic controllers for more than an hour. The Airbus A320, with 144 passengers on board, was 150 miles off course by the time the pilots realised the error, re-established communications and requested permission to turn around. By this time, the US military had been alerted and had put fighter jets on stand-by, reports Sky News.
The pilots reportedly told the Federal Aviation Administration that they lost track of where they were during a "heated discussion" over airline policy.
However, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said that it will investigate the possibility that the pilots fell asleep on the job.
Delta Airlines, which owns Northwest, has suspended the two pilots while the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are being analysed. However, the airline has refused to give any further information on either the pilots or events during the flight.
In January 2008 a Go! Airlines flight in Hawaii passed its destination when two pilots fell asleep in the cockpit for at least 18 minutes. They were eventually roused by controllers and landed the plane safely.

Shoppers claim they have discovered the face of Christ shown in the wood grain on a lavatory door in a Glasgow branch of Ikea. But an argument has broken out over who the picture really represents at the Braehead brach of the furniture store. "I was only heading for the toilet and I found God", said one visitor, "but my wife thought He looked like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings." An Ikea spokesman claims the image is Benny Andersson of Abba.

Researchers say Monday, October 26, will be the most unproductive of 2009 as workers' morale is hit by darker evenings brought on by the clocks going back. Productivity is expected to drop by 50% this week as depressed staff struggle to come to terms with the dark nights closing in, reports the Daily Telegraph.
A staggering 52% of workers admitted they will struggle to get to grips with their work-load today - and eight per cent planned to phone in sick because they were so depressed at the thought of going to work.
The statistics emerged in a study of 2,000 workers by Promotur, The Canary Island tourism board. Dr Christian Jessen of Channel 4's Embarrassing Illnesses, said: "The Winter Blues are no joke.If you find the winter months tough, particularly during December and January you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which causes a low mood caused by the lack of light during winter. If these all ring bells then you may be a sufferer and should consider ways you can get more light into your life over winter."