360 Environmental
  2nd November 2009  

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360 News

ASDA to introduce packaging scorecard 29 OCTOBER 2009
Following the introduction of a Packaging Scorecard in the US by its parent, Walmart, Asda has announced it is to start to use a similar system in 2010.

General news

Defra launches new waste campaign
SEPA issues new report on incineration
HSE statistics show Britain one of safest places to work in EU
HSE report shows public sector waste workers take nearly double sick days of private sector
EU spending on green economy dwarfed by Asia
NI rules out carrier bag charge

Consultations

EA - Use of compost-like outputs from MBT plants - closes 22 Jan

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 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.

PRN prices have dropped on the back of the Quarter 3 data, with steel and plastic showing the biggest falls. Quarter 3 data has still to be finalised by the EA, but unless there is a similar commodity crash to last years, it seem unlikely that PRN prices will now go back up again other than potentially, in steel. Although Q3 saw high levels of steel recycling, it is thought that much of this came from exporters clearing stockpiles on the back of the high PRN price. Q4 will need another strong performance to meet the steel business target which is likely to be a challenge with low PRN prices and without the stockpiles.

Material Price per tonne Change on previous week
Paper 2-3 -1
Glass £19-21 -1
Aluminium £35-40 0
Steel £40-45 -5
Plastic 3-5 -5
Wood 2-3 -1
Net recycling 2-3 -1
Net recovery 1.50-2 -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.

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

3-5 November - World Recycling Forum - Shanghai
4 November - WRAP Resource Efficiency Conference - London
11 November - CIWM Awards for Environmental Excellence - London
17-18 November - EEE in the Environment - Heathrow
25 November - Clarifying compostable packaging - Coventry
1 December - Capital Gains - 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

NIEA - Suspended 6 month sentence for waste offences - 27 Oct

360 Services - www.360environmental.co.uk

Humour

An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution for a client who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed. As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about, "What time of night is this to be getting home? Where have you been? Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it" And on and on and on.
Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he went and poured himself a double shot of whiskey and headed off for along hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stair. While he was in the bath, the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that her husband's client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all. Wright would not be hanged tonight. Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go upstairs and give him the good news. As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of the back of her husband, naked, bent over, drying his legs and feet.
"They're not hanging Wright tonight," she said. To which he whirled around and screamed, "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WOMAN, DON'T YOU EVER LET UP?!"

Newspaper clippings

A luckless Indian romeo is suing Lynx after he failed to land a single girlfriend during seven years of using their products. Vaibhav Bedi, 26, is seeking £26,000 from parent company Unilever for the "depression and psychological damage" caused by the lack of any Lynx effect. Court officials in New Delhi have agreed to order forensic laboratory tests on dozens of his half-used Lynx body washes, shampoos, anti-perspirants and hair gels.
Lynx - marketed as Axe in India - is famous for its saucy ads showing barely clothed women throwing themselves at men. But Bedi says in his court petition: "The company cheated me because in its advertisements, it says women will be attracted to you if you use Axe. I used it for seven years but no girl came to me."
When contacted Unilever declined to comment on the case. But India's leading compensation litigator Ram Jethmalani warned: "There is no data to substantiate the supposition that unattractive and unintelligent men don't attract women. In fact some of the best looking women have been known to marry and date absolutely ghoulish guys. I'd suggest that the company settles this issue out of court."