360 Environmental
  9th November 2009  

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BATTERIES REGULATIONS
Small Producer Registration deadline is Friday 13th November.

Introduction

We get a number of requests from companies looking for appropriate people to fill vacancies and conversely, from people who have had waste and recycling related roles looking for work. We have therefore introduced a Jobs section on our website to promote these which at the moment, is free. If you have a role you wish to advertise, please email the details.

360 News

Revised WEEE Regulations announced 6 NOVEMBER 2009
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills have announced the revised WEEE Regulations that will take effect from 1 January 2010.

SEPA publishes internal waste management licensing guidance 06 NOVEMBER 2009
SEPA have produced new guidance for its staff on waste management licensing and have decided to publish it for external use.
 
Bonfire leads to prosecution 06 NOVEMBER 2009
A tree surgeon in Devon has been fined for burning cuttings and carrying away cuttings without a Waste Carriers License.
 
Wales to introduce single use plastic bag charge in 2011 06 NOVEMBER 2009
Jane Davidson, the Welsh Assembly Environment Minister, has announced that from 2011, there will be a levy on single use carrier bags that is likely to be 'higher than 5 pence'.

England's household recycling rate hits 37.6% 06 NOVEMBER 2009
Defra have published the latest statistics for household recycling in England, showing an increase for 2008/9 of 4.1% over the previous year to 37.6%.

Proposed amending Exemptions Regulations published - 3 NOVEMBER
The Amendments to the Environmental Permitting Regulations covering the revised Exemptions requirements have now been published and are due to take effect from 6 April 2010.

General news

ECHA publish Guidance in a Nutshell on Chemical Safety Assessment
Latest Welsh fly-tippping statistics published
WRAP Resource Efficiency research published showing potential for 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
Quality protocol for waste tyre-derived products published
EA leads international initiative to clamp down on illegal waste exports
Envirowise publish report on Sustainable Business Practice in Scotland
Judge rules that environmental beliefs should carry same weight in law as religious or philosophical beliefs 

Consultations

No new consultations in last week - other current consultations here.

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 continued to fall following the publication of the Q3 data with plastic, paper and recovery available for as little as £1-2 on the spot market and aluminium slipping down to £20 on one trade although it is generally higher than that. It is likely, however, that the volume trading between schemes and PRN suppliers will be at higher prices than these as they will tend to be based on an average price over a period.

Material Price per tonnes Change on previous week
Paper 1-3 -1
Glass 19-21 0
Aluminium 20-35 -5
Steel 35-45 0
Plastic 1-3 -1
Wood 2-3 0
Net recycling 1-3 -1
Net recovery 1-2 0

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

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

Jobs

Opportunities
Development Manager - Midlands

Wanted
Sales/Development - North East

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 - Devon tree surgeon ordered to pay £1.1k for illegal bonfire - 6 Nov
EA - Grimsby recycling company fined £30k for waste offences - 5 Nov
EA - Plymouth man fined for having no waste carrier's license - 5 Nov
EA - Illegal scrap car dealer fined £16k - 2 Nov
SEPA - Camping site owner fined £1.6k for refusal to move waste - 2 Nov
NIEA - Farmer fined £1k for pollution - 2 Nov

360 Services - www.360environmental.co.uk

Humour

Actual complaints made to Thomas Cook Holidays

  • "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."
  • "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."
  • "On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."
  • "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."
  • A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she'd been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the "do not disturb" sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.
  • "The beach was too sandy."
  • "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."
  • A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.
  • "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."
  • "We bought 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five Euros (£3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."
  • "No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."
  • "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England, it only took the Americans three hours to get home."
  • "I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller."
  • "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trainee hairdressers - will we be OK staying here?"
  • "There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners."
  • "We had to queue outside with no air conditioning."
  • "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."
  • "I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite."
  • "My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room, but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

Newspaper clippings

Organisers of a Guy Fawkes night party in Devon claim health and safety officials have forced them to watch a film of a bonfire rather than the real thing. The event, dubbed 'non fire night', at Ilfracombe Rugby Club will see about 2,000 revellers hold sparklers and gather around a big screen showing footage of a bonfire. Recorded images of a roaring real fire will be projected onto the 16ft by 12ft screen mounted on a scaffolding stand - at a cost of £300.
Organisers say they were put off having a real fire by the 'mountain' of paperwork and regulations set by council chiefs, reports the Daily Telegraph. Officials at the authority said that to have a real fire they would require five qualified fire marshals and metal barricades to keep people at a safe distance.
The non-fire night will also involve giant heaters, lighting and a smoke machine to give the crowd the taste of a real bonfire night. Sounds of crackling wood will also be broadcast on loudspeakers and £2,500 fireworks will be fired into the air.
"Certain regulations make it difficult for us to have a real bonfire. It is not really a financially viable option," said club captain Leo Cooper, 25."The bonfire is often the focal point so we decided to have a big screen that would do the same job."
But local resident Amy Collins, 26, complained: "The whole point of Guy Fawkes night is to watch and smell a real bonfire. I doubt Guy Fawkes would have been able to blow up Parliament with virtual gunpowder."