360 Environmental
  23rd November 2009  

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Batteries Public Register published listing scheme members 21 NOVEMBER
The EA have published the Public Register on the National Packaging Waste Database, showing all registered producers and whether they have registered direct or through a scheme.

Batteries Permitting Guidance issued 19 NOVEMBER 2009
Defra have issued a Batteries Treatment Permitting Guidance document.

WEEE Regulations amendments - correction 19 NOVEMBER 2009
In our news item on the amended WEEE Regulations, the data requirements were incorrectly reported.

Prosecution for mishandling fluorescent tubes 19 NOVEMBER 2009
The EA Agency has publshed details of a successful prosecution for the incorrect handling and disposal of fluorescent tubes.

Other news

Welsh hazardous waste rules amended
SEPA launches campaign on illegal tyre disposal
EU 'Week for Waste Reduction' starts
EA win EU Environmental Management Award
Scotland's household recycling rate rises to 35.2% in 2008/9
EU stats shows UK had 7th best packaging recycling rate in 2007
US average fuel consumption for 2008 improves to 21.8 mpg
US EPA announces new Energy Star requirements for AV equipment
Ireland to increase landfill tax and introduce incineration levy
EA and ICAEW launch new guide to environmental reporting in annual accounts
 

Consultations

No new consultations in last week.

Other 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.

No change from last week other than aluminium, with most prices languishing at administration cost levels. The prices below reflect the spot market.

Material price per tonne change on last week
Paper 1-3 0
Glass 18-20 0
Aluminium 15-20 -3
Steel 35-40 0
Plastic 1-3 0
Wood 2-3 0
Net recycling 1-3 0
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

25 November - Clarifying compostable packaging - Coventry
1 December - Capital Gains - London
26-27 January - Energy from Biomass and Waste - London

Jobs - listed here

We get a number of requests from companies looking for appropriate people to fill vacancies and , 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.

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 - Metal sheeting company fined £9.6k for failing for register 04-07 - 20 Nov
EA - Farmer fined £4.5k with £10k costs for illegal landfill - 17 Nov
EA - Poultry firm ordered to pay £5k for hazardous waste offences - 17 Nov
SEPA - Energy company fined £20k for oil spill - 17 Nov

Humour

New corporate language

Meeting moth – executive who flits from meeting to meeting but does nothing useful
Empty suit – a yes man who fancies himself as a leader. He has little talent and no opinions but crawls to superiors well and plays office politics with great skill
Director of First Impressions – the receptionist
Percussive maintenance – the practice of hitting something to make it work
Ubiquity factor – the tendency for certain people to succeed simply by always showing up
Beverage leadership – the person who makes the coffee in the office
Greenwash – the art of touting environmental credentials to deflect attention from other less attractive aspects of a company
Bloatation – the art of hiring lots of useless senior staff immediately prior to going bust

Newspaper clipping

A French holiday cottage is offering the chance to live like a hamster. Guests at the house in Nantes can eat grain, sleep in haystacks and exercise in a giant wheel. The so-called Hamster Villa is even designed in the shape of a hamster cage.
"The hamster in the world of children is a little cuddly animal" said the owner Yann Falquero, an architect, dressed as a hamster. "Often, the adults that come here have wanted or did have hamsters when they were small."