360 Environmental
  30th November 2009  

360 Newsletter

Apologies for the delay.

360 News

Advisory Committee on Packaging Chairman - 26 NOVEMBER
John Turner, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Packaging, is to leave after 7 years in the post.

Defra publish 'Environment in your pocket 2009' 26 NOVEMBER 2009
Defra have launched the thirteenth edition of Environment in Your Pocket, a compendium of facts and figures on a wide range on environmental topics.

September Landfill Tax stats released 25 NOVEMBER 2009
HMRC have release September's Landfill Tax statistics showing a levelling off of the recent decline.

Other news (very dull week)

EC calls for better implementation of waste law
Participate in the CIWM National Waste Survey

Consultations

Defra - Environmental Permitting Guidance for water discharge activities - closes 18 Feb 2010

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.

Prices have continued at rock bottom as reprocessors and exporters offload surpluses. The prices below reflect the spot market.

Material Price per tonne change on previous week
Paper 1-2 0
Glass 17.50 - 19 -0.50
Aluminium 15-20 0
Steel 30-35 -5
Plastic 1-2 0
Wood 1-2 0
Net recycling 1-2 0
Net recovery 0.50 -1 -0.50

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

1 December - Capital Gains - London
26-27 January - Energy from Biomass and Waste - London

Jobs

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.

None since last week

Humour

A burglary recently occurred at Newcastle United's ground and the entire contents of the trophy room were stolen. The police are now looking for a man with a black-and-white carpet.

Q: How many Manchester United fans does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Three. One to change the bulb, one to buy the "Bulb Changing" commemorative t-shirt and one to drive the other two back to London

Newspaper clippings

Leeds University is advertising for a £31,000-a-year researcher - to study lap dancing. The post, in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, is for: "Research Officer - The rise and regulation of lap dancing and the place of s**ual labour and consumption in the night time economy".
The Government-funded position will see the successful applicant interview 300 lap dancers in in two northern English towns. The study, which comes with a salary of £31,513, is aimed at finding out who becomes lap dancers and what their working conditions are like, as well as how the number of bars have multiplied. The ad stipulates the successful applicant will need to have "prior experience of conducting research in the female s** industry".
But Susie Squire, political director at the TaxPayers' Alliance, complained: "This is the ultimate non-job and will both anger and bemuse taxpayers. "It may be a dream job for some men, but it's just another nightmare of public sector waste for the ordinary people who pay for it."

A premium line caller complained to Trading Standards. After dialing an 0891 number from an advertisement entitled "Hear Me Moan", the caller was played a tape of a woman nagging her husband for failing to do jobs around the house. Consumer Watchdogs in Dorset refused to look into the complaint, saying, "He got what he deserved."