360 Environmental
  7th December 2009  

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Defra considering change in municipal waste to include commercial 4 DECEMBER 2009
Defra are in discussion with the EU over ways to bring the UK more in line with other Member States over the definition of municipal waste by including commercial waste.

New WEEE Advisory Body members announced 03 DECEMBER 2009
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the newly appointed members of the Government's WEEE Advisory Body, excluding Repic but including Electrolink. 

Agencies publish new guidance on asbestos waste 02 DECEMBER 2009
The Agencies have produced new guidance for the management and disposal of asbestos waste.

Other news

London 2012 surpasses recycling goals
Wales achieves 37% recycling rate
Carbon based differentiated targets proposed for glass packaging
HSE launches chemicals import and export website
EA published Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme results for 2008/9
WRAP WEEE survey initiates recycling campaign
Birmingham City Council declares low carbon programme
EU survey claims 30% Christmas Tree lights pose serious health risk
London 2012 organisers looking for packaging waste reductions
$882m bid for Shanks by American private equity Carlyle Group
Paris artist turns plastic bottles into Christmas lights
2010 US University Recyclamania launched with EPA support

Consultations

No new consultations. Current ones 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 real change on the previous week other than a slight drop in aluminium.

Material price per tonne change on previous week
Paper 1-2 0
Glass 17.50-19 0
Aluminium 10-15 -5
Steel 30-35 0
Plastic 1-2 0
Wood 1-2 0
Net recycling 1-2 0
Net recovery 0.50-1 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

26-27 January - Energy from Biomass and Waste - London
27 January - The Real Cost of Killing (CIWM/HSE) - Hinkley, Leics
24-25 February - INternational Energy from Waste Conference - 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.

New since last week
Project Manager (Waste Infrastructure) – Oxfordshire – 3 Months + Extensions

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 - £500 fine for illegal waste storage - 4 Dec
EA - Prison for Yorkshire operator who fly-tipped 30,000 tonnes - 4 Dec
EA - £10k in fines and costs for caravan park operator burning waste - 3 Dec
EA - Illegal soil dumping cost builder £7k - 3 Dec

Humour

A young couple wanted to join the church. The vicar told them, 'We have a special requirement for new member couples. You must abstain from carnal indulgence for one whole month.'
The couple agreed, but after two-and-a-half weeks returned to the Church. When the vicar ushered them into his office, the wife was crying and the husband was obviously very depressed.
'You are back so soon...Is there a problem?' the vicar inquired.
'We are terribly ashamed to admit that we did not manage to abstain for the required month' the young man replied sadly. The vicar asked him what happened.
'Well, the first week was difficult... However, we managed to abstain through sheer willpower. The second week was terrible, but with the use of prayer, we managed to abstain. However, the third week was unbearable. We tried cold showers, Prayer, reading from the Bible....anything to keep our minds off Carnal Thoughts. One afternoon my wife reached for a can of paint and dropped it. When she bent over to pick it up, I was overcome with lust and I just had my way with her right then and there. It was lustful, loud and passionate. It lasted for over an hour and when we were done we were both drenched in sweat,' admitted the man, shamefacedly.
The vicar lowered his head and said sternly, 'You understand this means you will not be welcome in our church.'
'We know.' said the young man, hanging his head, 'We're not welcome at Homebase either.'

Newspaper clipping

Train buffs are facing jail after building their own ramshackle locomotive and taking it on the public rail network.
The six-seater train - made out of garden furniture and salvaged train parts - was powered by an electric motor and even had its own refreshments car in the shape of a crate of beer.
Police in Erfut, Germany, were alerted after residents of properties adjoining the railway spotted the unorthodox vehicle - and were aware that there should have been no traffic running. Police however had to call in a helicopter to find and follow the makeshift train as the police cars could not follow it along the tracks.
The helicopter pilot was able to radio ahead to other officers who set up a makeshift barrier at a station to stop it.
Railway bosses had been asked to suspend all services to avoid a collision although the train buffs had chosen to have their drive when there had been no trains scheduled.
"It seems to be one of those mad pub ideas that actually happened. They didn't seem to realise they could have caused a serious accident if they'd got anywhere near a real train," said one officer.
Six men who were arrested on the unauthorised vehicle are currently facing public safety charges.