360 Environmental
  14th December 2009  

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Government issues amendments to the WEEE Amending Regulations 14 DECEMBER
The Government has issued an amending notice to the recently published 2009 WEEE Amendment Regulations correcting a reporting error.

Q3 WEEE data published 11 DECEMBER 2009
The EA have published the WEEE and EEE data for quarter 3.

New Government Local Authority performance indicators site 11 DECEMBER 2009
The Government has launched a new website that provides an assessment of each local authority against a number of indicators, including waste and recycling.

Veolia fined £150k by HSE 10 DECEMBER 2009
Veolia have been fined £150k plus £90k costs for a fire that broke out at their waste facility in Preston in July 2007.

£8k fine for failing to register under the Packaging Regs in 07 & 08 08 DECEMBER 2009
A Boston print cartridge manufacturer has been fined £8k for failing to register under the Packaging Waste Regulations in 2007 and 2008.

Other news

FDF publish sustainable food production report
EA report suggests a third of UK heat needs could come from underground
Plastic bottle recycling film wins award
Government's 'Simplification Programme' allegedly saves businesses £3bn
Defra criticised by Parliament over Exemptions proposals
Code of Practice proposed for Packaging Compliance Schemes
EuP compliance test reports for Washer Driers, Lamps and Electric Ovens released

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.

Glass has jumped up to £25/tonne on the spot market, possibly triggered by a perceived shortfall due to carry forward of December tonnage into 2010.

Material price/tonne change on previous
Paper 1-2 0
Glass 23-25 +6
Aluminium 10-15 0
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
Technical Officer - CIWM

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 - Dynamic Cassette fined £8k for failing to register under Packaging Regs in 07/08 - 7 Dec
EA - £2.5k fines and costs for burying up to 2,000 waste tyres in floor void - 11 Dec
EA - Waste company fined £11k for dumping construction and demolition waste - 10 Dec
EA - Composting company pays £40k fines and costs for odour problems - 7 Dec
 

Humour

Past newspaper clippings

  • 'Police arrived quickly, to find Mr Melchett hanging by his fingertips from the back wall. He had run out of the house when the owner, Paul Finch, returned home unexpectedly, and, spotting an intruder in the garden, had dialled 999. What Mr Finch did not know was that Mr Melchett had been visiting Mrs Finch and, hearing the front door open, had climbed out of the rear window. But the back wall was 8 feet high and Mr Melchett had been unable to get his leg over.' (The Barnsley Chronicle)
  • Following a report that Brussels is to pay £200,000 to save prostitutes, a spokesman said "the money will not be going directly into the prostitutes' pocket, but will be used to encourage them to lead a better life. We will be training them for new positions in hotels." (The Daily Telegraph)
  • "We apologise for the error in the last edition, in which we stated that 'Mr Fred Nicolme is a Defective in the Police Force'. This was a typographical error. We meant of course that Mr Nicolme is a Detective in the Police Farce." (The Derby Abbey Community News:)
  • "Police called to arrest a naked man on the platform at Piccadilly Station released their suspect after he produced a valid rail ticket." (The Manchester Evening News)
  • Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a special branch vehicle, and they don't want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)
  • Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole salami in her knickers. When asked why, she said it was because she was missing her Italian boyfriend. (Reuters via The Manchester Evenings News)
  • There must, for instance, be something very strange in a man who, if left alone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn't try it on. (Glasgow Evening News)
  • At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard on the spot and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied that he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. (Aberdeen Evening Express)
  • Mrs Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out Heil Hitler". (Bournemouth Evening Echo)
  • Commenting on a complaint from a Mr Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West gas said "We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible Mr Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that blew his house to pieces." (Bangkok Post)
  • A woman stormed out of her home and smashed up what she thought was her husband’s car after a row. In fact, the woman, 43, from Essen, Germany, did £650 worth of damage to her neighbour’s blue Opel Corsa. Her husband drives a blue Ford Fiesta. (Daily Mail).

Recent newspaper clipping

Recession-hit Britons are getting their own back on banks in one of the country's newest amusement arcade games.
Inventor Tim Hunkin says the Whack A Banker machine at his pier arcade in Southwold, Suffolk, is proving a great investment. Punters are promised a "truly rewarding banking experience" and use a mallet to hit as many pop-up figures as they can in a limited time.
"You pay 40p to hit as many bankers as you can in 30 seconds as their heads pop up. It's based on an older game called Whack a Mole," said Mr Hunkin, 58. "It's proving very popular. I keep having to replace worn-out mallets."
He added: "The bankers are bald and all look the same because that's how I think people see bankers - as faceless. And, of course, the bankers never really lose. If you win the game a banker's voice says: 'You win. We retire. Thank you very much to the taxpayer for paying our pensions'."