360 Environmental
  21st December 2009  

360 Newsletter

VICKI, PHIL AND JENNY WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

The next newsletter will be in two weeks time on 4th January.

We would also like to inform you that we have revamped our website to show the range of services we provide that you might find useful, especially with Packaging Registration fast approaching.

360 News

Defra launch Battery Supply Calculator for retailers 18 DECEMBER 2009

Government issues Farm Plastics Producer Responsibility Consultation 18 DECEMBER 2009

Other news

UK lags behind as steel packaging recycling hits 70% across EU
6 tonnes packaging lost at sea
Abu Dhabi bans plastic carrier bags
US companies fined for illegal export of e-waste to Hong Kong
Bin saves German bacon
Council apologises for illiterate binmen

Consultations

Defra - Non-packaging farm plastics - closes 25 February
Defra - Saving energy through better products and appliances (EuP) - closes 12 March
Defra - Offences and penalties in relation to ODS and CFC activities - closes 9 March
NIEA - Draft charging policy - 2010-2013 - closes 26 February
Welsh Assembly - Air Quality standards - closes 5 March

What are we expecting next year?

WEEE Regulations Amendments come into force 1 January
Producers start paying for battery collections and treatment 1 January
Packaging Regulations consultation due January
Battery retailers start offering free take back 1 February
Revised Duty of Care Code of Practice expected by April
Revised Waste Exemptions Regulations start 6 April
Carbon Reduction Scheme starts April
Control of Waste (Seized Property) Regulations 6 April
Northern Ireland Waste Bill early 2010
Revised Waste Carrier and Broker requirements expected late 2010
Scottish PPC requirements sometime in 2010

PRN Prices

It's been an interesting year for PRN prices. This graph (source: www.t2e.co.uk) shows the relative spot prices through 2009 for the materials  with steel having hit the year's high spot at around £120/tonne in September. With the year ending on low prices for all materials, the speculation now is on the likely position for 2010.

There are a number of factors that suggest it will be a very soft year:

  • There are large carry forward tonnages likely in all materials except steel and possibly glass
  • Recycling rates are likely to increase as the economy improves
  • The 2010 obligation - based on 2009 reported data - is likely to be lower that in 2009 because of generally poor trading

Our predictions for next year are therefore that for most materials - paper, aluminium, plastic, wood and WTE - prices for 2010 will not rise much above the prices below. Depending on Q4 data (which won't be out until late February), glass will also probably stay around £20-25/tonne. However, steel is very much in the balance for 2009 and could well start 2010 quite tight and therefore at higher prices than current although as can be seen below, prices have already started to rise.

Material current price change on previous week
Paper 1-2 0
Glass 23-25 0
Aluminium 10-15 0
Steel 35-40 +5
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) - £160-230/tonne
Mixed (Cats 2-10) - £60-120/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
15-17 June - Futuresource Exhibition - London
14-16 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC

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

New since last week

EA - £350 fine for illegal asbestos handling and storage - 15 Dec
EA - Suspended prison sentence for dumping 10,000 tyres - 14 Dec

Prosecutions archive
 

Humour

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale ' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
'You talk?' he asks.'Yep,' the Lab replies.
After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'
The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'
'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running.. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.' 'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
'Ten dollars,' the guy says.
'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'
'Because he's a liar. He never did any of that stuff.

New clippings

Britain's biggest retailer Tesco apologised on Tuesday after complaints that a Christmas card it sold was offensive to people with ginger hair. The card in question shows a child with red hair sitting on the lap of Santa Claus under the banner: "Santa loves all kids. Even ginger ones."
Davinia Phillips, whose three children all have red hair, was enraged when she saw the card at one of Tesco's stores in northern England. "It's discrimination, pure and simple. I have shown it to a lot of friends and they are all disgusted by it," she was quoted by newspapers as saying. "I just don't find it funny at all. If it had been about a black child or an overweight child the store would have been shut down by now."
Tesco said the offending card had now been withdrawn from all its stores. "It is never our intention to offend any customer and we are sorry if this card caused any upset," a spokeswoman said.

A London law firm has come up with a 'must have' Christmas present for unhappy couples - divorce gift vouchers. Lloyd Platt & Co claims to have had hundreds of enquiries since putting the vouchers, which offer couples half-hour or hour-long advice sessions with a lawyer, on sale.
They cost from £125 plus VAT and the firm says it has already sold 54 in three weeks, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Senior partner Vanessa Lloyd Platt said: "Christmas can be a very stressful time for families as we have always seen by the huge increase of people seeking advice in January. The vouchers seem to appeal to an enormously wide spread spectrum of people looking for that 'must have' gift for Christmas."
She said that purchasers had included husbands, wives, mistresses, and people using them to suggest to friends and family members that they should get a divorce.
However, the scheme has been criticised for encouraging couples to split rather than resolve their differences.
Dave Percival, who organises the annual National Marriage Week, said: "It's typical ambulance chasing by lawyers who are doing this for business reasons.
"Anyone looking to buy this would be much better off paying for couples to get counselling."

Stressed-out workers can now 'dial-a-beach' as a pioneering new service from Orange launches in Britain. Nearly seven in ten Brits found the sound of the sea lapping against the shore the ultimate calming environment to listen to, followed by a crackling log fire, the sound of a forest, birdsong and a typical English village green.
Now customers can listen to them for free on the Orange Relaxation Line, whenever they need some time-out in the run up to Christmas. Given eight in 10 people in the UK crave some form of daily stress relief from work and family pressures, Orange travelled the length and breadth of the country to capture these tranquil sounds for people to listen to.
Orange customers can now dial 347 for free to hear the sounds of a woodland forest, waves lapping on Brighton beach, the hubbub of an English village green, the crackle of a log fire or the hum of birdsong. The Orange Relaxation Line launched on the back of studies conducted by behavioural therapists which showed how soothing, calming sounds can help melt away stress and heighten overall well-being.
Richard Schoch, professor of the history of culture at the University of London and author of The Secrets of Happiness, said: "Recent studies show that listening to recorded sounds of the ocean for just 12 minutes can lower both the pulse and blood pressure.We know certain sounds make us feel calmer because they slow down the body's stress response: listening to the sounds on the Orange Relaxation Line can help inject a bit of calm into a frenzied lifestyle."
Lara Molins Caplin, spokesperson from Orange UK added: "This time of year is particularly chaotic, so what better than dialling a free service that provides on-demand the calming sounds of an ocean? Relief from stress and strain is now just a phone call away."
If you're an Orange customer, call the Relaxation Line free by dialling 347 on your handset or head to the What's Hot section of Orange World to download the bespoke sounds as calling tunes. Non-Orange customers can call 0207 050 6888 with standard network charges applying.

Why men shouldn't write advice columns

Dear John

I hope you can help me. The other day, I set off for work, leaving my husband in the house watching TV. My car stalled and then it broke down about a mile down the road and I had to walk back to get my husband's help. When I got home, I couldn't believe my eyes. He was in bed with the neighbour's daughter!
I am 32, my husband is 34 and the neighbour's daughter is 19. We have been married for 10 years. When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted they had been having an affair for the past 6 months. He won't go to counselling and I'm afraid I am a wreck and need advice urgently. Can you please help?
Sincerely
Sheila

Dear Sheila
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold and also check all grounding wires. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors.
I hope this helps.
John