360 Environmental
  4th January 2010  

360 Newsletter

Happy New Year


A quiet start to 2010 with very little waste related news over the last couple of weeks. However, to get you in the mood, the things to look forward to in 2010 include:

  • The Batteries Regulations which have now started (see below)
  • Amendments to the WEEE Regulations came into force on 1 January
  • A fairly comprehensive consultation is due in January on the Packaging Regulations
  • New Environmental Permitting Exemptions Regulations come into force in April
  • New Duty of Care Guidance takes effect in April
  • The Carbon Reduction Scheme starts in April
  • Landfill Tax goes up to £48/tonne on 1 April
  • Waste Carriers License requirements are likely to apply to businesses carrying their own waste in the second half of the year

We will, of course, keep you abreast of all of this and more through the newsletter, but you might be interested in our Waste Compliance Health Check. 41 questions to help you identify whether your business is meeting all its legal obligations.

With Packaging Regulations Registration time fast approaching, obligated producers also need to start to consider their packaging data from last year. If you are in need assistance on data gathering, training or registration, details of our services are available through our revamped website.

360 News

Battery Regulations producer responsibility starts 4 JANUARY
The UK's Batteries Regulations effectively started on 1 January with registered producers now having to pick up the bill for collection and treatment of portable batteries.

Other news

DECC releases 2009 energy statistics

Consultations

No new consultations, but a number under way here.

PRNs

PRN prices have changed little from pre-Christmas other than glass which had gone up on a perceived shortfall, but has now slipped right back down again.

All schemes and directly registered producers must finalise their PRN purchasing for 2009 by the end of January. PRNs related to material received by reprocessors or exported in December can be used for either 2009 or 2010 and it is likely that there will be significant carry forward on all materials except steel. Prices for steel PRNs started to rise just before Christmas, so it will be interesting to see if this continues or if miraculously, there is now a surplus. 

Material current price change on previous report
Paper 1-2 0
Glass 15-20 -5
Aluminium 10-15 0
Steel 35-40 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) - £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

No new ones since last newsletter

Prosecutions archive

Humour

Newspaper cuttings

A pig triggered a minor emergency in Australia when smells wafting from her flatulence sparked gas leak fears. Two fire engines and 15 firefighters turned out in darkness to search for the source of the 'leak' at Axedale, near Bendigo, Victoria. Eventually, the culprit - a 120kg pet sow - was identified, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun.
Fire chief Peter Harkins said: "We got to the property and we could smell a very strong odour in the vicinity. It didn't take us too long to work it out because we could both smell and hear her. She got very excited when two trucks and 15 firies (firefighters) turned up and she squealed and farted and squealed and farted. I haven't heard too many pigs fart but I would describe it as very full-on."
Mr Harkins said the family had done the right thing by calling emergency services to report the suspected gas leak.

Spirit of the age

Birmingham City Council has announced that all apostrophe's were to be banished from street signs. Councillor Mullaney said it was important to have a consistent policy and that there was no longer any need for a possessive apostrophe in most place names "since the monarchy no longer owns Kings Heath or Kings Norton".

A GP's surgery in Preston, Lancashire, was docked £375 because it hadn't received any complaints. Under the current NHS system, surgeries are rewarded for hitting targets, one of which is to show how they deal with complaints. Since the Preston surgery didn't get any, it lost out. A spokesman for the local NHS Trust said it had to follow guidelines.

A new primary school in Sheffield decided to omit the word 'school' from its title because it had 'negative connotations'. Watercliffe Meadows calls itself a 'place for learning'. Meanwhile, 13 secondary schools in Barnsley were also re-branded - as 'advanced learning centres'.

The Scottish Parliament's website has been translated into Scots dialect as part of an £800k overhaul to make the site available in 14 'languages'. "Walcome tae the Scottish pairlament wabsite" reads the introduction. "The Scottish pairlament is here for tae represent aw Scotlan's folk." Scholars disagree on whether Scots dialect - as opposed to Gaelic - is a language at all, but the Scottish Executive says the translation is necessary to prevent discrimination.

The Government spent £24,765 removing one noun from the name of a Whitehall department. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was rebranded Communities and Local Government (CLG) requiring a new logo and headed paper. A minister told MPs that the rebranding was necessary to "emphasise the mission of the department."

A report that took two years to compile and cost taxpayers £500k concluded that rail passengers were liable to experience "negative" feelings if their train was late and no one told them why.