360 Environmental
  25th January 2010  

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Defra issues consultation on the definition of waste 25 JANUARY
Defra has issued a consultation on Guidance on the legal definition of waste and its application.

House of Commons Committee publishes Waste Strategy Review 19 JANUARY
The House of Commons EFRA Committee has published its review of Waste Strategy 2007, criticising Defra's focus on domestic waste and their slow introduction of landfill bans.Other news

Other News

New gypsum quality protocol published
Sainsbury's to change chopped tomatoes packaging from cans to cartons
New waste and recycling guidance for Local Authorities from HSE
ASDA begins reusable packaging trials
New head of NIEA appointed
410,000 tpa Grundon/Viridor waste to energy plant completes commissioning handover
Welsh waste statistics show increase from 7%-37% recycling in 8 years
HSE starting vehicle spot check campaign
EA in scrap yard crackdown

Consultations

Defra/NIEA/WAG - Draft guidance on legal definition of waste and its applications - closes 12 April

Other current consultations here.

PRNs

2009 PRN trading now seems to have virtually ceased as compliance schemes and direct registrants enter their final week to complete their certificates of compliance for 2009. 
2010 prices seem stable on the lower priced materials - paper, wood, plastic and recovery - but dropping on the higher priced ones - steel, aluminium and glass. This would suggest that the general ease by which these materials seem to have seen out the year is now being reflected in an expectation of a comfortable 2010 market.

The prices below relate to spot prices from t2e. Average 2009 prices can be found here.

Material 2009 price change on last week 2010 price change on last week
Paper 1-2 0 2-3 0
Glass 20-25 0 18-23 -2
Aluminium 4-6 -4 18-23 -2
Steel 20-23 -7 25-27 -2
Plastic 1-2 0 5-7 0
Wood 1-2 0 2-3 0
Net recycling 1-2 0 2-3 0
Net recovery 0.50-1 0 1-2 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
10-11 February - Waste Management, Business Risk and the Law - London
11 February - Focussing on the changes in Biowaste
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.

New - MRF Operations Manager, Kidderminster - closes 30 Jan

Prosecutions - details here

EA - Kings Skip Hire fined £10k for illegal storage - 22 Jan

Humour

On a bitterly cold winters morning a husband and wife were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, "We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the Snowploughs can get through". So the good wife went out and moved her car. A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, ”We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car in the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through". The good wife went out and moved her car again. The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park...."
Then the electric power went out. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, "I don't know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowploughs can get through?"
Then with the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married exhibit, the husband replied, "Why don't you just leave the bloody car in the garage this time."
(submitted by my wife, I hasten to add - PC)

Newspaper cuttings

Two Liverpool fans were arrested during a peaceful protest against the club's American owners before a game against Arsenal in mid-December. Police said the pair's chants of "Yanks Out" were 'racist'. Both men were cleared at court in minutes.

Pest controllers were calld to a police station in London after a family of mice set up home on a messy desk. The mouse nest was discovered in a huge pile of paperwork on one officer's desk in Kennington. A spokesman said that the "paperwork did not relate to operational police matters", and "action had been taken to remove the mice from the premises." The mice were later granted asylum and given a four bedroom house in Chelsea.