360 Environmental
  1st February 2010  

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Retailer 'Free battery takeback' obligation starts today 1 FEBRUARY
Today marks the start of the obligation on retailers selling portable batteries to provide free takeback facilities.

EA announces CRC conference dates 28 JANUARY
The Environment agency announces three Carbon Reduction Commitment conference dates

EA issues revised Carbon Reduction Commitment Guidance 28 JANUARY
The Environment Agency has issued revised Guidance for companies that have to comply with the Carbon Reduction Commitment requirements.

Other News

Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Report 2010 published
NIEA publishes list of all sites currently holding waste pollution prevention control permits
DECC publishes its monthly update of energy statistics
WRAP publish MRF quality reports on Assessment and Threshold
Netregs publish waste guidance tool for farmers
DBIS publish updated Guidance on RoHS
Bristol landlord fined by HSE for asbestos exposure
NI household recycling rates increase
Scottish Government announces single waste and recycling delivery body
October and November Landfill Tax stats published
2008 world recovered paper market paper published
World's biggest brands unite on packaging sustainability definitions
Laminate recycler to open UK's first showcase plant
Irish landfill tax to rise 30 Euros one month after previous rise - to be 75 Euros by 2012
'Which' report rubbishes retailer knowledge of WEEE obligations
Irish supermarket takes plastic bag tax to court

Consultations

No new waste related consultations

Other current consultations here.

PRNs

All compliance schemes and direct registrants should have submitted their Certificates of Compliance at the end of last week to demonstrate they had met their 2009 targets and the 2009 PRN market is therefore now, officially, closed.

There is no reason to suspect that there were any compliance failures as there seemed to be plenty of PRNs available for 2009 although glass prices firmed up towards the end, suggesting that there may have been a potential shortfall caused by too many December 2009 tonnes being carried forward into 2010.

2010 prices have continued to reflect a general feeling that it should be an easy year to the extent that we are aware that unusually, some schemes are offering fixed prices for 2010.

The prices below relate to spot prices from t2e and should be taken as a guide. Contract prices are likely to be slightly higher. Average 2009 prices can be found here.

Material £/tonne change on previous week
Paper 2-3 0
Glass 18-23 0

Aluminium

18-23 0
Steel 25-27 0
Plastic 5-7 0

Wood

2-3 0
Net recycling 2-3 0
Net recovery 1-2 0

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 therefore have 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.

No new vacancies

Prosecutions - details here

Fly tippers lorry to be destroyed - 29 Jan
Van man illegal waste operator sent to prison - 27 Jan
Egg company fined £2k for illegal land spreading - 25 Jan

Humour

Slango is the street language which those with teenage children will probably have experienced. Some examples below from the Urban Dictionary which makes interesting reading for anyone struggling to communicate with this strange species:

Street Creep
1. A new pejorative term for Wall Street executives who raked in huge bonuses while plunging the world into economic chaos.
2. A financial advisor who sells Wall Street products on commission.
Eg. Did you see the news? Those Street Creeps are taking a private jet to Aruba using our bailout money.
that's a good question
A phrase usually indicating that the speaker has absolutely no idea how to answer said question. Often used to stall for time.
Eg. Photography teacher walking in on students who should be at pep rally: What are you doing here?
Student: That's a good question!
Grand Theft Impairment
The 4-hour period of time that you cannot drive or function in society due to playing Grand Theft Auto. You may have the intention to steal a car, kill innocent people, and/or drive recklessly.
Eg. Girl: Hey you wanna come pick me up so we can go to the movies?
Guy: Aww, I wish but I have grand theft impairment, I can come later though
iSmear
A long horizontal smear on the bottom of your iphone caused from answering a call using the slide bar with a greasy finger.
Eg. Mike: Yo maing whats that dirty mark on your iPhone?
Trev: ahh thats just an iSmear from my greasy finger.
iphone effect
shortly after one person in the group brings out their iphone, the rest follow suit, ultimately ending all conversation and eye contact.
Eg. "Hey, what do you want to order for drinks?" "Not sure, let's see what Imbibe Magazine has for their best beer this month." First iphone comes out of the pocket--enter safari search. Next iphone comes out--enter Facebook post. Third iphone makes an entrance -- the iphone effect has arrived.
time vampire
Something or someone who literally sucks your time like a vampire sucks blood.
Eg. My computer broke again, I spent all night working on that time vampire.
hyphenated
A woman who is married.
Eg. She friended me on Facebook. She's hot, but unfortunately, she is hyphenated.
text-hole
Someone who texts on their cellphone in really inappropriate places, like movie theatres, concerts, plays, or in a restaurant.
Eg. The movie was great, except right during the best scene, this text-hole in front of me lit up his phone and started texting away.
Guinea fridge
A refrigeration unit or freezer that resides in the garage
Eg. Vinny put the oversized manicotti tray in the guinea fridge after Christmas because the fridge in the kitchen was filled with other leftovers.
working hard or hardly working
Funny play on words used by successful management types. Can be combined with finger guns for the ultimate combo.
Eg. Supervisor: Hey Joe! Working hard or hardly working? Hahahaha.
Joe: Hahahahaha! You're the best boss ever!
Good lenses, bad frames
Describing someone who gives a bad first impression but is actually a good person. Someone who doesn't appear to be competent, yet is extremely capable at what he/she does.
Eg. Dr. Bruce is a spaz, but he's one of the best doctors I know. You wouldn't know it by looking at him...good lenses, bad frames.
Nearsighted Date
As opposed to a blind date, where you have no idea what the other person looks like, a nearsighted date is one where you've seen a photo or chatted via web cam before meeting in person. This can often lead to disappointment if one person or the other has supplied misleading documentation.
Eg. "Well, I saw her profile pics on Facebook, so it was more of a nearsighted date than a blind date"
"That's the last nearsighted date I ever go on...her profile pic must have been 5 years, 3 hair colors and 2 kids ago."
"Went on a nearsighted date last night. The picture he emailed me must have been from before he quit the gym."

Newspaper cutting

The number of workers ringing in 'ill' is expected to peak today on what is being dubbed National Sickie Day.
The first Monday in February is thought to be the worst day for people pulling 'sickies' with up to 350,000 employees expected to ring in and make their excuses. We are still in the grip of winter, Christmas debt is causing us pain and spring feels like it is months away. Experts fear that the absence of so many workers could cost the industry more than £30 million, reports the Daily Telegraph.
However, a study indicates that bosses are becoming too soft on their staff, accepting emails or texts to say they are 'ill' rather than the traditional phone call. More than a quarter of British companies trust workers who claim illness without speaking to them directly, making it easier for fakers to lie, according to research by Employment Law Advisory Services.
Peter Mooney, a spokesman for the firm, said: "The traditional phone call was always a way for bosses to decipher whether staff members were bluffing or genuinely ill. So the system will be open to more abuse than ever. The cost to the economy could soar. That is the last thing we need as we are slowly crawling out of the deepest recession for generations."
Half the 1,500 company managers polled in the survey were not convinced by the excuses given for a day off. Questionable excuses ranged from a man who claimed the road outside his house was too busy to cross to a worker who said he couldn't make it in because his mother-in-law had not died at the weekend.