360 Environmental
  9th February 2010  

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New Advisory Committee on Packaging announced 9 FEBRUARY
Defra have announced the members of the new ACP which will be chaired by Bob Lisney, previously Assistant Director Environment at Hampshire County Council and now an independent consultant.

Defra publishes civil sanctions legislation plans 3 FEBRUARY
Defra have published responses to the recent consultation on civil sanctions with proposals to lay the Regulations before Parliament asap to enable them to come into effect in early April. These will allow the EA to apply penalty charges up to £250k for lower level misdemeanours.

Other News

New Statesman publishes waste pull-out including interesting Peter Jones article
Potential recycling bottlenecks indicated in latest Packflow report
Consultation responses published on Scotland's Zero Waste plan
Pregnant women advised to avoid lambing...
Recycling company EWRC fined £145k for mercury poisoning following HSE prosecution
Biffa to be prosecuted at Crown Court over Newbury CA site death
England municipal waste statistics for Q1 2009/10 released

Consultations

No new waste related consultations

Other current consultations here.

PRNs

PRN prices appear to be fairly stable with no real price movement in any of the materials since last week other than a slight rise in aluminium - which is surprising, given the likely surplus of aluminium evidence last year. However, trading volume levels are low as the market awaits the publication of the final 2009 Q4 data which is due on 1 March. 

Current price guide £/tonne
 
Paper - 2-3
Glass - 18-23
Aluminium - 20-25
Steel 25-27
Plastic - 5-7
Wood - 2-3
Net recycling - 2-3
Net recovery - 1-2

Events

Details of these and links to the organisers can be found on our website

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
31 May - World Recycling Convention and Exhibition
15-17 June - Futuresource Exhibition - London
14-16 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC

Prosecutions - details here

EA - Home car dismantler receives community punishment order - 8 Feb

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Humour

This is a bricklayer's accident actual (verbatim) report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers' Compensation board. This apparently is a true story.

”Dear Sir

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor planning" as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it.

Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks. You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equal, impressive speed.

This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience a great deal of pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight.

As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body. Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down on to me. This explains the two broken legs.

I hope this answers your enquiry.

Yours faithfully

Arthur B. Ricky

Newspaper cuttings

Two gypsy families are refusing to move to an official traveller site because they are church-going, teetotal and non-smoking. The families have rejected the idea of living at a council-owned site in Foston because they claim youths there drink and smoke and would be a bad influence on their youngsters.

There were 581 operations to reduce 'man boobs' in Britain last year - up from 323 in 2008. Five years ago, there were just 22 gynaecomastia operations.