360 Environmental
  23rd February 2009  

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The main waste news item to grip the nation last week was the Sky revelation that an old and unworkable TV Greenpeace had fitted with a tracking device and had dropped off at a household waste site in Hampshire had turned up for sale in Nigeria. What it highlighted more than anything, was the need for Producer Compliance Schemes to be given more control – and responsibility - over WEEE at local authority CA sites, although the Greenpeace article showed some interesting footage of the subtle difference between buying a TV in a Nigerian market and going to Currys. The other big waste news item was the report published by the Local Government Association into 'excessive' packaging use by the supermarkets, highlighting the amount of un-recyclable packaging they sell around their products. At the end of the day, 100% of packaging is theoretically recyclable, it’s a matter of what facilities there are available to recycle it and what price people are prepared to pay. And what environmental benefit is served on the law of diminishing returns. What must be recognised are the facts. The packaging recycling data for the final quarter of 2008 should be published this week and we wait to see the impact of the commodity price crash, but what cannot be disputed is that between 1998 and 2008, packaging waste recycling doubled in the UK and that should be recognised.

News items

Animal By-Products changes supported by Agency 23 FEBRUARY 2009
The EA response to a recent Defra consultation on the proposed changes to the ABP Regulations has recently been published supporting reductions in the landfilling of ABP waste.

SEPA announce 10 point 'recession' plan 20 FEBRUARY 2009
SEPA, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, have announced a 10 point plan to help companies weather the economic downturn. The aim is to help the economy whilst also protecting the environment and the health and well being of communities across Scotland.

Landfill Tax Communities Fund contributions hit £1bn 20 FEBRUARY 2009
HMRC have announced that the contributions made by landfill operators to the Landfill Communities Fund from Landfill Tax have now reached £1bn since the scheme started in 1996. This is out of the £7bn paid in landfill tax over the same period.
Defra reviews council commercial waste collection responsibilities 18 FEBRUARY 2009
Defra have revealed that they are reviewing the current requirement to provide waste disposal services free of charge to public sector sites such as schools and hospitals.


Business philosphy

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbour. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel that you have on." After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her 800 dollars and leaves. Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets back to the bathroom, her husband asks from the shower, "Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbour," she replies. "Great!" the husband says, "Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?" Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of that tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer who shot the turkey out of the tree. Moral of the story: Bulls**t might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.


Irish police chasing a Polish driver who had apparently committed more then 50 motoring offences have discovered the embarrassing truth. Officers had been puzzled how the mysterious 'Prawo Jazdy' had always produced his documents - but with a different address each time. However, they have now discovered that 'Prawo Jazdy' is Polish for driving licence, reports Metro. An internal Garda memo, reported in Irish papers, said officers taking details of Polish traffic offenders had been mistakenly using 'Prawo Jazdy', printed in the top right corner of the driving licence, as the holder's name. "Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence," the police memo said. "It is quite embarrassing to see the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities." A Garda spokesman declined to comment on the reports.