360 Environmental
  23rd February 2010  

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We have set up a new website - www.wastesupport.co.uk - with tools that we hope will help those involved with the production, handling or enforcement of waste. www.360environmental.co.uk will remain as our main waste legislation information site, but wastesupport will gradually be developed to include other active support tools.

Correct EWC code identification for transfer and consignment notes seems to be a consistent problem. We have therefore worked with the Environment Agency to develop an online EWC code search facility that uses an EA-produced Thesaurus to identify the best code to use for waste types. We have also included a version of the Defra Batteries weight calculator and a WEEE protocol calculator

We propose to 'launch' the site over the next few days, so any comments would be gratefully received.

360 News

Hazardous nature of LCD screens to be clarified 19 FEBRUARY
An anomaly of the process leading up to the WEEE Regulations is likely to be corrected shortly with the EA determining that end-of-life LCD screens should be considered as hazardous waste.

EA launch Civil Sanctions implementation consultation 19 FEBRUARY
Following on from Defra's recent announcement on the introduction of Civil Sanctions powers, the Environment Agency has issued a consultation on how they intend to implement.

WEEE Compliance Scheme DCF contracts released 19 FEBRUARY
BIS has released information showing which Producer Compliance Schemes have contracts with which Local Authorities.

Other News

Scottish recycling rate on course for 40%
EU WEEE Directive proposed changes published
Defra commit to changing law to ensure councils can charge for waste disposal
WRAP release 3rd newsletter-style stakeholder briefing
NIEA publish 'Financial Provision For Waste Management Activities' requirements

Consultations

No new consultations

Other current consultations here.

PRNs

Trading is still very quiet and prices haven't moved from last week. The final 2009 reprocessor data should be made available on NPWD on Monday 1st March.

Prices for last year shown here.

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

WEEE Evidence

As anyone seeking to try to market test the WEEE compliance costs charged by their Compliance Scheme will find, there are no transparent indexes available.

The prices below are an indication of what we believe are the lower end of the market, but we would welcome information from subscribers on what they are currently being charged to enable this to be updated. All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please email phil.conran@360environmental.co.uk.

LDA (Cat 1) - £0-20/tonne
Cooling (Cat 12) - £130-160/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

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

SEPA - £800 fine for failure to remove controlled waste - 17 Feb

360 Environmental can provide
  • Packaging compliance support
  • Waste legislation and technical competence training
  • Site compliance audits
  • Environmental Permitting
    Please see our website

Humour

Following last week's plea for 'acceptable' humour, a couple of subscribers submitted material. Grateful thanks to both although publication of the Tiger Woods jokes would have sent company firewalls into uncontrollable fits and therefore cannot be repeated here. Any further contributions would be gratefully received (phil.conran@360environmental.co.uk).

Darwin awards

1. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

2. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for three days.

3. A teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

4. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on an Atlanta street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

Newspaper cutting

A US school has been accused of spying on its students by remotely activating cameras built into their laptops. The case has outraged parents and pupils at Harriton High School in Philadelphia, reports Sky News. Parents of one child have filed a lawsuit against the school district in Pennsylvania. They say staff told them the camera on the school-issued laptop had caught their son doing something "inappropriate" at home.
"This laptop is part of our life 24/7, it is open all the time," said Karen Gotlieb, who has a daughter at the school. "I just received an email from my daughter, who is very upset, saying 'Mum, I have that laptop open in my bedroom all the time, even when I'm changing'."
Pupils say they are horrified at the thought that staff could look into their home life and have started putting sticky-tape over the camera lens.
The school district says it will fight the lawsuit. It says cameras were only ever activated to track its 2,300 laptops if they were reported missing, lost or stolen. "The security feature's capabilities were limited to taking a still image of the operator and the operator's screen," Superintendent Christopher McGinley said in a letter to parents.