360 Environmental
  22nd March 2010  

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Consultation issued on meeting EU Landfill targets with the change in the definition of Municipal Waste 18 MARCH
Defra have issued another consultation, this time considering how to meet the EU biodegradable landfill diversion targets with the redefinition of municipal waste to include commercial waste.

Defra issues consultation on Landfill bans 18 MARCH
Defra have published a long awaited consultation on options for restricting the landfilling of certain materials.

BIS circulate heavily revised WEEE Code of Practice for stakeholder views  16 MARCH
BIS have distributed a revised Code of Practice for stakeholder views prior to formal publication.

Other News

Defra publish Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management for England
WRAP update Lifecycle comparisons for recycling of different materials
Defra publish General Guidance Manual for PPC permitting activities for Local authorities
Scotland issues a Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage
Welsh Assembly Government launches Low Carbon Revolution
National Audit Office questions value of BREW programme
Defra/BIS publish ‘Less is More: Business Opportunities in Waste and Resource Management'
WRAP consolidation of business support services on waste and recycling starts from 1 April
EA operation in the NE to clamp down on illegal waste carriers
Entries open for Scotland's top green business awards
40% of EU municipal waste recycled or composted in 2008
DECC published first Carbon Budget Report Card

New Consultations

Defra - Introduction of restrictions on the landfilling of certain wastes - closes 10 June
Defra - Meeting EU Landfill Diversion Targets - closes 10 June

Scottish Government - Low Carbon Economy discussion paper - closes 22 June

Other current consultations here.

PRNs

No real change on last week. Q4 data is due to be released by the EA on 31st March. Prices for last year shown here.

Current price guide - £/tonne

Paper - 2-3 
Glass - 18-23 
Aluminium - 20-25 
Steel 19-23 
Plastic - 4-6 
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.

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

20-22 April - Sustainabilitylive - NEC
31 May - World Recycling Convention and Exhibition
15-17 June - Futuresource Exhibition - London
14-16 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC
13-14 October - Irish Recycling and Waste Exhibition - Dublin

Prosecutions - details here

EA - NE waste company NA Park fined £6k for Environmental Permit breaches - 18 Mar
EA - Illegal waste operator fined £700 for burning caravans and no carriers licence - 18 Mar
EA - Chemical company fined £4.5k for river pollution - 17 Mar

Jobs

We have the following listed:

Service Administrator - McGrath Group
Project Manager for Inspection of Municipal Cleaning Projects, Saudi Arabia - RAL International
Senior Site Manager Landfill - SITA

Please visit

www.360environmental.co.uk for packaging, permitting and general compliance support
www.wastesupport.co.uk for our new EWC code finder, Batteries and WEEE protocol calculators

Humour

Newspaper clippings

A punter's night in a house of ill repute turned out hotter than he'd bargained for when a fire swept through the place trapping him naked on the balcony. The horrified customer risked burning to death rather than reveal his face once he realised TV crews and cameramen were watching the blaze in Basel, Switzerland. He was only persuaded to leave the balcony when firefighters promised to let him cover his face. 
"I just hope people can't tell who I am from my bottom," explained the punter, identified only as Memeth J by police to spare his blushes. "I'm gay and was visiting a friend but my family don't know about me so I couldn't show my face."

 
An unemployed man who was thrown out of a Jobcentre after refusing to remove his hood has received an official apology after explaining he was following the ways of the Force. Chris Jarvis, of Southend, says he took up the Jedi faith created for the Star Wars films last year as an excuse to wear hoods.
After he wrote to complain of his treatment, the Jobcentre manager replied "Jobcentre Plus is committed to provide a customer service which embraces diversity and respects a customer's religion or belief."
 
This is a genuine complaint to Devon & Cornwall Police Force from an angry member of the public
A true email sent to the force, lengthy but brilliantly written...... 
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Dear Sir/Madam/Automated telephone answering service, 
Having spent the past twenty minutes waiting for someone at Bodmin police station to pick up a telephone I have decided to abandon the idea and try e-mailing you instead. Perhaps you would be so kind as to pass this message on to your colleagues in Bodmin, by means of smoke signal, carrier pigeon or Ouija board.
As I'm writing this e-mail there are eleven failed medical experiments (I think you call them youths) in St Mary's Crescent, which is just off St Mary's Road in Bodmin. Six of them seem happy enough to play a game which involves kicking a football against an iron gate with the force of a meteorite. This causes an earth shattering CLANG! Which rings throughout the entire building. This game is now in its third week and as I am unsure how the scoring system works, I have no idea if it will end any time soon. The remaining five fare happily rummaging through several bags of rubbish and items of furniture that someone has so thoughtfully dumped beside the wheelie bins. One of them has found a saw and is setting about a discarded chair like a beaver on ecstasy pills.
I fear that it's only a matter of time before they turn their limited attention to the caravan gas bottle that is lying on its side between the two bins. If they could be relied on to only blow their own arms and legs off then I would happily leave them to it. I would even go so far as to lend them the matches. Unfortunately they are far more likely to blow up half the street with them and I've just finished decorating the kitchen.
What I suggest is this - after replying to this e-mail with worthless assurances that the matter is being looked into and will be dealt with, why not leave it until the one night of the year (probably bath night) when there are no mutants around then drive up the street in a Panda car before doing a three point turn and disappearing again. This will of course serve no other purpose than to remind us what policemen actually look like.
I trust that when I take a claw hammer to the skull of one of these throwbacks you'll do me the same courtesy of giving me a four month head start before coming to arrest me.
 
I remain your obedient servant
 
Response
 
Dear Mr ??????,
 
I have read your e-mail and understand your frustration at the problems caused by youths playing in the area and the problems you have encountered in trying to contact the police.
 
As the Community Beat Officer for your street I would like to extend an offer of discussing the matter fully with you.
 
Should you wish to discuss the matter, please provide contact details (address / telephone number) and when may be suitable.
 
Regards
PC ???????
Community Beat Officer