360 Environmental
  2nd March 2009  

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The final 2008 packaging waste recycling numbers were published yesterday showing a robust 4th quarter performance and significant surplus over the 2008 targets (see below). But there are warning signs of a challenging year ahead and Wednesday saw a new Bill being introduced to Parliament requiring a minimum recycled content for new goods. Although not expected to be successful, it raises the issue of tightening markets and the need to boost demand. Also in the news was speculation on government plans to rationalise resource efficiency and recycling agencies - such as WRAP, Envirowise and NISP - under one roof alongside budget cuts for WRAP. And in a week when the UK’s main aluminium can recycler, Novelis, announced a further drop in the price paid for waste cans to a figure that is now half of what it was 8 months ago, a new initiative has been endorsed by the Defra Minister Jane Kennedy to collect drinks cans from the work place.

2008 Q4 packaging reprocessing data released 1 MARCH 2009
The Environment Agency have published the final Q4 reprocessing and exporter data for 2008, showing that business targets and the EU Directive targets have been met with a significant surplus.

Carrier bag and easter egg packaging reductions announced 27 FEBRUARY 2009
WRAP have anounced two successes in the drive to reduce the amount of packaging waste with Easter Egg packaging reduced by 25% and carrier bag use down by 26%.
BERR announces interim measures for WEEE evidence 27 FEBRUARY 2009
BERR have announced changes to the WEEE evidence process for 2008 in response to market conditions for recyclables and the potential delays that could be caused to evidence being issued for that period.

Latest landfill tax data suggests sharp waste decline 25 FEBRUARY 2009
HMRC have updated their landfill tax statistics to take into account December receipts with the figures showing a sharp decline in both general and inert waste.

Agency anti-freeze prosecutions 24 FEBRUARY 2009
The Environment Agency have won a successful proescution against two companies for illegally treating waste anti freeze - the company receiving the waste at an unlicensed site and the waste management contractor delivering it in.


Courtroom transcripts

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

LAWYER: On the morning of July 25th, did you walk from the farmhouse
down the footpath to the cowshed?
LAWYER: And as a result, you passed within a few yards of the duck pond?
LAWYER: And did you observe anything?
WITNESS: I did. (Witness remains silent.)
LAWYER: Well, could you tell the Court what you saw?
WITNESS: I saw George.
LAWYER: You saw George *******, the defendant in this case?
LAWYER: Can you tell the Court what George ******* was doing?
WITNESS: Yes. (Witness remains silent.)
LAWYER: Well, would you kindly do so?
WITNESS: He had his thing stuck into one of the ducks.
LAWYER: His "thing"?
WITNESS: You know... His thing.
LAWYER: You passed close by the duck pond, the light was good, you were sober, you have good eyesight, and you saw this clearly?
LAWYER: Did you say anything to him?
WITNESS: Of course I did!
LAWYER: What did you say to him?
WITNESS: "Morning, George."

Newspaper clipping

A Montenegrin man survived a suicide bid after buying a coffin from a funeral director, climbing in and trying to shoot himself. Milo Bogisic, 52, paid cash for the coffin and asked puzzled staff to wait while he wrote out his own obituary. Then he jumped into the casket, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger before the shocked undertakers could stop him. But amazed medics in Podgorica managed to save him when the bullet passed straight through his chin and nose missing his brain, say police.
“He was suffering from some family problems and was devastated that he hadn't managed to end it all," said a police spokesman.
And undertakers Palma Funerals have added insult to injury by refusing to give him a refund on the coffin.
"He'll have to keep it. He'll get some proper use out of it one day," said one worker.