360 Environmental
  19th April 2010  

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Other News

EA publishes new Environmental Permitting Guidance
EU issue call for funding proposals from 35m euro eco-innovation fund
ESA publishes summary of each party's environmental manifesto
MSW and council trade waste compositional analysis published by Scottish Government
NI Waste and Contaminated Land (Amendment) Regs published
NI Municipal waste statistics published
NetRegs waste directory provides postcode search for recycling services
Latest updates on REACH
Plastics sector meets minister to discuss packaging target concerns

New Consultations

No new consultations

Recent consultations here.

PRNs

Prices are still very settled with a slight reduction in aluminium and buying pressure to reduce steel. 2010 Q1 data is due to be published on Friday and the obligation from registered producers is due to be published early next week. The latter is perhaps the most significant as it will give an indication of the likely demand for the year and the scale of the recession last year. Prices for last years PRNs shown here.

Current price guide - £/tonne (last week in brackets if there is a change)

Paper - 2-3 
Glass - 18-23 
Aluminium - 18-22 (20-25) 
Steel 13-15 (15-17) 
Plastic - 3-5 
Wood - 3-4 
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
24 June - Developing UK Biogas - Stoneleigh Park Nr Coventry
14-16 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC
13-14 October - Irish Recycling and Waste Exhibition - Dublin

Jobs

We have a number of new jobs listed:

Reclaimed Appliances - Boston Lincs
- Managing Director - closing date 14 May
- Transport Coordinator - closing date 30 April
- Outwork Coordinator - closing date 30 April
- Environmental Compliance Manager - closing date 30 April 

Agri Energy - Interim Sales Consultant - West Midlands - closing 30 April

Prosecutions - details here

TEG Environmental fined £20k for compost storage breaches - 14 Apr
SIMS fined £200k with £57k costs for lorry driver death - 14 April

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

An elderly lady actually wrote this letter to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in The Times.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three 'nanoseconds' must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honour it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my Pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.
I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, re-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a fl esh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank by cheque, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.
Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.
Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Solicitor, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:
1-- To make an appointment to see me.
2-- To query a missing payment.
3-- To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
4-- To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5-- To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
6-- To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7-- To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer is required. A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the Authorized Contact.)
8-- To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 8
9-- To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.

Your Humble Client

Newspaper clipping

A suicidal man who called a Samaritans-style helpline was furious to hear snoring five minutes into his call: the priest on the other end of the line had fallen asleep. The 44-year old caller had phoned the helpline, manned by a Church of Sweden pastor, at 2am to say he felt 'psychologically unstable". However, as he outlined his troubles, he noticed he was getting no response. "I thought maybe he was taking notes, so I asked: are you taking notes?" he told a newspaper in Sweden. "But I could hear his heavy breathing before he woke up."
At least the technique worked. Furious, the caller abandoned thoughts of suicide.