360 Environmental
  26th April 2010  

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February landfill tax data published by HMRC 26 APRIL
Landfill Tax figures show leap in inert waste but continued decline in general waste to landfill

Quarter 1 packaging data published 23 APRIL
The EA have published quarter 1 packaging recycling data.

Major fines for waste companies following HSE death prosecutions 19 APRIL
In close succession, two major waste companies have been fined following prosecutions by HSE over deaths.

Other News

Packaging organisations publish guide to optimising packaging use
European Environment Agency publish fact sheets on better waste management
Defra report on dioxin production highlights domestic bonfires and metals recycling
EU 2009 electricity generation statistics published
April EA Business News
Fire Industry Association publishes Environmental Guidance
German EA publish 2009 Report on the Environmental Economy

New Consultations

No new consultations

Recent consultations here.

PRNs

Q1 data produced little to worry about and had little impact on prices. There would seem to still be very little spot trading, suggesting that schemes are buying most of their PRNs through direct relationships with exporters and reprocessors. The 2010 obligated data - which sets the demand for this year - is due to be published by the EA on 15th May. 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
Steel 13-15 
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

Prosecutions - details here

HSE - Biffa fined £280k for Newbury CA site death - 19 April
HSE - EMR fined £8k for crushed hand - 19 April

360 Support

Could you be breaking the law? Try out our Compliance Health Check.

www.360environmental.co.uk for packaging, training and general compliance support. We have a range of support Associates specialising in Permitting and Planning. 
www.wastesupport.co.uk for our new EWC code finder, Batteries and WEEE protocol calculators. We also have a comparison table for the new Exemptions.

Humour

The chickens in a large hen house started to quarrel, wounded each other and many of them died every day. The upset farmer hurried to a consultant, and asked for a solution to his problem.
“Add baking-powder to the chickens’ food,” said the consultant, “it will calm them down.”
After a week the farmer came back to the consultant and said: “My chickens continue to die. What shall I do?”
“Add strawberry juice to their drinking water, that will help for sure”.
A week passed, and again the farmer came to the consultant: “My chickens are still quarrelling. Do you have some more advice?”
“I can give you more and more advice,” answered the consultant. “The real question is whether you have more chickens.”

Newspaper Clipping (from the Sunday Times)

A publisher is pulping 7,000 copies of a cookbook after a proof reader failed to spot an unfortunate mistake. Instead of "freshly ground black pepper", a recipe for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto in Penguin Australia's Pasta Bible calls for "salt and freshly ground black people". Bob Sessions, head of publishing for Penguin, said "Why would anyone be offended, we don't know."