360 Environmental
  16th March 2009  

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Having received a report rejecting deposits as a way of increasing recycling, the government has received advice from its Bill Bryson led think-tank that it is a 'no-brainer' that is working well in the US, Australia and many parts of Europe. Packaging recycling took another knock as DS Smith announced the closure of one of their mills in Kent. A major cullet using glass manufacturing plant in Cheshire allegedly built without planning permission is being challenged in the High Court. Gasification as a means of thermally treating waste - or 'incineration' as the Telegraph would call it - seems to be taking off with Waste2Tricity and Cyclamax announcing plans for new plants in London. And a new national gypsum collection service has been announced in preparation for the EA rule changes from 1 April.

News items

2008 WEEE Data 12 MARCH 2009
The Agencies have supplied the first cut of the 2008 data reported by schemes and AATFs/AEs, showing a gradual decline in WEEE arisings through the year.

REPIC applies for judicial review of WEEE Regs 10 MARCH 2009
REPIC, the WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme with the largest market share, has applied for a judicial review of the WEEE Regulations.

EA campaign against illegal waste exports 10 MARCH 2009
The EA have revealed that they have started a project to clamp down on illegal exports, in particular of WEEE and mixed household waste.
EA produces 'when EEE becomes WEEE' Guide 10 MARCH 2009
The EA have produced a new Guide on the complex issue of determining when used electrical equipment becomes waste and perhaps more importantly, when it ceases to be waste.
EU publishes municipal waste treatment stats 10 MARCH 2009
According to a new survey, EU citizens generated an average of 522kg of municipal waste per person in 2007. The European Environment Agency (EEA) predicts that this amount will rise to some 680kg by 2020 if current consumption patterns prevail.


Understanding women......

1. “Fine” This is the word a woman uses at the end of any argument that they feel they are right about but need to shut you up. NEVER use ‘fine’ to describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.

2. “Five minutes” This is half an hour. It is the equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the rubbish, so they feel it’s an even trade.

3. “Nothing” This means something and you should be on your toes. “Nothing” is usually used to describe the feelings a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, backwards or all three. “Nothing” usually signifies an argument that will last “Five minutes” and end with the word “Fine”.

4. “Go ahead” with raised eyebrows. This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over “Nothing” and will end in the word “Fine”.

5. “Go ahead” (normal eyebrows). This means “I give up” or “Do what you want because I don’t care”. You will get a raised eyebrow “Go ahead” in just a few minutes, followed by a “Nothing” and “Fine” and she will talk to you in about “Five minutes” when she cools off.

6. Loud sigh. This is not actually a word but is often still a verbal statement very misunderstood by men. A “loud sigh” means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over “nothing”.

7. Soft sigh. Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. “Soft sighs” are one of the few things that some men actually understand. She is content. Your best bet I to not move or breathe and she will stay content.

8. “Oh!” This word followed by any statement is trouble. Example: “Oh, let me get that”. Or “Oh I talked to him about what you were doing last night”. If she says “Oh” before a statement, RUN (do not walk) t o the nearest exit. She will tell you that she is “fine” when she is done tossing your clothes out of the window, but do not expect her to talk to you for at least two days. “Oh” as the lead to a sentence usually signifies that you are caught in a lie. Do not try to lie more to get out of it, or you will get raised eyebrows, “Go ahead”, followed by acts so unspeakable that I can’t bring myself to write about them.

9. “That’s OK”. This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can say to a man. “That’s OK” means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you retributions for whatever it is you have done. “That’s OK” is often used with the word “fine” and used in conjunction with a raised eyebrow and “Go ahead”. At some point in the near future, when she has plotted and planned, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.

10. “Please do”. This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the truth, so be careful and you shouldn’t get a “That’s OK”.

11. “Thanks”. The woman is thanking you. Do not faint, just say “You’re welcome”.

12. “Thanks a lot!!” This is very different to “Thanks”. A woman will say “Thanks a lot!!” when she is REALLY cross with you. It signifies that you have hurt her in some callous way and will be followed by the “loud sigh”, as she will tell you “Nothing” and we all know what that will mean……. 

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A council has been slammed for spending £6,000 on sat navs for lawnmowers.
The route-finding devices have been fitted to Leicestershire County Council's fleet of 14 ride-on machines. Officials claim the move will help mowers combat an "unprecedented amount of growth" on verges and playing fields. The sat navs will be used by contractors to locate the next patch of un-mown grass, reports The Sun. An interactive computer map will show council officers where contractors are and which areas have been cut and when. Launching the system, county council leader David Parsons said: "I'm pleased we are embracing innovative technology. Following last year's unprecedented amount of growth, we have also increased the number of cuts and staff."