360 Environmental
  16th August 2010  

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Find out more about our training course on 11th August near Leicester.


EA issue consultation on Safe operation of refuelling facilities - PPG 7
With 50 days to go, only 25% of expected numbers have registered for CRC
Pollution incidents under EPA s.33 costs bio-diesel plant operator £5k
WEEE Agency/Industry Group meeting notes idicate continued data issues
New research suggests landfill sometimes better environmental option for plastic bottles
EU publshes annual Environment Policy Review
ESA publishes new trade journal online in easy to read format
BIS announces review of Local Better Regulation Office
PriceWaterhouseCoopers warn of 'real deadline' for CRC registration 

New Consultations - details here

EA - Safe Operating of Refuelling Facilities (PPG7) - closes 4 Dec


Again, little change although there does seem to be a growing gap on aluminium with trades on t2e showing as high as £40 whilst on Scrap-ex, as low as £18. Previous years and earlier this year shown here. 

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

Paper - 1-2  
Glass - 15-18 
Aluminium - 18-40 (18-30)
Steel 4.50-6
Plastic - 2-4
Wood - 1.50-2.50 (2-3) 
Net recycling - 1.50-3
Net recovery - 1-2

Material Prices

The prices below are an indication of current market values and for large bales except glass. Previous (if change) in brackets.

Corrugated cardboard - £70-75/tonne
Plastic LDPE film - £255-265 (£265-275)
Aluminium cans - £600-650
Steel cans - £90-100
Office paper - £135-145
Mixed glass - £20
Colour separated - £20-30


Details of these and links to the organisers can be found on our website

13-17 September - IFAT ENTSORGA 2010 - Munich
14-16 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC
6-7 October - European Bioenergy Expo and Conference - Stoneleigh Park
13-14 October - Irish Recycling and Waste Exhibition - Dublin
3-4 November - LARAC Conference and Awards - Liverpool

Prosecutions - details here

SEPA - Scottish companies fined £113.5k for illegal disposal - 5 Aug
EA - Pollution incidents under EPA s.33 costs bio-diesel plant operator £5k - 9 Aug


Contracts Manager - Severnside Recycling - Maidenhead - closes 25th August

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Training - please note that we now are now running regular training courses on waste legislation. These include:

  • Hazardous waste - 8 September
  • Packaging, WEEE and Batteries - 22 September
  • Waste legislation - 6 October

The course are run at our new office in Sileby near Leicester and cost £100/person including lunch.

Please click here for more details.


The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term exam.
Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.
As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. ''' Since there is more''' than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.
With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:
1.If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2.If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.
So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."

This student received the only A.