Waste Stories 25/3/2019

Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. UNDP and Health Care Without Harm launch the One Planet Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

On 20 February 2019 in Paris, UNDP and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) launched the health sector task team of the One Planet Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) programme. SPP is one of the six programmes of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production implemented by the One Planet Network, a global initiative, adopted at the Rio+20 summit key for implementing and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production).

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2. Tender for the Provision of Needle Exchange Equipment, Safe Disposal of Clinical Waste, Oversight, Training and Payment of Pharmacies for Service Delivery 2019: North Somerset Council
North Somerset Council invites tenders for Needle exchange services delivered by community pharmacies.
Needle exchanges are important in preventing the spread of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) (NICE PH52); a 2004 World Health Organisation (WHO) study states that “needle exchange services substantially and cost effectively reduce the spread of BBV’s without increasing injecting use”. They are particularly important in relation to Hepatitis C (HCV); injecting drug users are the largest group most at risk of contracting HCV, with approximately 80% of new HCV infections in the UK being attributed to this group. The WHO has a target to eradicate HCV by 2030; a target NHS England aim to exceed by at least 5 years.
Needle Exchanges also provide a mechanism for the safe disposal of injecting paraphernalia which helps prevent accidental needle stick injuries and reduces litter. Furthermore, they provide an important way of moving individuals towards less risky methods of drug use and provide referral routes into treatment and other services.
For pharmacy needle exchanges to function efficiently, a regular supply of suitable high-quality injecting equipment and clinical waste collection and disposal service is required. It is also essential that pharmacy staff operating the needle exchange service are suitable trained in the type of equipment available to enable them to advise service users on the products most suited to their needs and to importantly offer harm minimisation advice. Further information and tender documents can be found here: https://procontract.due-north.com/Opportunities/Index?resetFilter=True&applyFilter=True&p=696a9836-1895-e511-8105-000c29c9ba21&v=1

Value of contract: £231k

Published date: 11 March 2019

Closing date: 03 April 2019

Contract start date: 01 July 2019

Contract end date: 30 June 2024

Contact name: Michelle Dickson

Address

Town Hall
Walliscote Grove Road
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1UJ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1275888250

Email: michelle.dickson@n-somerset.gov.uk

3. Northern network master class on plastics, by the Sustainable Development Unit, on 28 March, 2019

The master class will cover what the NHS can do, including what to do about single use clinical waste.

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4. New journal article examining the impact on life cycle carbon footprint of converting from disposable to reusable sharps containers in a large US hospital

Sustainable purchasing can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at healthcare facilities (HCF). A previous study found that converting from disposable to reusable sharps containers (DSC, RSC) reduced sharps waste stream GHG by 84% but found transport distances impacted significantly on GHG outcomes and recommended further studies where transport distances are large. This case-study examines the impact on GHG of nation-wide transport distances when a large US health system converted from DSC to RSC.

Read the article here

5. Five vie to deliver waste tracking system

Five companies have been awarded up to £80,000 by the Government to test new ways of tracking waste digitally in order to solve “patchy and unreliable” data.

 

One or two will be chosen to get up to £500,000 to fully develop a prototype once the three-month feasibility stage is complete.

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Waste Stories 18/2/2019

Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Biffa acquires specialist Waste Recycling Limited

Integrated waste management company Biffa has announced that it has today (12 March) acquired Specialist Waste Recycling Limited (‘SWRNewstar’), from a consortium of investors including Angus MacDonald OBE.

Read more here

2. Additional time to enter the Letsrecycle.com 2019 Awards for Excellence

Following a late surge in demand, the deadline for entries to letsrecycle.com’s 2019 Awards for Excellence has been extended to March 20.

Local authorities, businesses, individuals, and waste and recycling companies will now have extra time to submit an entry into the wide-ranging awards scheme, which covers 16 categories.

Organised by letsrecycle.com, the annual celebration of hard work and innovation in the waste sector will take place at the five-star Landmark Hotel in the heart of London on 9 May.

For more information, click here

3. Tender for the collection, transfer and treatment of clinical waste and dead animals: Leicestershire County Council

The Authority is seeking to appoint a single contractor to:
(i) Provide and site Containers (wheeled bins) for the Collection of the Clinical Waste from the Collection Point(s). The Specification for Containers is detailed in the draft contract attached as Schedule 2 but any queries can be made through clarifications until the deadline for questions.
(ii) Collect the filled Containers (and replace with empty Containers) and collect Dead Animals on a weekly basis unless otherwise requested by the Authority. The Contractor shall collect the Containers/Dead Animals within twenty four hours of being requested.
(iii) Transfer the Waste collected in the Containers and the Dead Animals to one or more Treatment Sites to be provided by the Contractor.
(iv) Provide one or more Delivery Points where the Authority and those authorised by the Authority can deliver Waste that has not been collected by the contractor.
(v) Treat (high temperature clinical waste incineration) and dispose of the Waste.

Contact name: Helen Tasker

Address

County Hall
Glenfield
Leicester
LE3 8RA
England

Telephone: +44 1163050688

Email: helen.tasker@leics.gov.uk

4. SPHS Member Agencies seek a consultancy firm to develop the Sustainable Procurement Index for Health

The Index will provide an incentive for entities to improve their environmental and social sustainability record. No such measurement tool currently exists to monitor; (I) Greenhouse gas emissions, (II) resource depletion (water, energy and material consumption), (III) chemical/toxic impact on human health and the environment (IV) human, labour rights and gender equality.

Deadline 22 March 2019. For more information, click here

5. Brexit: latest updates from NHS Confederation and NHS England

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Waste Stories 11/3/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The US Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council releases a guide to plastics commonly generated in clinical settings

According to the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, St. Paul, Minnesota, roughly 1 million tons of clean, noninfectious healthcare plastics are generated in U.S. health care facilities annually.

This guide includes the most commonly generated health care plastic streams; how to partner with hospitals for a successful recycling program; recycling options, including common steps in mechanically processing health care plastics; case studies and other helpful resources; and technical specifications for common health care plastics.

For more information, click here

2. Interserve likely to go into administration

Interserve is likely to go into administration on Friday. Directors on the company, that employs 45,000 people in the UK, have told the BBC the firm has “a mountain to climb” to prevent it collapsing under the weight of its nearly £650m in debt.

Read more here

3. Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.

All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas, we are also keen to support projects that are entirely outside these. Working in these areas is not a requirement to be eligible.

For more information, click here

4. Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues.

These projects will help UK companies solve analysis and measurement problems, to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Successful applicants at this EoI phase will be invited to brokerage sessions with relevant analysis for innovators (A4I) partners. These will focus on how to approach solving the applicant’s problem. If the applicant and A4I partners agree an approach, they will work together to suggest joint projects to develop solutions.

Successful phase 2 applications will be grant funded through matched funding to work with the relevant A4I funding partners.

  • Competition opens: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 20 March 2019 12:00pm

For more information, click here

5. Letsrecycle Live

Letsrecycle Live, which features live and static equipment, conference theatres and networking events takes place at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry on 22-23 May.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 25/2/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. NHS Sustainability Campaign Roadshow: Holiday Inn, Cardiff City-March 14th

Come along to the NHS Sustainability Campaign Welsh Roadshow. Its free to attend and you can learn how to save money through environmental improvements. Topics discussed on the day include:

  • Staff engagement
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Behaviour Change

On the day you will have the chance to network with fellow colleagues, pick up resources including posters for the national NHS Sustainability Day on March 21st. 

To book your place and see the latest agenda please click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting an interactive half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Government unveils deposit return scheme

The UK Government has launched a 12-week consultation to explore how a “world-leading” tax on plastic packaging, standardised waste collections across the country and varying deposit return schemes for single-use items could overhaul and modernise the national waste management system.

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4. FleX Competition briefing event

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network, would like to invite you to register your interest in attending the FleX competition briefing event on the 13th March in Manchester.

Enabling a smarter, more efficient energy system is a priority for Government and Ofgem, and in their Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan published in July 2017, BEIS committed up to £70m for a smart energy system innovation programme. As part of this commitment, BEIS is launching FleX – the Flexibility Exchange demonstrator competition.

Read more here

5. Washroom Services & Hazardous Waste Management (Norse Care Ltd) tender

NorseCare Ltd is seeking Tenders from sufficiently experienced and qualified contractors for the provision of Washroom Services and Hazardous Waste Management, across our Residential Care Homes within Norfolk, in accordance with the conditions of contract and requirements of this invitation and any documents, schedules and specifications attached. NorseCare are classed as ‘Producers and Holders of Hazardous Waste’ producing healthcare offensive waste, municipal offensive waste and sharps and related waste.

Contact name: Simon Bullimore

Address

Lancaster House, 16 Central Avenue,
St Andrews Business Park
NORWICH
NR7 0HR
England

Telephone: 01603894366

Email: simon.bullimore@norsecare.co.uk

 

 

Waste Stories 18/2/2019

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Do you have an energy reduction technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry?

Are you from a forward-thinking industrial site that could be interested in demonstrating an innovative new technology that will reduce your energy costs?

If the answer to either of these is yes, then the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) could be of interest to you.

For more information click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting an interactive half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Tackling mental health issues in the workplace

Ricardo webinar: Chris Scott will talk about identifying a need to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, particularly as people may be suffering in silence with stress related mental health issues.

For more information click here

4. Working with ionising radiation? Notify, register or get consent

In January 2018 the regulations for ionising radiation changed and the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 came into force. These regulations require employers to apply to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before they start certain work with ionising radiation. If your business uses radiation and has not notified HSE you should do so as soon as possible as use of radiation without a current declaration is breaking the law

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5. Slough Borough Council FN Invitation to Tender for the Supply and Disposal of Waste syringes (Needle Exchange programme)

Slough Borough Council is looking to tender for a Needle Exchange Supplies and Waste Collection and Disposal Services.

Contact name: Frederick Narmh (SBC)

Address

51 Bath Road
Slough
Berkshire
SL1 3UF
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01753 875683

Email: frederick.narmh@slough.gov.uk

Information on how to bid can be found here

 

 

Waste Stories 11/2/2019

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Fully funded PhD scholarships: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Italy

Are you interested in a professional / academic career dealing with open innovation or technology transfer? Or are you passionate about sustainable development and circular economy and willing to carry out research and in-field projects on these topics? Or, maybe, are you aiming to support healthcare managers to improve their performance?

For more information click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting an interactive half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Towards population health systems: what next?

The move toward place-based population health has been reinforced by commitments set out in the NHS long-term plan, but how should health systems respond? This event aims to support local health systems in planning how they will deliver the outcomes set out in the long-term plan and prepare for the national implementation programme in the autumn.

For more information click here

4. Interserve agrees rescue plan

Interserve – one of the UK’s largest providers of public services – has reached a deal with creditors to prevent its collapse.

The rescue plan involves cutting its debts from over £600m to £275m by issuing new shares.

Read more here

5. Resources and Waste Strategy – unwrapped (February 13: London)

This one day conference will provide essential advice, guidance and discussion on the consultation that will be published by Defra linked to the Resources and Waste Strategy. It is being organised jointly by INCPEN, CIWM, ESA, Resource Association, WRAP and LetsRecycle.com

For more information click here

 

Waste Stories 4/2/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Royal Mail is going greener with all electric vans

As you can probably imagine, Royal Mail isn’t the most environmentally friendly of businesses due to the sheer number of vehicles it has on the road. The logistical behemoth is getting greener by the day, however, today beginning a new trial of cute, fully electric vans from Oxfordshire-based automaker Arrival. Nine commercial trucks of varying sizes with ranges of up to 100 miles will start operating out of Royal Mail’s central London depot from today, carrying parcels and post to other parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Read more here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Scotland’s first coffee cup recycling scheme

The scheme, which is called the Cup Movement and is being co-run by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG), will take a two-fold approach in tackling the city’s coffee cup waste problem, lobbying for recycling infrastructure improvements while encouraging the public to change behaviours.

Specifically, Keep Scotland Beautiful will work with retailers, local authorities and other key organisations to install coffee cup collection points across the greater Glasgow area. It will also run an educational communications scheme, aimed at encouraging coffee drinkers to switch to reusable cups, or to recycle their disposable ones.

For more information, click here

4. The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK’s low-carbon economy has changed

While we can’t summarise the UK’s low-carbon transition, (although the change in Government departments does capture the upheaval) the scope of change over the last decade has propelled the UK into a leadership position in the fight against climate change. But what did the landscape look like back in 2009?

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5. North London Waste Prevention Exchange

This year’s North London Waste Prevention Exchange (Friday 15 March 2019, Inmarsat Conference Centre) will focus on reuse, looking at how we can move away from single use products and drive towards a circular economy. The event will cover topics such as the psychology of reuse and the challenges and opportunities linked to reuse.

Read more here

Waste Stories 28/1/2019

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust scoops international recycling award

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has scooped an international environmental award for recycling surplus hospital equipment and furniture, making savings of £80,000.

The Trust has won a Green Apple Award – Gold Level – as part of the recognised International Green Apple Environment Awards for Environmental Best Practice for its work using Warp-it, a national online re-distribution network which aims to reduce waste.

For further information, click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. European Solar Award Prize

The European Solar Prize Award aims to recognise outstanding commitment to renewable energy. The Award honours innovative projects and initiatives from all parts of society.

Although no cash prize is awarded, the Solar Prize is considered as an international seal of quality and the winners will gain publicity in the media and the public. New possibilities are also given for networking as well for making new contacts.

For more information, click here

4. The Safety and Health Excellence Awards

For more information click here

5. The NHS Long Term Plan

Some of the key ideas underpin sustainability: greater emphasis on prevention; patient-centred care; and integration across current silos.

To  read the Plan, click here

Waste Stories 21/1/2019

 

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Changes to RPS216 and RPS217

RPS 216

  1. Storage of anatomical waste without refrigeration has been extended from 24 to 72 hours – to take account of the current season; and
  2. The life of the RPS has been extended until 31st March 2019.

RPS 217

  1. Healthcare waste producers have now been given 2 months to provide pre-acceptance information to the receiving site (it was previously 1 month); and
  2. The RPS has been extended to apply to waste received before 31st March 2019.

For further information, click MWRP RPS 216 Healthcare waste v2 FINAL – Dec 2018-2mrsyy0  and MWRP RPS 217 v2 Receiving healthcare waste without the benefit of a pre-…-11uz7h5

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Wet wipe standard

Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature an official water industry ‘Fine to Flush’ symbol on their packaging if they pass strict scientific tests.

This symbol will let consumers know that the products do not contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs which cause blockages and sewage overflows.

For more information, click here

4. PhD positition on food waste storage (The Open University)

This project intends to study the microbiological composition of food waste and the potential for it to emit bioaerosols (airborne microorganisms) in the
context of public health, for the householder, the
waste collector and the waste site operative.
 

For more information, click here

5. How the Environment Agency sets and assesses discharge quality numeric limits in environmental permits

This guide is for operators of standalone water discharge activity and point source groundwater activity permits. Standalone means the activity is not part of another regulated facility such as a waste operation, installation, radioactive substances activity, flood risk activity or mining waste operation

To read the guidance, click here

 

Waste Stories 14/1/2019

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here.

2. Environment Agency guidance on the compaction of offensive waste

The EA has issued a guidance note (v1 dated 6 November 2018) for the compaction of offensive waste.  This note has been produced to provide clarity on the regulatory approach that is required, depending on the type of compaction activity being undertaken

Read more here

3. Industrial Fuel Switching competition phase two: up to £300k per project available

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched phase two of the three-phase Industrial Fuel Switching competition.

The government’s Clean Growth Strategy highlights the need for industry to begin to switch from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels such as biomass, hydrogen and clean electricity.  Beyond 2030, the switch to low-carbon fuels for industry will need to substantially increase in scale.  This three-phase competition allocates up to £20 million to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond.

 

For more information, click here

4. Scotland environmental regulations: what do they mean for your organisation?

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5. The Resources and Waste Strategy for England

Read the Strategy here