Waste Stories 14/11/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Guidelines for providing product sustainability information

Read more here

2. Free webinar: strategic review of charging for waste treatment sites – 29 November: 11:00am – 12:15pm

The Environment Agency is currently undertaking a Strategic Review of Charges for many sectors, these will include changes to the approach for all waste treatment sites.  CIWM is pleased to be able to host a webinar with panellist Paul Fernee, Senior Advisor from the Environment Agency introducing these changes.  He will be explaining the approach behind the changes, the new charging structure and answering some of your questions.
 
Join CIWM at 11.00am to 12.15pm on Wednesday 29 November 2018.  This is a free webinar for members and non-members.
 

For more information and to book, click here

3. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

4. Climate change in the UK: What will be the impact on health, mortality and frontline NHS services?

A joint event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

“Climate change isn’t just hurting the planet – it’s a public health emergency.” That’s the conclusion of Christiana Figueres, Chair of the Lancet Countdown, who published a report on 31 October 2017 which has shone a light on the damaging impacts that climate change is having on our health. In order to discuss this public health crisis in further detail – and to explore what we can do about it – we have teamed up with the Lancet Countdown, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and the APPG on Health, in order to host a panel discussion on the impact of climate change and health. 

Please e-mail appccg@policyconnect.org.uk to register a space.

For more information, click here

5. Innovate UK Innovation loans

Innovation loans are a financial product offered by Innovate UK. They are for UK businesses that want to scale up and grow through innovation, developing new or improved products, processes or services.

Through innovation loans, Innovate UK aims to give businesses support to gain the competitive edge and also grow the UK economy. Loans may be offered where a business can demonstrate they are suitable and eligible.

They are for late-stage research and development (R&D) projects only. A late-stage R&D project is one which builds on a new idea but has not yet reached the point of commercialisation.

For more inforamtion, click here

Waste Stories 6/11/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Winners of the CWIM Sustainability and Resource Awards

View the winners here

2. Consultation on the proposed Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017

This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposed approach to implementing the requirements of EU Regulation 2017/852 on Mercury, which will be contained within the Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017.  The consultation will be of particular interest to those involved in the export of waste mercury; hospitals and dental practitioners; operators providing temporary or permanent storage of waste mercury; operators interested in mercury waste management, specifically in the conversion and solidification of waste mercury; and other areas.

If you wish to respond please reply to either Kim Mynard (kim.mynard@ciwm.co.uk) or Tina Benfield (tina.benfield@ciwm.co.uk), by 16 November at the very latest to enable all comments to be collated and submitted to Defra before the deadline.

3. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

4. NHS Sustainability Roadshow: Cardiff – November 30

The Roadshow will provide hands on skills, guidance and support to drive forward improvements to sustainable development within Estates and wider healthcare fields.

Speakers include:

  • Hugh Jones, Programme Area Manager – Food Waste Prevention, WRAP Cymru
  • Sally Attwood, Deputy Director Strategy & Planning, Public Health Wales
  • Peter White, Waste & Environmental Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Chris Davies, Energy & Environmental Officer, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

For more details, click here

To book, please email jacqueline@4allofus.org.uk 

5. Free workshops to help staff save money and be greener

Energy Saving Trust and Home Energy Scotland – in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland – are delivering workplace-based workshops to help employees understand how best to
reduce food waste at work as they become more attuned to sustainable behaviour.  The Scottish Government-funded courses are free, and tailored to fit in with your organisation’s needs; they’re run at a venue, time and length that suit you and your staff.

To find out more or to book a workshop, get in touch with Energy Saving Trust’s Employee Engagement team:

Email EmployeeEngagement@est.org.uk

 

Waste Stories 30/10/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’ Sustainability report

Read the report here

2. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

3. Rushlight Awards

The Rushlight Awards are designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally.

There are separate categories for each of the renewable energies, clean fuels, transport, energy efficiency, power generation and storage, resource, water, sustainable manafacturing, clean environment and deployment initiatives.

To enter, click here

4. Viridor works with the University of Sheffield on a robotics project

Robotics, cobotics and hive robots – all are innovative technology which, if correctly harnessed for the waste industry, could have a significant impact on plant safety and efficiency, according to recycling, resources and renewable energy company, Viridor.

Viridor has spent two years working with the University of Sheffield on projects which have very practical and specific applications.

Read more here

5. Circular economy investment fund for Scotland opens

Energy businesses with innovative ideas to help future-proof the industry are being urged to access up to a million pounds of funding and support to unlock new sustainable business opportunities.

For more information, click here

 

Waste Stories 16/10/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.£10m funding for innovative approaches to a low carbon built environment

Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies that reduce the carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and tools are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 –  2 million.

Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.

For more information, click here

2. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the student’s travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

3. Procter & Gamble launches plastic bottles made of PCR and ocean plastics

The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company recently launched the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle made completely from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and ocean plastic. The launch of the bottle aims to raise awareness of the issue of ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean.

Read more here

4. Identification holes to help visually impaired to recycle

Different coloured wheelie bins for waste and recycling can work for most people, but they are not an effective aid for people with a visual impairment.

Read more here

5. INNOVATE 2017 (Nov 8 & 9)

INNOVATE 2017 is the UK’s leading innovation event. Over two days it brings the brightest and boldest of UK innovators together to share, excite, and inspire businesses, individuals and governments to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

For more information and to book, click here

 

Waste Stories 9/10/2017

 

1. The 6th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum: Evaluating Innovation in Environmental Protection and Sustainability

The 6th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, will bring together practitioners, academics, policy-makers and other users of environmental evaluation to share views, knowledge and experiences about the use, relevance and future priorities for climate and environment policy evaluation.

Find out more here

2. Workshops in 2018

In 2018, the Group will be hosting two half day training workshops:

Workshop one on May 2, at Frimley Park Hospital will focus on remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulk items, and single use items.

Workshop two, which is scheduled for the autumn in Sheffield, will examine effective waste segregation and hazardous waste management.

Booking details will be available soon.

 3. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

4. HSE sets out priorities for the waste and recycling sector

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published its priority areas for the waste and recycling sector in a major new publication. The publication outlines the focus of the HSE over the next 3-5 years over 19 industry sectors.

Alongside a continuing focus on industries that create “major hazards” and those subject to “statutory permissioning regimes”, the majority of HSE’s elective resources will be focused on agriculture, construction, logistics and transport, manufacturing, public services, and waste and recycling.

Read more here

5. CIWM Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards 2017 have been announced. The full list can be found here

Waste Stories 2/10/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Alison Wilson is a General Manager working in the Estates and Facilities Division at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) and has worked in the NHS for 12 years.  CHFT were one of three Trusts to work alongside the Soil Association focusing on Food for Life in a healthcare setting initiative and were the first Trust to opt into non-compulsory CQUIN target (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) focusing on delivering improvements to patient food.  Alison led the project on behalf of the Trust alongside other key stakeholders (Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health-watch and ISS) which involved delivering a reduction in patient meal wastage.  The presentation will describe how CHFT achieved their CQUIN targets.

Andy Fox who is a nutritional therapist with over 7 years’ clinical experience.  He runs Andy Fox Nutrition and is a volunteer with Elsie’s Café, which is part of the Real Junk Food Project.

2. Launch of the Green Nurse Network

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare recently launched the Green Nurse Network in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Heath & Human Sciences at Plymouth University and Medact. The Network draws together nurses, the biggest healthcare profession, who have an interest in sustainable nursing, both beginners and those already making changes to their practice.

Read more here

3. The Group’s plans for 2018

In 2018, the Group will be hosting two training workshops, and will also again be running its student experience programme. More details to follow….

4. Global companies commit to simplify food date labels by 2020

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of 400 of the biggest consumer goods companies across 70 countries – along with Champions 12.3 has approved a Call to Action to standardise food date labels worldwide by 2020.

The Call to Action says retailers and food producers should take three important steps to simplify date labels and reduce food waste by 2020:

Read more here

 5. Climate change agreements: operations manual

This manual is a guide for industry sector associations and operators of a climate change agreement (CCA).  This manual explains how to set up and manage an agreement, and how to report energy data against targets.  Amendments have been made which include: increase in fees added to the CCA operations manual; target calculator work book tool has been split in to two separate tools.

For more information click here

Waste Stories 25/09/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Celia Jackson from Severn Trent Waster. Celia has worked in Engineering Operations for over 30 years, moved to Severn Trent Water in 2011 taking on the role of Network Manager looking after the sewers in Birmingham and Wolverhampton areas. This built a real interest in sewer misuse and protecting our customers from blockages and flooding. Following this worked as Commercial Waste Manager controlling the discharges of waste into our sewer network with Commercial bodies. Now Project Delivery Lead in Innovation team managing projects to tackle Sewer misuse

Kevan Wallace who is the Assistant Hotel Services Manager – Catering at Frimley Park Hospital and Heatherwood Hospital Ascot part of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey and former National Chairman of The Hospital Caterers Association. Kevan has worked in the hospitality sector for over 45 years, starting out in hotel management. He then transferred to working in contract catering, working at a wide range of organisations. For the past 26 years, he has worked in the NHS, initial at Guys Hospital and in August 1996 joined Frimley Park Hospital. A great believer in the best possible food for patients as part of their care programme, with various Government initiatives has raised the public’s awareness of the importance of hospital meals and its contribution to patient recovery and well-being.

Book now by clicking here

2. Plans for 2018

In 2018, the Group will be hosting two training workshops, and will also again be running its student experience programme. More details to follow….

3. Local Partnerships

Local Partnerships, which is a joint venture between  HM Treasury and the Local Government Association (LGA), delivers specialist support for a wide range of infrastructure programmes including delivering efficiencies in waste services for the north west, north east, Yorkshire and the Humber, west midlands and the east of England.

Find out more here

4. Introductory Guide to new Medical Device Regulations launched

The interactive guide will help new and experienced manufacturers navigate their obligations under new EU regulations on medical devices. It provides information on the new EU Regulations for Medical devices (MDR) and in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR) including producing significantly more performance evidence, which will need to be updated throughout the life cycle of the device.

5. NHS Sustainability Roadshow- London

Join us for FREE at the first NHS Sustainability Roadshow of the 2018 Campaign. The conference will address how the NHS can take advantage of sustainable development. This includes presentations on:

  • Funding energy efficiency
  • Creating a reuse system in your estate and reducing waste
  • Utilising leadership 
  • Estate rationalisation 

Speakers include:

Joe Garrod, Regional Programme Manager, one Public Estate

Teresa Agudo, Sustainability Officer, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England

For more information, click here or email jacqueline@4allofus.org.uk 

Waste Stories 18/9/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Sarah Wakefield from the Co-op. Sarah’s work as food sustainability manager is split into three pillars – responsible sourcing of ingredients, low resource-use manufacturing and sustainable customer choice. Her aim is to make responsible business work for people throughout the supply chain and conserve our natural resources, to ensure we have delicious healthy food choices in the future. The Co-op is the UK’s largest consumer co-operative and as a member owned ethical business has often led the way in these areas.

Vanessa Kelly who is the Executive Officer of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership.  Vanessa works on behalf of the Districts, Boroughs and County Council of Northamptonshire as they work collaboratively to manage waste in a sustainable manner to meet the current and future needs of the Northamptonshire Communities. Her presentation will outline the work undertaken by the authorities of Northamptonshire, individually and as a Partnership to tackle and make best use of the food waste generated by householders in the county.  This will include the measures taken to reduce food waste, details of the food waste collection services offered and the government funded food waste incentive scheme which the Partnership launched in 2015.  Vanessa will provide details of the work which has been done to promote and encourage these services and the results which have been achieved. 

Early bird registration closes on September 20. Book now by clicking here

2. Carbon Trust to run £9.2m industrial energy efficiency initiative

The four-year Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) aims to lower costs and increase the number of available energy efficient technologies for a range of industrial sectors, through demonstration of energy-saving near to market innovations. Co-funding of between £150,000 and £1 million is available to technology developers and industrial companies.

Please click here

3. Innovate UK funded workshops for low-carbon organisations

The Business Growth Hub of Innovate UK has put together a tailored programme of masterclasses designed to suit leaders, owners and managers of busy, small companies working in or supplying to the low carbon or environmental sector. The fully funded classes are designed to provide businesses with practical advice, case studies and take home tools which can be implemented immediately in their business.

For more information click here

4. Food waste regulations in the UK

See the regulations here

5. NHS Digital destruction and disposal of sensitive data

Good Practice Guidelines version 3.2 were issued in January 2017. Section 9.5 on page 14 requires paper to be shredded onsite, prior to disposal or removal. If you have any comments on this, please send them in writing to kim.mynard@ciwm.co.uk by 13 October, 2017.

 

Waste Stories 11/9/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Alison Wilson who is a General Manager working in the Estates and Facilities Division at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) and has worked in the NHS for 12 years. CHFT were one of three Trusts to work alongside the Soil Association focusing on Food for Life in a Healthcare setting initiative and were the first Trust to opt into non-compulsory CQUIN target (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) focusing on delivering improvements to patient food.  Alison led the project on behalf of the Trust alongside other key stakeholders (Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health-watch and ISS) which involved delivering a reduction in patient meal wastage.  The presentation will describe how CHFT achieved their CQUIN targets. 

Dr Jane Gilbert from Carbon Clarity. Jane is a chartered environmentalist (CEnv) and waste management professional (MCIWM), and has been involved in the organics recycling sector for over twenty years. She is the former chief executive of the Composting Association/Association for Organics Recycling and co-founder of the European Compost Network, and is currently vice chair of the International Solid Waste Association’s Biological Treatment Working Group. She is also an active member of their Task Force on Resource Management, the European Group and Science & Technical Committee, working on the role of organics within a circular economy.

Early bird registration closes on September 20. Book now by clicking here

2. UK forum for supply chain sustainability

Following last year’s successful event, the Carbon Trust is proud to announce the date for this free-to-attend, one-day conference in association with Loughborough University London providing a platform to:

  • Learn from world leading industries, academic experts and thought leaders (including Velux, The LEGO Group, O2, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield and Loughborough University)
  • Integrate knowledge and perspectives through interactive round table panel discussion
  • Share collective experience, knowledge and best practices from across sectors
  • Collaborate, network and identify opportunities with the subject matter experts in business, government, academia and NGO organisations

For more information click here

3. Proposal for the introduction of a new UN number and packaging for infectious waste

The UN Sub-Committee has produced a formal paper proposing to introduce a new UN number and packaging instructions for Category A infectious waste.

More details can be found here

4. Survey on training workshops in 2018

The Group is planning on hosting training workshops in 2018. However, we would like some feedback with regards to what topics you would most like. Therefore, could you click on the link below and complete the short survey, by Friday September 8, please?

To complete the survey click here

5. OPRA webinar for CIWM members

The Compliance Team from the Environment Agency are hosting a webinar on the 21 September 2017, 12:30 – 13.30 for CIWM members. The webinar will cover the proposed changes to regulation of EPR permits from OPRA to Performance Based Regulation.

Sign up here

Waste Stories 4/9/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Mike Falconer-Hall from WRAP, who will outline The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan which represents the food waste recycling industry’s collective response to address key challenges faced. Mike joined WRAP in 2005 and has worked on a number of different programmes helping address the barriers to recover and recycle materials in the municipal, commercial and industrial waste streams. He is now the Programme Manager for WRAP’s Organics programme focussing on improving food waste collections and getting more value from food waste.

Professor Shahin Rahimifard from Loughborough University will discuss technological innovations for food waste valorisation (including the extraction of compounds from food waste streams that can be reused in new food products), across the supply chain

Shahin is from the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) at Loughborough University. His work is focused on sustainability issues within ‘Life Cycle Engineering’, including projects on sustainable product design, low carbon manufacturing, sustainable business and consumption models, product service systems, and product end-of-life management, recovery, reuse and recycling technologies.

Early bird registration closes on September 20. Book now by clicking here

2. Business Green Technology Awards 2017

The BusinessGreen Technology Awards will celebrate the UK’s most exciting and innovative clean technologies. Entry criteria:

Innovation: The technology must offer a unique and innovative solution to an environmental challenge

Scalability: The technology must have the potential to reach a significant market

Demonstrable success: The technology must be able to demonstrate quantifiable benefits

There are numerous categories from technology to R&D, marketing to investor campaigns. Deadline for entries Fri, 6 Oct, 5pm

To register click here

3. SEPA consults on increasing the charges for non-compliance

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is consulting on linking compliance directly to the calculation of charges, a move that will see non-compliant operators pay more.

Read more here

4. Survey on training workshops in 2018

The Group is planning on hosting training workshops in 2018. However, we would like some feedback with regards to what topics you would most like. Therefore, could you click on the link below and complete the short survey, by Friday September 8, please?

To complete the survey click here

5. CIWM webinars

CIWM have a programme of Member webinars throughout the year. These are remotely hosted so you can attend from anywhere via a computer, tablet or smartphone. CIWM Member Webinars are held on a variety of sector specific subjects as well as current ‘hot topics’ and updates within the Waste & Resource sector.

For more information click here