Waste Stories 15/7/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Health and safety fatalities in the waste sector

Provisional figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show fatalities in the waste sector has dropped below the yearly average.

There were seven fatalities in the waste and recycling sector for the year 2018/19 compared to 12 fatal injuries during the previous year (2017/18). This puts the most recent figures below the annual average of nine fatalities.

The provisional annual data for total work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).

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2. EU employers must set up systems to measure daily working times

To ensure that the health and safety of workers in the workplace is fully and effectively protected in accordance with Working Time Directive legislation, employers must set up a system which will enable the duration of daily working time to be measured, according to a ruling from the European Court last month.

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3. What does the Green Finance Strategy mean for business?

Following the launch of the UK Government’s Green Finance Strategy earlier this month, the chief executive of the Green Finance Institute has outlined how climate disclosure, policy signals and a robust business case for sustainability will transform how corporates engage with the finance community

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4. Funding for key technology components for local energy systems

This £3m competition will support the development of components of an energy system that will strengthen the development of smart, local energy systems of the future that make the best use of cheaper renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, low carbon heat and digital infrastructure.

The competition opens for registration on July 22 and the KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) will be holding briefing events in London and Manchester to provide:

  • an opportunity to hear about the scope of the competition in more detail
  • opportunities to network and develop ideas and partnerships for the competition
  • an opportunity to meet and explore ideas with UKRI, BEIS and wider stakeholders.

For more information, click here

5. Eyefficiency audit toolkit

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been working with partners around the globe with a second Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund grant for the ‘Eyefficiency’ audit toolkit which allows surgical units to view their cataract operations in terms of productivity, costs, carbon-emissions and to benchmark these against other users.

At the end of May, 10 beta sites have successfully completed 2 rounds of beta testing of the toolkit.

Testing is currently being rolled out to sites in Scotland and England. If you would like to get involved please email info@sustainablehealthcare.org.uk

Waste Stories 8/7/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Innovate UK Smart Grants for Game-changing or Disruptive R&D – New Round Imminent

The Innovate UK (IUK) Smart Grants provide an opportunity for businesses and research and technology organisations to apply for a grants to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. Smart is the new name for IUK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

The competition provides funding for innovation research and development (R&D) from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation.

For more information, click here

2. New EU framework to help organisations measure and disclose climate risks and impacts

The European Commission has published a new framework aimed at helping corporates and investors to calculate and disclose their climate-related risks and impacts, in a bid to help accelerate financial support for the low-carbon transition.

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3. Danone, Nestlé, Tetra Pak launch recycling credit scheme in bid to ‘jumpstart’ circular economy

3R initiative launched today by Danone, Veolia, Nestle and Tetra Pak will promote market-based systems to tackling waste

A coalition of leading consumer goods brands will today launch a new packaging waste initiative designed to leverage market-based solutions to the global plastics crisis.


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4. Waitrose & Partners sets new standard in refrigeration with 40% energy saving

Waitrose & Partners is set to reduce energy use in its stores by more than 40%, after introducing cutting-edge new technology in all new open-fronted fridge cabinets.

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5. New Resource- Plastics Toolkit for Hospitals

HCWH SE Asia has released a new resource, Mobilizing Health Care to Prevent Plastics Pollution: A Plastics Toolkit for Hospitals, as part of its Plastics in health care initiative.

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Waste Stories 1/7/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Smart innovation funding

Innovate UK Smart grants are available for game-changing and disruptive ideas from business, through a regular, competitive application process.

Grants are for projects that can provide evidence for considerable potential to gain market share, generate economic impact and exports.

To apply your business needs either:

  • an idea for a completely new product, service or process
  • a brand-new use or an unprecedented use for an existing product, service or process that take it above and beyond what’s currently available

It is not limited to a particular industry or technology area.

For further details, click here

2. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust declares ‘climate emergency’

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust (NUTH) has become the first in the country to declare a climate emergency, after over 1100 doctors issued warnings about the mental and physical harm caused by global warming. NUTH has committed to fast-tracking CO2 reduction and collaborating with its civic partners to achieve a zero carbon Newcastle.

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3. WHO/Health Care Without Harm reports on climate change in the Maldives’ healthcare system

Two reports co-produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Care Without Harm.

The reports provide an analysis of the climate vulnerability of the Maldives’ health care system and a recommended set of policies and strategies to help the country’s health system respond to the impacts of climate change while reducing its own environmental footprint.  

Working closely with the Maldives Ministry of Health and WHO, Health Care Without Harm analyzed the ways in which the healthcare system contributes to climate change, is affected by the impacts of climate change and can become more resilient to those changes.

To read the reports, click here

4. 2018 Report of the SPHS launched

The 2018 Report of the UN Informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) has been launched. The Report profiles the efforts of the SPHS Members (UNDP, UN Environment, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, WHO, Gavi, The Global Fund, and UNITAID) to strengthen sustainability in the global health sector, in order to step up efforts to create a better world for each and every one of us.
2018 was a wake-up call for the world to understand that it is time to take the effects of the climate change more seriously than ever. The SPHS Members continued to leverage their capacity to change the world by prioritizing human and environmental health. The world’s biggest gathering on climate, the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, showed once again that only global answers can solve global problems.

To read the report, click here

5. H&S for new and seasonal workers

With summer arriving, so is the increase in seasonal work. Take a look at HSE’s guidance for new and temporary workers. Did you know that workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace as during the whole of the rest of their working life?

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Waste Stories 24/6/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 4.7M grant to boost plastics and textiles recycling

Two new grants have been unveiled to fund capital infrastructure projects in England which aim to help to drive up the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles.

The grants have been launched as part of the £18 million Resource Action Fund, launched by Defra in May 2019, and are focused on increasing reprocessing infrastructure for plastics and textiles.

The grants which will be managed by WRAP, will see these two sectors sharing up to £4.7 million, with applicants being able to apply for between £200,000 and £1 million.

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2. Major study finds no conclusive link to health risks from municipal incinerators

Researchers have found no link between exposure to emissions from municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) and infant deaths or reduced foetal growth.

However, they show living closer to the incinerators themselves is associated with a very small increase in the risk of some birth defects, compared to the general population.

But whether this is directly related to the incinerator or not remains unclear. The findings come from the largest and most comprehensive analysis to date of the effects of municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) on public health in the UK.

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3. CIWM partners with the University of Northampton for new MSc

CIWM has announced a partnership with the University of Northampton to help deliver an MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (Wastes Management) students.

The qualification is aimed specifically at those working in wastes management and who are already or would be eligible to become Chartered Waste Managers and who want to develop their expertise within their current profession.

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4. Funding for smart, local energy systems

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

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5. Disposal of Hazardous and Clinical Waste (Ministry of Defence, IMOC, Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA))

DESA is currently looking to place a contract for Waste Management services to cover the Collection, Storage and Disposal of Hazardous and Clinical Waste at all Ministry of Defence (MOD) locations throughout the United Kingdom.The service will be provided by a single contractor on the basis of a cost to the Owner or Producer of the waste. It is envisaged that tasks under the contract will be initiated electronically via the Contracting, Procurement and Finance (CP&F) system and therefore the contractor will be required to connect to this system.

Location of contract

Any region

Published date

10 June 2019

Closing date

30 August 2019

Contract start date

01 January 2020

Contract end date

31 December 2022

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Waste Stories 20/5/2019

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1. The UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Fund

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund is supporting consortia of businesses and research organisations to build on their existing research and innovation capability and present plans for new activities that will have a demonstrable impact on local economic growth.

This first competition stage is an expression of interest (EoI). Consortia will set out plans for large collaborative proposals. Following assessment, successful EoIs will be selected to receive seedcorn funding to further develop a proposal for a full stage project.

Successful bids to the first stage will be awarded up to £50,000 to develop full-stage proposals over a period of six months. In the second stage, those awarded early-stage funding will be eligible to bid for up to £50 million of funding to carry out projects designed to drive significant local economic growth.

Projects can be led by either a UK-based business or a UK publicly funded research organisation. Project consortia must be based within the project’s geographical area and have the support of local civic leadership.

For more information, click here

2. The Resource Action Fund

The £18 million Resource Action Fund has been established by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing and better managing waste. The Fund will support key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter.
The overall programme is broken down into Large and Small Scale grants. The first strand to open to applications is the Waste Prevention Grant, which aims to improve how organisations handle and distribute leftover food, by investing in infrastructure such as weighing equipment, storage solutions, warehouses, industrial freezers and fridges, labeling equipment and vehicles.

The Large Scale strand will provide capital infrastructure to help address a current capacity gap for redistributing food produced by businesses that is currently being wasted, diverting this to people in need. The Small Scale strand will provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food from the likes of retailers and food manufacturers.
There is a budget of £5 million for Large Scale grants and individual awards of between £200,000 and £1 million will be provided. £1 million has been allocated for Small Scale grants, supporting projects ranging in value from £20,000 to £170,000.

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3. Revitalising green spaces at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, on the outskirts of London, is starting work on a two-year programme to redesign several green spaces in the hospital grounds.

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4. The IWUN Project

The Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN) project, is a three year research project awarded £1.3m by the Natural Environment Research Council’s Valuing Nature Programme. It aims to find out more about how Sheffield’s natural environment can improve the health and wellbeing of the city’s residents, and especially those with disproportionately high levels of poor health.

One of the outcomes of the research has been the valuing of green prescribing and how it can be better included within the concept of social prescribing. Part of the work has been to create an infographic to help translate the evidence more clearly.

To see the infographic, click here

5. Manchester’s NHS Foundation Trust launches gamification staff behaviour change scheme

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) has become the first NHS Trust to sign up to the JUMP employee engagement initiative, in a bid to encourage its 20,000+ employees to develop habits which improve the organisation’s environmental impact while also boosting their own wellbeing.

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Waste Stories 13/5/2019

The healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The biggest contributors to freshwater plastics pollution revealed

The Plastic Rivers report, published in association with Plastic Oceans UK, has analysed data from nine studies of freshwater sources across the UK and Europe, revealing the top ten plastic pollutants in the UK’s rivers and lakes. 

It ranked types of macroplastic by prevalence, focusing on consumer items and excluding items relating to fishing, agriculture and industry. 

Plastic bottles are the biggest contributor to freshwater plastic pollution, followed by food wrappers and cigarette butts, the research found.

Read the report here

2. Compendium of best practice on managing drug resistant TB

The first Compendium of good practices in the implementation of the Tuberculosis Action Plan for the WHO European Region has been published, with interesting lessons from across the region

To read the document, click here

3. Smart funding grants from Innovate UK

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative 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 and to apply, click here

4. The Global Forum 2019 Tanzania:
Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the Health Sector

UNDP and Medical Stores Department (MSD) are organising the “2nd Saving Lives Sustainably – Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector: Global Forum 2019″ on 18-19 July in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

For more details and to register, click here

5. Environment Agency assessment and scoring system for environmental permit compliance

How the Environment Agency assesses and scores environmental permit compliance for:

  • waste operations and installations
  • discharges to surface water and groundwater

These guides include:

  • 6 principles which explain how the Environment Agency assesses and scores permit compliance
  • an explanation of what happens after a compliance assessment
  • an explanation of how the Environment Agency uses the results of an assessment, including how this affects subsistence charges for waste operations and installations

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Waste Stories 7/5/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Interserve awarded place on £450m NHS framework until 2022

Troubled contractor Interserve has been awarded a place on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework for infrastructure and car park management.

The framework is available to a range of public sector organisations and will operate until November 2022, offering the potential to generate sales of up to £450m throughout its term.

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2. Guidance on accumulating radioactive waste that you cannot transfer because of EU Exit

The UK’s exit from the EU may result in restricted supplies of radioactive materials and you may not be able to transfer radioactive waste to destinations outside the UK. The Environment Agency has published two EU Exit regulatory position statements – one on exceeding permit limits and the other on accumulating radioactive waste

3. Vacancy for an officer: waste permitting and installation (x 2)  Natural Resources Wales
Salary: £29,243

To determine permit applications in accordance with recognised NRW policy, process, guidance and procedures. Support the Permitting Service and respond to internal and external customer queries. The post holder will provide expertise on waste permitting issues.

For more information and to apply, click here

4. EU consultation on formaldehye

Provisional agreement has been reached at EU level to add formaldehyde, widely used in the healthcare sector, to the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. The EU Commission will consult social partners (including HOSPEEM and CEEP, of which the NHS Confederation is a member) before presenting a legislative proposal, which will provide the opportunity for us to feed in to and shape the consultation response even if the UK has left the EU by this stage.

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5. The 2019 International Hospital Federation Awards

The International Hospital Federation Awards honours hospitals and health service provider organisations for innovation, excellence, outstanding achievements and best practices in areas that are worthy of international recognition. Open to NHS Confederation members, the deadline for applications to showcase your work is May 17.

For more details, click here

Waste Stories 29/4/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Glove awareness week

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, NHS England are hosting a Glove Awareness Week to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff

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2. Research explores the value of NHS green space for workplace wellbeing

Can green space help ease the burden of workplace stress in the NHS? Our research is exploring the experience of three NHS hospitals that have actively encouraged their staff to enjoy their sites’ natural outdoor spaces. The research will evaluate the benefits as well as identifying barriers to change, and ways to address these. Is it feasible for hard-pressed ward staff to find time for an outdoor break? How can hospitals make walking for health part of their working culture? The evaluation, at health sites in Preston, Essex and London, is supported by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

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3. Kingston Hospital reuse and refurbishment case study

Paul Graham, Utilities, Waste and Sustainability Manager at Kingston Hospital, tells us how a fire risk prompted their reuse journey. They’ve since set up a storage area and target people around the trust, including reception staff, housekeepers, and department administrators, who regularly order things. They’ve saved thousands of pounds and have refurbished and reused many items of furniture

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4. Statistical count of in-year workplace deaths where HSE is the relevant enforcing authority

These statistics cover workplace fatal injuries that are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) where HSE is the relevant enforcing authority and are updated on a quarterly basis. (They do not include incidents where Local authorities or Office of Rail and Road are the relevant enforcing authority.  However, these cases are included in the published annual count.).

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5. New bill aims to make single-use nappies history

A bill has been launched in Parliament designed to promote the use of reusable nappies.

The Nappy (Environmental Standards) Bill was launched on 27 March, by SNP MP for Glasgow East, David Linden. It sets out plans to establish an industry and government-led campaign to encourage parents to take up reusable cloth nappies.

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Waste Stories 8/4/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. ISWA Awards (deadline April 30)

Each year ISWA honours excellent efforts and creative ideas that increase awareness and promote sustainable waste management in three different categories: publication, video and communications campaign. Each ISWA Award is recognised at the annual ISWA World Congress.

For more information, click here

2. A round up of the latest funding opportunities for energy efficiency

A round-up of the latest funding calls from large scale energy storage solutions to the design of smart, local energy systems.

There has been significant activity from government in the energy sector recently with a number of funding calls now open.  The details are below, along with links to the relevant information pages.

For more information, click here

3. Environment Agency charge proposals from April 2019

The proposals in this consultation follow various changes implemented in April 2018 as a result of our Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC) programme.  This consultation seeks your views on further charge proposals which we have developed to take effect in England from April 2019.  The proposed changes are designed to add clarity to existing charging schemes, accommodate changes to the cost of regulation and make new charging scheme changes that were not included in the SRoC. 

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4. The NHS Long Term Plan and climate change

The NHS Long Term Plan has committed the NHS to deliver carbon reductions in line with the Climate Change Act, to phase out the most polluting fossil fuels for heating and dramatically reduce air pollution from NHS travel; as well as action on waste, water and plastics. These are serious commitments with hard targets to combatting climate change and other environmental impacts. The specific focus on the high carbon impacts of the fluorinated gases in inhalers, anaesthetics and nitrous oxide (together over 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year) shows that commitments go beyond the low hanging fruit of estates and energy efficiency into areas of service design, procurement and prescription of drugs and medical devices.  Delivering on air pollution reduction from road travel in service provision will also cut carbon emissions and require wider service design thinking.

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5. Call for abstracts for the ICE Journal

Abstract submissions are invited for articles on any new development and research programmes that focus on a range of ways in which waste and resource management initiatives can improve our waste and resource utilisation to fulfill circular-economy objectives. Deadline Monday 29 April.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 1/4/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Clean growth collaboration for the Northwest England launched by local government and business leaders

A collection of local government, university, and business leaders have joined forces to secure £500m of ‘game-changing’ investment into the future of clean growth in the north west of England.

Made up of council leaders and private and public partners from the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Warrington and Greater Manchester, the group said they have announced their collaboration in response to the government’s challenge to establish a low-carbon industrial cluster by 2030.

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2. Industry leaders seek Sector Deal for resources

Senior figures in the UK’s waste and resources sector are leading efforts to draw up a ‘Sector Deal’ for resources to leverage government support for innovation and investment in the industry.

The work is being overseen by a new body, the UK Resources Council, which is chaired by Suez UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones, and is supported by the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

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3. Brexit strategy updates from the NHS Confederation and the Government for the waste industry

As the road to Brexit continues to twist and turn, the NHS Confederation is providing frequent updates to support the NHS in your preparation for EU Exit. This includes links to recent guidance, and an overview of what the latest parliamentary developments mean for the NHS.

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With or without a deal, all existing consents which authorise the export of hazardous waste, known as ‘notified waste’, to any EU country will remain valid when we leave the EU. Companies that export waste from the UK will see no change in the processes that govern the export of ‘non-notified waste’ (‘green-list’ wastes) to the EU.

However, in the event of no deal, changes to border controls may impact on some waste exports.

For more information, click here

4. Launch of the Clean Air Hospital Framework

On 5th of March, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Global Action Plan launched the first ever Clean Air Hospital Framework (CAHF). The Framework sets out short and long-term plans to tackle air quality for the benefit of patients, staff and the surrounding community.

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5. Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever team up with recycling group to change its packaging

A coalition of the world’s biggest consumer brands announced they have teamed up with a recycling giant to change the world’s reliance on single-use packaging.

The new initiative was announced on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where global recycling leader TerraCycle joined massive brand partners such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble on stage to unveil its new project called Loop.

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