Waste Stories 11/6/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Northern Sustainability Innovations

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle Hospitals will be taking part in a free 1-day seminar on June 25, looking at sustainability, past, present and future. There will also be sustainability leaders from a range of public and private sector organisations across the north including Nestle.

The event will run from 9:00am – 4:30pm and will be held at the Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Newcastle. NE1 4LP

For more information or to book, email environment@nuth.nhs.uk

2. Brexit could weaken councils’ ability to protect public health from 2020

A failure to protect access to key intelligence after Brexit will weaken councils’ abilities to protect public health and increase the risk of a new food scandal, the LGA has warned.

 

Currently, the UK is part of a European-wide framework of rules and systems that ensure traceability of high risk products, such as food, feed and animal products.

This system provides access to intelligence about product contamination, helping to build a picture about suspect suppliers, ensuring that regulatory officers at councils are able to target their enforcement activity and protect the public.

For more information, click here

3. Tender for the supply of needle and syringe equipment and related waste management services

Devon County Council wish to commission a Supplier to deliver the highest quality services for the provision of needles, syringes and other injecting paraphernalia to the Local Authority-commissioned Needle & Syringe Programme (NSP) providers in Devon (both pharmacies and specialist needle and syringe provision) and Torbay (both pharmacies and at the custody suite). This includes the collection and safe disposal of used injecting equipment from NSP providers.

For more information, click here

4. Consultancy opportunity: Assessing the environmental and social impact of rising demand for minerals for battery technology

WWF and Greenpeace are promoting greater uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK and across Europe, to both reduce carbon emissions in line with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, and to support the reduction of air pollution to safe and legal limits.

This research project will assess the potential risks for people and nature arising from a surge in battery demand, and inform policy recommendations to mitigate these risks.
This project seeks to assess the risks for people and nature arising from a surge in battery demand. WWF and Greenpeace have already undertaken desk-based research into the subject (which we will make available to the supplier), highlighting concerns with lithium ion battery production, particularly the environmental impacts of lithium extraction in South America and the social impacts of cobalt extraction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This project will determine the scale of these risks and inform policy recommendations to mitigate them.
WWF and Greepeace expect the assessment to be delivered in the form of a written report (pdf) and summary presentation (ppt). We may opt to publish the report in full, and/or to produce separately branded materials highlighting the report’s key conclusions.

Value of contract: £15k – £30k

Closing date: 21 June 2018

Contract start date: 26 June 2018

Contract end date: 07 September 2018

To respond to this opportunity, please send a proposal to DBates@wwf.org.uk to include a method statement for delivering the research, breakdown of costs and demonstration of relevant skills and experience.

For more information, click here

5. SBRI: smart waste tracking data collection, storage and reporting services

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £400,000. Up to £80,000 is available per organisation to develop a new digital solution to help track waste from source through treatment to end destination.

For more information click here

 

 

 

Waste Stories 28/5/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Open future opportunity for the supply of clinical waste containers (NHS Supply chain)

Clinical Waste Containers covers the disposal of all sharps and non-sharp medical waste. This includes polypropylene based containers, board-based and swab holders. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of GBP 15 500 000 to GBP 15 800 000 in the first year of this framework agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the framework agreement.

For more information, click here

2. Nominations Open for the 2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise business performance in the UK. They acknowledge and reward outstanding achievement by companies from across the country.

Awards can be won under any of the following categories:

  • Innovation – recognising companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services
  • International Trade – recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings
  • Sustainable Development – recognising companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business
  • Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility – supporting businesses that have had a social mobility programme running for more than two years.

For more information, click here

3. Sustainable Health and Care Week – 25 – 29 June

The first week-long celebration of environmental sustainability across the NHS, social care and public health sector is happening this June.

Sustainable Health and Care Week, which takes place from the 25 – 29 June, shines a light on the great work going on in health and care organisations to boost health, protect the environment and save money.

Co-ordinated by NHS Employers and the Sustainable Development Unit the week is a chance for organisations across the country to promote their achievements improving the quality of services for patients, the working lives of staff and as a local community asset.

Organisations across the sector are being encouraged to take part. The campaign has produced a range of resources and toolkits to support activity.

Find out more and get involved in Sustainable Health and Care Week.

The Sustainable Health and Care Campaign in backed by 25 major national health and environment organisations including the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Public Health England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital.

4. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on 19 September 2018, in Sheffield. More details to follow.

5. Sustainable Health and Care Awards launched

A new awards programme for NHS, public health and social care organisations has been launched, supported by the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England.

The Sustainable Health and Care Awards will highlight and celebrate the outstanding sustainable practices taking place which are making real benefits for health and the environment such as cutting carbon, air pollution and promoting green space. 
 
There are 12 awards. Ten linked to the themes of the Sustainable Development Unit’s Sustainable Development Assessment Tool which are closely aligned to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as also two awards to celebrate and recognise inspirational individuals.

  • Adaptation – best resilience strategy
  • Capital projects -building design efficiency
  • Carbon reduction
  • Care and clinical practice
  • Green space
  • Our people
  • Sustainable excellence – corporate approach
  • Travel and logistics
  • Waste and resources
  • Water and energy
  • Health sustainability ambassador
  • Health sustainability leader

The awards are free to enter and are open for entry by any public sector health and care organisations in England. The closing date for entries is 20 July 2018.

Enter at the Sustainable Health and Care website.

Waste Stories 21/5/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Congrats to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Overall winners of the NHS Sustainability Awards 2018

2. Tender for healthcare service in HM Prison and Young Offenders’ Institution Feltham

NHS England (London Region) hereafter referred to as “the Commissioner” would like to invite prospective Bidders to attend a Market Engagement Event on 19th June 2018 which will inform the market of the intentions to the recommission Healthcare contract in HM Prison & Young Offenders Institution (HMP/YOI) Feltham London.
HMP YOI Feltham forms part of the Young Peoples Estate for both Young Adults and Young People.

Reception criteria:
Young People – Sentenced and remanded young people aged 15 – 18 as directed by the courts.
Young Adults – Sentenced young adults aged from 18 to 21.
Accommodation: Young Adults and Young People occupy separate residential units.
Young People – Feltham A
There are currently 6 units in operation for young people including a first night / induction unit. Each Unit holds up to 30 young people.
Young Adults – Feltham B
There are 7 units in operation the Young Adult side with a mixture of double and single accommodation.
In compliance with Public Contracts Regulation 2015 and in the interests of transparency, consistency and fairness, the Commissioner is required to undertake a formal procurement process at the contract expiry of the existing contracts. The existing Healthcare contract in HMP/YOI Feltham has been extended and is expiring on 31st March 2019.

Service Scope

HMP/YOI Feltham will require the following services to be delivered:

1. Primary Care GP and Nursing services
2. Healthcare Administration
3. Mental Health Services
4. Sexual Health Services
5. Integrated Clinical Substance Misuse Services
6. Integrated Psycho-social interventions service for substance misusers
7. Allied Healthcare Services e.g. Chiropody/Podiatry, Physiotherapy etc.
8. Optometry services
9. Pharmaceutical Services
10. Clinical Waste management
11. Escorts and Bedwatches management
12. Health Promotion
13. Continuity of Care

To register for these events please complete the registration form and send it back as an attachment at the email address provided in this notice.

Event Registration Form.xlsx

The market engagement event is planned for the 19th June 2018 in London at 10 am to 12: 30 pm, venue TBC.

The Event will provide:
• an overview of the proposed services to be provided
• details of the anticipated contract type, length and particular conditions
• an overview of the procurement process and the anticipated timeline

The event will also provide an opportunity to ask questions about the project. An organisation can register up to a maximum of three delegates for the events. The events may be recorded, please let us know in advance if you do not wish to be filmed.

All Bidders who wish to attend must complete and submit the registration form attached in this notice by 14th of June 2018.

Contact name: Ahsan Haji

Address

1 Lower Marsh
London
LONDON
SE1 7NT
England

Email: england.london-procurement@nhs.net

3. Clean growth and waste tracking announced as part of the Govtech Fund

The government is launching competitions for tech firms to develop solutions to tackle the major social challenges of our modern age. The competition is designed to incentivise Britain’s tech firms to come up with innovative solutions to improve public services.

For more information, click here

4. Government consults on a new environmental watchdog for England

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a consultation to assist with the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which is designed to ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as the UK leaves the EU. The consultation seeks feedback on plans in the Bill to create a new independent environmental watchdog for England, as well as on the environmental principles that should apply in England to guide and shape environmental law and policy making post-Brexit.

For more information click here

5. Warp-it Reuse workshops

Warp-it aims to make reuse repair and redistribution of surplus assets, furniture and equipment mainstream within and between organisations.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 14/5/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. I&I WG: Investment platform

The I&I WG is pleased to invite you to a WG meeting on Investment Platforms on 29th May. This meeting is co-organised with the Bioeconomy WG, the Smart Cities WG and the Blue Growth WG, as the investment platforms presented and discussed during the meeting touch upon all these thematic areas.

The event will particularily look into the URBIS – Urban investment advisory platform, as well as the newly announced Circular Economy Platform.

For more information, click here

2. Applications open for National Apprenticeship Awards

This year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, which seeks to reflect the quality of apprenticeships across all sectors, is now open for entries.

The fifteenth iteration of the successful event, led by the National Apprenticeship Service, features new categories such as Recruitment Excellence, which will recognise employers who attracted a diverse and high-quality workforce in more innovative ways.

Read more here

3. The hydrogen revolution in Sheffield

Air quality in the UK is a serious problem. A joint study between Lancet Countdown and the Royal College of Physicians last year found that 44 cities in the UK were in breach of World Health Organization guidelines on clean air.

It makes sense, then, that councils should take the lead on trying to clear the air in their local areas by adopting more environmentally-friendly options in their own fleets.

One innovative option is already being explored in Sheffield, where the council is working with Amey to trial two vans that use hydrogen power in its road maintenance fleet.

Read more here

4. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on 19 September 2018, in Sheffield. More details to follow.

5. Open funding call

This competition is open to the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation.

These can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy.

They can fit into, or be outside of, any one or more of Innovate UK’s Challenge Areas.

There is also the opportunity to apply for a separate, independent competition, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

For more information, click here

 

Waste Stories 8/5/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Sustainable dentistry – innovation and future proofing

Conference on sustainable dentistry on Friday 29th June, 09:30 – 16:30, at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in London.

The conference, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) in partnership with Health Education England will address what dental trainees, high street and community dentists and dental commissioners could do to reduce the environmental impact of dental care, engaging and inspiring dental professionals to embed sustainability in their day to day practice.

To book, click here

2. ISWA study tour to waste to energy facilities

The 9th ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy, June 24 – 29, 2018.

The technical tour combines site visits to 10 different plants and facilities in operation in Austria and the Czech Republic with accompanying seminars.

Over the week, you will see and learn about the Best Available Technologies (BAT) and installations for Waste-to-Energy, in Europe. The practical seminars on sustainable waste management focus on advanced resource and energy efficiency, recovery, treatment and safe intermediate storage of wastes, which allows for diversion of all organic waste exceeding 5% TOC from landfill.

For more information and to register, click here

3. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on 19 September 2018, in Sheffield. More details to follow.

4. East Midlands explores devolution deal to ‘match clout’ of WMCA

A devolution deal extending across the whole of the East Midlands is being explored, council leaders have confirmed.

It is hoped that the deal would provide balance across the Midlands Engine (ME) area to match the clout of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Read more here

5. Tender for the provision of waste management services for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

This procurement relates to the provision of Waste Management Service (non-clinical). This requirement is to be split in to three lots:

Lot 1 = General Waste and Dry Mixed Recycling
Lot 2 = Confidential Waste
Lot 3 = Bulky wastes and skips

The agreement shall be for THREE years, from the commencement date, with options to extend by two periods of 12 months (five years maximum duration). This process is being conducted through the ProcureNotts e-tendering portal.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 30/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

Bookings for this event are now closed

2. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes link businesses with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project, which will enable businesses to grow and be innovative. The goal is to transfer expert know-how and skills into the company, and provide new challenges and ideas to the University.

The University of Northampton has access to the expertise and funding to support KTPs.

For more information, click here

3. ISWA Communication Award

The ISWA Communication Award has been designed to honour excellent Waste Communication Campaigns that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste and resource management.  The deadline for nominations is 8 May 2018 via the online submission platform.

For more information, click here

4. Webinar on how to source opportunities on Contract Finder

Join this 30 minute webinar to get an introduction to Contracts Finder; in particular, how to set up contract alerts, respond to bids, manage opportunities, and make the most of the dispute resolution service if you see terms and conditions you feel are unworkable for small businesses.

Presented by Jo Dale from Crown Commercial Service, who will deliver a few slides to introduce Contracts Finder and then open up for your questions.

For more information, click here

5. Sustainable Health and Care Awards

The awards highlight and celebrate the fantastic sustainable development work across the NHS, social care and public sector. The provide organisations, teams and individuals the opportunity to showcase their projects.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 23/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

To book, click here

2. World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2018

Generation Safe & Healthy. The campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030. The SafeDay campaign highlights the critical importance of addressing the challenges and improving safety and health of young workers

3. World Federation of Occupational Therapists publication

Launch of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) publication ‘Sustainability Matters: Guiding Principles for Sustainability in Occupational Therapy Practice, Education and Scholarship’. You can download a copy freely from the WFOT Resource Centre.

To access the publication, click here (choose publications)

 4. Allied Healthcare: homecare provider seeks rescue plan

One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which employs 8,700 people to look after elderly and vulnerable patients, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a “highly challenging environment”.

Read more here

5. £25M Investment Scheme, Climate-Positive sack will reduce packaging waste

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has launched a project to determine viable strategies for recycling multi-material flexible plastic packaging currently being discarded as hospital waste. Working with researchers at the Plastics Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), the project will involve blending trials and material analysis as well as identifying potential end-market applications for the resulting recycled products.

Read more here

Waste Stories 16/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

To book, click here

2. Horizon2020 brokerage event for climate and smart mobility: Paris 27/4/2018

Space, Environment and Transport NCPs, the French clusters ASTech Paris Region and Mov’eo and Enterprise Europe Network are pleased to invite you to the first Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event dedicated to the space, environment and transport communities

For more information, click here

3. New £10m manufacturing and materials readiness Innovation Loans

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative manufacturing or materials projects.  The aim of this competition is to provide loans to help SMEs increase manufacturing readiness.  Innovation loans will offer affordable, patient, flexible, repayable funding for later-stage research & development projects with a clear route to commercial success.

The competition scope will cover innovations in:

  • manufacturing systems, technologies or processes, and/or
  • materials development, properties, integration or reuse.

For more information, click here

4. Veolia launches organics trading platform

Veolia UK has launched a trading platform for waste wood and organic materials including green and food waste.

The waste management company said that the trading platform – www.biotrading.co.uk – will allow sellers to “get a good price for their product and gain maximum value from their waste and process by-products”. And, Veolia claimed that Biotrading is the first UK online marketplace for organic resources.

Read more here

5. Remain within REACH, says Environmental Policy Forum

According to the Environmental Policy Forum (a network of UK environmental professional bodies), the effective regulation of chemicals is critical for the economy, public health, environmental protection, the economy and animal welfare and ending the UK’s involvement in the EU chemical framework REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) could have serious consequences.

Read more here

 

Waste Stories 9/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

To book, click here

2. Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for companies to provide long term training focused on making real changes to how individuals perform at work. Recent changes to apprenticeships and the introduction of a levy, paid by all organisations in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3m, has generated greater interest in apprenticeships than ever before.

For more information, click here

3. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes link businesses with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project, which will enable businesses to grow and be innovative. The goal is to transfer expert know-how and skills into the company, and provide new challenges and ideas to the University.

The University of Northampton has access to the expertise and funding to support KTPs.

For more information, click here

4. Rushlight Summer Showcase

The Rushlight Summer Showcase brings together over cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, active European investors & financiers, corporate venturers, government departments, consultants, intermediaries, advisers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their supply chain and operations.

For more information, click here

5. Best practice: the local authority procurement toolkit: 8/5/2018

A best practice sharing session, with speakers from SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and Ricardo, who will be walking you through their guidelines for efficient procuring of services and solutions. This best practice guide, which draws on insights from local authority officers, waste management companies, financial and legal advisors will help you plan for your next procurement process to minimise delays, avoid common pitfalls and reduce your expenditure. If you are getting ready for procuring collection, cleansing or recyclates contract in the next three years, this informative webinar session is for you.

For more information and to book, click here

Waste Stories 26/3/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Expressions of Interest

UK businesses can propose which of the main challenges faced by UK industry should be addressed by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
 

To submit an expression of interest you must be an industry-led consortium of partners.Consortium members can be from academic organisations, public sector bodies, and research and technology organisations (RTOs).

 

For more details and how to apply, click here

2. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

To book, click here

3. The Resource Recovery from Waste programme
 
The Resource Recovery from Waste programme aims to deliver the environmental science needed to support a radical change in waste management.
 

Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) is a collaborative research programme engaging academia, industry, government and the general public to develop knowledge and tools to reduce pressure on natural resources and create value from wastes.

It is funded by NERC, ESRC and Defra with the aim of delivering “the science needed to accomplish a paradigm shift in the recovery of resources from waste”.

For more details click here

4. March 2018 Innovate UK sector competition: now open

UK businesses can apply for a share of £19 million for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly impact the UK economy.

For more information and to apply click here

5. Free webinar: HSE Waste & Recycling Campaign – a snapshot of health and safety in the sectors

Hosted by CIWM and with panelists from the Health and Safety Executive and WISH the webinar will review the campaign undertaken at the latter part of 2017 and feedback on the findings and statistics alongside some case studies and illustrative photographs.  Thursday 26th April 2018 at 2.00pm

To book, click here