Waste Stories: 4/08/2014



1. Seminar on September 25 (ISSL: healthcare consulting and training services ISSL)

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group will be hosting a seminar focusing on treatment technologies and recovering value from healthcare waste, on Thursday September 25.

It will be held at the Bywaters’ recycling facility, in East London. The morning session will be dedicated to presentations from a range of speakers. While in the afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to tour the facility.

The event is being sponsored by Frontier Medical Group, MITIE, Sharpsmart and Bywaters. Additional sponsors include GV Health, SRCL, Econix and Independent Safety Services Ltd.

Registration forms and booking details, including early bird discounts are available at the link below. When you book, can you let us know: (1) if you would like to do the site tour in the afternoon, (2) if you require a car parking space and (3) if you have any disability requirements?


2.New food buying standard to cut public sector waste

From 2017, central government will commit to buying fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food, through a new, simplified food and drink buying standard, which will aid in the reduction of waste through food reduction, according to newly appointed Secretary of State, Liz Truss…

Read story here: food buying standards

3.Institute for Public Policy Research document on resource efficiency

Britain needs to radically rethink the way it manages its resources. The countryneeds to depart from the linear approach, whereby we take resources such asfood and metals from the natural environment, turn them into products, usethem, and then dispose of what is left as ‘waste’. Our approach to resourcesshould be circular: one in which non-biological resources like metals are reusedagain and again, while biological resources such as food are reused as fullyas possible before being returned to the Earth’s ecosystem – for example, bycomposting the material rather than burning it.This briefing paper is about that transition towards a better approach toresources. In it, we identify three strategic goals that policy must support,and set out recommendations for how we can move towards achievingthose goals, which are:
•a better understanding among business and government of how the
UK’s resources are used
•a cultural and behavioural shift throughout society in favour of
reusing materials
•an end to inefficient and polluting treatment of reusable and recyclable(or ‘secondary’) materials
Read the full IPPR report here: The Wasteline
4.RWM report on UK resource efficiency and waste management
5. Tramadol to become a Schedule IV controlled substance
Effective August 18, 2014, tramadol and products containing tramadol will be classified as Schedule IV controlled substances
pursuant to a rule adopted by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.).

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