Waste Stories 5/3/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: calls for expressions of interest

The aim of this call is to identify the third wave of industry-led challenges in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together the UK’s world-leading research with industry to tackle the biggest industrial and societal challenges of our time.

£1 billion has been allocated to the first wave of challenges. A further £725 million has been announced for wave 2, which will run in 2018 and 2019.

Read more 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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

3. Apprenticeship week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we’re keen to hear how you’re benefiting from apprenticeships and how CIWM can support you? CIWM is currently scoping out what the sector needs in terms of information, advice and support and exploring how apprenticeships can complement existing training and development strategies.

As part of this work, CIWM will be offering a free webinar on 22 March focused on apprenticeships in our sector.

If you’re still deciding how to get involved in apprenticeships, or would like some advice or information, register your interest in the webinar by email on apprenticeships@ciwm.co.uk.

4. Innovate UK funding for emerging and enabling technologies

Innovate UK will invest up to £19 million in innovation projects that inspire new products, processes and services. These should address challenges in emerging and enabling technologies.

The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources.

Projects must show significant innovation in one of our 4 priority areas:

  1. Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies).
  2. Digital.
  3. Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design.
  4. Space applications

For more information, click here

5. Awards for excellence in recycling

Forward-thinking councils and waste management companies with ideas and successes have an extra two weeks to put themselves forward for the letsrecycle.com Awards For Excellence 2018 with the ceremony taking place on 10 May.

The deadline for entries has been extended to March 14 – giving local authorities, businesses and individuals, and waste and recycling companies, extra time to submit an entry in a wide-ranging 16 categories.

This year there is the opportunity to gain recognition in one of five new categories: Wood Recycling Business of the Year; Plastics Recycling Business of the Year; Metals Recycling Business of the Year; Paper Recycling Business of the Year; and Organics Recycling Business of the Year.

Find out more here

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