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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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