Waste Stories 17/9/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Join the Health Care Climate Challenge

Launched in 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference, the Health Care Climate Challenge is a Health Care Without Harm initiative to mobilise health care institutions around the world to play a leadership role in addressing climate change. Today more than 175 institutions representing the interests of over 14,000 hospitals and health centres from more than 24 countries, have joined the Health Care Climate Challenge and committed to taking meaningful action. To learn more about the Climate Challenge please click here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here here

 3. Enter the Circulars 2019

Whether you’re a multinational demonstrating innovation in its existing business, an early-stage organisation at the vanguard of this exciting movement, a public sector body that is disrupting business as usual, or using technologies to enable the circular economy, the Circulars are for you.

For more information and to enter, click here

4. CleanMed Europe

CleanMed Europe is Europe’s leading conference on sustainable healthcare. The conference addresses the environmental impact of the healthcare sector on a local, regional, and global level and is organised by Health Care Without Harm Europe and Radboud University Medical Center. CleanMed Europe 2018 will take place from 10 -12 October in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Read more here.

5. Report on needles in municipal solid waste

Needlestick injuries are a serious risk to waste industry workers, especially in MRFs where sorting recyclables on picking lines and similar activities can put employees in contact with sharps and, as a result, blood borne pathogens. Historically, exposure to these materials and the rate of incidences associated with them at MRFs has not been well documented, though it has been suggested anecdotally in the industry that the rate has increased in recent years.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) conducted a joint research project to determine and address the issue of needlestick injuries at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the United States and Canada.

Down load the report here

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