Waste Stories 21/1/2019



The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Changes to RPS216 and RPS217

RPS 216

  1. Storage of anatomical waste without refrigeration has been extended from 24 to 72 hours – to take account of the current season; and
  2. The life of the RPS has been extended until 31st March 2019.

RPS 217

  1. Healthcare waste producers have now been given 2 months to provide pre-acceptance information to the receiving site (it was previously 1 month); and
  2. The RPS has been extended to apply to waste received before 31st March 2019.

For further information, click MWRP RPS 216 Healthcare waste v2 FINAL – Dec 2018-2mrsyy0  and MWRP RPS 217 v2 Receiving healthcare waste without the benefit of a pre-…-11uz7h5

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Wet wipe standard

Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature an official water industry ‘Fine to Flush’ symbol on their packaging if they pass strict scientific tests.

This symbol will let consumers know that the products do not contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs which cause blockages and sewage overflows.

For more information, click here

4. PhD positition on food waste storage (The Open University)

This project intends to study the microbiological composition of food waste and the potential for it to emit bioaerosols (airborne microorganisms) in the
context of public health, for the householder, the
waste collector and the waste site operative.

For more information, click here

5. How the Environment Agency sets and assesses discharge quality numeric limits in environmental permits

This guide is for operators of standalone water discharge activity and point source groundwater activity permits. Standalone means the activity is not part of another regulated facility such as a waste operation, installation, radioactive substances activity, flood risk activity or mining waste operation

To read the guidance, click here


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