Waste Stories 11/3/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The US Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council releases a guide to plastics commonly generated in clinical settings

According to the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, St. Paul, Minnesota, roughly 1 million tons of clean, noninfectious healthcare plastics are generated in U.S. health care facilities annually.

This guide includes the most commonly generated health care plastic streams; how to partner with hospitals for a successful recycling program; recycling options, including common steps in mechanically processing health care plastics; case studies and other helpful resources; and technical specifications for common health care plastics.

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2. Interserve likely to go into administration

Interserve is likely to go into administration on Friday. Directors on the company, that employs 45,000 people in the UK, have told the BBC the firm has “a mountain to climb” to prevent it collapsing under the weight of its nearly £650m in debt.

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3. Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.

All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas, we are also keen to support projects that are entirely outside these. Working in these areas is not a requirement to be eligible.

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4. Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues.

These projects will help UK companies solve analysis and measurement problems, to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Successful applicants at this EoI phase will be invited to brokerage sessions with relevant analysis for innovators (A4I) partners. These will focus on how to approach solving the applicant’s problem. If the applicant and A4I partners agree an approach, they will work together to suggest joint projects to develop solutions.

Successful phase 2 applications will be grant funded through matched funding to work with the relevant A4I funding partners.

  • Competition opens: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 20 March 2019 12:00pm

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5. Letsrecycle Live

Letsrecycle Live, which features live and static equipment, conference theatres and networking events takes place at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry on 22-23 May.

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