Waste Stories 13/5/2019

The healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The biggest contributors to freshwater plastics pollution revealed

The Plastic Rivers report, published in association with Plastic Oceans UK, has analysed data from nine studies of freshwater sources across the UK and Europe, revealing the top ten plastic pollutants in the UK’s rivers and lakes. 

It ranked types of macroplastic by prevalence, focusing on consumer items and excluding items relating to fishing, agriculture and industry. 

Plastic bottles are the biggest contributor to freshwater plastic pollution, followed by food wrappers and cigarette butts, the research found.

Read the report here

2. Compendium of best practice on managing drug resistant TB

The first Compendium of good practices in the implementation of the Tuberculosis Action Plan for the WHO European Region has been published, with interesting lessons from across the region

To read the document, click here

3. Smart funding grants from Innovate UK

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative 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.

For more information and to apply, click here

4. The Global Forum 2019 Tanzania:
Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the Health Sector

UNDP and Medical Stores Department (MSD) are organising the “2nd Saving Lives Sustainably – Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector: Global Forum 2019″ on 18-19 July in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

For more details and to register, click here

5. Environment Agency assessment and scoring system for environmental permit compliance

How the Environment Agency assesses and scores environmental permit compliance for:

  • waste operations and installations
  • discharges to surface water and groundwater

These guides include:

  • 6 principles which explain how the Environment Agency assesses and scores permit compliance
  • an explanation of what happens after a compliance assessment
  • an explanation of how the Environment Agency uses the results of an assessment, including how this affects subsistence charges for waste operations and installations

Read more here

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