Waste Stories 23/9/2019

1. Conference on smarter waste regulation and pollution crime enforcement

The LIFE SMART Waste project’s final conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 12-13 November 2019.

LIFE SMART Waste is joining together with the INTERPOL Environmental Security Programme (ENS) and the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group (PCWG) to deliver a conference entitled, ‘Smarter waste regulation and pollution crime enforcement’.

The joint conference will bring together environmental regulators, law enforcement agencies, policymakers, legislators, industry representatives and other key stakeholders, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration on a truly global basis.

Delegates will hear from a range of prominent key note speakers, consider the results and recommendations of the LIFE SMART Waste project and participate in discussions and thematic workshops. Conference topics will include key current trends in waste crime, innovations to tackle waste crime, strategic and operational approaches and policy developments (including the latest thinking from the European Commission).

To find out more about the conference, click here

2. Cup Fund winners announced

Hubbub has recently announced the twelve winners who have secured investment to boost coffee cup recycling facilities across the UK.

The funding was provided from the 5p charge on disposable coffee cups that has been voluntarily introduced by Starbucks and is donated to Hubbub to reduce plastic pollution.

The investment in coffee cup recycling facilities will make it possible to recycle an extra 35 million cups per annum. The winning projects cover the heart of London, major cities, shopping centres, universities and motorway service stations.

Find out more here

3. John Lewis applies for water self-supply licence in first for UK retail

John Lewis & Partners has become the first UK retailer to apply for a water self-supply licence, in a bid to reduce water use and deliver savings.

Water services firm Waterscan recently announced that it has successfully partnered with the department store in facilitating the application process to Ofwat.

If this application is successful, John Lewis & Partners will pay wholesale water prices, skipping the retail margin. It will also become a member of the Self-Supply User Forum – a business-led collaboration where firms collectively advance best practice in water efficiency.

John Lewis’s application would cover all of its sites in England, including all Waitrose & Partners sites as part of an associated company clause.

Read more here

4. Scotland’s landfill ban delayed until 2025

Full enforcement of Scotland’s landfill ban has been delayed until 2025, Scotland’s Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.

Responding to a question lodged to the Scottish Government, Cunningham said she had agreed that full enforcement of banning biodegradable waste from being sent to landfill should be delayed until 2025 for both public and private sectors.

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5. edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020

As sustainability and climate mitigation become evermore business-critical issues, edie’s 2020 Sustainability Leaders Awards offer individuals and organisations a golden opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for the progress they’re making to achieve a sustainable future.

The 2020 Sustainability Leaders are now OPEN for entries. The entry deadline is Friday 27 September 2019. The Awards will then take place on the night of 5 February 2020 at the Park Plaza London, Westminster. 

For more information, click here

6. UNDP Webinar on energy management in the healthcare sector: Oct 7

10:00 AM – New York
4:00 PM – Copenhagen 
7:30 PM – New Delhi

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Moderator: Ian Milimo – Project Manager, Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP), UNDP

The health care sector needs to begin emphasizing energy efficiency and cleaner energy sources by facilitating a greater level of alternative energy usage to promote sustainable development.

This webinar will cover a spectrum of topics that revolve around renewable energy, including the renewable energy impacts and linkages to the SDGs, importance of energy in the health sector due to its crucial role in the cold chain and storage, the use of clean energy internationally, and more. 

Presentations will highlight the numerous opportunities to promote sustainable development through ecologically sound energy usage, showcasing examples of organisations and projects utilising renewable energy resources, as well as key barriers for realising the opportunities in the health sector and possible ways of addressing them.


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