Waste Stories 11/12/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The Group’s report for 2017

HCWRR steering committee report 2017a-2eu18wu

2. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

Spaces will be limited. To book, click here

3. European Commission consultation on pharmaceuticals in the environment
 
Read more here

 

4. Potential new HSE courses
 
HSE have other topics they are considering running: An Inspector’s Guide to Investigations – what is it like to be subject to an HSE investigation? How would your business handle being investigated?  What can I learn from HSE’s approach for my own investigations?  An Inspector’s Guide to Risk Assessment – how do inspectors take account of the contents of your risk assessment when they are deciding whether to take enforcement action?  What is it about a risk assessment that makes an inspector happy?  To register your interest in these courses contact training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk
 

5. HSE strategy – Helping Great Britain work well

The Health and Safety Executive ‘(HSE) new strategy and series of sector plans, setting out its strategic priorities for 19 industrial sectors (including waste and recycling).

Read the strategy here

 

Waste Stories 4/12/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Free webinar on effective communication for innovation in the healthcare sector (7 December, 2017)
 
For more information and to register click here
 
2. Consultation on the decarbonisation programme in the public sector in England
 

Government is interested in evidence, and views, about the action required to deliver an ambitious decarbonisation programme across the public and higher education sectors, in England over the next 10 years.

It particularly welcomes your comments on the introduction of a voluntary emissions target for the public and higher education sector – excluding central government departments and their agencies which already have their own targets.

 

To view the consultation, click here

3. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

 

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd. will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

Spaces will be limited. To book, click here

 

4. Environment Agency consultation on changes to its charging regime

The proposals include changes to the way the EA charges for:

  • regimes within the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016
  • radioactive substances regulation nuclear and non-nuclear permits
  • marine licences
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013
  • Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015
  • European Union Emissions Trading System
  • definition of waste services
  • planning advice

Read more here

5. STFC Bridging for Innovators Programme – London and Manchester briefings

STFC has launched the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding programme to support UK Industry to improve productivity and overcome production issues. The funding forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the government’s £4.7 billion support for R&D over the next four years providing significant investment for industry-led, multi-disciplinary research and business/academic collaboration. KTN’s Nigel Rix will be facilitating two Industry Briefings to cover the scope of the funding programme and details of the application process, as well as discussing the levels of funding available and the facilities on offer.

Briefings will be held on Fri, 8 December, in London  and on  Mon, 19 December, in Manchester.

Further details can be found here

Waste Stories 27/11/2017

 
The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group
 

1. The Welsh Business Awards 2017 (closing date: 8 December, 2017)

The Welsh Business Awards aim to recognise the very best from businesses across Wales. Businesses, whether small, medium or large, all play a fundamental role in driving the Welsh economy forward. These awards will celebrate success, excellence in best practice and the contribution Welsh businesses make to the wider community.

For more information click here

2. Government funding for energy efficiency in hospitals

£200m capital fund for hospitals to fund energy efficiency and technology announced in budget.

Read more here

 
3. Horizon 2020 – Fast track to innovation call open
Part of the Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership Pillar, Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding through an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe.
 
FTI supports actions undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including activities such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real-world working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting. FTI actions are encouraged to be interdisciplinary, cutting across different sector and technologies. Actions supporting innovative concepts that have the potential to disrupt or to create new markets are particularly welcome.

For more information, click here

 

4. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

Spaces will be limited. To book, click here

 5. Systems change thinking – creating value from unavoidable food supply chain wastes (16 January, 2018)

This is a free, one-day, event for all stakeholders interested in understanding the chemical and environmental benefits of utilising unavoidable food supply chain wastes.

Poster presentations are open for submission. The deadline for poster abstract submission is 10th December 2017. Please download the abstract template form and submit your completed form to sophie.palmer@york.ac.uk.

The event is being hosted by the Universities of Loughborough, Nottingham and York.

To register, click here

Waste Stories 20/11/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Furniture Re-use Network: buy nothing new day – 24 November, 2017

The Furniture Re-use Network is launching a new campaign, Buy Nothing New Day to dispel the myth that second-hand means second-best and encourage people to go to their local charity shop on Friday 24 November.  Instead of Black Friday, choose Nothing New Day.

For more details, click here

 

2. Call for publications from academic and non-academics

The journal, Environments is currently running a Special Issue entitled “Innovative Processes and Technologies for the Management of Hazardous Waste”. Prof. Mentore Vaccari (University of Brescia, Italy) and Dr Terry Tudor (University of Northampton, UK) are serving as Guest Editors for this issue.

You can find the detailed information on the Special Issue here

The submission deadline is 28 February 2018.

We are looking for articles from both academic and non-academic colleagues to include. If you would like to submit an article, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk 

 

3. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector (2 May, 2018)

This half-day workshop will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

Spaces will be limited. To book, click here

4. Waste prevention implementation fund

Up to £100,000 grants available for the implementation of waste prevention measures. The fund has been designed to help organisations overcome financial barriers to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the hierarchy.

For more information, click here

5. CIWM East Anglian Centre – Sainsbury’s Discovery Communities in the Region – Food Waste Prevention (30 November 2017)

Sainsbury’s plc launched its ‘Waste less, Save more’ programme in 2015 to help combat the growing issue of food waste. Following an innovative 12-month trial in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, the retailer has unveiled a pioneering 10-point plan, which included a further £1 million investment to support 29 UK-wide Discovery Communities.

To register, click here

Waste Stories 14/11/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Guidelines for providing product sustainability information

Read more here

2. Free webinar: strategic review of charging for waste treatment sites – 29 November: 11:00am – 12:15pm

The Environment Agency is currently undertaking a Strategic Review of Charges for many sectors, these will include changes to the approach for all waste treatment sites.  CIWM is pleased to be able to host a webinar with panellist Paul Fernee, Senior Advisor from the Environment Agency introducing these changes.  He will be explaining the approach behind the changes, the new charging structure and answering some of your questions.
 
Join CIWM at 11.00am to 12.15pm on Wednesday 29 November 2018.  This is a free webinar for members and non-members.
 

For more information and to book, click here

3. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

4. Climate change in the UK: What will be the impact on health, mortality and frontline NHS services?

A joint event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

“Climate change isn’t just hurting the planet – it’s a public health emergency.” That’s the conclusion of Christiana Figueres, Chair of the Lancet Countdown, who published a report on 31 October 2017 which has shone a light on the damaging impacts that climate change is having on our health. In order to discuss this public health crisis in further detail – and to explore what we can do about it – we have teamed up with the Lancet Countdown, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and the APPG on Health, in order to host a panel discussion on the impact of climate change and health. 

Please e-mail appccg@policyconnect.org.uk to register a space.

For more information, click here

5. Innovate UK Innovation loans

Innovation loans are a financial product offered by Innovate UK. They are for UK businesses that want to scale up and grow through innovation, developing new or improved products, processes or services.

Through innovation loans, Innovate UK aims to give businesses support to gain the competitive edge and also grow the UK economy. Loans may be offered where a business can demonstrate they are suitable and eligible.

They are for late-stage research and development (R&D) projects only. A late-stage R&D project is one which builds on a new idea but has not yet reached the point of commercialisation.

For more inforamtion, click here

Waste Stories 6/11/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Winners of the CWIM Sustainability and Resource Awards

View the winners here

2. Consultation on the proposed Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017

This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposed approach to implementing the requirements of EU Regulation 2017/852 on Mercury, which will be contained within the Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017.  The consultation will be of particular interest to those involved in the export of waste mercury; hospitals and dental practitioners; operators providing temporary or permanent storage of waste mercury; operators interested in mercury waste management, specifically in the conversion and solidification of waste mercury; and other areas.

If you wish to respond please reply to either Kim Mynard (kim.mynard@ciwm.co.uk) or Tina Benfield (tina.benfield@ciwm.co.uk), by 16 November at the very latest to enable all comments to be collated and submitted to Defra before the deadline.

3. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

4. NHS Sustainability Roadshow: Cardiff – November 30

The Roadshow will provide hands on skills, guidance and support to drive forward improvements to sustainable development within Estates and wider healthcare fields.

Speakers include:

  • Hugh Jones, Programme Area Manager – Food Waste Prevention, WRAP Cymru
  • Sally Attwood, Deputy Director Strategy & Planning, Public Health Wales
  • Peter White, Waste & Environmental Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Chris Davies, Energy & Environmental Officer, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

For more details, click here

To book, please email jacqueline@4allofus.org.uk 

5. Free workshops to help staff save money and be greener

Energy Saving Trust and Home Energy Scotland – in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland – are delivering workplace-based workshops to help employees understand how best to
reduce food waste at work as they become more attuned to sustainable behaviour.  The Scottish Government-funded courses are free, and tailored to fit in with your organisation’s needs; they’re run at a venue, time and length that suit you and your staff.

To find out more or to book a workshop, get in touch with Energy Saving Trust’s Employee Engagement team:

Email EmployeeEngagement@est.org.uk

 

Waste Stories 30/10/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’ Sustainability report

Read the report here

2. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

3. Rushlight Awards

The Rushlight Awards are designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally.

There are separate categories for each of the renewable energies, clean fuels, transport, energy efficiency, power generation and storage, resource, water, sustainable manafacturing, clean environment and deployment initiatives.

To enter, click here

4. Viridor works with the University of Sheffield on a robotics project

Robotics, cobotics and hive robots – all are innovative technology which, if correctly harnessed for the waste industry, could have a significant impact on plant safety and efficiency, according to recycling, resources and renewable energy company, Viridor.

Viridor has spent two years working with the University of Sheffield on projects which have very practical and specific applications.

Read more here

5. Circular economy investment fund for Scotland opens

Energy businesses with innovative ideas to help future-proof the industry are being urged to access up to a million pounds of funding and support to unlock new sustainable business opportunities.

For more information, click here

 

Waste Stories 16/10/2017

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.£10m funding for innovative approaches to a low carbon built environment

Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies that reduce the carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and tools are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 –  2 million.

Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.

For more information, click here

2. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the student’s travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

3. Procter & Gamble launches plastic bottles made of PCR and ocean plastics

The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company recently launched the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle made completely from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and ocean plastic. The launch of the bottle aims to raise awareness of the issue of ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean.

Read more here

4. Identification holes to help visually impaired to recycle

Different coloured wheelie bins for waste and recycling can work for most people, but they are not an effective aid for people with a visual impairment.

Read more here

5. INNOVATE 2017 (Nov 8 & 9)

INNOVATE 2017 is the UK’s leading innovation event. Over two days it brings the brightest and boldest of UK innovators together to share, excite, and inspire businesses, individuals and governments to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

For more information and to book, click here

 

Waste Stories 9/10/2017

 

1. The 6th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum: Evaluating Innovation in Environmental Protection and Sustainability

The 6th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, will bring together practitioners, academics, policy-makers and other users of environmental evaluation to share views, knowledge and experiences about the use, relevance and future priorities for climate and environment policy evaluation.

Find out more here

2. Workshops in 2018

In 2018, the Group will be hosting two half day training workshops:

Workshop one on May 2, at Frimley Park Hospital will focus on remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulk items, and single use items.

Workshop two, which is scheduled for the autumn in Sheffield, will examine effective waste segregation and hazardous waste management.

Booking details will be available soon.

 3. Organisations required for the Group’s student experience programme

The Group is looking for organisations that would be willing to support a student for its ‘2-day work experience’ programme. The programme is now in its third year, and previously has been undertaken with various organisations including SRCL, Bywaters and Grundon, with positive feedback both from the students and the organisations. It offers the opportunity to facilitate the entry of students/future employees into the sector. The expenses for the students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence will be paid by the Group, using monies generated from its seminars. If you are interested, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

4. HSE sets out priorities for the waste and recycling sector

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published its priority areas for the waste and recycling sector in a major new publication. The publication outlines the focus of the HSE over the next 3-5 years over 19 industry sectors.

Alongside a continuing focus on industries that create “major hazards” and those subject to “statutory permissioning regimes”, the majority of HSE’s elective resources will be focused on agriculture, construction, logistics and transport, manufacturing, public services, and waste and recycling.

Read more here

5. CIWM Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards 2017 have been announced. The full list can be found here

Waste Stories 2/10/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Alison Wilson is a General Manager working in the Estates and Facilities Division at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) and has worked in the NHS for 12 years.  CHFT were one of three Trusts to work alongside the Soil Association focusing on Food for Life in a healthcare setting initiative and were the first Trust to opt into non-compulsory CQUIN target (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) focusing on delivering improvements to patient food.  Alison led the project on behalf of the Trust alongside other key stakeholders (Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health-watch and ISS) which involved delivering a reduction in patient meal wastage.  The presentation will describe how CHFT achieved their CQUIN targets.

Andy Fox who is a nutritional therapist with over 7 years’ clinical experience.  He runs Andy Fox Nutrition and is a volunteer with Elsie’s Café, which is part of the Real Junk Food Project.

2. Launch of the Green Nurse Network

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare recently launched the Green Nurse Network in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Heath & Human Sciences at Plymouth University and Medact. The Network draws together nurses, the biggest healthcare profession, who have an interest in sustainable nursing, both beginners and those already making changes to their practice.

Read more here

3. The Group’s plans for 2018

In 2018, the Group will be hosting two training workshops, and will also again be running its student experience programme. More details to follow….

4. Global companies commit to simplify food date labels by 2020

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of 400 of the biggest consumer goods companies across 70 countries – along with Champions 12.3 has approved a Call to Action to standardise food date labels worldwide by 2020.

The Call to Action says retailers and food producers should take three important steps to simplify date labels and reduce food waste by 2020:

Read more here

 5. Climate change agreements: operations manual

This manual is a guide for industry sector associations and operators of a climate change agreement (CCA).  This manual explains how to set up and manage an agreement, and how to report energy data against targets.  Amendments have been made which include: increase in fees added to the CCA operations manual; target calculator work book tool has been split in to two separate tools.

For more information click here