Waste Stories 8/6/2015

Healthcare

1.Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a planned trade pact currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA).  If concluded it will become the world’s largest free trade pact.

Read about TTIP here: TTIP

2. NHS Scotland spearheads furniture and equipment reuse

The Scottish Health Service has achieved a “world first”, with a contractual commitment to furniture and equipment reuse that expects to generate savings of more than £300,000 and major carbon reductions across procurement, facilities management and waste services in the first year.

Read the story here: NHS Scotland

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

4. Pharmaceuticals and waste water

Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment. When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and antibiotic ofloxacin—came out at higher concentrations than they went in. The study suggests the microbes that clean our water may also piece some pharmaceuticals back together.

Read the article here: Phamaceuticals and waste water

5. Educating for sustainable healthcare

The General Medical Council (GMC) has updated the online version of Tomorrow’s Doctors to include a link to the priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare, which were developed by the SHE Network through a national consultation in 2012-13. Tomorrow’s Doctors sets standards and outcomes for undergraduate medical training, and forms the basis of medical school curricula nationally. Appendix 3 (in the online version) provides references to external documents, including those providing more detail on specific curriculum areas.

See the training information here: Sustainable healthcare

6. Changes to waste classification

New European Regulations that change the way waste is classified and assessed start to came into force across the UK on 1 June. These changes affect anyone who produces waste, particular if their waste is likely to be hazardous

Read more here: FAQs

 

Waste Stories 2/6/2015

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1.Support the Nepal earthquake appeal

Read more here: Nepal quake relief appeal

2.WM3 comes into force

From today (1 June), waste producers will need to comply with the revised guidance set out in WM3, the joint UK environmental regulators’ guidance on classification of hazardous waste that sees a change in the way waste is assessed and classified in the UK.

See the document here: WM3

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

4. CIWM’s ‘Resourcing the Future’ Conference: June 24-25

The waste sector’s industry’s leading annual conference, brought to you by CIWM, ESA and The Resource Association picks up the general mood of the industry; are we still only able to focus on the impacts of austerity or is it time to start thinking about some ambitious changes?  UK ministers and industry leaders will present the latest policy perspectives and a host of expert speakers will join the debate on issues such as local government austerity, market outlooks for key materials, collaborative approaches on waste crime, and the future of the circular economy.

See details here: CIWM conference

5.Hospitals must separate waste under new Welsh Environment Bill

The new Environment Bill, put forward by the Welsh Government will mean schools, hospitals and business will have to separate waste for recycling. The Bill will also extend charging on plastic bags to “bags for life”.

Read more here: Welsh Environment Bill

Waste Stories 19/5/2015

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1. Addenbrooke’s Hospital is top for waste management

When it comes to waste management, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has come out top. The Carbon Trust awarded CUH a score of 89% for its waste management, higher than any other NHS Foundation Trust.

Read the story here: Addenbrooke Hospital

2. ISWA/Finnovaregio financing opportunities alert

The ISWA Financing Opportunities Alert is the result of a co-operation between ISWA and Finnovaregio.  The aim of this co-operation is to provide ISWA members with regular information on calls related to waste management projects.

Read more here: ISWA financing opportunities

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

4. Environmental Audit Committee scrutiny of sustainability in the NHS

In March, as part of its inquiry on sustainability in the NHS, the UK Government’s Environmental Audit Committee held a public evidence session to examine sustainable development governance and operations.  MPs questioned SDU’s Sonia Roschnik, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gina Radford and John Holden, head of Policy Partnerships & Innovation at the Department of Health on the extent to which the NHS is set up to deliver on the Sustainable Development Strategy and progress so far.

Read more here: Environmental Audit Committee scrunity

5. EU circular economy consultation to be launched

Recently, Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, confirmed in a speech at the European Business Summit that the European Commission is “…about to launch an online public consultation on the main options of the [Circular Economy Package] plan”, which he added would be “significantly ambitious”.

Read the story here: Circular economy consultation

6. ERRIN Network

Founded in 2001, ERRIN is a Brussels-based platform of  Research and Innovation Organisations and Stakeholders in Regions. ERRIN  aims to strengthen regional Research and Innovation capacities by exchanging information, sharing best practice, supporting European project development, policy shaping and profile raising by working together with a partnership approach.

Read more here: ERRIN

Waste Stories 12/5/2015

Healthcare

1. Appeal for Nepalese ambulance services

You can still donate to the NEPAL AMBULANCE SERVICE. This ambulance service is the only one in the country with properly equipped vehicles and trained paramedics, working in collaboration with Stanford University.  A field hospital and fresh water supply has been set up and experts from Stanford are on the way to join their efforts. Any donations to this unique service will make a huge difference

See appeal and donate here: Nepal appeal

2. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

3. UKTI: Hunan Province, China Environmental delegation: 10-14th June
UKTI Guangzhou are organising a Hunan environmental delegation visit to the UK between 10-14 June. The delegation would like to meet up with UK environmental companies for potential collaboration opportunities. With a round table meeting at the EIC London, encouraging CIWM members to attend.
The areas of interest are around soil remediation technology, air pollution prevention, Recycling technologies of Metal resources/waste from industrial manufacturing and UK’s latest waste treatment technologies.
For further information please contact: usman.sheikh@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

4. ICE call for papers on new and emerging waste treatment technologies

Click here for more details: ICE call for papers

5. Healthcare waste training courses and trainers

See list: training and trainers

 

Waste stories 5/5/2015

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1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

2. Appeal for Nepalese ambulance services

You will all have heard of the terrible 7.9-magnitude earthquake that has rocked the south-central Asia on April 25.  The Himalayan country of Nepal is the worst affected, with at least two thousand dead and the death toll certain to climb as many of the worst affected areas are cut off.

Mahesh Nakarmi, director of the Healthcare Waste Management Program of Health Care Foundation Nepal, co-founded the National Society for Earthquake Technology and the NEPAL AMBULANCE SERVICE. This ambulance service is the only one in the country with properly equipped vehicles and trained paramedics, working in collaboration with Stanford University.  At this moment, they are hard at work, helping to save those injured in this tragedy.  A field hospital and fresh water supply has been set up and experts from Stanford are on the way to join their efforts. Any donations to this unique service will make a huge difference

See appeal and donate here: Nepal appeal

3.Briefing on European Structural and Investment Funds

This briefing outlines the background to the new round of European Structural and Investment Funds, including what the funds support, the main opportunities for the NHS in England and how to access the funding.

This briefing will be of interest to all NHS organisations, including national bodies and regional organisations, such as academic health science networks, local education and training boards and health and wellbeing boards, as well as to colleagues working in public health.

Read the briefing here: European Structural and Investment Funds

4. UKTI: Hunan Province, China Environmental delegation: 10-14th June

UKTI Guangzhou are organising a Hunan environmental delegation visit to the UK between 10-14 June. The delegation would like to meet up with UK environmental companies for potential collaboration opportunities. With a round table meeting at the EIC London, encouraging CIWM members to attend.
The areas of interest are around soil remediation technology, air pollution prevention, Recycling technologies of Metal resources/waste from industrial manufacturing and UK’s latest waste treatment technologies.
For further information please contact: usman.sheikh@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

Waste Stories 27/4/2015

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1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

2. Healthcare waste training courses and trainers

See list: training and trainers

3. Proposed EU resource efficiency hierarchy

A discussion was submitted to Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries yesterday (21 April), which introduces the idea of a new European Resource Hierarchy, which may supersede the EU-waste hierarchy. The discussion paper introduces the new idea for a European Resource Hierarchy.

Read the document here: EU resource efficiency hierarchy

4. UK statistics on waste

See stats here: UK waste statistics

Waste Stories 30/3/2015

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1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. More details to follow.

2. Landfill Tax set to rise

Landfill tax is due to rise with inflation on 1 April, taking it from £80 per tonne to £82.60, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) confirmed. It will increase in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from £80 to £82.60 per tonne as a result of a change in Finance Act 2014.

Read the story here: landfill tax rise

3. 2degees awards

Voting is now open for the 2degrees awards. Winning is based on peer support.

Vote here:  2degrees awards

4. New French buildings must have solar panels or green roofs

France has introduced a law that requires the roofs of buildings constructed in commercial zones to be at least partially covered by solar panels or plants. The law, which was passed on the 19 March, is a weaker version of what environmental activists were lobbying for. The initial call was for all new buildings to have “living roofs”. Businesses will now be able to cover only part of their roof in plants and can if they wish substitute photovoltaic panels.

France is behind other western European countries in terms of its solar power effort. Whereas Germany has a peak capacity of about 40GW and Italy has 17GW, France has only 5GW, about the same as the UK – which is more reliant on wind power. Its solar capacity actually dropped in 2013, and now accounts for only 6% of total European capacity.

Read the full story here: New French building guidelines

5. ISWA video awards

ISWA is pleased to announce the 2015 edition of ISWA’s online short video competition known as “ISWA Video Award” is now open for submissions. The theme of the contest is ‘Waste’. Entries shall explore the theme ‘Waste’ as one of the major global problems of our society in an original, witty way.
Whether documentary, fiction, animation or a combination thereof – the decision about the film genre as well as the technical realisation is left up to the contestant. Only the length of the film is specified. The video must be minimum 30 seconds and should not exceed a total duration of 80 seconds.
The competition is open to individual entrants aged over 18 only, not to, or in association with any business or organisation. The Prize for the Winner is 1,500 Euros, for the second place 750 Euros.
The award presentation will take place at the Gala dinner at the ISWA 2015 World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium.
Deadline for entries is 31 May 2015.

Click here for more details: ISWA video awards

Waste stories 23/3/2015

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1.Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. More details to follow.

2.Register for funding workshops at NHS Confederations Annual conference

The NHS Confederation’s European office will run two sessions at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference in Liverpool in June looking at different European funding programmes. The sessions will focus on opportunities for the NHS offered by Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme, and European Structural and Investment Funds, which support activities relating to innovation, skills, employment, and social inclusion.

3.CIWM awards for Sustainability and Resource now open

Read more here: CIWM awards

4. NHS Sustainability day (March 26)

On 26th March 2015, every NHS organisation is encouraged to participate in initiating or continuing activities which will improve their sustainability.

Read more here: NHS Sustainability day

5. Article on survey of H&S and waste management training among clinicians within the NHS

Major occupational risks are often associated closely with specific job sectors. These risks can lead to significant psychological and physiological impacts (Gonclaves et al, 2008; Patwary et al, 2012; Akpieyi et al, 2015). According to the HSE (2014), in the UK in 2013/14, 1.2 million individuals suffered an illness that was caused by or made worse by work. There were 28.2 million days lost, costing around £14.2 billion. A total of 133 employees were killed….

Read the article here: European Medical Hygiene article

Waste Stories 15/3/2015

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1. Rand Europe report on hospital governance models

This report by Rand Europe looks at different hospital models in other countries and whether they could provide lessons for the hospital sector in England. In particular, it explores group hospital provider structure and governance models and the extent to which these may be associated with greater efficiency and improved quality of service provision.

See the report here: Rand Europe

2. ISWA study tour of sorting plants in London (May 11 – 13)

The ISWA Study Tour on Sorting Plants will take place on 11-13 May to examine new developments in the processing of waste in order to extract value from it.  The tour covers the initial recovery of materials for recycling as well as several London plants which both sort residual waste to extract more recyclable materials and also process waste into refuse derived fuel, both for use in the UK and for export to other European countries.

See details here: ISWA study tour

3. Study on the environmental impacts of heavy metals in pharmaceuticals

A study on heavy metals leaching from pharmaceuticals in Greece. NB. if you wish to see the full article, you will have to either contact the authors or purchase a copy.

Read the abstract here: Abstract of article

4. Californian stakeholder meetings to review regulations on healthcare waste

The California Department of Public Health, Medical Waste Management Unit is conducting a series of stakeholder meetings inviting all interested parties to attend and review the new regulations mandated by AB 333. The Department is responsible to report to the state legislature by Jan 1, 2016 on using federal rules under DOT vs state rules to regulate transport of medical waste.

See dates here: Californian workshop dates

5. Awards for excellence in recycling and waste management

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management provide recognition to leaders of innovation in the sector. Winners will be announced at the lavish Awards ceremony on 14 May 2015 at the five star Landmark Hotel in London.

See details here: Waste management awards ceremony