Waste Stories 19/3/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Become a chartered member of the CIWM

Dates for interview workshops have been arranged for spring/summer 2018.  If you already have an intermediate grade of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) membership, these workshops are to support you as you prepare for the interview and corporate membership. Click here for dates and FAQs.  Application criteria can be found here

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.

To book, click here

3. National Audit Office warns on the financial viability of councils

The National Audit Office (NAO) has recently warned central government that the state of local authority finances is “not sustainable” as lack of funding cuts away at services.

In a new report on the financial future of councils, the watchdog has laid bare the issues and claims that many authorities have been forced to begin using their savings reserves to combat “a range of new demand and cost pressures.”

Read more here

4. Free CIWM workshop on apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for companies to provide long term training focused on making real changes to how individuals perform at work. Recent changes to apprenticeships and the introduction of a levy, paid by all organisations in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3m, has generated greater interest in apprenticeships than ever before.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) are committed to helping individuals and organisations to understand more about how they can access apprenticeship training and navigate how apprenticeship training works, and will be running a webinar on 22 March to provide an introduction to apprenticeships in our sector

For more information and to book, click here

5. 2018 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge launched for entrepreneurs with ideas to tackle climate change

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest that rewards inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.

For more information click here

Waste Stories 12/3/2018

 

The Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industry experts back separate food waste collections

Mike Falconer Hall, organics programme manager at WRAP, has endorsed the case for separate food waste collections at the National Food Waste Conference in London.

Read more here

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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

3. WEEE collection target missed

Statistics published by Defra have suggested that the 2017 collection target for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has been missed, with compliance schemes expecting a ‘seven figure’ compliance fee.

Read more here

4. DEFRA – resource efficiency survey

DEFRA wishes to identify and estimate opportunities for financial and environmental savings through material resource efficiency (e.g. waste prevention, reuse and recycling) in the metals, chemicals and construction sectors, with a view to guide policies in the forthcoming Government Strategy on Resources and Waste, and to support government ambition in doubling resource productivity by 2050, as published in the Industrial Strategy.

DEFRA are interested in successful projects/case studies to reduce waste, failed initiatives and reasons for failure, remaining potential to further reduce waste and increase yield and what it would take in terms of economics, technology and government policy to realise that potential.

Examples might include re-design of products, process efficiency improvements, material substitution, improved material re-use and recycling, etc.

Any information you can supply in this survey will help Defra to target future policy and assistance as effectively as possible

5. Warp-it reuse workshops

Warp-it is hosting a series of workshops across the UK to enable reuse to become mainsteam.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 5/3/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: calls for expressions of interest

The aim of this call is to identify the third wave of industry-led challenges in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together the UK’s world-leading research with industry to tackle the biggest industrial and societal challenges of our time.

£1 billion has been allocated to the first wave of challenges. A further £725 million has been announced for wave 2, which will run in 2018 and 2019.

Read more here

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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

3. Apprenticeship week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we’re keen to hear how you’re benefiting from apprenticeships and how CIWM can support you? CIWM is currently scoping out what the sector needs in terms of information, advice and support and exploring how apprenticeships can complement existing training and development strategies.

As part of this work, CIWM will be offering a free webinar on 22 March focused on apprenticeships in our sector.

If you’re still deciding how to get involved in apprenticeships, or would like some advice or information, register your interest in the webinar by email on apprenticeships@ciwm.co.uk.

4. Innovate UK funding for emerging and enabling technologies

Innovate UK will invest up to £19 million in innovation projects that inspire new products, processes and services. These should address challenges in emerging and enabling technologies.

The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources.

Projects must show significant innovation in one of our 4 priority areas:

  1. Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies).
  2. Digital.
  3. Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design.
  4. Space applications

For more information, click here

5. Awards for excellence in recycling

Forward-thinking councils and waste management companies with ideas and successes have an extra two weeks to put themselves forward for the letsrecycle.com Awards For Excellence 2018 with the ceremony taking place on 10 May.

The deadline for entries has been extended to March 14 – giving local authorities, businesses and individuals, and waste and recycling companies, extra time to submit an entry in a wide-ranging 16 categories.

This year there is the opportunity to gain recognition in one of five new categories: Wood Recycling Business of the Year; Plastics Recycling Business of the Year; Metals Recycling Business of the Year; Paper Recycling Business of the Year; and Organics Recycling Business of the Year.

Find out more here

Waste Stories 26/2/2018

 

The Waste and Resources Research Group

1. ISWA international workshop on the management of healthcare waste

For more information, click here

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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

3. European Commission: Public consultation on EU funds in the area of strategic infrastructure – closes 8 March 2018

In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU’s long–term budget.  The Commission’s proposals will be designed to make it possible for the EU to deliver on the things that matter most, in areas where it can achieve more than Member States acting alone. This requires a careful assessment both of what has worked well in the past and what could be improved in the future. This consultation is an integral part of the process and its objective is to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget.  Questionnaire for responses is available here.

4. WRAP: Expressions of interest for the Food Waste Reduction Fund

WRAP is delighted to announce that we are now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Food Waste Reduction Fund. This £500,000 fund is provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The aim of the Fund is to help avoid surplus food produced by food businesses from becoming waste, by enabling Not-for-Profit (NfP) organisations across England to redistribute more of this food to people in need. To be eligible, NfP’s applying will need to demonstrate they plan to work in partnership with food businesses such as retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, food service and logistics companies.

The programme will award grants ranging in value from £20,00075,000 for new projects that can be piloted and evaluated and, if successful, can then be replicated and implemented more widely.

For more information, click here

5. Guide to misclassification of waste

The guide “Misclassification of Waste and How You Can Avoid It” was compiled by members of the waste and resources sector – Waste Classification Group, led by CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and supported by the Environment Agency. Click here for the guide.

Waste Stories 19/2/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Letsrecycle Awards for Excellence

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management aim to recognise innovation, dedication and success in recycling and sustainable waste management in the UK.

The Awards will take place on the 10th May 2018 at the luxurious, five-star Landmark Hotel in London.

For more information, click here

2. Salix Energy Efficiency Loans (SEELS) Programme

Financial assistance is available to public sector organisations in the UK to support energy efficiency measures and technologies that will reduce carbon emissions.

For more information, 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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

4. Calls for greater partnership between councils and the NHS

An influential social care director in England has today called on councils to work with NHS trusts and be “equal partners” in order to drive better care outcomes across the country.

Read more here

5. Environment Agency: revised guidance replacing RPS025

The Environment Agency has been developing guidance on consignment controls that apply to businesses that remove waste where the premises is less clearly defined.  This guidance has been developed to replace the regulatory position statement RPS 025 that ceased to apply when premises notification was removed in 2015. The Environment Agency are providing reduced consignment requirements while a new tracking system is being developed.

To respond to customer requests, there have been additional changes to the consignment note guidance, to the rejection procedures guidance and to consignee return guidance, to provide clarity and reduce ambiguity.

For more information click on the three links below:

Supplementary guidance

Rejected loads guidance

Consignment note guidance

Waste Stories 5/2/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. CIWM course on hazardous waste regulations

As of 5 July 2018, a new EU regulation implements changes for hazardous waste, including criteria for ozone depleting substances and the summation equations for acute and chronic aquatic hazards, along with wastes containing heavy metals. Changes to HP 14 ecotoxicity may well impact how your waste is classified.

View details here

2. Vacancy for Health Emergency Officer with the WHO

For further details, 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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

4. NHS Confederations events on sustainability and health

They are free for NHS, public health, social care and other related public sector organisations.

For more information and to book here

5. Aqua Fund

The AquaFund is designed to support UK-based private and public sector organisations in establishing greater efficiencies in their water consumption and to help realise significant water savings. The AquaFund provides the financial assistance, resources and expertise necessary to reduce water usage and save costs, including the following:

  • Site surveys.
  • Installation and maintenance of water saving equipment.
  • Validation of water bills via Water Bureau Service.
  • Legal and admin resources to optimise tariffs.
  • Investigation of water consumption anomalies and potential leaks.
  • Monthly reports for in-depth visibility on water usage and tangible improvements.

Read more here

Waste Stories 29/1/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Amendment) Regulations 2017

These Regulations amend the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 by setting new packaging waste recycling targets for paper, steel, aluminium and wood and new overall packaging waste recovery and recycling targets from 2018 to 2020. They came into force on 1 January, 2018.

For more information, click here

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.

Only 5 spaces left. To book, click here

3. The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards aim to promote sustainable energy by highlighting outstanding and innovative projects which have the potential to be replicated. Anyone in the EU can submit a recent project.

Winners are announced as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week which attracts media interest from across Europe. After the ceremony, a networking cocktail will be held, where Conference participants can meet the winners and runners to discuss their ideas.

A wide range of organisations are eligible to apply including private companies, public authorities, energy agencies, NGOs, cooperatives, chambers of commerce, industry and consumers associations, media, academic institutions and research and technological centres. Nominated activities, projects and actions must be ongoing, or not concluded before 30 June 2018, and carried out within the EU28.

Applications are made online. Applicants may either nominate an energy champion, or apply themselves.

Applications for the 2018 awards must have been submitted by the 23 February 2018 deadline.

For more information, click here

4. Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The Guide to the GDPR explains the provisions of the GDPR to help organisations comply with its requirements. It is for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

Read more here

5. The Group’s training workshop 2

The Group’s second workshop for 2018 will be held on Wednesday September 19, in Sheffield. It will focus on waste classification. More details to follow.

 

Waste Stories 22/1/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) scheme

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is a scheme that connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives. It supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments.

For more information click here

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. Sustainability Roadshows

There will be two sustainability roadshows, in Newcastle and the Midlands, on March 1 and 15 respectively.

For more information click here

4. Vacancy with the Environment Agency

The Environment agency requires an Environmental Project Manager  help deliver the national Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) programme and Area objectives in an environmentally compliant way helping to identify environmental opportunities and delivering multiple benefits.

For more information, click here

5. Vacancies for waste NVQ assessors

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 15/1/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

NHS Property Services is looking for an experienced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager to join its small but dynamic CSR team based within the wider Operations Directorate,  reporting to the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Whilst the role is predominantly London based you can expect to spend time out of the office planning and delivering CSR projects and engagement activities in the community.

For more information click here

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. More funding for community fridge

The world’s first Community Fridge Network is set to expand thanks to £160,000 of National Lottery funding from Big Lottery Fund.

Read more here

 4. Promoting sustainability in healthcare: how to stay positive
 
Friday, April 27, 2018 – 09:3016:30
University of Brighton – Falmer campus, Checkland Building – Room C122, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9PH, GB

 

The symposium aims to present the diversity of sustainable practices within health and social care settings and to inspire change towards more sustainable practices.  We extend an invitation to academic and clinical colleagues from a wide range of disciplines who are engaged in sustainability.

For more information, click here

5. FPA environment seminar

The 2018 Food Service Packaging Association (FPA) Environment Seminar takes place on 24 January at Horwood House, Near Milton Keynes from 10.00 to 17.00. Tt will feature presentations from Lord Deben, as well as a range of organisations including Coca Cola, the Green Alliance, WRAP and Simply Cups. 

For more information, click here

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