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.

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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.

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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.

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5. Vacancies for waste NVQ assessors

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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