Waste Stories 8/2/2016

 

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Ray Wright

1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

One of the speakers will be Ray Wright, who is the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Waste Manager, one of the UK’s largest.  The Trust’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital was one of three UK centres providing surge capacity to the Royal Free Hospital during the 2014/15 Ebola virus disease epidemic.  Ray developed the organisation’s Ebola waste stream handling infrastructure and created waste protocols for its surge capacity responsibilities.

He has been a Waste Manager for NHS Trusts in Sheffield and Lincolnshire for over 7 years, and prior to this worked as an Environment Agency regional hazardous waste coordinator.

His presentation will outline a waste manager’s personal experience of providing a waste handling infrastructure and protocols for a potential Ebola virus disease patient at a surge capacity hospital.  It will demonstrate the logistical challenges of managing large quantities of Category A waste for the duration of a patient’s treatment.

The full programme can be found here: Programme – Jan 2016

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found at: healthcare waste 2016 conference

2. Amendments to scope of the RoHS Directive

Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, 2011/65/EU.

Read the amendments here

3. EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2016

The SEE Awards recognise the best sustainable energy projects taking place across Europe. A wide range of organisations are eligible to apply including businesses, non-profit organisations and public sector organisations.
There are three categories for the 2016 awards:
  • Consumers – rewarding actions leading to the behavioural change of individual energy users.
  • Public Sector – rewarding public and non-profit organisations taking exemplary initiatives in energy efficiency or use of renewables.
  • Businesses – rewarding forward-thinking businesses which are exemplary in their production or use of energy.
There will also be a Citizens’ Award to reward the nominee which best captures the public imagination.
Entries will be assessed on the following three criteria:
  • Excellence and innovation
  • Impact and contribution to the 2030 objectives
  • Replication potential and social acceptance
For 2016, the project must be ongoing or concluded after 30 June 2015.
The deadline for entries is 22 February 2016.
View details of the Awards and 2016 EU Energy Week here

 

4. New drive for paper-less NHS

Read the story here

Waste Stories 1/2/2016

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1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

One of the speakers at the event will be Ms Ruth Stringer (pictured above). Ruth is the International Science and Policy Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, and a co-author of the 2014 edition of the World Health Organization Guidelines for the Safe Management of Wastes from Healthcare facilities. Current priorities include projects on the use of biological methods to treat biodegradable infectious waste and disseminating non-incineration waste treatment technologies in four countries in Africa, via a project in which HCWH is collaborating with UNDP and the World Health Organization, with funding from the Global Environment Facility.

The full programme can be found here: Programme – Jan 2016

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found at: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

2. Environment Agency changes to premises’ registration and consignment note numbering format

As of 1 April, 2016, there will be changes to the premises registation and consignment note number format. Read the guidance Changes to Premises Registration and the Consignment Note Number format

3. Government misses its own waste target

The UK Government has missed its own target to reduce the amount of waste it generates, according to a report quietly published in November.

Read the story here

4. EU report calls for mandatory separate collections

The European Commission has published a major study lead by CRI and German consultancy BiPRO, assessing the legislation and practice of separate collection systems for waste across the 28 EU member states.

Setting out recommendations, the report concludes that strict separate collections (one recyclable in one bin) “usually leads to higher recycling rates”, and that mandatory separate collection systems for certain municipal waste fractions, eg, waste paper, in addition to packaging waste, or mandatory separate collection of bio-waste, should be introduced.

Read the report here

5. Waste and resource digest

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published key statistics from the waste and resources sector together in one publication.

The Digest of Waste and Resources – 2016 edition is the second digest the department has published, and is a compendium of “key statistics” on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics and Eurostat.

Read the digest here

Waste Stories 25/1/2016

P10005271. Free webinar on active pharmaceutical ingredients

The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is organizing a webinar on managing active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in manufacturing effluent on Wednesday, 27th January 2016 at 08:00-09:30 EST and 20:00-21:30 EST

This informative webinar will answer questions and provide step-by-step guidance on this ‘spotlight’ issue for our industry. Whether you are starting a program or advancing an existing one, this webinar will answer questions and set a clear path for action.

Topics to be covered include:
• Why is managing active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in manufacturing effluent important?
• What is the industry doing to improve public perceptions?
• Understanding where you stand at the moment through the maturity ladder concept
• Establishing and calculating API discharge concentration called the Predicted-No-Effect-Concentration (PNEC)
• Simple steps to reducing API process losses to waste water and what to do when the PNEC is exceeded
• •How to advance your program to the next level

Registration is limited to 400 participants. Click on the link for further information: PSC Initiative

A guidance document for future reference will be made available to all attendees.
For further information please contact the PSCI team: info@pscinitiative.org

2. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Jan 2016

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

3. EU project on electrical and electronic waste

A new project – Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery (CRM Recovery) – has been established to explore commercial opportunities for harvesting critical raw materials and precious metals including gold, silver and platinum group metals, from everyday unwanted electronic products.

Read the story here

4. Environment Agency – Waste collection authority separate collection arrangements survey results

How English waste collection authorities are implementing regulation 13(3), in part 5 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

View the document here

5. London buses to run on waste fats and oils

Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, resulting in a huge reduction in CO2 emissions of 21,000 tonnes each year which comes on top of the 48,000 tonne CO2 reduction from 2013 levels as a result of the introduction of lower emitting buses such as hybrids.

Read the story here

Waste Stories 18/1/2016

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1. Your chance to influence low carbon investment for the Health and Social Care sector

If you have a well quantified cost and carbon return case study, for a successful approach or technology, that you would like to see promoted across the whole Health and Social Care system, the SDU would like to hear from you.

It may be it anything from solar panels on a hospital, a care homes food initiative, shared services, driver training, a more efficient approach to medicines management or waste reduction. As long as it improves health and wellbeing, cuts costs and reduces waste, pollution or carbon emissions. The SDU is looking for practical and proven examples, from live pilots or successful initiatives, not paper studies or theoretical savings. Though initiatives do not need to have been deployed yet in the health sector, they need to have been deployed successfully somewhere.

Please email contributions to england.sdu@nhs.net  with ‘SDU MAC Curve’ in the subject line. Contributions will be welcome until the end of January 2016.

2. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

3. NHS planning guidance for 2016 – 2021

Request the document here

4. National Infrastructure Commission consultation launched

The governance, structure and operation of the National Infrastructure Commission has been set out in a consultation document that was launched recently.

Read more here

5. Feed in tariffs to remain open

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has opted to keep Feed In Tariffs (FiT) open beyond January 2016, following a consultation launched in August that warned the scheme would close if costs could not be controlled.

Read the story here

Waste Stories 11/1/2016

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1. Management Sciences for Health

MSH, a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. It works to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policymakers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services.

Read more here

2. European Sustainable Clothing Action Plan project

The overall objective of the LIFE ECAP project that is led by WRAP, is to adopt a circular approach to divert over 90 000 tonnes/year of clothing waste from landfill and incineration across Europe by March 2018, and to deliver a more resource efficient clothing sector. ECAP will set targets aiming to scale up these savings by 2020 to over 540 000 tonnes/year (€111 million), and by 2030 to over 700 000 tonnes/year(€144 million).

Read more about the project here

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

4. Changes to hazardous waste legislation in NI

S.I. No. 209 of 2015 relates to the control of major accident hazards Involving dangerous substances. It implements the Seveso III Directive (2012/18/EU) into Irish law. It sets down rules for the prevention of major accidents involving dangerous substances including hazardous wastes, and seeks to limit as far as possible the human health and the environmental consequences of such accidents, with the overall objective of providing a high level of protection in a consistent and effective manner. The intention is to achieve this through tiered controls on the operators of the establishments subject to the Regulations: the larger the quantities of dangerous substances present at an establishment, the more onerous the duties on the operator. The new regulations align the scope to new international chemicals classification (CLP Regulation transposing Global Harmonised Standards classification). There is also an enhanced emphasis on the need for operators to provide comprehensive information to the public.

5. Update on Knowaste facility at Hayes 180

Read the story here

Waste Stories 15/12/2015

3_spark_a_christmas_decoration_hd_picture_1701391. Maps of progress on sustainability across the NHS published

Compare progress on a range of sustainability measures including on energy, water and waste within the NHS, using the Sustainable Development Unit’s maps

2. Our 2015 annual report

The Group’s 2015 report can be found HCWRR steering committee report 2015a

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart, Cloud Sustainability and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

4. Updated definition for RDF

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued an updated definition for refuse-derived fuel (RDF). This updated definition now includes a specification on RDF’s minimum calorific content as agreed with the end-user. Earlier in 2015, the Department issues a one-line definition, after announcing in its response to the “Refuse derived fuel market in England” call for evidence in December 2014 that it would intervene with the market to tackle waste crime. Defra has also announced that a treatment standard would not be introduced along with the definition, as this would run counter to the Department’s efforts to cut red tape.

See the new definition here

5. New WERLAs in Northern Ireland

Three new Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities (WERLAs) have recently been appointed in Northern Ireland. The authorities will have responsibility for coordinating waste enforcement actions within regions, setting priorities and common objectives for waste enforcement, ensuring consistent enforcement of waste legislation across the three existing waste management planning regions while still leaving local authority personnel as first responders on the ground to specific breaches of waste legislation.
The new authorities are as follows:
• Southern Region – Cork County Council
• Connaught Ulster Region – Leitrim & Donegal County Councils (Joint)
• Eastern & Midlands Region – Dublin City Council

Waste Stories 7/12/2015

20150615_1233241. Environmental advisor with SRCL

See the job here

2. Healthcare commitment to tackle climate change launched at Clinton Global Initiative

Health Care Without Harm, sponsored by the Skoll Foundation, unveiled a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to reduce health care’s carbon footprint in order to protect public health from climate change.

Health care currently represents 8% of U.S. and 5% of European greenhouse gas emissions. The CGI commitment sets an ambitious target to mobilize 10,000 hospitals and health centers on every continent in a collective effort to reduce the health sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million metric tons annually by 2020.

Read more here

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

4. EU circular economy package launched

On Dec 2, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Package that will mean member states will have to recycle 65% of its municipal waste by 2030. 

The aim of the Package is to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, which has the potential to boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs

Read the story here

4. NI proposes independent Environmental Protection Agency

The Environment Minister of Northern Ireland, Mark H Durkan, has called for views on potential options for an independent environmental protection agency.

The Minister has circulated a new discussion document, “Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland” to key stakeholders from business and industry, agriculture, local government and non-governmental organisations.

Read the story here

 

Waste Stories 30/11/2015

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1. NHS to get above-inflation cash injection of £3.8b

Front-line NHS services in England will get a £3.8bn, above-inflation cash injection next year, amid mounting fears about the pressures they face. The funding boost represents a rise of nearly 4% on NHS England’s £101bn front-line budget this year. The Treasury has agreed to the rise as part of the manifesto promise to give the NHS an extra £8bn a year by 2020.

Read the story here

2. WHO call to action on climate change

Climate change has the potential to do serious harm to the health of individuals around the world. But tackling climate change could substantially reduce the risks while also improving human health by, for example, delivering cleaner air and healthier cities.

That’s why WHO is asking you to support our call to action, which is raising awareness of the health opportunities we can realise by tackling climate change now.

View the WHO call to action here

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

4. EU to invest €670 million in Circular Economy

The European Commission is set to invest €670 million to develop strong and sustainable economies over the next two years. Under the EU’s research and innovation funding scheme, Horizon 2020, the Commission will invest almost €16bn in research and innovation in the next two years.

Read the story here

5. Provisional greenhouse gas emissions in the UK – April – June 2015

See the data here

Waste Stories 23/11/2015

20150512_1443481. Energy manager’s role at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

See the job here

2. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion (APPG ESF) panel discussion

“How can we prevent 90% of corporate uniforms from going to landfill?”
The panel will include the following speakers and will be chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey:
• Wayne Hemingway, Designer, Hemingway Design
• Alex McIntosh, Managing Director, Christopher Raeburn & Business and Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Fashion
• Trewin Restorick, CEO and Founder, Hubbub
• Neill Abrams, Director Of Legal & Business Affairs, Ocado
• Mike Conway, Director of UK Custodial Operations, Sodexo
• Kate Riley, Technical Consultant, Oakdene Collins

The discussion will be hosted by the APPG ESF Co-Chairs, Baroness Young of Hornsey and Caroline Spelman MP, as well as the APPG ESF secretariat organisations: the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Hubbub. The event will take place in the Jubilee Room, House of Commons, Westminster, London on Tuesday 1st December, from 15.30 – 17.00.

To register, click here

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Nov 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

4.Waste Advantage magazine

Read the November issue of Waste Advantage here

5. Environment Agency seeking views on definition of waste guidance document

To give you a full picture of all the related guidance that is currently available on the definition of waste, a compiled reference document has been provided please click  here. The deadline for sending in your response is the 30 November 2015.

Waste Stories 16/11/2015

20150401_1202071. Updated official waste management statistics for England – 2014

Permitted waste management activities provide information about wastes accepted and removed from their facilities, this is a summary of that data for 2014. Due to the omission of some data, the 2014 tables and Waste Data Interrogator have been corrected and re-published

View the data here

2. New CIWM President highlights key themes for the year

In front of over 120 guests at Glasgow City Chambers, the 2015/16 CIWM President Professor Jim Baird was inaugurated on 21 October and used the occasion outline a number of themes for his presidential year.

These include the need for renewed efforts to tackle waste crime through collaborative working with industry and regulators, and the importance of promoting resource efficiency and Circular Economy (CE) learning – both in higher education here in the UK and through CIWM’s ability to promote communities of knowledge and good practice internationally.

Read the story here

3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

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 St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Nov 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

 

4. EU food waste prevention project

An EU-funded project has fed thousands of people on food that would otherwise be wasted in some of Europe’s biggest cities.

Raising awareness is part of a strategy to reduce food waste. The project is also examining ways to encourage businesses and households to use food more efficiently and discard less. Its proposals could increase resource efficiency along the supply chain, cut bills for shoppers, and contribute to a sustainable food system.

The project has developed recommendations on common standards EU countries could use to more accurately measure the amount, sources, and impacts of food waste. The recommendations aim to help EU policymakers when they consider changing the rules on food waste and the sustainable use of resources, says project coordinator Toine Timmermans of Food & Biobased Research, part of the Wageningen University and Research centre in the Netherlands.

Read more about the project here

5. Biffa acquires the chemical division of Enviroco

Biffa has announced that it has reached agreement with Enviroco to acquire its Chemical Treatment Division. The deal builds on Biffa’s recent acquisition of the hazardous waste businesses of PHS and will further augment Biffa’s growing hazardous waste Division.

Read the story here