Waste Stories 15/10/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Circular economy funding: Zerowaste Scotland

The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors.

Proposals are invited from:

  • Small to medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees/turnover less than €50 million)
  • Non-profit organisations (charities and social enterprises)

Read more here

2. Webinar on ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Introducing Renewable Energy in the Health Sector’ (16 October, 2018)

This webinar will cover a spectrum of topics that revolve around renewable energy, including the renewable energy impacts and linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals, importance of energy in the health sector due to its crucial role in the cold chain and storage, the use of solar energy internationally and its impact on different sectors, and more.

To book, click here

3. Government launches review of the implementation of SDGs within organisations

The UK Government recently launched its first voluntary review into how the nation’s business community is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more here

4. Green GB week

The first Green GB Week will take place 15 – 19 October 2018. It is your chance to learn about how clean growth is helping to provide new job opportunities, grow the economy and help tackle climate change, to build a cleaner, green future.

Read more here

5. Clinical waste disposal tender: Nottinghamshire County Council

Value of contract: £245k – £343k

Published date: 26 September 2018

Closing date: 29 October 2018

Contract start date: 07 January 2019

Contract end date: 06 January 2024

Description

Nottinghamshire County Council (The Council) as Waste Disposal Authority (WDA) is seeking to make arrangements for a contractor to receive, treat and dispose of approximately 70 tonnes of Clinical Waste collected by the district councils (Waste Collection Authority or WCA) within Nottinghamshire per year. The Council, as WDA, has a statutory duty to make suitable arrangements for the disposal of household and commercial waste collected within its area by its constituent WCAs including home generated Clinical Waste.

Contact name: Jamie Burton

Address

County Hall,
West Bridgford
Nottingham
NG2 7QP
England

Email: corporate.procurement@nottscc.gov.uk

Waste Stories 8/10/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. NHS waste backlog

A criminal investigation has been launched and support measure put in place after a backlog of medical waste including body parts was allowed to build up at six UK disposal sites.

It emerged on Thursday that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion by contractor Healthcare Environmental Services.

Read more here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here

3. CIWM to sell its HQ as part of restructure

Trustees of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) have approved a new medium-term business plan which includes a “new vision and structure” in the face of a currently “unsustainable” model.

The aim, said the CIWM, is to strengthen its “core role as the professional membership body” for the resources and waste sector and to return the CIWM Group to financial surplus in the short-term “after a challenging period in recent years”.

The actions from the business plan are likely to include some job losses as well as staff redeployment and will also see the sale of the Institution’s offices in Northampton, with a consequent move to more modern office premises in the town.

Read more here

4.  Waste Management & Minimisation Service tender: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Description of contract:

Provision of domestic, general and miscellaneous waste management and monitoring services. To include but not limited to:
(i) Waste collection
(ii) Waste minimisation
(iii) Segregation
(iv) Reuse
(v) Recycling
(vi) Treatment and disposal
For all general, domestic and miscellaneous waste generated by the Authority utilising means which minimise environmental impact and maximise cost savings.

Value of contract: £200k – £1.0m

Published date: 19 September 2018

Closing date: 25 October 2018

Contract start date: 01 February 2019

Contract end date: 31 January 2024

Contact name: Gail Bowman

Address

Gervas House
Long Leys Road
Lincoln
LN1 1EJ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1522421539

Email: gail.bowman2@ulh.nhs.uk

5. Invitation to Tender Provision of Household Clinical Waste Services: Tendring District Council

Description

Tendring District Council is the waste collection authority for the area for which it is the District Council. We are inviting bids for the above contract scheduled to commence on 1 January 2019.

If you would like to be considered for this contract please follow the link in this notice to our website where all the relevant documents are listed under “Opportunities” . Please also see the last page of the specification where details of the deadline for submissions and how to submit your quotation are stated along with a deadline for any clarification questions.

Value of contract: £25k

Published date: 21 September 2018

Closing date: 19 October 2018

Contract start date: 01 January 2019

Contract end date: 31 December 2021

Contact name: Procurement

Address

Town Hall
Station Road
CLACTON-ON-SEA
CO13 0JE
England

Telephone: 01255 686955

Email: procurement@tendringdc.gov.uk

https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business/doing-business-council

Please use the above link to access all relevant documents under the heading ‘Opportunities’ and note the last page of the specification where details of the deadline for submissions and how to submit your quotation are stated along with a deadline for any clarification questions.

Waste Stories 1/10/2018

 

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1. Supporting EU staff in the NHS

In this podcast Caroline Waterfield from NHS Employers explores the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) and what employers in the NHS can do to support their EU staff.

To listen to the podcast, click here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here

3. NHS and PHE footprint for the English NHS and healthcare system

NHS and PHE publish World first carbon, air pollution and resource footprint for English NHS and health care system. With recommendations for how to reduce impacts.
To read the report, click here

 

4. CIWM launches Health and Safety campaign

Individual awareness and behaviour change is at the heart of a new CIWM health and safety (H&S) campaign that was recently launched. Spearheaded by CIWM’s Health, Safety & Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG), the aim is to get CIWM members to question their own approach to health and safety and to encourage them to consider H&S issues on a daily basis as part of normal operations.

View details here 

5. EU mandatory content requirement for plastics possible

With the UK likely to adopt the EU’s Circular Economy measures in its forthcoming Waste and Resources Strategy, Jeff Cooper reports on a European event which also heard that mandatory recycled content for plastics could become an EU requirement.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 24/9/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.The Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) Inception Workshop report

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) have officially launched the new Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) Inception Workshop Report.

Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), SHiPP aims to reduce the harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programs.

To view the report, click here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here

3. Toolkit to ‘drive value’ in procuring waste services

A new toolkit, produced by Ricardo and sponsored by waste and recycling specialist SUEZ, provides UK local authorities a blueprint for creating waste service procurement strategies that drive contractors to deliver high performance, innovation and value for residents.

To view the toolkit, click here

4. The Healthcare Sustainable Purchasing Index (HCSP)

The HCSP Index is a cloud-based solution providing healthcare systems and their suppliers with powerful analytics to accelerate the contracting and purchasing of products that deliver on clinical outcomes, cost savings, and positively contribute to the health of their communities and the environment.

For more information, click here

5. Cooling the London Underground to power Islington’s heating network

The Metropolitan Integrated Cooling and Heating (MICAH) project, funded by Innovate UK looks into the feasibility of transferring waste heat from London Underground to Islington Borough Council’s district heating network.

The lead participant in the project consortium is the London Underground Ltd, whose network has expanded to 11 lines, and in 2016–17 carried 1.379 billion passengers, making it the world’s 11th busiest metro system. The 11 lines collectively handle approximately 4.8 million passengers a day. The London Underground (LU) team work alongside the London Borough of Islington (LBI), with academic and research expertise from London South Bank University (LSBU).

Read more here

 

Waste Stories 17/9/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Join the Health Care Climate Challenge

Launched in 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference, the Health Care Climate Challenge is a Health Care Without Harm initiative to mobilise health care institutions around the world to play a leadership role in addressing climate change. Today more than 175 institutions representing the interests of over 14,000 hospitals and health centres from more than 24 countries, have joined the Health Care Climate Challenge and committed to taking meaningful action. To learn more about the Climate Challenge please click here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here here

 3. Enter the Circulars 2019

Whether you’re a multinational demonstrating innovation in its existing business, an early-stage organisation at the vanguard of this exciting movement, a public sector body that is disrupting business as usual, or using technologies to enable the circular economy, the Circulars are for you.

For more information and to enter, click here

4. CleanMed Europe

CleanMed Europe is Europe’s leading conference on sustainable healthcare. The conference addresses the environmental impact of the healthcare sector on a local, regional, and global level and is organised by Health Care Without Harm Europe and Radboud University Medical Center. CleanMed Europe 2018 will take place from 10 -12 October in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Read more here.

5. Report on needles in municipal solid waste

Needlestick injuries are a serious risk to waste industry workers, especially in MRFs where sorting recyclables on picking lines and similar activities can put employees in contact with sharps and, as a result, blood borne pathogens. Historically, exposure to these materials and the rate of incidences associated with them at MRFs has not been well documented, though it has been suggested anecdotally in the industry that the rate has increased in recent years.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) conducted a joint research project to determine and address the issue of needlestick injuries at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the United States and Canada.

Down load the report here

Waste Stories 10/9/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. New EU standards for waste treatment announced

New emissions and efficiency standards will help national authorities to lower the environmental impact of the largest waste treatment installations in the EU, dealing with both hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

The new specifications are the result of a review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document (BREF) for Waste Treatment. The review’s BAT conclusions were published in the Official Journal of the EU.

For more information, click here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here here

3. Material quality for MRFs in England hits a low point

The volume of target materials received at England’s materials recycling facilities (MRFs) for the first quarter of 2018 was the lowest recorded since reporting began.

In total, 84.9% of material received was target material, which is marginally lower than the 85.6% for Q4 2017 (see letsrecycle.com story), and the lowest percentage of target material per quarter since reporting began in 2014.

For more information, click here

4. Some 31 new EU chemical exposure limits adopted into UK COSHH regulations

An amendment to an EU Directive that introduces new workplace exposure limits for 31 chemicals and gases has now been adopted into UK law with the inclusion of the new UK limits in an update to the HSE’s EH40/2005.

EH40 is the official reference document on Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) to be used alongside the COSHH Regulations 2002 (as amended).

For more information, click here

5. Free entry for the Clean Growth Innovation Summit

The Clean Growth Innovation Summit takes place on 16 October and forms part of the BEIS-led Green Great Britain Week, taking place during the week commencing 15 October. The week will include high profile policy announcements, events and media activity across the UK designed to highlight the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow a low-carbon economy and improve quality of life as part of the Industrial Strategy.

To register click here

 

Waste Stories 3/9/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Views sought on single radioactive waste strategy

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is seeking views on a single radioactive waste strategy that will apply to all radioactive waste generated within the NDA Group, including materials that may become waste at some point in the future.

Read more here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on the 15th November 2018, in Sheffield. For more details and to book, click here

3. The finalists for the BIFM Awards 2018

BIFM (the professional body for facilities management)

View the list here 

4. Apply for the Queens’ Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of: innovation; international trade; sustainable development; promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Read more here

5. European Sustainabilty Award

In 2018 the European Commission launched for the first time ever European Sustainability Award to reward the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations.

The ambition of this award is clear: championing inspiring cases of initiatives that are turning the global Sustainable Development Goals into concrete solutions and opportunities.

Applications close on 14 September, 2018.

For more information, click here

 

 

 

Waste Stories 16/7/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Companies partner for innovative nappy solution in the Netherlands

Renewi plc and Essity, a hygiene and health company, have reported that they are working together to develop an innovative solution for the processing of used baby nappies and incontinence materials from the care sector and municipalities in the Netherlands.

Read more here

2. Healthcare waste pre-acceptance/acceptance campaign

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3. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification in the Autumn of 2018, in Sheffield.

To book, please click on the link here.

4. Tender opportunity for Bristol & Weston Procurement Consortium

The Bristol & Weston Procurement Consortium (BWPC), acting on behalf of the North Bristol NHS Trust, the University of Hospital Bristol Trust, the Weston Area Healthcare Trust and Bristol Community Health (the Commissioners) will be commencing a tender for the provision of Waste and Recycling Services.

The Trusts, through the BWPC, are currently looking to establish single or various providers of clinical, non-clinical and confidential waste collection and recycling services for the numerous facilities from which they operate throughout the Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare area.

The BWPC will be undertaking an information event in the form of a Market Day following the issue of the SQ and prior to the issue of an ITT – it is anticipated that this event will take place in August 2018.

Contact name: Russell Davies
Address
BWPC
Level 3, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead
BRISTOL
BS12NT
England
Telephone
01173420809
Email: russell.davies2@uhbristol.nhs.uk

For more information, click here

5. Tender opportunity for mhs homes

mhs homes is seeking to appoint a service provider who can provide a reliable, efficient and cost effective waste disposal service which complies with current legislation from it’s two corporately managed properties. mhs homes has existing schedules of waste collection in place and will require various streams to be collected as part of this contract.

For more information, click here

 

 

 

 

Waste Stories 9/7/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.The NHS could save £130m by updating energy systems

That is the key conclusion of a new report from energy firm Centrica Business Solutions.

The study claims that the use of demand-response services, onsite solutions and monitoring technologies could help the embattled institution “take control” of its energy consumption and “turn it into an opportunity”.

For more information and the report, click here

2. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on 19 September 2018, in Sheffield.

To book, please click on the link here.

3. Revised healthcare climate challenge

Launched in 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference, the Health Care Climate Challenge is a Health Care Without Harm initiative to mobilize health care institutions around the world to play a leadership role in addressing climate change.

For more information, click here

4. The Environment Agency’ healthcare waste pre-acceptance/acceptance campaign 2018 – 2020

The Environment Agency will be carrying out a healthcare waste audit campaign over a 2-year period from April 2018.

The aims of the campaign are to ensure that healthcare waste is:
– appropriately segregated at source;
– properly described, classified and consigned; and,
– sent for appropriate treatment, disposal or recovery.

For more information on the campaign, please click Operator Briefing vs 6.0-utg86x

5. Total Waste Management Services (Healthcare Waste & Related Services)

Locala Community Partnerships require the provision of Waste Services includes activities to be performed by the approved supplier in relation to the safe and sustainable management of wastes produced from Participating Authorities. This covers the safe handling, collection, segregation, storage, transportation, processing and disposal/re-use/recovery of waste materials where appropriate to support the best outcomes for the environment and minimise the harmful effects of waste. These contracted activities are to be performed in compliance with all relevant regulatory, statutory and other standards and legislation. It also covers the associated certification and reporting requirements required to support the Authority to meet its Duty of Care obligations.

This contract is to operate under framework NOE CPC01452 Total Waste Management Services, Lot 2 – Healthcare Waste & Related Services

Contact name

Andrea Linney

Address

Bradford Road
BATLEY
West Yorkshire
WF17 5PW
United Kingdom

Telephone

030 3330 8964

Email

Andrea.linney@locala.org.uk

For additional information on how to apply for this contract click here

 

Waste Stories 11/6/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Northern Sustainability Innovations

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle Hospitals will be taking part in a free 1-day seminar on June 25, looking at sustainability, past, present and future. There will also be sustainability leaders from a range of public and private sector organisations across the north including Nestle.

The event will run from 9:00am – 4:30pm and will be held at the Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Newcastle. NE1 4LP

For more information or to book, email environment@nuth.nhs.uk

2. Brexit could weaken councils’ ability to protect public health from 2020

A failure to protect access to key intelligence after Brexit will weaken councils’ abilities to protect public health and increase the risk of a new food scandal, the LGA has warned.

 

Currently, the UK is part of a European-wide framework of rules and systems that ensure traceability of high risk products, such as food, feed and animal products.

This system provides access to intelligence about product contamination, helping to build a picture about suspect suppliers, ensuring that regulatory officers at councils are able to target their enforcement activity and protect the public.

For more information, click here

3. Tender for the supply of needle and syringe equipment and related waste management services

Devon County Council wish to commission a Supplier to deliver the highest quality services for the provision of needles, syringes and other injecting paraphernalia to the Local Authority-commissioned Needle & Syringe Programme (NSP) providers in Devon (both pharmacies and specialist needle and syringe provision) and Torbay (both pharmacies and at the custody suite). This includes the collection and safe disposal of used injecting equipment from NSP providers.

For more information, click here

4. Consultancy opportunity: Assessing the environmental and social impact of rising demand for minerals for battery technology

WWF and Greenpeace are promoting greater uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK and across Europe, to both reduce carbon emissions in line with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, and to support the reduction of air pollution to safe and legal limits.

This research project will assess the potential risks for people and nature arising from a surge in battery demand, and inform policy recommendations to mitigate these risks.
This project seeks to assess the risks for people and nature arising from a surge in battery demand. WWF and Greenpeace have already undertaken desk-based research into the subject (which we will make available to the supplier), highlighting concerns with lithium ion battery production, particularly the environmental impacts of lithium extraction in South America and the social impacts of cobalt extraction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This project will determine the scale of these risks and inform policy recommendations to mitigate them.
WWF and Greepeace expect the assessment to be delivered in the form of a written report (pdf) and summary presentation (ppt). We may opt to publish the report in full, and/or to produce separately branded materials highlighting the report’s key conclusions.

Value of contract: £15k – £30k

Closing date: 21 June 2018

Contract start date: 26 June 2018

Contract end date: 07 September 2018

To respond to this opportunity, please send a proposal to DBates@wwf.org.uk to include a method statement for delivering the research, breakdown of costs and demonstration of relevant skills and experience.

For more information, click here

5. SBRI: smart waste tracking data collection, storage and reporting services

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £400,000. Up to £80,000 is available per organisation to develop a new digital solution to help track waste from source through treatment to end destination.

For more information click here