Waste Stories 1/10/2018


The healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

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
Level 3, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead
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


Bradford Road
West Yorkshire
WF17 5PW
United Kingdom


030 3330 8964



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




Waste Stories 28/5/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Open future opportunity for the supply of clinical waste containers (NHS Supply chain)

Clinical Waste Containers covers the disposal of all sharps and non-sharp medical waste. This includes polypropylene based containers, board-based and swab holders. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of GBP 15 500 000 to GBP 15 800 000 in the first year of this framework agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the framework agreement.

For more information, click here

2. Nominations Open for the 2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise business performance in the UK. They acknowledge and reward outstanding achievement by companies from across the country.

Awards can be won under any of the following categories:

  • Innovation – recognising companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services
  • International Trade – recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings
  • Sustainable Development – recognising companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business
  • Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility – supporting businesses that have had a social mobility programme running for more than two years.

For more information, click here

3. Sustainable Health and Care Week – 25 – 29 June

The first week-long celebration of environmental sustainability across the NHS, social care and public health sector is happening this June.

Sustainable Health and Care Week, which takes place from the 25 – 29 June, shines a light on the great work going on in health and care organisations to boost health, protect the environment and save money.

Co-ordinated by NHS Employers and the Sustainable Development Unit the week is a chance for organisations across the country to promote their achievements improving the quality of services for patients, the working lives of staff and as a local community asset.

Organisations across the sector are being encouraged to take part. The campaign has produced a range of resources and toolkits to support activity.

Find out more and get involved in Sustainable Health and Care Week.

The Sustainable Health and Care Campaign in backed by 25 major national health and environment organisations including the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Public Health England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital.

4. Workshop on waste classification

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

5. Sustainable Health and Care Awards launched

A new awards programme for NHS, public health and social care organisations has been launched, supported by the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England.

The Sustainable Health and Care Awards will highlight and celebrate the outstanding sustainable practices taking place which are making real benefits for health and the environment such as cutting carbon, air pollution and promoting green space. 
There are 12 awards. Ten linked to the themes of the Sustainable Development Unit’s Sustainable Development Assessment Tool which are closely aligned to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as also two awards to celebrate and recognise inspirational individuals.

  • Adaptation – best resilience strategy
  • Capital projects -building design efficiency
  • Carbon reduction
  • Care and clinical practice
  • Green space
  • Our people
  • Sustainable excellence – corporate approach
  • Travel and logistics
  • Waste and resources
  • Water and energy
  • Health sustainability ambassador
  • Health sustainability leader

The awards are free to enter and are open for entry by any public sector health and care organisations in England. The closing date for entries is 20 July 2018.

Enter at the Sustainable Health and Care website.

Waste Stories 21/5/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Congrats to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Overall winners of the NHS Sustainability Awards 2018

2. Tender for healthcare service in HM Prison and Young Offenders’ Institution Feltham

NHS England (London Region) hereafter referred to as “the Commissioner” would like to invite prospective Bidders to attend a Market Engagement Event on 19th June 2018 which will inform the market of the intentions to the recommission Healthcare contract in HM Prison & Young Offenders Institution (HMP/YOI) Feltham London.
HMP YOI Feltham forms part of the Young Peoples Estate for both Young Adults and Young People.

Reception criteria:
Young People – Sentenced and remanded young people aged 15 – 18 as directed by the courts.
Young Adults – Sentenced young adults aged from 18 to 21.
Accommodation: Young Adults and Young People occupy separate residential units.
Young People – Feltham A
There are currently 6 units in operation for young people including a first night / induction unit. Each Unit holds up to 30 young people.
Young Adults – Feltham B
There are 7 units in operation the Young Adult side with a mixture of double and single accommodation.
In compliance with Public Contracts Regulation 2015 and in the interests of transparency, consistency and fairness, the Commissioner is required to undertake a formal procurement process at the contract expiry of the existing contracts. The existing Healthcare contract in HMP/YOI Feltham has been extended and is expiring on 31st March 2019.

Service Scope

HMP/YOI Feltham will require the following services to be delivered:

1. Primary Care GP and Nursing services
2. Healthcare Administration
3. Mental Health Services
4. Sexual Health Services
5. Integrated Clinical Substance Misuse Services
6. Integrated Psycho-social interventions service for substance misusers
7. Allied Healthcare Services e.g. Chiropody/Podiatry, Physiotherapy etc.
8. Optometry services
9. Pharmaceutical Services
10. Clinical Waste management
11. Escorts and Bedwatches management
12. Health Promotion
13. Continuity of Care

To register for these events please complete the registration form and send it back as an attachment at the email address provided in this notice.

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The market engagement event is planned for the 19th June 2018 in London at 10 am to 12: 30 pm, venue TBC.

The Event will provide:
• an overview of the proposed services to be provided
• details of the anticipated contract type, length and particular conditions
• an overview of the procurement process and the anticipated timeline

The event will also provide an opportunity to ask questions about the project. An organisation can register up to a maximum of three delegates for the events. The events may be recorded, please let us know in advance if you do not wish to be filmed.

All Bidders who wish to attend must complete and submit the registration form attached in this notice by 14th of June 2018.

Contact name: Ahsan Haji


1 Lower Marsh

Email: england.london-procurement@nhs.net

3. Clean growth and waste tracking announced as part of the Govtech Fund

The government is launching competitions for tech firms to develop solutions to tackle the major social challenges of our modern age. The competition is designed to incentivise Britain’s tech firms to come up with innovative solutions to improve public services.

For more information, click here

4. Government consults on a new environmental watchdog for England

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a consultation to assist with the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which is designed to ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as the UK leaves the EU. The consultation seeks feedback on plans in the Bill to create a new independent environmental watchdog for England, as well as on the environmental principles that should apply in England to guide and shape environmental law and policy making post-Brexit.

For more information click here

5. Warp-it Reuse workshops

Warp-it aims to make reuse repair and redistribution of surplus assets, furniture and equipment mainstream within and between organisations.

For more information, click here