Waste Stories 29/4/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Glove awareness week

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, NHS England are hosting a Glove Awareness Week to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff

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2. Research explores the value of NHS green space for workplace wellbeing

Can green space help ease the burden of workplace stress in the NHS? Our research is exploring the experience of three NHS hospitals that have actively encouraged their staff to enjoy their sites’ natural outdoor spaces. The research will evaluate the benefits as well as identifying barriers to change, and ways to address these. Is it feasible for hard-pressed ward staff to find time for an outdoor break? How can hospitals make walking for health part of their working culture? The evaluation, at health sites in Preston, Essex and London, is supported by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

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3. Kingston Hospital reuse and refurbishment case study

Paul Graham, Utilities, Waste and Sustainability Manager at Kingston Hospital, tells us how a fire risk prompted their reuse journey. They’ve since set up a storage area and target people around the trust, including reception staff, housekeepers, and department administrators, who regularly order things. They’ve saved thousands of pounds and have refurbished and reused many items of furniture

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4. Statistical count of in-year workplace deaths where HSE is the relevant enforcing authority

These statistics cover workplace fatal injuries that are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) where HSE is the relevant enforcing authority and are updated on a quarterly basis. (They do not include incidents where Local authorities or Office of Rail and Road are the relevant enforcing authority.  However, these cases are included in the published annual count.).

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5. New bill aims to make single-use nappies history

A bill has been launched in Parliament designed to promote the use of reusable nappies.

The Nappy (Environmental Standards) Bill was launched on 27 March, by SNP MP for Glasgow East, David Linden. It sets out plans to establish an industry and government-led campaign to encourage parents to take up reusable cloth nappies.

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Waste Stories 8/4/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. ISWA Awards (deadline April 30)

Each year ISWA honours excellent efforts and creative ideas that increase awareness and promote sustainable waste management in three different categories: publication, video and communications campaign. Each ISWA Award is recognised at the annual ISWA World Congress.

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2. A round up of the latest funding opportunities for energy efficiency

A round-up of the latest funding calls from large scale energy storage solutions to the design of smart, local energy systems.

There has been significant activity from government in the energy sector recently with a number of funding calls now open.  The details are below, along with links to the relevant information pages.

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3. Environment Agency charge proposals from April 2019

The proposals in this consultation follow various changes implemented in April 2018 as a result of our Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC) programme.  This consultation seeks your views on further charge proposals which we have developed to take effect in England from April 2019.  The proposed changes are designed to add clarity to existing charging schemes, accommodate changes to the cost of regulation and make new charging scheme changes that were not included in the SRoC. 

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4. The NHS Long Term Plan and climate change

The NHS Long Term Plan has committed the NHS to deliver carbon reductions in line with the Climate Change Act, to phase out the most polluting fossil fuels for heating and dramatically reduce air pollution from NHS travel; as well as action on waste, water and plastics. These are serious commitments with hard targets to combatting climate change and other environmental impacts. The specific focus on the high carbon impacts of the fluorinated gases in inhalers, anaesthetics and nitrous oxide (together over 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year) shows that commitments go beyond the low hanging fruit of estates and energy efficiency into areas of service design, procurement and prescription of drugs and medical devices.  Delivering on air pollution reduction from road travel in service provision will also cut carbon emissions and require wider service design thinking.

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5. Call for abstracts for the ICE Journal

Abstract submissions are invited for articles on any new development and research programmes that focus on a range of ways in which waste and resource management initiatives can improve our waste and resource utilisation to fulfill circular-economy objectives. Deadline Monday 29 April.

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Waste Stories 1/4/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Clean growth collaboration for the Northwest England launched by local government and business leaders

A collection of local government, university, and business leaders have joined forces to secure £500m of ‘game-changing’ investment into the future of clean growth in the north west of England.

Made up of council leaders and private and public partners from the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Warrington and Greater Manchester, the group said they have announced their collaboration in response to the government’s challenge to establish a low-carbon industrial cluster by 2030.

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2. Industry leaders seek Sector Deal for resources

Senior figures in the UK’s waste and resources sector are leading efforts to draw up a ‘Sector Deal’ for resources to leverage government support for innovation and investment in the industry.

The work is being overseen by a new body, the UK Resources Council, which is chaired by Suez UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones, and is supported by the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

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3. Brexit strategy updates from the NHS Confederation and the Government for the waste industry

As the road to Brexit continues to twist and turn, the NHS Confederation is providing frequent updates to support the NHS in your preparation for EU Exit. This includes links to recent guidance, and an overview of what the latest parliamentary developments mean for the NHS.

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With or without a deal, all existing consents which authorise the export of hazardous waste, known as ‘notified waste’, to any EU country will remain valid when we leave the EU. Companies that export waste from the UK will see no change in the processes that govern the export of ‘non-notified waste’ (‘green-list’ wastes) to the EU.

However, in the event of no deal, changes to border controls may impact on some waste exports.

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4. Launch of the Clean Air Hospital Framework

On 5th of March, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Global Action Plan launched the first ever Clean Air Hospital Framework (CAHF). The Framework sets out short and long-term plans to tackle air quality for the benefit of patients, staff and the surrounding community.

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5. Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever team up with recycling group to change its packaging

A coalition of the world’s biggest consumer brands announced they have teamed up with a recycling giant to change the world’s reliance on single-use packaging.

The new initiative was announced on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where global recycling leader TerraCycle joined massive brand partners such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble on stage to unveil its new project called Loop.

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Waste Stories 25/3/2019

Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. UNDP and Health Care Without Harm launch the One Planet Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

On 20 February 2019 in Paris, UNDP and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) launched the health sector task team of the One Planet Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) programme. SPP is one of the six programmes of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production implemented by the One Planet Network, a global initiative, adopted at the Rio+20 summit key for implementing and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production).

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2. Tender for the Provision of Needle Exchange Equipment, Safe Disposal of Clinical Waste, Oversight, Training and Payment of Pharmacies for Service Delivery 2019: North Somerset Council
North Somerset Council invites tenders for Needle exchange services delivered by community pharmacies.
Needle exchanges are important in preventing the spread of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) (NICE PH52); a 2004 World Health Organisation (WHO) study states that “needle exchange services substantially and cost effectively reduce the spread of BBV’s without increasing injecting use”. They are particularly important in relation to Hepatitis C (HCV); injecting drug users are the largest group most at risk of contracting HCV, with approximately 80% of new HCV infections in the UK being attributed to this group. The WHO has a target to eradicate HCV by 2030; a target NHS England aim to exceed by at least 5 years.
Needle Exchanges also provide a mechanism for the safe disposal of injecting paraphernalia which helps prevent accidental needle stick injuries and reduces litter. Furthermore, they provide an important way of moving individuals towards less risky methods of drug use and provide referral routes into treatment and other services.
For pharmacy needle exchanges to function efficiently, a regular supply of suitable high-quality injecting equipment and clinical waste collection and disposal service is required. It is also essential that pharmacy staff operating the needle exchange service are suitable trained in the type of equipment available to enable them to advise service users on the products most suited to their needs and to importantly offer harm minimisation advice. Further information and tender documents can be found here: https://procontract.due-north.com/Opportunities/Index?resetFilter=True&applyFilter=True&p=696a9836-1895-e511-8105-000c29c9ba21&v=1

Value of contract: £231k

Published date: 11 March 2019

Closing date: 03 April 2019

Contract start date: 01 July 2019

Contract end date: 30 June 2024

Contact name: Michelle Dickson


Town Hall
Walliscote Grove Road
BS23 1UJ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1275888250

Email: michelle.dickson@n-somerset.gov.uk

3. Northern network master class on plastics, by the Sustainable Development Unit, on 28 March, 2019

The master class will cover what the NHS can do, including what to do about single use clinical waste.

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4. New journal article examining the impact on life cycle carbon footprint of converting from disposable to reusable sharps containers in a large US hospital

Sustainable purchasing can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at healthcare facilities (HCF). A previous study found that converting from disposable to reusable sharps containers (DSC, RSC) reduced sharps waste stream GHG by 84% but found transport distances impacted significantly on GHG outcomes and recommended further studies where transport distances are large. This case-study examines the impact on GHG of nation-wide transport distances when a large US health system converted from DSC to RSC.

Read the article here

5. Five vie to deliver waste tracking system

Five companies have been awarded up to £80,000 by the Government to test new ways of tracking waste digitally in order to solve “patchy and unreliable” data.


One or two will be chosen to get up to £500,000 to fully develop a prototype once the three-month feasibility stage is complete.

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Waste Stories 18/2/2019

Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Biffa acquires specialist Waste Recycling Limited

Integrated waste management company Biffa has announced that it has today (12 March) acquired Specialist Waste Recycling Limited (‘SWRNewstar’), from a consortium of investors including Angus MacDonald OBE.

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2. Additional time to enter the Letsrecycle.com 2019 Awards for Excellence

Following a late surge in demand, the deadline for entries to letsrecycle.com’s 2019 Awards for Excellence has been extended to March 20.

Local authorities, businesses, individuals, and waste and recycling companies will now have extra time to submit an entry into the wide-ranging awards scheme, which covers 16 categories.

Organised by letsrecycle.com, the annual celebration of hard work and innovation in the waste sector will take place at the five-star Landmark Hotel in the heart of London on 9 May.

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3. Tender for the collection, transfer and treatment of clinical waste and dead animals: Leicestershire County Council

The Authority is seeking to appoint a single contractor to:
(i) Provide and site Containers (wheeled bins) for the Collection of the Clinical Waste from the Collection Point(s). The Specification for Containers is detailed in the draft contract attached as Schedule 2 but any queries can be made through clarifications until the deadline for questions.
(ii) Collect the filled Containers (and replace with empty Containers) and collect Dead Animals on a weekly basis unless otherwise requested by the Authority. The Contractor shall collect the Containers/Dead Animals within twenty four hours of being requested.
(iii) Transfer the Waste collected in the Containers and the Dead Animals to one or more Treatment Sites to be provided by the Contractor.
(iv) Provide one or more Delivery Points where the Authority and those authorised by the Authority can deliver Waste that has not been collected by the contractor.
(v) Treat (high temperature clinical waste incineration) and dispose of the Waste.

Contact name: Helen Tasker


County Hall

Telephone: +44 1163050688

Email: helen.tasker@leics.gov.uk

4. SPHS Member Agencies seek a consultancy firm to develop the Sustainable Procurement Index for Health

The Index will provide an incentive for entities to improve their environmental and social sustainability record. No such measurement tool currently exists to monitor; (I) Greenhouse gas emissions, (II) resource depletion (water, energy and material consumption), (III) chemical/toxic impact on human health and the environment (IV) human, labour rights and gender equality.

Deadline 22 March 2019. For more information, click here

5. Brexit: latest updates from NHS Confederation and NHS England

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Waste Stories 11/3/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The US Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council releases a guide to plastics commonly generated in clinical settings

According to the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, St. Paul, Minnesota, roughly 1 million tons of clean, noninfectious healthcare plastics are generated in U.S. health care facilities annually.

This guide includes the most commonly generated health care plastic streams; how to partner with hospitals for a successful recycling program; recycling options, including common steps in mechanically processing health care plastics; case studies and other helpful resources; and technical specifications for common health care plastics.

For more information, click here

2. Interserve likely to go into administration

Interserve is likely to go into administration on Friday. Directors on the company, that employs 45,000 people in the UK, have told the BBC the firm has “a mountain to climb” to prevent it collapsing under the weight of its nearly £650m in debt.

Read more here

3. Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.

All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas, we are also keen to support projects that are entirely outside these. Working in these areas is not a requirement to be eligible.

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4. Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues.

These projects will help UK companies solve analysis and measurement problems, to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Successful applicants at this EoI phase will be invited to brokerage sessions with relevant analysis for innovators (A4I) partners. These will focus on how to approach solving the applicant’s problem. If the applicant and A4I partners agree an approach, they will work together to suggest joint projects to develop solutions.

Successful phase 2 applications will be grant funded through matched funding to work with the relevant A4I funding partners.

  • Competition opens: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 20 March 2019 12:00pm

For more information, click here

5. Letsrecycle Live

Letsrecycle Live, which features live and static equipment, conference theatres and networking events takes place at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry on 22-23 May.

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Waste Stories 25/2/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. NHS Sustainability Campaign Roadshow: Holiday Inn, Cardiff City-March 14th

Come along to the NHS Sustainability Campaign Welsh Roadshow. Its free to attend and you can learn how to save money through environmental improvements. Topics discussed on the day include:

  • Staff engagement
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Behaviour Change

On the day you will have the chance to network with fellow colleagues, pick up resources including posters for the national NHS Sustainability Day on March 21st. 

To book your place and see the latest agenda please click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting an interactive half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Government unveils deposit return scheme

The UK Government has launched a 12-week consultation to explore how a “world-leading” tax on plastic packaging, standardised waste collections across the country and varying deposit return schemes for single-use items could overhaul and modernise the national waste management system.

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4. FleX Competition briefing event

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network, would like to invite you to register your interest in attending the FleX competition briefing event on the 13th March in Manchester.

Enabling a smarter, more efficient energy system is a priority for Government and Ofgem, and in their Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan published in July 2017, BEIS committed up to £70m for a smart energy system innovation programme. As part of this commitment, BEIS is launching FleX – the Flexibility Exchange demonstrator competition.

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5. Washroom Services & Hazardous Waste Management (Norse Care Ltd) tender

NorseCare Ltd is seeking Tenders from sufficiently experienced and qualified contractors for the provision of Washroom Services and Hazardous Waste Management, across our Residential Care Homes within Norfolk, in accordance with the conditions of contract and requirements of this invitation and any documents, schedules and specifications attached. NorseCare are classed as ‘Producers and Holders of Hazardous Waste’ producing healthcare offensive waste, municipal offensive waste and sharps and related waste.

Contact name: Simon Bullimore


Lancaster House, 16 Central Avenue,
St Andrews Business Park

Telephone: 01603894366

Email: simon.bullimore@norsecare.co.uk



Waste Stories 18/2/2019


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Do you have an energy reduction technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry?

Are you from a forward-thinking industrial site that could be interested in demonstrating an innovative new technology that will reduce your energy costs?

If the answer to either of these is yes, then the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) could be of interest to you.

For more information click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting an interactive half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Tackling mental health issues in the workplace

Ricardo webinar: Chris Scott will talk about identifying a need to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, particularly as people may be suffering in silence with stress related mental health issues.

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4. Working with ionising radiation? Notify, register or get consent

In January 2018 the regulations for ionising radiation changed and the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 came into force. These regulations require employers to apply to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before they start certain work with ionising radiation. If your business uses radiation and has not notified HSE you should do so as soon as possible as use of radiation without a current declaration is breaking the law

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5. Slough Borough Council FN Invitation to Tender for the Supply and Disposal of Waste syringes (Needle Exchange programme)

Slough Borough Council is looking to tender for a Needle Exchange Supplies and Waste Collection and Disposal Services.

Contact name: Frederick Narmh (SBC)


51 Bath Road
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01753 875683

Email: frederick.narmh@slough.gov.uk

Information on how to bid can be found here



Waste Stories 11/2/2019


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Fully funded PhD scholarships: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Italy

Are you interested in a professional / academic career dealing with open innovation or technology transfer? Or are you passionate about sustainable development and circular economy and willing to carry out research and in-field projects on these topics? Or, maybe, are you aiming to support healthcare managers to improve their performance?

For more information click here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting an interactive half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Towards population health systems: what next?

The move toward place-based population health has been reinforced by commitments set out in the NHS long-term plan, but how should health systems respond? This event aims to support local health systems in planning how they will deliver the outcomes set out in the long-term plan and prepare for the national implementation programme in the autumn.

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4. Interserve agrees rescue plan

Interserve – one of the UK’s largest providers of public services – has reached a deal with creditors to prevent its collapse.

The rescue plan involves cutting its debts from over £600m to £275m by issuing new shares.

Read more here

5. Resources and Waste Strategy – unwrapped (February 13: London)

This one day conference will provide essential advice, guidance and discussion on the consultation that will be published by Defra linked to the Resources and Waste Strategy. It is being organised jointly by INCPEN, CIWM, ESA, Resource Association, WRAP and LetsRecycle.com

For more information click here


Waste Stories 4/2/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Royal Mail is going greener with all electric vans

As you can probably imagine, Royal Mail isn’t the most environmentally friendly of businesses due to the sheer number of vehicles it has on the road. The logistical behemoth is getting greener by the day, however, today beginning a new trial of cute, fully electric vans from Oxfordshire-based automaker Arrival. Nine commercial trucks of varying sizes with ranges of up to 100 miles will start operating out of Royal Mail’s central London depot from today, carrying parcels and post to other parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Read more here

2. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sustainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. It will outline case studies of strategies to save monies and other resources. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Scotland’s first coffee cup recycling scheme

The scheme, which is called the Cup Movement and is being co-run by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG), will take a two-fold approach in tackling the city’s coffee cup waste problem, lobbying for recycling infrastructure improvements while encouraging the public to change behaviours.

Specifically, Keep Scotland Beautiful will work with retailers, local authorities and other key organisations to install coffee cup collection points across the greater Glasgow area. It will also run an educational communications scheme, aimed at encouraging coffee drinkers to switch to reusable cups, or to recycle their disposable ones.

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4. The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK’s low-carbon economy has changed

While we can’t summarise the UK’s low-carbon transition, (although the change in Government departments does capture the upheaval) the scope of change over the last decade has propelled the UK into a leadership position in the fight against climate change. But what did the landscape look like back in 2009?

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5. North London Waste Prevention Exchange

This year’s North London Waste Prevention Exchange (Friday 15 March 2019, Inmarsat Conference Centre) will focus on reuse, looking at how we can move away from single use products and drive towards a circular economy. The event will cover topics such as the psychology of reuse and the challenges and opportunities linked to reuse.

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