Waste Stories 28/1/2019

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust scoops international recycling award

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has scooped an international environmental award for recycling surplus hospital equipment and furniture, making savings of £80,000.

The Trust has won a Green Apple Award – Gold Level – as part of the recognised International Green Apple Environment Awards for Environmental Best Practice for its work using Warp-it, a national online re-distribution network which aims to reduce waste.

For further information, click 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. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. European Solar Award Prize

The European Solar Prize Award aims to recognise outstanding commitment to renewable energy. The Award honours innovative projects and initiatives from all parts of society.

Although no cash prize is awarded, the Solar Prize is considered as an international seal of quality and the winners will gain publicity in the media and the public. New possibilities are also given for networking as well for making new contacts.

For more information, click here

4. The Safety and Health Excellence Awards

For more information click here

5. The NHS Long Term Plan

Some of the key ideas underpin sustainability: greater emphasis on prevention; patient-centred care; and integration across current silos.

To  read the Plan, click here

Waste Stories 21/1/2019

 

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Changes to RPS216 and RPS217

RPS 216

  1. Storage of anatomical waste without refrigeration has been extended from 24 to 72 hours – to take account of the current season; and
  2. The life of the RPS has been extended until 31st March 2019.

RPS 217

  1. Healthcare waste producers have now been given 2 months to provide pre-acceptance information to the receiving site (it was previously 1 month); and
  2. The RPS has been extended to apply to waste received before 31st March 2019.

For further information, click MWRP RPS 216 Healthcare waste v2 FINAL – Dec 2018-2mrsyy0  and MWRP RPS 217 v2 Receiving healthcare waste without the benefit of a pre-…-11uz7h5

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. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here

3. Wet wipe standard

Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature an official water industry ‘Fine to Flush’ symbol on their packaging if they pass strict scientific tests.

This symbol will let consumers know that the products do not contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs which cause blockages and sewage overflows.

For more information, click here

4. PhD positition on food waste storage (The Open University)

This project intends to study the microbiological composition of food waste and the potential for it to emit bioaerosols (airborne microorganisms) in the
context of public health, for the householder, the
waste collector and the waste site operative.
 

For more information, click here

5. How the Environment Agency sets and assesses discharge quality numeric limits in environmental permits

This guide is for operators of standalone water discharge activity and point source groundwater activity permits. Standalone means the activity is not part of another regulated facility such as a waste operation, installation, radioactive substances activity, flood risk activity or mining waste operation

To read the guidance, click here

 

Waste Stories 14/1/2019

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 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. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here.

2. Environment Agency guidance on the compaction of offensive waste

The EA has issued a guidance note (v1 dated 6 November 2018) for the compaction of offensive waste.  This note has been produced to provide clarity on the regulatory approach that is required, depending on the type of compaction activity being undertaken

Read more here

3. Industrial Fuel Switching competition phase two: up to £300k per project available

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched phase two of the three-phase Industrial Fuel Switching competition.

The government’s Clean Growth Strategy highlights the need for industry to begin to switch from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels such as biomass, hydrogen and clean electricity.  Beyond 2030, the switch to low-carbon fuels for industry will need to substantially increase in scale.  This three-phase competition allocates up to £20 million to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond.

 

For more information, click here

4. Scotland environmental regulations: what do they mean for your organisation?

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5. The Resources and Waste Strategy for England

Read the Strategy here

Waste Stories 10/12/2018

 

Season’s Greetings from

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 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. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here.

2. The Group’s 2018 annual report

HCWRR steering committee report 2018a-12r7f1b

3. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launches phase two of the three-phase Industrial Fuel Switching competition

The government’s Clean Growth Strategy highlights the need for industry to begin to switch from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels such as biomass, hydrogen and clean electricity.  Beyond 2030, the switch to low-carbon fuels for industry will need to substantially increase in scale.  This three-phase competition allocates up to £20 million to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond.

Phase 2 of the Industrial Fuel Switching competition is now open to applications and will fund up to £300k for feasibility studies looking into developing technologies (TRL 4-7) to enable the use of a low-carbon fuel for a particular industrial process or across an entire site.

Funding for Phase 2 is split equally into two lots.  Each lot has £1.5m allocated to it and projects may be up to £300k.  Lot 1 is for projects that run a feasibility study on an innovative fuel switching technology.  Lot 2 is for projects that run a feasibility study on an innovative approach fuel switching across an industrial site, or multiple sites.

Applicants must register their interest in Phase 2 of the competition by email to Industry.Innovation@beis.gov.uk by 5pm, Monday 21 January 2019.  All applications must be completed by 5pm, Monday 4 February 2019.

For more information, click here

4. Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustThe Provision Of Secure Confidential Waste Consoles and Destruction of Related Wastes

The Trust are seeking a Confidential Waste Service. To access this competition:

Registered:
Login to https://suppliers.multiquote.com and view the opportunity CA5465.

Not registered:
Visit https://suppliers.multiquote.com then register and quote CA5465 as the reason for registration.

Contact name: Sandra Loughlin

Address

Queen’s site
Belvedere Road
Burton upon Trent
DE13 0RB
England

Telephone: 0151 482 9230

Email: support@multiquote.com

5. Interserve seeks rescue deal

One of the UK’s largest providers of public services is seeking a rescue deal as it struggles with £500m of debt, according to the Financial Times.

Interserve, which works in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the roads, said it might look for new investment or sell off part of the business.

Read more here

 

 

Waste Stories 4/12/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sutainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital. 

To book, click here.

2. Home care provider Allied Healthcare saved from bankruptcy

One of the largest home care providers in the UK has been sold two weeks after it announced it was selling or transferring all of its contracts after regulators reported it was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Allied Healthcare, which provided over 13,000 elderly and vulnerable people with care in their own homes across 150 local authorities, has been bought by Health Care Resourcing Group (HCRG) for an undisclosed fee.

However, many local authorities who used Allied Healthcare have already arranged for their adult social care services to be transferred to other providers or even house, after it was revealed that the home care provider was unable to confirm funding past November.

Read more here

3. Horizon 2020: Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016: Low Carbon Hospital (H2020-LCE-PRIZES-2016-01)

This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation. This installation has to use at least three different European renewable energy technologies, include energy storage component(s) and be able to provide 100% of hospital’s annual needs for energy consumption. In this context any renewable energy source is allowed.

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4. Tender for the supply of clinical waste containers: NHS SUPPLY CHAIN

NHS Supply Chain seeks to establish a non-exclusive Framework Agreement for supply to NHS Supply Chain depots via the Stock/E-Direct routes. The Framework Agreement is for the supply of Clinical Waste Container Products including but may not be limited to:

– clinical waste containers,

– sharps containers,

– board based containers and holders for contaminated swabs.

It is anticipated that in the first 24 months of the Framework Agreement the value of purchases will be circa 27 792 866,00 GBP however this is approximate only. The figures for the total estimated value are based on that initial expenditure and include a forecast for growth.

Contact name: Gavin Staniforth

Address

DHL Supply Chain Limited acting on behalf of Supply Chain Coordination Ltd acting on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority
c/o Skipton House, 80 London Road
London
SE1 6LH
England

Email: Gavin.Staniforth2@supplychain.nhs.uk

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5. WSCC DR: Clinical & Offensive Waste Collection, Support, Treatment and Disposal Services

The Council is seeking a Service Provider to provide Clinical and Offensive Waste Collection, Support, Treatment and Disposal services across the County of West Sussex. The Council wishes to let a Framework Agreement for a period of 4 years and an initial Call Off Contract from this Framework Agreement for a period of three years with the option to extend by a further 3 years up to a maximum term of 6 years.

The Service Provider shall provide a comprehensive domestic and commercial Clinical and Offensive Waste collection service for the Contracting Authority. This will include all aspects of the Collection and Support Services, including the administration of the collections, the collection of the Clinical and Offensive Waste from customers and the transportation of the Clinical and Offensive Waste to the relevant Delivery Point(s) in order that it can be treated and disposed of.

The Service Provider will also be responsible for the treatment and disposal of domestic Offensive & Clinical Waste which is collected by the seven Waste Collection Authorities (WCAs), or by third party contractors on behalf of the WCAs.

Contact name: David Robinson (WSCC)

Address:

West Street
Chicester
West Sussex
PO19 1RQ
United Kingdom

Telephone: 03302 226995

Email: david.robinson@westsussex.gov.uk

For more details, click here

 

Waste Stories 26/11/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Building relationships

Changes are needed to the capital system, but estates and finance staff also need to work better together and speak each other’s language

At the moment, thinking about capital and non-current assets is the theme of my working life.  Most of last month was spent working on the HFMA’s recent briefing, NHS capital – a system in distress? Since, its publication I have spoken to other thinktanks about capital and the capital financing system and, this week, I attended the HFMA’s first ever event on estates.

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 sutainable procurement models on Wednesday 10 April 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital.  More details to follow.

3. Air pollution around hospitals

A recent report from the British Lung Foundation: Toxic air at the doors of the NHS, has revealed that millions of patients and health care practitioners across the UK are exposed to unsafe levels of pollution

Read more here

4. Gove hints at further plastic focus in Resources strategy

The government’s waste and resources strategy will look at ‘further restrictions’ on some single-use plastic items, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested.

Read more here

5. Aligning resources across the health and care system

The first briefing in HFMA’s mini-series on system finance and governance issues explores how to ensure strong strategic system planning.

There is now a clear direction of travel towards collaborative working across health and care systems, requiring resources to be managed collectively to provide best value for the population. As health and care systems work more closely together, an aligned understanding of activity and finance is vital in developing a single plan. Recognising STPs are not statutory bodies, respondents commented that having a foundation of effective relationships and a will to work together across the footprint were essential factors.

Read more here

Waste Stories 19/11/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition

WRAP, working in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, is pleased to announce a new £1.4 million grant programme.

For more information, click 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 sutainable procurement models in the spring of 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital.  More details to follow.

3. Most don’t support proposed ban on disposable wipes

The majority of Britons (59%) would not support the proposed government ban on disposable wipes, despite 93% of people agreeing that the British public needs more education on the dangers of “fatbergs”, according to new research from Lanes Group plc.

 

Read more here

4. Management of radioactive waste

This position paper reflects the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) current position on disposing radioactive waste rather than storing it indefinitely.

 

Read more here

5. Consultation on amendments to the use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations

Defra is undertaking a consultation on the planned approach for transposing EU directive 2017/2012 into UK law. The change will correct some unintended consequences of widening the definition of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) products. In particular, the change will stop the restriction on selling second-hand products and repairing with spare parts.

 

Read more here

Waste Stories 12/11/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sutainable procurement models in the spring of 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital.  More details to follow.

2. Funding for industrial heat recovery

BEIS is providing up to £18m of competitive grant funding to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects.

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is providing up to £18m of grant funding through a competitive process to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects.

For more information, click here

3. Employers in the energy sector are invited to apply to have a PhD student work on their energy project

KTN has teamed up with University Alliance to provide PhD students on the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) energy programme the opportunity to undertake a three-month industry placement in an SME.

Employers in the energy sector are being invited to apply to secure a PhD student to work on an energy project.  If you can offer:

  • short projects and/or placements ranging from between 1 to 3 weeks or
  • short placements ranging from 1 to 3 months

Please contact Ben Diette, DTA Programmes and Communications Officer, before 1st December 2018.  (This initial deadline will allow the team to assess interest and opportunities; with sufficient interest, the scheme can hopefully continue after this date.)

Read more here

4. Royal College of Physicians achieves Carbon Trust standard certification

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been recognised for recording a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint over a three-year period by becoming the first royal college to receive the Carbon Trust Standard certification.

Read more here

5. Tender for clinical waste management with Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council invites quotations for the provision of Clinical Waste Management, for the Medico – Legal Centre, Watery Street, Sheffield, S3 7ES.

The Medico-Legal Centre is purpose-built to provide facilities and services required for the investigation of sudden or unexpected death. It…ved and is nationally and internationally recognised as a model of good practice in this field of work.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 5/11/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Workshop on circular economy and sustainable procurement models

The Group will be hosting a half-day workshop on the utilisation of circular economy and sutainable procurement models in the spring of 2019. The event will be held at Heatherwood Hospital.  More details to follow.

2. Using technology to improve public sector productivity

Cllr Peter Fleming OBE, chair of the LGA’s Improvement & Innovation Board and leader of Sevenoaks District Council, looks at how technology can improve the productivity of public-sector workers.

Across the country, councils have been harnessing the power of digital tools and solutions to improve outcomes for their residents for some time. Whereas previously the focus was on websites and transactions, the conversation has moved to mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and beyond. All of these technologies can be used to help public-sector workers be more productive and, as a result, better support their residents.

Read more here

3. Vacancy for an Environment Advisor at the University of Northampton

Working in the Safety, Health & Environment team the Environment Adviser supports the implementation of the University’s Environmental Policy and Environmental Management System, therefore contributing to legislative compliance and the effective management of environmental aspects and impacts.

For more information, click here

4. Scotland’s landfill ban on biodegradable waste deemed ‘not achievable’

Concerns are emerging over waste material in Scotland being diverted to English landfills as a result of the Scottish Government’s ban on landfilling biodegradable waste from 2021. 

And, the likelihood of cross border movements comes amid a warning to the association for Scotland’s local authorities that it is “unlikely” councils will be able to meet the 2021 landfill ban.

Read more here

5. Great Britain’s annual injury and ill health statistics

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work a new report shows.

Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18.

 

Read more here

Waste Stories 29/10/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Sustainable health and care awards

Bookings to attend the Sustainable Health and Care awards ceremony and gala dinner are now open. The ceremony will take on 21 November 2018 at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, following the Sustainable Health and Care forum.

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2. NHS crutch amnesty

A crutch amnesty has been declared as part of plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS. Walking aids littering living rooms across the country should be returned to hospitals and reused instead of ending up in landfill, Health Minister Steve Barclay said.

NHS staff are being urged to accept unwanted medical equipment and rehome or recycle them where possible.

Read more here

3. UK Circular Plastics Flagship funding

WRAP, working in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, is pleased to announce a new £1.4 million grant programme. The overall aim of the programme is to support the delivery of the Government’s target of achieving zero avoidable plastic waste by end of 2042 and the objectives of The UK Plastics Pact.

For more information, click here

4. Tradebe purchase of Avanti approved

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the completed acquisition by Tradebe Environmental Services of Avanti Environmental.

The decision by the Authority was announced on October 25, around four months after it served an initial enforcement order in July.

International business, Tradebe, acquired Avanti Environmental Group from Stericycle in June, which came six months after also acquiring laboratory waste specialists Lab Waste.

Read more here

5. Healthcare at Yarls Wood IRC – Open early engagement

NHS ARDEN AND GREATER EAST MIDLANDS COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT

NHS England is undertaking a market engagement exercise for an upcoming ITT for Offender Healthcare in HMP Yarls Wood IRC.
NHS England is looking for feedback on potential contract models, contract length and any other information for an ITT for Offender Healthcare in HMP Yarls Wood IRC. Potential bidders are requested to complete a brief questionnaire on the AGEM CSU Bravo portal PQQ ref 534 to give their views on the upcoming ITT. The questionnaire can be found on the following link; https://ardengemcsu.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login and the closing date is 9 November 2018.

NHS England is also due to hold a market place event on 27/11/18 at 10.00 at Fulbourn, Cambridge – Interested bidders are welcome to attend and should make their request by emailing Bal Samra at balbir.samra@nhs.net by 23/11/18.

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