Waste Stories 27/3/2017

1. Call for COST Action external experts

COST invites independent experts from all scientific areas to participate in the evaluation of proposals for COST Actions collected twice a year through the COST Open call

By being available for occasional, short-term assignments, you will contribute to fair, inclusive and fully transparent scientific project-assessment at European level.  

COST Experts must not necessarily belong to academic institutions. However, a university degree and considerable scientific or professional experience in the specific areas of expertise are a requirement. 

View details here

2. CIWM awards

These long-standing and well-respected awards are given for outstanding achievement in academic and operational disciplines including best written technical paper and exceptional operational teams at a waste management facility. Judged by the most respected experts in the sector, these premier awards represent the highest level of achievement and winners set the standards for others to follow.

 

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3. Opportunity for cleantech companies to showcase UK innovation

The Second Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-2), hosted by the People’s Republic of China, will feature a major technology exhibition with companies from around the world demonstrating their clean energy technologies, products, and business models. The deadline to apply to present is 31 March.

From 6-8 June 2017, the People’s Republic of China will host the Second Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-2) at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing. This annual meeting of energy Ministers and other high-level delegates from Mission Innovation members will provide an opportunity to leverage high-level political will and private-sector leadership to drive ambitious, real-world clean energy policies and actions. MI-2 will be held alongside the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8).

For more information click here

4. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

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5. MRI scanner recycled to study the stars at CERN

After spending 15 years scanning patients at an Australian hospital, an unwanted MRI machine has been recycled and given a new lease of life at the world’s biggest science experiment as a scanner of the material that makes up exploding stars.

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Waste Stories 20/3/2017

1. Thanks to Bywaters, Grundon and SRCL

Over the past few months, Bywaters, Grundon and SRCL have provided 2-day work shadowing opportunities for two of our students, Stephen Anuge and Becky Jenkins. Based on the feedback, it has been an excellent learning experience for the students, and useful opportunity for the companies to introduce the students to the work environment. The scheme will be reviewed in the coming months. If you wish to host a student in future, please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk.

2. New Waste Industry and Safety and Health website launched

A new Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) website, hosted by CIWM, has been launched. It provides a one-stop-shop for all WISH guidance previously hosted on the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website. With a new look and easy navigation, the site hosts both formal guidance documents and other resources, including good practice case studies.

View the site here

3. WRAP food waste action

Courtauld Commitment 2025 business signatories are aiming to double the amount of food surplus they send for redistribution, and help other companies further increase the level of unsold food redistributed, by 2020.

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4. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

5. Vacancy for an NHS Waste manager in London, with Grundon

Grundon is currently looking for a Waste Manager (NHS Trust) to come and join its contract team based in North West London. The successful candidate will join on a full time, permanent basis, working 40 hours per week.

View details here

Waste Stories 13/3/2017

1. Survey on offensive waste

David Williams from SRCL is conducting a survey on offensive waste. if you haven’t already done so, can you complete and return the short survey to him by the end of March at djwilliams@srcl.com

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2. NHS Sustainability Day (March 23)

Sustainability Day is a national day of action across the health sector. Each year NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospitals and organisations take action to highlight the important role sustainable development can play in health service delivery. The National Campaign is supported by those key bodies and groups charged with leading sustainable development across healthcare. This campaign includes this national website which has case studies, tool-kits, news, information and resources to educate and support organisations to embed sustainability in service delivery.

Read more here

3. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, the Co-op, Firmley Health NHS Foundation Trust and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

4. Brexit implications for the NHS workforce

Brexit and its implications for the NHS workforce is the subject of our podcast between Kate Ling, Senior Policy Manager at the European Office, and Martin Hamilton, Partner at Capsticks and specialist in European employment law.

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5. Landfill Tax rates for 2018

The Treasury has announced that from 1 April 2018 Landfill Tax will be set at £88.95 per tonne for standard rate material and £2.80 per tonne for lower rate material.

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Waste Stories 6/3/2017

1. Green paper on Industrial Strategy

Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper is open for consultation until April 17.

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2. Environmental advisor with GSK

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3. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

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4. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regs

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5. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) public registers

View the registers here

Waste Stories 27/2/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

2. UK hospitality and food service businesses save £67 million

UK businesses in the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) have saved £67 million over the past three years.

The announcement comes as part of the final report of achievements by signatories to the voluntary agreement, developed and managed by WRAP on behalf of UK governments.

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3. Free reuse seminars from WRAP Cymru

In February and March, WRAP Cymru is hosting free networking and information-sharing events for the Welsh reuse sector, and free sustainable procurement workshops for the Welsh public sector. 

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4. New definition of RDF

An updated definition for refuse-derived fuel (RDF) trialled within the industry for six months will be adopted, following positive feedback, Defra has said.

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5. Zero Waste Scotland: circular economy investment fund

 

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy. Between 2016 and 2018, Zero Waste Scotland is making funding and support available through structured grant calls and procurements. These will focus on priority commercial and industrial sectors which are:

  • the bio economy (food and drink)
  • built environment (construction and demolition)infrastructure (oil and gas decommissioning, renewables, transmission)
  • energy infrastrucure (oil and gas decommissoning, renewables, transmission)

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Waste Stories 20/2/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare, retail and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership, NHS organisations and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

2. EU sustainable energy awards competition

The Awards offer no monetary prize, but allow organisations to demonstrate commitment towards a cleaner environment, inspire others and be recognised at European level. Nominees and winners will benefit from communications support and increased visibility to stakeholders, the press and the general public.

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3. Launch of SDU Health Check report 2017

The Department of Health in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England (PHE), NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), NHS Digital and NHS Property Services have stated their organisational commitments to deliver a socially and environmentally sustainable health and care system.

Read the report here

4. RCP annual conference (March 16 & 17 – Manchester: UK)

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is launching a programme of work focusing on healthcare sustainability at the Medicine 2017 conference in March. You will be able to find the RCP sustainability team on the RCP Hub stand at the conference, or email them on sustainability@rcplondon.ac.uk.

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5. European Commission highlights five key actions to combat food waste

Speaking at the very first meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste in November 2016, Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis highlighted five key areas of action to help combat food waste among Member States.

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Waste Stories: 13/2/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

2. Can we really cut food waste in half?

In the wake of discouraging food waste figures, the director of the World Resources Institute’s Food Loss & Waste Program, Liz Goodwin, outlines the actions individuals, retailers, manufacturers and government can take to really get us to our halving food waste goal.

Read the story here

3. New SEPA guidance on reuse and waste regulations

SEPA has published new guidance on reuse activities and waste regulations which aims to support the growth of reuse activities in Scotland, in line with the Scottish Government’s Strategy for a Circular Economy, and SEPA’s Waste to Resources Framework.

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4. Aberystwyth University nappy recycling breakthrough

A scientist has developed a process to recycle nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products. Aberystwyth University’s Joe Freemantle said waste can be separated and refined to produce biofuel and textiles. He said those include rayon and viscose, which are often used to make clothing. Every year the UK produces one million tonnes of hygiene product waste – most going to landfill sites, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

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5. Climate Bonds Initiative launches Waste Management Technical Working Group

The Climate Bonds Initiative has announced the formation of a new Waste Management Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop new sector criteria that aims to stimulate investment into low-carbon waste management activities and infrastructure.

The Waste Management TWG is the first group to be convened in 2017, as Climate Bonds expands the sectors covered by its international Climate Bonds Standard and Certification scheme.

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Waste Stories: 6/2/2017

1. Britain falling behind on renewables target

Britain is lagging behind on its commitments to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, while the European Union overall remains on track.

According to a report by Reuters, other nations identified by the Commission as falling behind are Luxembourg and Ireland.

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2. Cloud Sustainability’s eLearning module short listed

Cloud Sustainability’s eLearning module Preventing waste: the journey of food has been short listed in the REFRESH Food Waste Solution contest.

Vote here

3. Updated KTN platform

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has updated its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from sustainability to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered.

View the platform here

4. Environment Appeal: appeal form

The Environment Agency deals with applications for environmental permits. The Planning Inspectorate deals with appeals. The appeal guidance and form have been updated.

To see the guidance and form, click here

5. Loughborough University research into food waste waste reduction

Loughborough University is part of a new £0.8 million research project examining how food manufacturing systems can be improved to reduce waste.

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Waste Stories 30/1/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, the Co-op, Daventry District Council and Severn Trent Water. Further details will follow in due course.

2. How much food and drink waste is there in Scotland?

Zero Waste Scotland has recently published a report on food waste in Scotland. It states that there is an estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink waste was disposed of in Scotland in 2013. This covers solid and liquid waste arising from households and solid waste arising from “commercial and industrial” sectors, which includes the public sector.
 

View the report here

3. The SDU’s Sustainable healthcare products challenge

The SDU is seeking applications to undertake work to identify and quantify the environmental, financial and potential social benefits of healthcare products. This could include products from cardboard kidney trays, alcohol hand gel to medical devices such as walking aids or surgical equipment. 

The Unit intend to award three contracts of £3,000 each.  

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4. EU low carbon hospital challenge

The European Commission has launched a competition to find a hospital that has an innovative and perfectly integrated combined heat and power installation within its premises that uses 100 percent renewable energy sources. A cash reward of €1m will be offered to the hospital that most effectively meets the criteria, which include using at least three different renewable energy technologies. The deadline to apply is April 2019.

5. Funding competition: technology solutions for society in India

Innovate UK is investing up to £1.6 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to enhance healthcare, clean technology and infrastructure in India.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and India. Innovate UK and the Indian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.

The University of Northampton would be particularly keen to partner, as we have done work in India and have good links, particularly in Chennai.

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Waste Stories 23/1/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from the NHS, government agencies and industry. Further details will follow in due course.

2. WRAP’s household food and drink report 2015

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3. Study tours to other European healthcare facilities

The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, of which the NHS Confederation is a member, is organising two study visits for hospital managers interested in learning about healthcare practices in other EU countries. The first on 2-3 February will examine lean management methods in French hospitals, while the second on 4-5 May will look at quality and safety practices in the Belgian healthcare system. For more information, contact chris.lynch@nhsconfed.org.

4. NIHR global health research – call for expert reviewers

The NIHR recently launched a call inviting applications to establish Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups. UK Higher Education Institutions and Research Institutes are being invited to work in partnership with low and middle income countries (LMICs, as defined by the DAC list) to deliver research up to the value of £7m that benefits people living in those countries.

NIHR are seeking experts to become peer reviewers for these applications to help identify the strongest ones for funding. We are looking for people working at a senior level who would be able to comment on the importance, quality and deliverability of the proposed programmes of work. We are particularly keen to invite experts based in LMICs, but if you are based in a non-LMIC and are working in any area of global health research, we are also keen to hear from you.

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5. Clean energy for all Europeans

The European Commission wants the EU to lead the clean energy transition, not only adapt to it. For this reason the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU’s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. Today’s proposals have three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers. 

Read the full report here