Waste Stories 4/9/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Speakers will include:

Mike Falconer-Hall from WRAP, who will outline The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan which represents the food waste recycling industry’s collective response to address key challenges faced. Mike joined WRAP in 2005 and has worked on a number of different programmes helping address the barriers to recover and recycle materials in the municipal, commercial and industrial waste streams. He is now the Programme Manager for WRAP’s Organics programme focussing on improving food waste collections and getting more value from food waste.

Professor Shahin Rahimifard from Loughborough University will discuss technological innovations for food waste valorisation (including the extraction of compounds from food waste streams that can be reused in new food products), across the supply chain

Shahin is from the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) at Loughborough University. His work is focused on sustainability issues within ‘Life Cycle Engineering’, including projects on sustainable product design, low carbon manufacturing, sustainable business and consumption models, product service systems, and product end-of-life management, recovery, reuse and recycling technologies.

Early bird registration closes on September 20. Book now by clicking here

2. Business Green Technology Awards 2017

The BusinessGreen Technology Awards will celebrate the UK’s most exciting and innovative clean technologies. Entry criteria:

Innovation: The technology must offer a unique and innovative solution to an environmental challenge

Scalability: The technology must have the potential to reach a significant market

Demonstrable success: The technology must be able to demonstrate quantifiable benefits

There are numerous categories from technology to R&D, marketing to investor campaigns. Deadline for entries Fri, 6 Oct, 5pm

To register click here

3. SEPA consults on increasing the charges for non-compliance

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is consulting on linking compliance directly to the calculation of charges, a move that will see non-compliant operators pay more.

Read more here

4. Survey on training workshops in 2018

The Group is planning on hosting training workshops in 2018. However, we would like some feedback with regards to what topics you would most like. Therefore, could you click on the link below and complete the short survey, by Friday September 8, please?

To complete the survey click here

5. CIWM webinars

CIWM have a programme of Member webinars throughout the year. These are remotely hosted so you can attend from anywhere via a computer, tablet or smartphone. CIWM Member Webinars are held on a variety of sector specific subjects as well as current ‘hot topics’ and updates within the Waste & Resource sector.

For more information click here

Waste Stories 29/8/2017

 

1. Wales announces priorities for its natural resources policy

Wales has published its new Natural Resources Policy (NRP), the second major milestone in the implementation of the ground-breaking Environment (Wales) Act, highlighting renewable energy and resource efficiency among the priorities.

For  more information click here

2. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • Presentations will cover a range of topics including exciting new products, such as bioplastics and surfactants; supply chain management; and policy and legislative updates
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from both public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book 5 spaces and get 1 free. Book now by clicking here

 3. European Council: Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – Council and Parliament reach a deal

The Council and the European Parliament recently reached a provisional agreement on a proposal for a revised directive concerning the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Read more here

4. Survey on training workshops in 2018

The Group is planning on hosting training workshops in 2018. However, we would like some feedback with regards to what topics you would most like. Therefore, could you click on the link below and complete the short survey, by Friday September 8, please?

To complete the survey click here

5. Vacancy for a waste management specialist with CESVI

CESVI is looking for a waste management specialist for a 5 month-consultancy in Tajikistan. Deadline for applications is the 18 September.

For more details click here

Waste Stories 21/8/2017

 

1. Webinar on ‘Ensuring fair-play in the global health supply chains’ (August 23)

This first United Nations informal Inter Agency Task Team webinar on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) is relevant to all those active in the healthcare supply chain – from producers to purchasers. In particular, it is aimed at assisting procurement teams planning to institute sustainability initiatives to think through how they can include a wide diversity of suppliers in these sustainability initiatives. It will explain the benefits of ensuring actions which are inclusive of all, allowing small and medium enterprises to meet new standards. It will also cover supplier development and how procuring entities can engage with suppliers and manufacturers to understand the challenges they face and how they can work jointly to identify opportunities to integrate sustainability in the supply chain.

To register click here

2. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • Presentations will cover a range of topics including exciting new products, such as bioplastics and surfactants; supply chain management; and policy and legislative updates
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from both public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book 5 spaces and get 1 free. Book now by clicking here

3. Survey on training workshops in 2018

The Group is planning on hosting training workshops in 2018. However, we would like some feedback with regards to what topics you would most like. Therefore, could you click on the link below and complete the short survey, by Friday September 8, please?

To complete the survey click here

4. EU Regulation amending HP14 (ecotoxicity) published

The EU Council Regulation on HP14 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  The Regulation will enter into force next year on 5 July 2018.

View the publication here

5. Over £38 of Salix funding used to install CHP across the UK public sector

Over £38 million of Salix interest-free loans have been used for the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) to provide high efficiency heat and power generation to UK public sector buildings, bringing estimated annual savings of over £10 million on energy bills. Last year saw a record number of these Salix funded CHP projects completing, with a total of £14 million of funding utilised throughout the public sector.

Read more here

Waste Stories 14/8/2017

 

1. Vacancy for a Chair of Sustainability West Midlands

Sustainability West Midlands is recruiting for a new Chair – closing date 29 September: We’re looking for an individual to build on the strong leadership established by our current Chair, Peter Braithwaite. You’ll help take us to the next stage in our growth as an organisation and the impact we have in creating a more sustainable future for the West Midlands. You’ll provide the equivalent of up to two days per month to help us harness our unique profile and strong track record as the independent and cross-sector sustainability adviser to the leaders in the West Midlands. In return you will be offered a unique opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a lasting difference to the future of the West Midlands and its 5 million citizens.

For more information click here

2. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • Presentations will cover a range of topics including exciting new products, such as bioplastics and surfactants; supply chain management; and policy and legislative updates
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from both public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book 5 spaces and get 1 free. Book now by clicking here

3. A good or bad year for contractors?

Two big pieces of news in the contracting world were of course the changes to IR35 in the public sector, and the more recent Taylor Report…

Read more here

4. SBRI funding competition: business productivity portal

Innovate UK is to invest up to £500,000 to develop solutions that provide businesses with access to information on improving productivity. These solutions will help businesses at all levels – leaders, management and employees – access new opportunities to improve productivity levels where they work.

Innovate UK is looking for proposals for feasibility studies on the:

  • technical solution
  • commercialisation plan for taking the solution into the market
  • possible commercial models

For more information, click here

5. CIWM’ Sustainability and Resource Awards (deadline for entries: September 1)

Find out more here

 

 

Waste Stories 7/8/2017

1. The SDU’s Health Outcomes Travel Tool (HOTT)

The SDU’s Health Outcomes of Travel Tool (HOTT) helps NHS organisations measure the impact their travel and transport has in environmental, financial and health terms. An innovative tool it allows the quantification of impacts from different travel sources to allow the creation of a plan and targeted initiatives to reduce the NHS’s impact from travel and transport.

Read more here

2. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • Presentations will cover a range of topics including exciting new products, such as bioplastics and surfactants; supply chain management; and policy and legislative updates
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from both public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book 5 spaces and get 1 free. Book now by clicking here

3. Your business is food – don’t throw it away

A campaign to help food businesses save money and boost profits by being more efficient with food.  The campaign has been developed with WRAP under the Courtauld Commitment 2025.  A resource pack is available which includes starter pack, tracking sheets, calculator, checklists and case studies.

For more information click here

4. Vacancy for CIWM Technical Officer

This interesting and busy role provides technical advice to members, the sector and relevant committees.  You will also liaise with trainers and internal departments to ensure that CIWM standards are maintained, and be involved as a point of contact for technical and education/training guidance, produce reports, assess materials and workshops, and check/contribute to the Website and weekly newsletter.

Details here

5. Government funding for electric vehicle-to-grid technologies

Up to £20 million is available from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – working with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK – to fund projects that investigate new business models, consumer awareness and technologies that support interaction between electric vehicles and the grid.

View details here

 

Waste Stories 31/7/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • It will provide practical recommendations for sustainably managing food waste
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from a range of public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Early bird registration closes soon. Book now by clicking here

2. The CIWM’s Healthcare Waste Special Interest Group (SIG)

 The purpose of this Special Interest Group (SIG) is to act as a forum for information exchange relating to healthcare waste (treatment, disposal, collection and prevention etc) from domestic, commercial and industrial sectors within the UK.

To find out more and to join, click here

3. Engagement and Service Excellence Manager vacancy

ISS UK Waste Management are looking for an Engagement and Service Excellence Manager.

See more here

4. NHS Supply Chain’s latest sustainability report

The new report focuses on how NHS Supply Chain is helping the NHS to:improve due diligence around labour standards

  • improve the efficiency of deliveries. 
  • procure sustainable and nutritional food
  • be a lower carbon organisation

For more information click here

5. Business advisor vacancy

Northamptonshire Growth Hub are recruiting for a Business Adviser – come and join the team!

For more information click here

Waste Stories 24/7/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • It will provide practical recommendations for sustainably managing food waste
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from a range of public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book now by clicking here

2. Clean Tech innovators and investors workshop

Investors and clean tech firms are invited to sign up and jointly explore the opportunities offered by the UK’s fast expanding green economy.

The BusinessGreen Technology and Investment Forum, offers leading investors, green entrepreneurs, and clean tech start-ups to jointly explore the investment opportunities presented by the UK’s fast expanding green technology sector.

The Forum will take place at BusinessGreen’s offices in Central London on the morning of Wednesday 4 October.

The event will feature keynote addresses from leading clean tech and green investment experts, including event sponsor Innovate UK, and a series of short presentations from around 20 of the UK’s most exciting, investment-stage clean tech firms.

Read more here

3. Newton Fund: global funding opportunities for UK companies

So far, some 14 bilateral funding competitions with 8 different partner countries, have opened, and  a number of others are open and forthcoming.

These competitions are giving UK businesses a chance to work with overseas partners (and other UK partners) and jointly develop innovative commercial solutions to key societal challenges the partner country is facing. These challenge are as diverse as cliamte change and urbanisation in Malaysia, non-communicable diseases in South Africa, and industrial waste in India.

Read more here

4. The SPHS 2016 annual report

The SPHS Annual Report 2016 was launched today. The report brings together the key achievements of the SPHS Task Team for a more sustainable global health sector, which prioritizes protecting the environment and addressing the threat of climate change.

Read the report here

5. ISWA World Congress and WASTECON – No Time to Waste – 25-27 September 2017, Baltimore

 The North American Solid Waste Association’s WASTECON conference co-locates with the International Solid Waste Association’s World Congress to offer two exciting international events in one location.  Thousands of industry professionals will gather at the convenient Baltimore location.

For more information click here

 

Waste Stories 17/7/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • It will provide practical recommendations for sustainably managing food waste
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from a range of public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book now by clicking here

2. Should parents pay to bin used nappies?

Parents have raised a stink over “ridiculous” plans by some councils in England and Wales to charge them to take away nappies on top of their household waste.

Among the gripes is that bin collections are getting less frequent and cause a smelly pile-up. So what options do parents have?

Read more here

3. Recomed wins at the National Recycling Awards

Recomed, a scheme to recover PVC medical devices, has jointly won the Waste Prevention category of the 2017 National Recycling Awards, for an approach to sustainable healthcare recycling.

The scheme, which runs across the UK, is run by project partners Axion Consulting, a resource recovery specialist, and the British Plastics Federation.

Since 2014 RecoMed has supplied recycling containers, communication materials and collections to participating hospitals.

Read more here

4. Reuse of surplus assets at Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Read more here

5. Vacancies for academic teaching staff (Sessional), at UNIC

University of Northampton International College (UNIC), Navitas Ltd UK. Salary: From £22.22 – £43.24 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience). Location: Northampton

Navitas is a diversified global education provider that offers an extensive range of educational services for students and professionals.
University of Northampton International College (UNIC) is currently seeking to recruit part time academic lecturing staff to teach in some or all of the following programmes:   Foundation, First Year and Pre-Masters.   We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who can deliver curriculum in at least one of the following areas:

– Business
– Mathematics
– Fashion
– Applied Concepts

UNIC is an Associate College of the University of Northampton and opened in September 2016.   We are seeking exceptional, dynamic candidates.   Applicants should possess a relevant degree and have broad demonstrable commercial experience.   We are ideally seeking applicants with experience of teaching. 

In this role you will teach international learners and be responsible for the preparation and delivery of lessons, teaching students, undertaking assessment and internal moderation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to work in the UK on an ongoing basis. UNIC is a safeguarding employer and the successful applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. UNIC is an equal opportunity employer and part of Navitas Limited. Navitas reserves the right to fill the positions by invitation.

Applicants must be able to start work on September, 2017 and demonstrate that they are eligible to work in the UK. Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, 24 August 2017. Applications including both a covering letter and Curriculum Vitae should be sent to: Mrs May Flett, Director of Academic and Student Services, at may.flett@unic.northampton.ac.uk.

Applications close at 17:00 on Wednesday 9 August, 2017.

We regret that due to the volume of the applications, only successful applicants will be contacted

 

Waste Stories 10/7/2017

 

1. Guidance on avoiding the misclassification of waste

The Waste Industry Group has published an “easy to use” guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them. The group said “Misclassification of Waste- and how to avoid it” is aimed at waste producers, carriers, brokers, consultants and managers.

According to the group, the guide lists the most common mistakes in waste classification, explains why they are wrong, and sets out what to do about it. Categories include waste acceptance criteria (WAC), list of waste/EWC codes, and hazard property codes, as well as waste types such as metals, hydrocarbons, and inert wastes.

To read the guidance click here

2. Trio win funding for mattress recycling trials

Three organisations have won funding bids to develop sustainable solutions for the textile content of used mattresses, as part of an ongoing competition run by Rhondda Cynon Taf council in South Wales.

The three successful bidders are: the University of South Wales; environmental consultancy, Commons Vision; and the Furniture Recycling Group/Resource Futures.  Each bidder has been awarded funding to undertake feasibility work and to produce detailed bids for a pilot-scale operation.

Read more here

3. Painless flu jab

A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like micro-needles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin’s surface. It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves.

Read more 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, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water.

There will be opportunities to explore funding and business support opportunities.

It is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

5. Sustainability in healthcare waste management (Stericycle blog)

Alan McIver discusses sustainability in waste management and provides an insight into some of the work Stericycle is doing.

Read more here

Waste Stories 6/6/2017

1.Consultation on new air quality plan

The government today published a draft plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK.

The options now open for consultation on reducing nitrogen dioxide in towns and cities are designed to reduce the impact of diesel vehicles, and accelerate the move to cleaner transport.

For more information click here

2. The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards recognise those businesses that are undertaking ‘innovation and impact’ in communicating sustainability and engaging with employees to make sustainability relevant for them and the wider society. The awards also champion business commitment to the fundamental issues relating to sustainability – the environment, energy, recycling and the industrial supply chain and the achievements of consultants.
 
For more information click here
 

3. NHSScotland waste management action plan 2016 – 2020

Read the document 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, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, 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. Need training to manage a waste site?

Operators are required to ensure they have appropriate technically competent managers on site in accordance with an ‘approved scheme’. The EPOC course will enable you to gain an Environmental Permitting Operators Certificate. This proves that you are technically competent and know how to comply with your waste facilities’ environmental permit and waste regulations.

For more information click here