Waste stories 29/2/2016


IgnacioIgnacio Sanchez Diaz

1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

One of the speakers will be Ignacio  Sanchez Diaz from the UNDP. Ignacio works as Greening Health Systems Specialist at UNDP HHD Team at the Istanbul Regional Hub. He provides technical support to secretariat of the Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) task team and SPHS members in environmental and sustainability aspects. He supports UNDP Procurement Service Unit in the environmental assessment of healthcare suppliers and the development of environmental requirements. In addition, he supports regional HHD team on mainstream work related to the environmental safeguarding of programmes and project implemented in the region and globally, especially on healthcare waste management and carbon footprint assessment.

His presentation will introduce some of the current activities and projects being develop by UNDP on healthcare waste management  and the lesson learnt from previous experience such as waste management during the Ebola respond or the Countries assessments on healthcare waste management.


The full programme can be found here: Programme – Feb 2016

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart, Cloud Sustainability and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found at: healthcare waste 2016 conference

2. Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged from London hospital

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3. Defra to publish 25-year environment plan

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will publish a 25-year environment plan by the end of the year. It will work with the Natural Capital Committee to develop a comprehensive 25-year plan for the environment.

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4. Healthcare sector hits carbon reduction targets

According to NHS England, the NHS and wider health and care sector is over the first hurdle in the race to reach carbon reduction targets and help limit the effects of climate change.

A report from the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England showed the NHS has reduced its carbon emissions by 11% between 2007 and 2015 – exceeding the 10% target set in 2009.  The wider sector, which also includes public health and social care, has seen a 13% reduction over the same period.

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5. Environment Agency starts trials of new RDF definition

In February, the Environment Agency (EA) commenced a six-month trial using a new definition for refuse-derived fuel (RDF).

Defra worked closely with a range of operators with an interest in the RDF sector to develop the new definition that was published in November 2015.

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Waste Stories 17/10/2014


1. Register for the LDV project

Register to be part of the network for the EU funded LDV project.

Register here: LDV project registration form

2. Risks associated with the management of healthcare waste in London

A recently published academic article on the use of risk analysis tools to reduce the risks associated with managing healthcare waste. Key hazards included contact with sharps, infectious agents and hazardous substances. Most of the hazards occurred in the wards and involved nurses in contact with sharps.

Read the article here: Journal of Safety Science

3. The NHS and the Sustainability agenda
4th November | 8.00am – 10.00am | Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster
Speakers include:
Alexandra Hammond– Head of Sustainability, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Terry Tudor– Senior Lecturer in Waste Management, The University of Northampton
Dr Frances Mortimer– Medical Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
Dr David Pencheon
– Director, Sustainable Development Unit (tbc)
Representative– SITA UK (tbc)
This parliamentary seminar is co-hosted with the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) and will explore issues around healthcare and medicines waste. In 2013, the NHS spent over £86million on the disposal of clinical waste and alongside NHS targets to half its carbon footprint by 2015, recycling rates are up by 26% since 2007/08. In light of these figures, this event will seek to examine the opportunities for efficiency savings through waste reduction in the NHS
 This event will be chaired by Neil Carmichael MP.
Please email apsrg@policyconnect.org.uk for more information and to register.

4. CIWM 2014 sustainability and resource industry awards short list

See the short list here: CIWM sustainability awards short list

5. Cat A packaging for samples

See link here: Cat A packaging for samples