Waste Stories 2/7/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Funding for reduction of plastic waste

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £4 million in innovation projects to reduce the harm that plastics do to our environment and increase productivity and growth of the UK economy.

For more information, click here

2. Technical advisor with CESVI in Palestine

The project “Approccio integrato per una migliore gestione dei rifiuti, sensibilizzazione ambientale ed educazione ad un’alimentazione sana per i rifugiati dei campi di Nur Shams e Tulkarem” funded by AICS aims at improving the sanitary conditions of the population of Nur Shams and Tulkarem refugee camps, through an improved integrated waste management system and increased awareness of the importance of the protection of the environment.

In particular, this project aims at the achievement of the following results:
• Improved management of the waste collection service run by UNRWA for the two camps;
• Consolidation of the complementary waste collection system in the Nurshams camps, extension to Tulkarem camp and explore new opportunities for expansions;
• Improvement of the environmental consciousness and awareness of the beneficiaries of the Nurshams and Tulkarem refugee camps through training activities, awareness campaigns and promotion of healthier eating styles.

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3. Eyefficiency: the sustainability toolkit for cataract surgery

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been awarded another Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund* grant for the second phase of developing a web-based audit toolkit for measuring the triple bottom line of cataract surgery.

For more information click here

4. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on 19 September 2018, in Sheffield.

To book, please click on the link here.

5. WM3: technical guidance – waste classification

This document provides guidance on waste classification. It is a comprehensive reference manual for anyone involved in producing, managing and regulating waste.

To access the document, please click here


Waste Stories 15/1/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

NHS Property Services is looking for an experienced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager to join its small but dynamic CSR team based within the wider Operations Directorate,  reporting to the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Whilst the role is predominantly London based you can expect to spend time out of the office planning and delivering CSR projects and engagement activities in the community.

For more information click here

2. Half day workshop on remanufacturing/repair/reuse and single use in the healthcare sector

This half-day workshop which is sponsored by Grundon Waste Management Ltd, will focus on the remanufacturing/repair/reuse of bulky items, as well as the effective management of single use items in healthcare facilities. There will be short presentations from Alan Armstrong from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Karl Sheehan from Sharpsmart. Following the presentations, there will be the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of information. These discussions will be facilitated by Anne Woolridge and Maria Mahon. A light lunch will be served at the end.

Spaces will be limited. To book, click here

3. More funding for community fridge

The world’s first Community Fridge Network is set to expand thanks to £160,000 of National Lottery funding from Big Lottery Fund.

Read more here

 4. Promoting sustainability in healthcare: how to stay positive
Friday, April 27, 2018 – 09:3016:30
University of Brighton – Falmer campus, Checkland Building – Room C122, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9PH, GB


The symposium aims to present the diversity of sustainable practices within health and social care settings and to inspire change towards more sustainable practices.  We extend an invitation to academic and clinical colleagues from a wide range of disciplines who are engaged in sustainability.

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5. FPA environment seminar

The 2018 Food Service Packaging Association (FPA) Environment Seminar takes place on 24 January at Horwood House, Near Milton Keynes from 10.00 to 17.00. Tt will feature presentations from Lord Deben, as well as a range of organisations including Coca Cola, the Green Alliance, WRAP and Simply Cups. 

For more information, click here

Waste stories 29/2/2016


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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

Read the story here

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.

Read the story here

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.

Read the story here

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.

Read the story here

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