Waste Stories 14/5/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. I&I WG: Investment platform

The I&I WG is pleased to invite you to a WG meeting on Investment Platforms on 29th May. This meeting is co-organised with the Bioeconomy WG, the Smart Cities WG and the Blue Growth WG, as the investment platforms presented and discussed during the meeting touch upon all these thematic areas.

The event will particularily look into the URBIS – Urban investment advisory platform, as well as the newly announced Circular Economy Platform.

For more information, click here

2. Applications open for National Apprenticeship Awards

This year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, which seeks to reflect the quality of apprenticeships across all sectors, is now open for entries.

The fifteenth iteration of the successful event, led by the National Apprenticeship Service, features new categories such as Recruitment Excellence, which will recognise employers who attracted a diverse and high-quality workforce in more innovative ways.

Read more here

3. The hydrogen revolution in Sheffield

Air quality in the UK is a serious problem. A joint study between Lancet Countdown and the Royal College of Physicians last year found that 44 cities in the UK were in breach of World Health Organization guidelines on clean air.

It makes sense, then, that councils should take the lead on trying to clear the air in their local areas by adopting more environmentally-friendly options in their own fleets.

One innovative option is already being explored in Sheffield, where the council is working with Amey to trial two vans that use hydrogen power in its road maintenance fleet.

Read more here

4. Workshop on waste classification

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

5. Open funding call

This competition is open to the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation.

These can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy.

They can fit into, or be outside of, any one or more of Innovate UK’s Challenge Areas.

There is also the opportunity to apply for a separate, independent competition, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

For more information, click here

 

Waste Stories 8/5/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Sustainable dentistry – innovation and future proofing

Conference on sustainable dentistry on Friday 29th June, 09:30 – 16:30, at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in London.

The conference, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) in partnership with Health Education England will address what dental trainees, high street and community dentists and dental commissioners could do to reduce the environmental impact of dental care, engaging and inspiring dental professionals to embed sustainability in their day to day practice.

To book, click here

2. ISWA study tour to waste to energy facilities

The 9th ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy, June 24 – 29, 2018.

The technical tour combines site visits to 10 different plants and facilities in operation in Austria and the Czech Republic with accompanying seminars.

Over the week, you will see and learn about the Best Available Technologies (BAT) and installations for Waste-to-Energy, in Europe. The practical seminars on sustainable waste management focus on advanced resource and energy efficiency, recovery, treatment and safe intermediate storage of wastes, which allows for diversion of all organic waste exceeding 5% TOC from landfill.

For more information and to register, click here

3. Workshop on waste classification

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

4. East Midlands explores devolution deal to ‘match clout’ of WMCA

A devolution deal extending across the whole of the East Midlands is being explored, council leaders have confirmed.

It is hoped that the deal would provide balance across the Midlands Engine (ME) area to match the clout of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Read more here

5. Tender for the provision of waste management services for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

This procurement relates to the provision of Waste Management Service (non-clinical). This requirement is to be split in to three lots:

Lot 1 = General Waste and Dry Mixed Recycling
Lot 2 = Confidential Waste
Lot 3 = Bulky wastes and skips

The agreement shall be for THREE years, from the commencement date, with options to extend by two periods of 12 months (five years maximum duration). This process is being conducted through the ProcureNotts e-tendering portal.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 30/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 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.

Bookings for this event are now closed

2. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes link businesses with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project, which will enable businesses to grow and be innovative. The goal is to transfer expert know-how and skills into the company, and provide new challenges and ideas to the University.

The University of Northampton has access to the expertise and funding to support KTPs.

For more information, click here

3. ISWA Communication Award

The ISWA Communication Award has been designed to honour excellent Waste Communication Campaigns that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste and resource management.  The deadline for nominations is 8 May 2018 via the online submission platform.

For more information, click here

4. Webinar on how to source opportunities on Contract Finder

Join this 30 minute webinar to get an introduction to Contracts Finder; in particular, how to set up contract alerts, respond to bids, manage opportunities, and make the most of the dispute resolution service if you see terms and conditions you feel are unworkable for small businesses.

Presented by Jo Dale from Crown Commercial Service, who will deliver a few slides to introduce Contracts Finder and then open up for your questions.

For more information, click here

5. Sustainable Health and Care Awards

The awards highlight and celebrate the fantastic sustainable development work across the NHS, social care and public sector. The provide organisations, teams and individuals the opportunity to showcase their projects.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 23/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 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.

To book, click here

2. World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2018

Generation Safe & Healthy. The campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030. The SafeDay campaign highlights the critical importance of addressing the challenges and improving safety and health of young workers

3. World Federation of Occupational Therapists publication

Launch of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) publication ‘Sustainability Matters: Guiding Principles for Sustainability in Occupational Therapy Practice, Education and Scholarship’. You can download a copy freely from the WFOT Resource Centre.

To access the publication, click here (choose publications)

 4. Allied Healthcare: homecare provider seeks rescue plan

One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which employs 8,700 people to look after elderly and vulnerable patients, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a “highly challenging environment”.

Read more here

5. £25M Investment Scheme, Climate-Positive sack will reduce packaging waste

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has launched a project to determine viable strategies for recycling multi-material flexible plastic packaging currently being discarded as hospital waste. Working with researchers at the Plastics Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), the project will involve blending trials and material analysis as well as identifying potential end-market applications for the resulting recycled products.

Read more here

Waste Stories 16/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 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.

To book, click here

2. Horizon2020 brokerage event for climate and smart mobility: Paris 27/4/2018

Space, Environment and Transport NCPs, the French clusters ASTech Paris Region and Mov’eo and Enterprise Europe Network are pleased to invite you to the first Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event dedicated to the space, environment and transport communities

For more information, click here

3. New £10m manufacturing and materials readiness Innovation Loans

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative manufacturing or materials projects.  The aim of this competition is to provide loans to help SMEs increase manufacturing readiness.  Innovation loans will offer affordable, patient, flexible, repayable funding for later-stage research & development projects with a clear route to commercial success.

The competition scope will cover innovations in:

  • manufacturing systems, technologies or processes, and/or
  • materials development, properties, integration or reuse.

For more information, click here

4. Veolia launches organics trading platform

Veolia UK has launched a trading platform for waste wood and organic materials including green and food waste.

The waste management company said that the trading platform – www.biotrading.co.uk – will allow sellers to “get a good price for their product and gain maximum value from their waste and process by-products”. And, Veolia claimed that Biotrading is the first UK online marketplace for organic resources.

Read more here

5. Remain within REACH, says Environmental Policy Forum

According to the Environmental Policy Forum (a network of UK environmental professional bodies), the effective regulation of chemicals is critical for the economy, public health, environmental protection, the economy and animal welfare and ending the UK’s involvement in the EU chemical framework REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) could have serious consequences.

Read more here

 

Waste Stories 9/4/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. 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.

To book, click here

2. Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for companies to provide long term training focused on making real changes to how individuals perform at work. Recent changes to apprenticeships and the introduction of a levy, paid by all organisations in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3m, has generated greater interest in apprenticeships than ever before.

For more information, click here

3. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes link businesses with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project, which will enable businesses to grow and be innovative. The goal is to transfer expert know-how and skills into the company, and provide new challenges and ideas to the University.

The University of Northampton has access to the expertise and funding to support KTPs.

For more information, click here

4. Rushlight Summer Showcase

The Rushlight Summer Showcase brings together over cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, active European investors & financiers, corporate venturers, government departments, consultants, intermediaries, advisers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their supply chain and operations.

For more information, click here

5. Best practice: the local authority procurement toolkit: 8/5/2018

A best practice sharing session, with speakers from SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and Ricardo, who will be walking you through their guidelines for efficient procuring of services and solutions. This best practice guide, which draws on insights from local authority officers, waste management companies, financial and legal advisors will help you plan for your next procurement process to minimise delays, avoid common pitfalls and reduce your expenditure. If you are getting ready for procuring collection, cleansing or recyclates contract in the next three years, this informative webinar session is for you.

For more information and to book, click here

Waste Stories 26/3/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Expressions of Interest

UK businesses can propose which of the main challenges faced by UK industry should be addressed by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
 

To submit an expression of interest you must be an industry-led consortium of partners.Consortium members can be from academic organisations, public sector bodies, and research and technology organisations (RTOs).

 

For more details and how to apply, 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.

To book, click here

3. The Resource Recovery from Waste programme
 
The Resource Recovery from Waste programme aims to deliver the environmental science needed to support a radical change in waste management.
 

Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) is a collaborative research programme engaging academia, industry, government and the general public to develop knowledge and tools to reduce pressure on natural resources and create value from wastes.

It is funded by NERC, ESRC and Defra with the aim of delivering “the science needed to accomplish a paradigm shift in the recovery of resources from waste”.

For more details click here

4. March 2018 Innovate UK sector competition: now open

UK businesses can apply for a share of £19 million for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly impact the UK economy.

For more information and to apply click here

5. Free webinar: HSE Waste & Recycling Campaign – a snapshot of health and safety in the sectors

Hosted by CIWM and with panelists from the Health and Safety Executive and WISH the webinar will review the campaign undertaken at the latter part of 2017 and feedback on the findings and statistics alongside some case studies and illustrative photographs.  Thursday 26th April 2018 at 2.00pm

To book, click here

Waste Stories 19/3/2018

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Become a chartered member of the CIWM

Dates for interview workshops have been arranged for spring/summer 2018.  If you already have an intermediate grade of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) membership, these workshops are to support you as you prepare for the interview and corporate membership. Click here for dates and FAQs.  Application criteria can be found 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.

To book, click here

3. National Audit Office warns on the financial viability of councils

The National Audit Office (NAO) has recently warned central government that the state of local authority finances is “not sustainable” as lack of funding cuts away at services.

In a new report on the financial future of councils, the watchdog has laid bare the issues and claims that many authorities have been forced to begin using their savings reserves to combat “a range of new demand and cost pressures.”

Read more here

4. Free CIWM workshop on apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for companies to provide long term training focused on making real changes to how individuals perform at work. Recent changes to apprenticeships and the introduction of a levy, paid by all organisations in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3m, has generated greater interest in apprenticeships than ever before.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) are committed to helping individuals and organisations to understand more about how they can access apprenticeship training and navigate how apprenticeship training works, and will be running a webinar on 22 March to provide an introduction to apprenticeships in our sector

For more information and to book, click here

5. 2018 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge launched for entrepreneurs with ideas to tackle climate change

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest that rewards inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.

For more information click here

Waste Stories 12/3/2018

 

The Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industry experts back separate food waste collections

Mike Falconer Hall, organics programme manager at WRAP, has endorsed the case for separate food waste collections at the National Food Waste Conference in London.

Read more 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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

3. WEEE collection target missed

Statistics published by Defra have suggested that the 2017 collection target for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has been missed, with compliance schemes expecting a ‘seven figure’ compliance fee.

Read more here

4. DEFRA – resource efficiency survey

DEFRA wishes to identify and estimate opportunities for financial and environmental savings through material resource efficiency (e.g. waste prevention, reuse and recycling) in the metals, chemicals and construction sectors, with a view to guide policies in the forthcoming Government Strategy on Resources and Waste, and to support government ambition in doubling resource productivity by 2050, as published in the Industrial Strategy.

DEFRA are interested in successful projects/case studies to reduce waste, failed initiatives and reasons for failure, remaining potential to further reduce waste and increase yield and what it would take in terms of economics, technology and government policy to realise that potential.

Examples might include re-design of products, process efficiency improvements, material substitution, improved material re-use and recycling, etc.

Any information you can supply in this survey will help Defra to target future policy and assistance as effectively as possible

5. Warp-it reuse workshops

Warp-it is hosting a series of workshops across the UK to enable reuse to become mainsteam.

For more information, click here

Waste Stories 5/3/2018

 

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: calls for expressions of interest

The aim of this call is to identify the third wave of industry-led challenges in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together the UK’s world-leading research with industry to tackle the biggest industrial and societal challenges of our time.

£1 billion has been allocated to the first wave of challenges. A further £725 million has been announced for wave 2, which will run in 2018 and 2019.

Read more 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.

Only 3 spaces left. To book, click here

3. Apprenticeship week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we’re keen to hear how you’re benefiting from apprenticeships and how CIWM can support you? CIWM is currently scoping out what the sector needs in terms of information, advice and support and exploring how apprenticeships can complement existing training and development strategies.

As part of this work, CIWM will be offering a free webinar on 22 March focused on apprenticeships in our sector.

If you’re still deciding how to get involved in apprenticeships, or would like some advice or information, register your interest in the webinar by email on apprenticeships@ciwm.co.uk.

4. Innovate UK funding for emerging and enabling technologies

Innovate UK will invest up to £19 million in innovation projects that inspire new products, processes and services. These should address challenges in emerging and enabling technologies.

The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources.

Projects must show significant innovation in one of our 4 priority areas:

  1. Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies).
  2. Digital.
  3. Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design.
  4. Space applications

For more information, click here

5. Awards for excellence in recycling

Forward-thinking councils and waste management companies with ideas and successes have an extra two weeks to put themselves forward for the letsrecycle.com Awards For Excellence 2018 with the ceremony taking place on 10 May.

The deadline for entries has been extended to March 14 – giving local authorities, businesses and individuals, and waste and recycling companies, extra time to submit an entry in a wide-ranging 16 categories.

This year there is the opportunity to gain recognition in one of five new categories: Wood Recycling Business of the Year; Plastics Recycling Business of the Year; Metals Recycling Business of the Year; Paper Recycling Business of the Year; and Organics Recycling Business of the Year.

Find out more here