Waste Stories 29/5/2017

1. Would you like to be part of the next carbon and natural resource footprinting for the NHS and health sector?

The SDU are looking to form a temporary carbon and natural resource footprinting working group. 

The group will feed into the development of the national Health and Social Care sector carbon and natural resource footprinting process. The 2018 footprint will underpin the work to develop the sector strategy  and plans for 2020-2025, ensuring that national footprint supports local action. This is a crucial change to engage at the earliest point in the development process. 

For more information click here

2. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) Seeks Transformational Low-Carbon Projects

The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) offers a range of support mechanisms such as project development, expert advice and funding; supporting the development of substantive private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland. Furthermore, the LCITP aims to contribute towards the Scottish Government’s long-term target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020. The LCITP will consider support for the following types of project activities:
  • Low carbon and/or renewable electricity and heat generation.
  • Local energy economies.
  • Heat recovery (eg district heating).
  • Energy storage and distributed energy systems.
  • Hydrogen.
  • Demand side management and active network management.
  • Innovative/ local finance solutions and investor readiness for low carbon projects.
  • Energy efficiency (eg non-domestic building retrofit)
  • Resource efficiency.
  • Materials recycling and re-use.

The next deadline for applications is June 16. For more information click here

3. NHS Sustainability awards 2017 – winners

See the winners 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. The ‘O’ word

The appropriate segregation and management of offensive waste remains one of the biggest waste management challenges for the healthcare sector. Views on how best to deal with this waste stream vary across the UK, not only amongst the healthcare community which produces the waste and the contractors who collect it, but between the regulators in each of the UK countries.

Read more here

Waste Stories 22/5/2017

1. Unilever develops new technology to recycle plastic sachet waste

Unilever has unveiled its ground-breaking new technology to recycle sachet waste. This technology, called CreaSolv® Process, has been developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany.

Read more here

2. Update of the EU Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive

EU decision-makers are currently updating the EU Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, which protects workers exposed to carcinogenic and reprotoxic hazards during preparation and administration of cytotoxic drugs for cancer patients

3. Follow the CIWM’s Special Interest Group (SIG) Community’s page on Healthcare Waste

Sign up and follow the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) SIG’ Community page on Healthcare Waste, and get updates on what’s happening in the sector.

Information on the Group and the Community webpage is here

If you have any queries please contact the CIWM’s technical department on 01604 620426 or technical@ciwm.co.uk

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. Milton Keynes to host a ‘community fridge’

The Old Bath House Community Centre in Wolverton has successfully secured pilot funding for Milton Keynes’ first ever Community Fridge, which will be trialled with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK in a growing effort to tackle food waste.

Read more here

Waste Stories 15/5/2017

 

1. Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Competition Round Three Open

The aim of the Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Competition is to stimulate and widen innovation in UK manufacturing and materials. A range of projects that address technical or commercial challenges can be supported. These aim to increase business productivity, competitiveness and growth, particularly for SMEs. A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. The type of innovation project will depend on the nature of the challenge the applicant business is facing.

The deadline for registration is July 12. For more information click here

2. OECD vacancy – Water governance co-ordinator

The OECD is looking for an experienced programme co-ordinator to lead the activities of the OECD Water Governance Programme. S/he will be expected to carry out and supervise economic and policy analysis, to draft and ensure the quality control of the reports and policy briefs; to disseminate the work in relevant events and networks; to co-ordinate the biannual multi-stakeholder network and its working groups; and to fundraise actively to ensure the sustainability of the Programme.

See details here

3. Co-op to reduce waste to landfill

The Co-op is aiming to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by replacing the usual polystyrene bases for its pizza packaging with recyclable cardboard. 

Read the story 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.

To book click here

5. Vacancy with CESVI for a waste management specialist in Tajikistan

The role will last for 5 months, starting in August 2017.
The Waste Management Specialist will be based in Ayni, with frequent travels to Dushanbe.
S/he reports to the Project Manager/Environment expert and responds to the Head of Mission and the Desk officer (HQ).

The main activities, s/he will be involved are:

• Mapping of the main centres of waste and production in the project target area
• Support, organization and technical backstopping for trainings and awareness seminars on sustainable management of waste (bringing innovations)
• Support and evaluation of the recycling system
• Support in training on compost techniques to rural settlements
• Study of the impact of the new collection system
• Support in the organisation of the Training Course on solid waste management
• Technical backstopping for the establishment of safe waste deposits
• Support on the evaluation and technical backstopping for the implementation of small pilot projects

For more information click here

Waste Stories 8/5/2017

1. Pharmaceuticals disposal in Australia

After researching the disposal of medicines among the general Australian population, Professor Amanda Wheeler from Griffith University came across some shocking results.

Of more than 4000 people surveyed for the in the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Project Audit 2016, around 60% admitted they had unwanted medicines stored at home.

Read more here

2. The Square mile challenge

The Square Mile Challenge is on track to reach its aim of recycling 500,000 cups by the end of April and is currently collecting around 32,000 single use coffee cups every day.

Read more here

3. Non-executive directors of CIWM Enterprises Ltd

The Board of CIWM Enterprises Ltd are seeking corporate members of the Institution with the relevant experience to apply to become Non-Executive Directors. Applicants should submit the completed application form by 19 May 2017. Shortlisted candidates will need to be available for interview week commencing 5 June 2017. 

To access the electronic application form, job description, role description and person description, please click here.

Any questions or queries should be sent to ceo@ciwm.co.uk.

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. ‘Sustainable’ hospital building design

New Karolinska Solna is one of the world’s most sustainable university hospitals and one of Skanska’s largest project ever.

It is being developed with a focus on patients. This means that everything from architectural plans to the operation of the completed hospital will be based on patients’ privacy, safety and comfort.

Read more here

Waste Stories 1/5/2017

 

1. CIWM webinar on fire safety at waste sites

This webinar will provide attendees with an update on several developments related to fire safety on waste sites.  An introduction to the new guidance from WISH, an insight into the development of Fire Prevention Plan templates from the Wood Recyclers Association and an overview of the CIWM’s new fire safety on waste sites course.  The webinar is open to both CIWM members and non-members. 

Book here

2. Making energy clean, affordable and secure: apply for funding

The Energy Catalyst has up to £13 million to support innovative market-focused projects in the energy sector both in the UK and in developing countries. Businesses can apply for a share of £13 million for innovative projects that address the issues of cost, emissions and security of supply.

For more information click here

3. Environmental permits: regulatory position statements (RPS) – update

The RPS explain the circumstances when you do not need to apply for a permit.

For more details 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.

To book click here

5. ISWA waste-to-energy study tour (June 18 – 23)

The technical tour combines site visits to 10 different plants and facilities in operation in Alpine Germany and Austria with accompanying special seminars.

To view the programme and to register click here

Waste Stories 24/4/2017

 

1. ‘Breakthrough’ process converts hygiene product waste to RDF

Millions of feminine hygiene products, nappies, incontinence pads and other hygiene waste currently sent to landfill by commercial organisations and public bodies can now be recycled to produce clean energy, according to PHS Group.

For more information click here

2. ISWA petition to close the globe’s 50 largest dumpsites

ISWA is campaigning to close the 50 biggest dumpsites to protect the health and wellbeing of millions of people worldwide. ISWA created the Roadmap to Closing Dumpsites Report.  Next, with your help, it will set up an international helpdesk, making support directly available to those who need it.

Read more here

3. CIWM report on shifts in consumption trends

A new report commissioned by CIWM explores how advances in digital technology are changing how and what we consume and driving supply chain innovation, with particular reference to packaging and the grocery sector.

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, 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. Sustainability lead with Nestle

Nestle is looking for a Sustainability Lead to be based in its Gatwick Head Office however the role will also include some travel. You’ll be rewarded with an attractive package and more importantly, you’ll be working within a team and for a brand that will inspire you.

For more details click here

 

Waste Stories 3/4/2017

1. OPEN CONSULTATION: Local authority environmental regulation fees and charges 2017 – closes 13 April 2017

Defra want to know what you think about proposed amendments to the environmental permitting fees and charges schemes including a general increase of 4.5%.  Do you think the increase is justified to cover regulatory costs?  Defra particularly want to hear from Local Authority Environmental Health regulators, operators and their trade associations.

For more details click here

2. Persistent Organic Pollutants: draft Stockholm Convention UK implementation plan 2017 – closes 14 April 2017

Defra wants to know what you think about the proposed new actions in the updated national implementation plan.  This plan sets out the progress made since 2013 in reducing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).  It also proposes new actions for improving progress and implementing the requirements for new POPs that have been added.

For details, click 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, 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

4. EC consultation on antimicrobial resistance

The European Commission has launched a consultation asking which activities should be included in its new Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance. Responses, which should be submitted by 28 April, will help decide on which actions should be taken at EU level to seek to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials, strengthen infection control and stimulate innovation into new treatments.

Read the consultation here

5. European funding for bio-based industries – expressions of interest

This KTN, H2020 UK National Contact Points, SusChem and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) event is aimed at companies and research organisations that are interested in European Funding for Bio-based Industries (BBI) and who wish to work with European counterparts in collaborative research and innovation projects. The morning session will highlight information about the 2017 call for proposals from the BBI Joint Undertaking and the afternoon will be highly participative in support of consortia building and proposal development. Due to limited spaces the KTN is operating an Expression of Interest scheme for this event.

Read more here

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.

 

For more details click here

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.

To book click here

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.

Read more here

 

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.

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.

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.

Listen here

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.

Read more here