Waste Stories 6/3/2017

1. Green paper on Industrial Strategy

Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper is open for consultation until April 17.

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2. Environmental advisor with GSK

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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.

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4. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regs

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5. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) public registers

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Waste Stories 27/2/2017

1. 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

2. UK hospitality and food service businesses save £67 million

UK businesses in the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) have saved £67 million over the past three years.

The announcement comes as part of the final report of achievements by signatories to the voluntary agreement, developed and managed by WRAP on behalf of UK governments.

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3. Free reuse seminars from WRAP Cymru

In February and March, WRAP Cymru is hosting free networking and information-sharing events for the Welsh reuse sector, and free sustainable procurement workshops for the Welsh public sector. 

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4. New definition of RDF

An updated definition for refuse-derived fuel (RDF) trialled within the industry for six months will be adopted, following positive feedback, Defra has said.

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5. Zero Waste Scotland: circular economy investment fund

 

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy. Between 2016 and 2018, Zero Waste Scotland is making funding and support available through structured grant calls and procurements. These will focus on priority commercial and industrial sectors which are:

  • the bio economy (food and drink)
  • built environment (construction and demolition)infrastructure (oil and gas decommissioning, renewables, transmission)
  • energy infrastrucure (oil and gas decommissoning, renewables, transmission)

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Waste Stories 20/2/2017

1. 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, retail and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership, NHS organisations and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

2. EU sustainable energy awards competition

The Awards offer no monetary prize, but allow organisations to demonstrate commitment towards a cleaner environment, inspire others and be recognised at European level. Nominees and winners will benefit from communications support and increased visibility to stakeholders, the press and the general public.

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3. Launch of SDU Health Check report 2017

The Department of Health in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England (PHE), NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), NHS Digital and NHS Property Services have stated their organisational commitments to deliver a socially and environmentally sustainable health and care system.

Read the report here

4. RCP annual conference (March 16 & 17 – Manchester: UK)

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is launching a programme of work focusing on healthcare sustainability at the Medicine 2017 conference in March. You will be able to find the RCP sustainability team on the RCP Hub stand at the conference, or email them on sustainability@rcplondon.ac.uk.

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5. European Commission highlights five key actions to combat food waste

Speaking at the very first meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste in November 2016, Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis highlighted five key areas of action to help combat food waste among Member States.

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Waste Stories: 13/2/2017

1. 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-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

2. Can we really cut food waste in half?

In the wake of discouraging food waste figures, the director of the World Resources Institute’s Food Loss & Waste Program, Liz Goodwin, outlines the actions individuals, retailers, manufacturers and government can take to really get us to our halving food waste goal.

Read the story here

3. New SEPA guidance on reuse and waste regulations

SEPA has published new guidance on reuse activities and waste regulations which aims to support the growth of reuse activities in Scotland, in line with the Scottish Government’s Strategy for a Circular Economy, and SEPA’s Waste to Resources Framework.

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4. Aberystwyth University nappy recycling breakthrough

A scientist has developed a process to recycle nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products. Aberystwyth University’s Joe Freemantle said waste can be separated and refined to produce biofuel and textiles. He said those include rayon and viscose, which are often used to make clothing. Every year the UK produces one million tonnes of hygiene product waste – most going to landfill sites, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

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5. Climate Bonds Initiative launches Waste Management Technical Working Group

The Climate Bonds Initiative has announced the formation of a new Waste Management Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop new sector criteria that aims to stimulate investment into low-carbon waste management activities and infrastructure.

The Waste Management TWG is the first group to be convened in 2017, as Climate Bonds expands the sectors covered by its international Climate Bonds Standard and Certification scheme.

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Waste Stories: 6/2/2017

1. Britain falling behind on renewables target

Britain is lagging behind on its commitments to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, while the European Union overall remains on track.

According to a report by Reuters, other nations identified by the Commission as falling behind are Luxembourg and Ireland.

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2. Cloud Sustainability’s eLearning module short listed

Cloud Sustainability’s eLearning module Preventing waste: the journey of food has been short listed in the REFRESH Food Waste Solution contest.

Vote here

3. Updated KTN platform

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has updated its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from sustainability to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered.

View the platform here

4. Environment Appeal: appeal form

The Environment Agency deals with applications for environmental permits. The Planning Inspectorate deals with appeals. The appeal guidance and form have been updated.

To see the guidance and form, click here

5. Loughborough University research into food waste waste reduction

Loughborough University is part of a new £0.8 million research project examining how food manufacturing systems can be improved to reduce waste.

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Waste Stories 30/1/2017

 

1. 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, Daventry District Council and Severn Trent Water. Further details will follow in due course.

2. How much food and drink waste is there in Scotland?

Zero Waste Scotland has recently published a report on food waste in Scotland. It states that there is an estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink waste was disposed of in Scotland in 2013. This covers solid and liquid waste arising from households and solid waste arising from “commercial and industrial” sectors, which includes the public sector.
 

View the report here

3. The SDU’s Sustainable healthcare products challenge

The SDU is seeking applications to undertake work to identify and quantify the environmental, financial and potential social benefits of healthcare products. This could include products from cardboard kidney trays, alcohol hand gel to medical devices such as walking aids or surgical equipment. 

The Unit intend to award three contracts of £3,000 each.  

For more information, click here

4. EU low carbon hospital challenge

The European Commission has launched a competition to find a hospital that has an innovative and perfectly integrated combined heat and power installation within its premises that uses 100 percent renewable energy sources. A cash reward of €1m will be offered to the hospital that most effectively meets the criteria, which include using at least three different renewable energy technologies. The deadline to apply is April 2019.

5. Funding competition: technology solutions for society in India

Innovate UK is investing up to £1.6 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to enhance healthcare, clean technology and infrastructure in India.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and India. Innovate UK and the Indian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.

The University of Northampton would be particularly keen to partner, as we have done work in India and have good links, particularly in Chennai.

For more details, click here

Waste Stories 23/1/2017

1. 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 the NHS, government agencies and industry. Further details will follow in due course.

2. WRAP’s household food and drink report 2015

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3. Study tours to other European healthcare facilities

The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, of which the NHS Confederation is a member, is organising two study visits for hospital managers interested in learning about healthcare practices in other EU countries. The first on 2-3 February will examine lean management methods in French hospitals, while the second on 4-5 May will look at quality and safety practices in the Belgian healthcare system. For more information, contact chris.lynch@nhsconfed.org.

4. NIHR global health research – call for expert reviewers

The NIHR recently launched a call inviting applications to establish Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups. UK Higher Education Institutions and Research Institutes are being invited to work in partnership with low and middle income countries (LMICs, as defined by the DAC list) to deliver research up to the value of £7m that benefits people living in those countries.

NIHR are seeking experts to become peer reviewers for these applications to help identify the strongest ones for funding. We are looking for people working at a senior level who would be able to comment on the importance, quality and deliverability of the proposed programmes of work. We are particularly keen to invite experts based in LMICs, but if you are based in a non-LMIC and are working in any area of global health research, we are also keen to hear from you.

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5. Clean energy for all Europeans

The European Commission wants the EU to lead the clean energy transition, not only adapt to it. For this reason the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU’s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. Today’s proposals have three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers. 

Read the full report here

Waste Stories 16/1/2017

1. 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 the NHS, government agencies and industry. Further details will follow in due course.

2. Free seminars from Ricardo Energy & Environment

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3. British Journal of Healthcare Management (Jan 2017)

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4. Post event briefing: redefining waste and resource policy outside the EU

The EU has been one of the main drivers for UK policy and legislation on waste and resource management over the past 40 years. This seminar aimed to explore how Brexit will affect the waste and resource policy landscape, and aimed to identify what policy is needed going ahead to protect the waste and resource industry, as well as our environment, after we leave the EU.

For a summary of the event please click here

5. WAMITAB recruiting external assessors

In recent years WAMITAB’s portfolio of accredited qualifications has increased, requiring an increase in external quality assurance.

WAMITAB now seeks to recruit further suitably qualified personnel in the field of sustainable resource management to support its external quality assurance function. Applications would be welcomed from suitably qualified assessors, IQAs etc with appropriate waste and resource management qualifications based in the Midlands and South of England. 

For further details, click here 

 

 

Waste Stories 5/12/2016

10th anniversary1.The Group’s 2016 report

Please find the Group’s annual report for 2016. A big thank you to the Committee and our sponsors. The Group will be hosting its annual conference in Autumn 2017, in Northampton. It will focus on sustainable food waste management. More information to follow.

Read the report hcwrr-steering-committee-report-2016a

2. ‘Brainy’ bins

The so-called ‘brainy bins’ from Carnie use what is claimed to be highly sophisticated ultrasound with multiple sensors that are calibrated to exactly match specific types of bins.

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3. Welsh fund to boost mattress recycling

A £350,000 fund has been launched to extend a mattress recycling initiative in south Wales.The Welsh Government and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are offering the money for an “innovative solution” to allow every part of a mattress to be recycled. It will support the development and commercialisation of technologies, processes and business models.

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4. Consultation on implementing the principles of the circular economy in UK organisations

See the consultation here

5. Solar.clinic

Geostellar, the first and largest online solar marketplace in the United States, announced  the launch of Solar.Clinic, a program for health care systems to go solar and offer solar energy to their employees, patients and community members

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Waste Stories 28/11/2016

10th anniversary1.SEPA unveils new waste to resources framework

A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by SEPA, focussing on how it will support a circular economy in Scotland.

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2.Veolia report highlights hidden value in key sectors

The report Imagine 2050 says that the manufacturing, pharmaceutical & chemical and food & beverage sectors generate around 13 million tonnes of waste, and if this was properly reused, recycled or remanufactured, it could generate £4 billion of value that is currently ‘hidden’.

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3.’World’s first’ automated mattress recycling machine launched

The Furniture Recycling Group (TFR Group) has designed, developed and produced the “world’s first” automated pocket spring recycling machine, created to streamline the mattress recycling process significantly and reduce the number of mattresses sent to landfill each year.

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4. Lancet gives sustainable heathcare global spotlight

While the eyes of the world’s sustainability experts were on COP22 at Marrakesh, the Lancet put sustainable health on the agenda by launching the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.

The Lancet Countdown will be a 15-year investigation comprised of a collaborative force of 16 research institutions from around the globe. The study will publish research on the risks and opportunities of climate change and climate change mitigation respectively every year.

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5. Health and safety statistics for Great Britain, for 2015/6

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