Waste Stories 7/8/2017

1. The SDU’s Health Outcomes Travel Tool (HOTT)

The SDU’s Health Outcomes of Travel Tool (HOTT) helps NHS organisations measure the impact their travel and transport has in environmental, financial and health terms. An innovative tool it allows the quantification of impacts from different travel sources to allow the creation of a plan and targeted initiatives to reduce the NHS’s impact from travel and transport.

Read more here

2. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • Presentations will cover a range of topics including exciting new products, such as bioplastics and surfactants; supply chain management; and policy and legislative updates
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from both public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book 5 spaces and get 1 free. Book now by clicking here

3. Your business is food – don’t throw it away

A campaign to help food businesses save money and boost profits by being more efficient with food.  The campaign has been developed with WRAP under the Courtauld Commitment 2025.  A resource pack is available which includes starter pack, tracking sheets, calculator, checklists and case studies.

For more information click here

4. Vacancy for CIWM Technical Officer

This interesting and busy role provides technical advice to members, the sector and relevant committees.  You will also liaise with trainers and internal departments to ensure that CIWM standards are maintained, and be involved as a point of contact for technical and education/training guidance, produce reports, assess materials and workshops, and check/contribute to the Website and weekly newsletter.

Details here

5. Government funding for electric vehicle-to-grid technologies

Up to £20 million is available from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – working with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK – to fund projects that investigate new business models, consumer awareness and technologies that support interaction between electric vehicles and the grid.

View details here

 

Waste Stories 31/7/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • It will provide practical recommendations for sustainably managing food waste
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from a range of public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Early bird registration closes soon. Book now by clicking here

2. The CIWM’s Healthcare Waste Special Interest Group (SIG)

 The purpose of this Special Interest Group (SIG) is to act as a forum for information exchange relating to healthcare waste (treatment, disposal, collection and prevention etc) from domestic, commercial and industrial sectors within the UK.

To find out more and to join, click here

3. Engagement and Service Excellence Manager vacancy

ISS UK Waste Management are looking for an Engagement and Service Excellence Manager.

See more here

4. NHS Supply Chain’s latest sustainability report

The new report focuses on how NHS Supply Chain is helping the NHS to:improve due diligence around labour standards

  • improve the efficiency of deliveries. 
  • procure sustainable and nutritional food
  • be a lower carbon organisation

For more information click here

5. Business advisor vacancy

Northamptonshire Growth Hub are recruiting for a Business Adviser – come and join the team!

For more information click here

Waste Stories 24/7/2017

 

1. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • It will provide practical recommendations for sustainably managing food waste
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from a range of public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book now by clicking here

2. Clean Tech innovators and investors workshop

Investors and clean tech firms are invited to sign up and jointly explore the opportunities offered by the UK’s fast expanding green economy.

The BusinessGreen Technology and Investment Forum, offers leading investors, green entrepreneurs, and clean tech start-ups to jointly explore the investment opportunities presented by the UK’s fast expanding green technology sector.

The Forum will take place at BusinessGreen’s offices in Central London on the morning of Wednesday 4 October.

The event will feature keynote addresses from leading clean tech and green investment experts, including event sponsor Innovate UK, and a series of short presentations from around 20 of the UK’s most exciting, investment-stage clean tech firms.

Read more here

3. Newton Fund: global funding opportunities for UK companies

So far, some 14 bilateral funding competitions with 8 different partner countries, have opened, and  a number of others are open and forthcoming.

These competitions are giving UK businesses a chance to work with overseas partners (and other UK partners) and jointly develop innovative commercial solutions to key societal challenges the partner country is facing. These challenge are as diverse as cliamte change and urbanisation in Malaysia, non-communicable diseases in South Africa, and industrial waste in India.

Read more here

4. The SPHS 2016 annual report

The SPHS Annual Report 2016 was launched today. The report brings together the key achievements of the SPHS Task Team for a more sustainable global health sector, which prioritizes protecting the environment and addressing the threat of climate change.

Read the report here

5. ISWA World Congress and WASTECON – No Time to Waste – 25-27 September 2017, Baltimore

 The North American Solid Waste Association’s WASTECON conference co-locates with the International Solid Waste Association’s World Congress to offer two exciting international events in one location.  Thousands of industry professionals will gather at the convenient Baltimore location.

For more information click here

 

Waste Stories 17/7/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • It will provide practical recommendations for sustainably managing food waste
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from a range of public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book now by clicking here

2. Should parents pay to bin used nappies?

Parents have raised a stink over “ridiculous” plans by some councils in England and Wales to charge them to take away nappies on top of their household waste.

Among the gripes is that bin collections are getting less frequent and cause a smelly pile-up. So what options do parents have?

Read more here

3. Recomed wins at the National Recycling Awards

Recomed, a scheme to recover PVC medical devices, has jointly won the Waste Prevention category of the 2017 National Recycling Awards, for an approach to sustainable healthcare recycling.

The scheme, which runs across the UK, is run by project partners Axion Consulting, a resource recovery specialist, and the British Plastics Federation.

Since 2014 RecoMed has supplied recycling containers, communication materials and collections to participating hospitals.

Read more here

4. Reuse of surplus assets at Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Read more here

5. Vacancies for academic teaching staff (Sessional), at UNIC

University of Northampton International College (UNIC), Navitas Ltd UK. Salary: From £22.22 – £43.24 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience). Location: Northampton

Navitas is a diversified global education provider that offers an extensive range of educational services for students and professionals.
University of Northampton International College (UNIC) is currently seeking to recruit part time academic lecturing staff to teach in some or all of the following programmes:   Foundation, First Year and Pre-Masters.   We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who can deliver curriculum in at least one of the following areas:

– Business
– Mathematics
– Fashion
– Applied Concepts

UNIC is an Associate College of the University of Northampton and opened in September 2016.   We are seeking exceptional, dynamic candidates.   Applicants should possess a relevant degree and have broad demonstrable commercial experience.   We are ideally seeking applicants with experience of teaching. 

In this role you will teach international learners and be responsible for the preparation and delivery of lessons, teaching students, undertaking assessment and internal moderation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to work in the UK on an ongoing basis. UNIC is a safeguarding employer and the successful applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. UNIC is an equal opportunity employer and part of Navitas Limited. Navitas reserves the right to fill the positions by invitation.

Applicants must be able to start work on September, 2017 and demonstrate that they are eligible to work in the UK. Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, 24 August 2017. Applications including both a covering letter and Curriculum Vitae should be sent to: Mrs May Flett, Director of Academic and Student Services, at may.flett@unic.northampton.ac.uk.

Applications close at 17:00 on Wednesday 9 August, 2017.

We regret that due to the volume of the applications, only successful applicants will be contacted

 

Waste Stories 10/7/2017

 

1. Guidance on avoiding the misclassification of waste

The Waste Industry Group has published an “easy to use” guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them. The group said “Misclassification of Waste- and how to avoid it” is aimed at waste producers, carriers, brokers, consultants and managers.

According to the group, the guide lists the most common mistakes in waste classification, explains why they are wrong, and sets out what to do about it. Categories include waste acceptance criteria (WAC), list of waste/EWC codes, and hazard property codes, as well as waste types such as metals, hydrocarbons, and inert wastes.

To read the guidance click here

2. Trio win funding for mattress recycling trials

Three organisations have won funding bids to develop sustainable solutions for the textile content of used mattresses, as part of an ongoing competition run by Rhondda Cynon Taf council in South Wales.

The three successful bidders are: the University of South Wales; environmental consultancy, Commons Vision; and the Furniture Recycling Group/Resource Futures.  Each bidder has been awarded funding to undertake feasibility work and to produce detailed bids for a pilot-scale operation.

Read more here

3. Painless flu jab

A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like micro-needles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin’s surface. It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves.

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, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water.

There will be opportunities to explore funding and business support opportunities.

It is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

5. Sustainability in healthcare waste management (Stericycle blog)

Alan McIver discusses sustainability in waste management and provides an insight into some of the work Stericycle is doing.

Read more here

Waste Stories 6/6/2017

1.Consultation on new air quality plan

The government today published a draft plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK.

The options now open for consultation on reducing nitrogen dioxide in towns and cities are designed to reduce the impact of diesel vehicles, and accelerate the move to cleaner transport.

For more information click here

2. The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards recognise those businesses that are undertaking ‘innovation and impact’ in communicating sustainability and engaging with employees to make sustainability relevant for them and the wider society. The awards also champion business commitment to the fundamental issues relating to sustainability – the environment, energy, recycling and the industrial supply chain and the achievements of consultants.
 
For more information click here
 

3. NHSScotland waste management action plan 2016 – 2020

Read the document 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. Need training to manage a waste site?

Operators are required to ensure they have appropriate technically competent managers on site in accordance with an ‘approved scheme’. The EPOC course will enable you to gain an Environmental Permitting Operators Certificate. This proves that you are technically competent and know how to comply with your waste facilities’ environmental permit and waste regulations.

For more information click here

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