Waste Stories 26/09/2016


10th anniversary1.Low carbon networks and innovation conference

The 2016 Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference provides an opportunity to explore the key learnings from electricity and gas network innovation projects. The programme will provide unparalleled networking opportunities in addition to project focused presentations and workshops.

Co-hosted by Electricity North West and taking place at the iconic Manchester Central, the LCNI Conference will be held on 11-13 October 2016.

See conference details here

2. Webinar on EU funding opportunities for health research

If you are interested in the EU Horizon 2020 opportunities coming up in 2017 for organisations that operate in the health sector, register now for a webinar on 10 October. The webinar, for UK stakeholders, is jointly organised by the Medical Research Council (MRC), Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), with representation from the European Commission’s DG Research.

Register here

3. HOPE European exchange programme for health managers

HOPE – which stands for Hospitals of EurOPE – is an exchange programme which offers NHS colleagues in leadership positions a unique opportunity to exchange time in their healthcare system with another EU member state for four weeks. Not only does it encourage networking and the sharing of ideas and good practice across Europe; it helps hosting organisations look at their services from a fresh perspective, including how to make improvements to patient care.

The exchange part of the programme is followed by an international meeting for all participants. The 2017 programme will run from 15 May – 14 June 2017. 

Read more here

4. St Andrew’s Prize for the environment 2017

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is an initiative of the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the independent exploration and production company, ConocoPhillips.Launched in 1998, the St Andrews Prize aims to find and reward entrepreneurs worldwide who have developed original and practical ideas for coping with specific environmental problems. Such ideas must be designed to lead to action and be realistic, realisable and easy to replicate elsewhere while taking account of any social or economic implications. Examples of the type of topics applicants might choose to focus on are:
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban regeneration
  • Recycling
  • Health and environmental health
  • Waste, water and sanitation issues
  • Renewable energy
  • Wildlife conservation including reducing animal-human conflict
  • Land use and maintenance
The prize is managed by a group of distinguished trustees from a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. Since its launch, the prize has sought to find and support projects that display innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The quest still continues to support people who display vision, courage and conviction as they take on their individual challenges that will ultimately improve the lives of people living on this planet, or seek to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Individuals and organisations worldwide are eligible to apply (including multi-disciplinary teams and community groups). The overall winner receives US$100,000, and each of the other two finalists receive US$25,000. The deadline for the 2017 prize is October 2016.


Read more here

5. Jobs at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CHS) is looking for two highly able and motivated individuals with experience of healthcare provision or research to join the clinical programme team, as Clinical Programme Manager and Clinical Programe Deputy Director.

View the details and application forms here


Waste Stories 19/9/2016


10th anniversary1.Waste density conversion factors

See the spreadsheet Copy of uk-conversion-factors-for-waste

2. Results of the consultation of the Fire Prevention Plan

See the documents here

3. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)’s new strategy for regulation

View the strategy here

4. Defra’s departmental plan 2015 – 2020

Read more here

5. The biofuel autoclave

The Biofuel Autoclave pairs a gasketless non-electric autoclave with a highly efficient, low cost cookstove that can be powered by a variety of biofuels. This creates an autoclave that operates independent of the electric grid, lowering the primary barrier to autoclaving being a viable solution everywhere. It is an attractive solution to infectious waste management in rural areas and in disaster situations, when electric autoclaves may not be appropriate.

Read more here


Waste Stories 12/9/2016


10th anniversary

1.The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will take place in the Autumn, in Northampton. The theme will be the sustainable management of food waste. More details to follow.

2.Bioremediation approaches for waste antibiotics

The effects of antibiotic contamination may be attenuated by the common reed, new research shows.The study found that the common reed (Phragmites australis), sourced from a temperate estuary with brackish water, had capacity forthe bioremediation of the veterinary antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR). The authors suggest that salt-marsh plants and their associated micro-organisms could be a valuable asset in the recovery of contaminated estuary environments.

Read the article here

3. Sustainability and public health conference in the East Midlands

3rd November 2016. Stamford Court, The University of Leicester. Panel session to include Martin Reeves and Sheila Salmon (Essex NHS Success Regime

This conference aims to reconnect the enthusiasts and experts whilst looking at a whole systems approach to sustainable development across the health system and in particular the role of systems leadership. The conference is aimed at all those in Midlands and East of England interested and involved in sustainability.

Key Note Speaker: Dr Martin Reeves, Chief Executive Coventry City Council / Chair of the National Cross System Group for Sustainable Development across the Health and Care System
Parallel sessions to include: Local government leadership for place based sustainability Air quality Sustainable foods Commissioning for sustainability Green spaces and mental health Climate change. Expressions of interest to eula.ellis@phe.gov.uk or ring 0300 303 8597

4. The EU referendum and the NHS

The NHS Confederation’s webpage provides continuous insight into the implications of the Leave vote for the NHS through articles, blogs and other resources.

See the website here

5. Initiatives to reduce pharmaceutical waste in the NHS

It has been estimated £300 million of NHS prescribed medicines are wasted each year. This report highlights the issue of pharmaceutical waste in the UK, and outlines the difficulty in measuring and quantifying types and volumes of waste. The report also looks at definitions and causes of waste.
Read the report here

Waste Stories 5/9/2016

10th anniversary1. Student ‘placement’ scheme (with Bywaters)

In the Autumn of 2016, the Group will be trialling a student ‘placement’ scheme. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to gain first hand work experience in an organisation. For this initial year, the student will be undertaking the placement with the Healthcare division of Bywaters. Bywaters works on the principles of ‘waste elimination and minimisation’. It provides a total waste management service for the collection, storage, transportation and safe disposal of all wastes produced. It works with a number of London’s eminent NHS hospitals (e.g. Guy’s and St Thomas’ and University College Hospital, Kings College) and private sector research facilities (e.g. Francis Crick Institute).

If you would like to be a part of the scheme by offering a ‘placement’ please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk 

2. NHS cuts planned

Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been have been no consultations on the plans so far.

Read the story here

3. Food waste inquiry by The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is undertaking a public inquiry on food waste in England. The deadline is September 13.

Read the documentation here

4. ISWA World Congress 2016

The ISWA World Congress 2016 will be held in Novi Sad, Serbia, from September 19 – 21.

See the programme and book here

5. Knowaste joins international waste research consortium

Knowaste (which recycles absorbent hygiene products – AHP), has joined a consortium of 12 companies with a challenge to turn waste that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry.

The types of waste involved include biodegradable waste, nappies, compost and sieving material from wastewater. Knowaste will supply fibre from its unique AHP recycling process, which could be used to make the raw materials for bio-plastics.

Read more here

Waste Stories 17/8/2016

10th anniversary

1.CIWM sustainability and resource awards

The CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards are now open for entries. If you have an outstanding project, innovation or a success story to shout about this is your time to shine.

For more information click here

2. World Business Monitor from ISWA

Welcome to your latest complimentary issue of AcuComm’s Waste Business Monitor (WBM). This issue provides analysis of all projects reported on in June 2016: 77 in total, with an estimated investment value of just over US$4.6 billion. Waste-to-Energy incineration projects represented 43% of reported new or planned waste project capacity this month.
WBM provides an ongoing and comprehensive analysis of current projects in the global waste industry, enabling you to establish the level of activity in the different sectors of the waste industry around the world. The data in is taken from AcuComm’s proprietary Business Database. This is a database of projects compiled and maintained by us on a daily basis. The information in it is not readily available from any other source.
To access the issue, please click here


3. New free tool to help waste management industry assess workforce competences

The Competence Assessment Tool has been developed by the SWITCH Forum (Scottish Waste Industry Training Competency and Health & Safety) to help managers, supervisors and team leaders in the waste management industry to assess individuals and their teams against a range of competences and skills relevant to their job roles.

For more details, click here

4. Dr Colin Church to become new CEO of the CIWM

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has announced that Dr Colin Church, formerly Director of Environmental Quality at Defra until earlier this year, will be taking over from Steve Lee as Chief Executive Officer in the Autumn.

Dr Church has extensive experience in strategic environmental policy making and in his most recent role at Defra was responsible for government policy on issues including climate change adaptation, air quality, industrial pollution prevention, local environment quality, resource efficiency and waste, and sustainable procurement. He managed the Government’s support for waste infrastructure development, led for Defra on climate change mitigation, and was also a non-executive director of WRAP, the waste reduction and resource efficiency body.

Read more here

5. Funding opportunities for energy efficiency

Innovate UK is offering businesses and universities a share of up to £19 million to develop innovative solutions to global energy challenges.

Read more here

6. Technologies to reduce food waste

Cutting-edge technology – from intelligent food labeling to mobile phone-controlled apps and even smart fridges – is set to transform the way consumers shop and control their domestic food waste. For more information click here

Waste Stories 1/8/2016


10th anniversary1.Guidance on healthcare waste from the home published by CIWM SIG

To view the document click here

2.Project on PVC-free blood bags

The environmental problem specifically addressed by this project is the lack of incentives among blood bag manufacturers to create PVC-free blood bags. The first objective of the PVCFreeBloodBag project is to demonstrate that public healthcare organisations and private plastics manufacturers can co-operate in removing barriers to a PVC-free blood bag. This innovative policy approach is a response to the EU’s REACH Regulation. If the innovative PVC-free blood bags prove to be too expensive for general use, they will be proposed for use by vulnerable groups. These include pregnant women, premature babies and people with chronic disease. The biggest use of blood bags is for haemodialysis. In the EU there are some 150 000 people that depend on frequent dialysis.

Read the full story here

3. First ever global standard to measure food waste

A new international framework has been launched that aims to empower businesses, governments, and other organisations to measure, report on and manage food loss and waste.

Read more here

4. UKTI: matchmaking misson on solid waste management in Brazil

Call for applications for the EU-financed matchmaking mission on solid waste management is now open until Sunday 7th of August. This mission will select small and medium-sized enterprises of the 28 EU Member States and Brazil. The mission is being organised by Low Carbon Brazil Action (LCBA) in coordination with Sebrae, CNI and ABRELPE, and it will take place in São Paulo during October 3-7 at FIMAI Ecomondo International Trade. For more information and to apply click here

5. Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment invites applications

The Circular Economy Investment Fund aims to improve the scale, range and depth of resource efficiency work in Scotland, across all business and social economy sectors. Small and medium-sized enterprises are eligible to apply, as are registered third sector organisations such as charities, community groups and foundations. Collaborations between two or more organisations in encouraged in cases where this will positively impact the project proposal.
This scheme is administered by Zero Waste Scotland. Funding is comprised of support from Scottish Government policy areas and Scottish Government European Regional Development Funds. There are two funding strands to this scheme. The first funding strand is for applications receiving funding worth between £20,000 and £99,000. The second funding strand is for higher value applications receiving funding worth between £100,000 and £1 million.
Applications will be judged according to the extent to which the proposed project fits in terms of eligibility, suitability, key priorities and budget availability. Applications from the following industry areas will be given priority: the bio economy, built environment and energy infrastructure. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and the fund closes on 31 December 2018.

For more information click here


Waste Stories 18/7/2016


10th anniversary

1.New committee members
I am pleased to announce three new members of the Group’s steering committee, who are Ed Van Reenen, Maria Mahon and Mark Lepine-Williams. Ed, Maria and Mark replace Andy Stratton and Helen Murphy, who have left the Committee due to other commitments. Andy and Helen will continue to lend support where possible, and I wish to thank them for their efforts over the years.
2. Horizon Low Carbon Hospital Prize Open to Applications
In Europe, the integration and use of renewable energy in buildings for heat and power generation still faces unsolved technological problems linked to the security and reliability of energy supply and related costs. This is due to the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind. The challenge is even greater in cases where a 100% security of energy supply is essential, such as for hospitals.
The European Union’s Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Hospital is offering a prize of €1 million to a hospital that integrates within its premises a combined heat and power installation to supply all of its energy needs using only renewable sources.
Entrant hospitals must install a new combined heat and power system integrating at least three different European renewable energy technologies, with an energy storage component, annually generating at least 2,000,000 kilowatt-hour (kWhe), and being able to provide 100% of the hospital’s annual needs for energy consumption. The system should have been operating in the hospital premises for at least six months at the submission of the application.
Installing this kind of integrated equipment in the ecosystem of a hospital would not only ensure the security of its energy supply, but it would also raise public awareness of the integration of renewable energies in everyday life. The Prize also aims to mobilise and enhance private and public investments for the replication of similar solutions in Europe and worldwide.
Entries can be submitted until the competition closing date on 3 April 2019. Potential participants are required to register for the contest by 31 March 2017.


3. SDU report on the financial value of sustainable development

This work has been produced by partners throughout the health and care system coordinated by the Sustainable Development Unit (for NHS England and Public Health England) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) NHS Environmental Sustainability Special Interest Group. It provides crucial evidence on where the health and care system can improve sustainability both financially and environmentally.

Read the full report Securing_Healthy_Returns_Report_SDU_WEB

4. Study comparing the costs and environmental benefit for selected healthcare waste technologies

This paper aims to evaluate the ‘optimum’ healthcare waste treatment technology, using a National Health Service organisation in the East Midlands region of England, as the case study organisation. Using analytic hierarchy process as the research tool, this research determined that the ‘optimum’ approach was a mix of technologies. However, this result was largely driven by costs considerations. Thus the findings suggest the need for a holistic approach to the decision-making process for the procurement of their healthcare waste management services.

Until August 13, full access to the article is available here

5. Senior Technical Advisor position for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Due to a promotion, CIWM is now seeking candidates with a sound technical knowledge of wastes and resource management to provide advice on waste, resource and environmental issues. For more details about the role and advert click here for details of the job description click here, the closing date for applications is Friday 29th July 2016.

For more information click here

6. Mauser acquires Daniel Healthcare

On July 11th, 2016, MAUSER Group, a worldwide leading company in rigid industrial packaging based in Bruehl, Germany, announced the acquisition of Daniels Healthcare Group. Based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, UK, Daniels Healthcare manufactures and markets medical waste containers for hospitals, surgeries, needle exchange schemes, councils and the clinical waste industry.

Read the release here

Waste Stories 11/7/2016


10th anniversary1.Results of our sector research survey

In May/June we had asked for feedback on challenges faced by the UK healthcare waste sector currently and also within the next 5 years, as well as on research needs. The main results suggest the following:

Key current challenges:

  • Effective waste segregation
  • Improvement in sustainability and carbon footprinting
  • Training and dedicated waste managers

Challenges in the next five years:

  • Reducing carbon footprint
  • Implementation costs of waste management systems
  • Effective waste segregation

Key areas for research:

  • Implementing effective segregation approaches
  • benchmarking/comparison across the EU and between different types of healthcare providers
  • Evaluation of best available technologies

2. Vacancy for Clinical Programme Manager

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) is looking for a highly able and motivated individual with experience of providing front-line clinical care in the NHS to join the clinical programme team at CSH. This is a full-time post, salary £35,000 per year, to start September 2016.

View more details here

3.Call for European energy innovation proposals

KIC InnoEnergy is looking to invest in businesses and help develop innovative products, services, and solutions that have high commercial potential.

Read more here

4. International Managing Director vacancy at HCWH

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is hiring an International Managing Director to help lead HCWH’s global work and build its network around the world.  It is searching globally for the best person.

HCWH is looking for a dynamic manager with deep international experience, multiple cultural competencies and a strong organizing background to serve as the International Managing Director.  The position requires excellent people and organizational skills. Working with and reporting to the International Director for Program and Strategy, this position will help lead the ongoing international development of HCWH.

Location: Flexible and virtual capable; provided willingness to partially overlap with Pacific Standard Time business hours. Office co-location possible in Boston, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Manila, Reston, or San Francisco.

Position Status: Full time employment
Candidate must be willing and able to travel extensively
View more details here
5. Defra delays 25 year plan
Defra has informed the industry that its 25 Year Environment Plan will NOT now be published before the end of 2016 and, in addition, the framework for the Plan that was expected this summer will also not be being published.

In a letter to stakeholders, Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan, explained that the original timings of the framework and the subsequent Plan “did not take into account [Britain’s] decision to leave the EU. As a result we will not be publishing the framework this summer or the plan by the end of the year”.

The letter added that “[Defra wants] to reassure you that Government is committed to developing a long term plan for the environment. The reason for the delay is because the outcome of the EU referendum vote provides us with the opportunity to expand the scope of the plan to consider a long-term vision for the type of environment we want in Britain outside of the EU.

“We want to design an effective approach to driving environmental improvement, tailored to the needs of our country that has a powerful and permanent impact. Development of this will need to be informed by significant engagement with input from all interested parties across many sectors to inform the long term plan.”

Defra offers no new timescale for a post-Brexit Environment Plan, which was originally revealed in its “`Single departmental plan: 2015 to 2020” report, which set out its objectives for 2016, which included developing new approaches for tackling waste crime, including using £20m from reform of the Landfill Communities Fund, and for tackling litter.


6. Food waste recycling action plan for England launched

England’s first action plan designed to increase the quantity and quality of household and commercial food waste collected and recycled has been launched by WRAP.

The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, developed by an industry steering group – including local authorities, waste treatment operators, private sector waste collectors and industry bodies – aims to increase the amount of food waste collected and recycled by promoting greater collaboration across the food waste recycling supply chain.

Read the plan here

Waste Stories 30/5/2016


10th anniversary1.The impact of NHS deficits

The deteriorating state of NHS finances in England has been well documented.

Some who follow the subject closely argued that the £2.45bn deficit across health trusts in England in the last financial year was not as bad as it might have been.

Read the story here

2.Healthcare waste management sector survey

We would like to get a sense of the needs for the sector so that we can conduct research that is more applied and relevant. Therefore, we have developed a short survey (only 3 questions), that we would like some feedback on.

Please complete the anonymous survey here. It will close by June 3. Thanks in advance

3. Duty of care waste transfer note

Please click here

4.The Green Alley Award

The Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of raw materials. It is targeted at ‘green’ entrepreneurs from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of improving the waste and recycling industries.

The theme of the Awards is about connecting green ideas across Europe. Green Alley is looking for ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return it offers strategic support, networking opportunities and financing to boost business across Europe.

All competition finalists will be invited to Berlin later in the year to participate in a one-day event with networking and learning opportunities. In individual workshops the start-ups will learn how to start, finance and boost a green business. All finalists are expected to pitch their business idea to an expert jury who will then select the winner of the Green Alley Award 2016.

The winner receives a cash prize of €7,000 and a package of additional benefits, including rent-free space in a co-working environment in Berlin for six months, coupled with the opportunity to pitch for an investment or crowdfunding.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 27 July 2016.

For more information click http://green-alley-award.com/

Waste Stories 23/5/2016

10th anniversary1.Healthcare waste management sector survey

We would like to get a sense of the needs for the sector so that we can conduct research that is more applied and relevant. Therefore, we have developed a short survey (only 3 questions), that we would like some feedback on.

Please complete the anonymous survey here. It will close by June 3. Thanks in advance

2.The Environment Agency’s senior management structure

Please click here

3. Technical manager vacancy: CIWM

The CIWM is at an exciting and important stage in its development. The current Manager of the Technical department is moving on to a new role after 12 years, and we are now seeking candidates with a sound technical knowledge of wastes, resources and sustainability as well as proven leadership and management experience.

See the details here

4.Scottish Low carbon skills fund

The Low Carbon Skills Fund gives Scottish businesses with under 100 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5000 towards employee training costs in areas such as renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, energy efficiency, waste management and reuse, and reducing carbon in supply and energy management.

We refund up to 50% of employee training costs, up to a maximum of £1000 per employee. It’s an opportunity to further develop within your industry and help Scotland become more sustainable.

Eligible training includes:

  • Renewable energy, low carbon technologies and microgeneration
  • Energy efficiency, environmental and clean technologies
  • Waste management and re-use
  • Reducing carbon in supply and energy management.

For more information, please click here