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