Waste Stories 27/7/2015


1. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The draft programme can be found here: Draft programmeJuly2015

Sponsors include: Daniels Sharpsmart, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference

2. Link between reusable sharps containers and C. diff

Read the story here: C diff and reusable containers

3. Short course on healthcare waste management

This short course provides an introduction to the effective management of Healthcare Wastes.

Learning Outcomes:

• To become aware of, and how to comply with, the relevant policies and legislation governing the management of healthcare waste

• To understand the issues surrounding the consignment and transport of healthcare waste

• To become aware of the key thermal and alternative treatment technologies employed in managing healthcare waste

Book to do the course here: healthcare waste short course

4. Municipal waste incinerators and air pollution

This study aimed to fingerprint emissions from six municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) and then test if these fingerprint ratios could be found in ambient air samples. Stack emissions tests from MWIs comprised As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Mn, Ni, V and Hg.

Read the article here: incinerators and air pollution

5. Environment Agency survey

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Statistics Team has prepared a survey on waste in order to get feedback from the general public and our key stakeholders. The main purpose is to find out if we are providing the information you want, and whether or not we are presenting it in a format that suits you. In order to retrieve such data, we hope that you can take the time to fill in the survey. There are 20 questions in total and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to fill out. None of the questions posed are mandatory and you can leave the survey at any time. While individual responses are anonymous, the findings will be shared in a summary format.

Complete the survey here: Environment Agency survey