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 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 14/1/15


1.Water UK guidance

National guidance for healthcare waste water discharges.

Read the guidance: Water UK guidance

2.Have your say on the EU working time directive

The European Commission issued an online public consultation on 1 December asking how the Working Time Directive (WTD) should be changed. Responses to the consultation, due by 15 March 2015, will contribute to the Commission’s current review and assessment of the impact of the WTD on workers, employers and services across Europe. The Commission will use the results to inform their proposal for a new law, which we expect them to issue in 2015.

Read the consultation here: EU working time directive

3.The 13th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

The annual conference will be held from March 15 – 18, 2015, in Philadelphia, USA.

See the programme here: International solid waste seminar

4. Environment Agency to confirm separate collection approach

With new legislation on separate collection coming into force on January 1st, the Environment Agency is finalising a briefing note to stakeholders in which it will confirm how it will be overseeing the requirement to separately collect recyclable materials, as set out under the English and Welsh Waste Regulations. Under the new regulations, separate collections of at least paper, metal, plastic and glass for household and commercial waste are a legal requirement from January 1st, unless it is not technically, environmentally or economically practicable (TEEP) or necessary to allow high quality recycling of the material. In the draft briefing note, the Environment Agency has stated: “From January 2015 we will start to apply the regime. We will ask operators to supply information on their current collection methods by 31st March 2015 and we will maintain a database to update that information. Our aim is to help collectors to achieve compliance, but to be robust with those who deliberately ignore their obligations.”

5. Sustainable healthcare education published in the Lancet

In December 2015, the Lancet published a letter about the curriculum for sustainable healthcare, based on work by CSH and the Sustainable Healthcare Education network over the last four years…..

Read the article here: Sustainable healthcare article