Waste Stories 5/10/2015


1.European Commission guidance on best practice in the waste management sector

The European Commission is in the process of developing a sector reference document on ‘Best Environmental Management Practice’ for the Waste Management sector in the EU. It is being framed within the general context of the principles of EMAS. Included, will be a section on healthcare waste.
There was an initial working group meeting on September 30 and October 1, in Leuven Belgium. The document should be ready by late 2016.

The link to the project can be found here

2. 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 schedule (Sept 2015)

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


3. Horizon 2020 Funding for Resource Efficient Bio-Based Value Chains (13 Oct: Manchester)

View details of the event here

4.CIWM Awards short list

CIWM’s Sustainability and Resource Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced. These awards recognise and reward innovation, achievement and best practice in the sustainable management of waste and resources, both within the waste sector and across a range of sectors.

See the shortlist here: CIWM awards short list

5.Biffa takes over the PHS Group

Biffa has announced the boost of its hazardous waste division with the acquisition of the chemical treatment business of PHS Group.

The acquisition will significantly enhance Biffa’s competitive position in the high growth area of the collection and disposal of hazardous waste, increasing the company’s waste transfer station network and creating a platform for further growth.

Read the story here: PHS Group