Waste Stories 7/2/2016


Laura MM photo 2016Laura Mayhew-Manchón

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.

One of the speakers will be Laura Mayhew-Manchón. Laura has worked as an Environmental Advisor for Skanska UK’s Facilities Services operating unit since 2015. In her current role, she is responsible for supporting hospitals, local government and schools on environmental management and compliance. Her healthcare experience dates back to 2009, when she first worked to develop and deliver carbon management projects with Midlands NHS trusts, the findings of which were recently published in The International Journal of Healthcare.

She has also provided expertise in different areas of sustainability to businesses and local government, whilst working in academic, private, and non-profit organisations.

Laura is a Chartered Environmentalist and Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (MIEMA), holding degrees in both Environmental Sciences and Environmental Law. Her interests primarily relate to environmental regulation, operational resource efficiency, and corporate social responsibility.

The full programme can be found here: Programme – March 2016


Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart, Cloud Sustainability and ISS Ltd.

Booking details can be found at: healthcare waste 2016 conference

2. CIWM Resourcing the Future Awards now open

Winners of the awards receive bursaries to further their studies in the UK and overseas, and for an international member to visit the UK, the results of which will be further reported across CIWM media.

See the awards here

3. Doctor on Skype

What if you could see your physician for a minor issue without having to drive there, find parking, or spend time in a waiting room? What if you could do it without leaving your desk?

Telemedicine—the practice of allowing people to speak with their medical practitioners via two-way video, text or email—makes this possible. In the U.S., more than half of hospitals now use some form of telemedicine, according to the American Telemedicine Association. And of patients who have not used a telemedicine service, 75% are interested in using one in lieu of an in-person medical visit.

Read the story here

4. Growing issues of homeless people sleeping in bins

The number of homeless people found sleeping rough in recycling bins is growing, according to one of the biggest waste management firms in the UK. Why is this happening?

Read the story here