Waste Stories 21/8/2017


1. Webinar on ‘Ensuring fair-play in the global health supply chains’ (August 23)

This first United Nations informal Inter Agency Task Team webinar on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) is relevant to all those active in the healthcare supply chain – from producers to purchasers. In particular, it is aimed at assisting procurement teams planning to institute sustainability initiatives to think through how they can include a wide diversity of suppliers in these sustainability initiatives. It will explain the benefits of ensuring actions which are inclusive of all, allowing small and medium enterprises to meet new standards. It will also cover supplier development and how procuring entities can engage with suppliers and manufacturers to understand the challenges they face and how they can work jointly to identify opportunities to integrate sustainability in the supply chain.

To register click here

2. The Group’s 2017 sustainable food waste management conference

The Group’s 2017 conference which is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco, will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton.

Why should you attend?:

  • The monies from the event will be used to fund the Group’s activities to facilitate future entrants into the sector, including student work shadowing opportunities
  • Presentations will cover a range of topics including exciting new products, such as bioplastics and surfactants; supply chain management; and policy and legislative updates
  • You will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from both public and private sector organisations
  • You can arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a business support officer to explore business support and funding opportunities for your organisation

Book 5 spaces and get 1 free. Book now by clicking here

3. Survey on training workshops in 2018

The Group is planning on hosting training workshops in 2018. However, we would like some feedback with regards to what topics you would most like. Therefore, could you click on the link below and complete the short survey, by Friday September 8, please?

To complete the survey click here

4. EU Regulation amending HP14 (ecotoxicity) published

The EU Council Regulation on HP14 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  The Regulation will enter into force next year on 5 July 2018.

View the publication here

5. Over £38 of Salix funding used to install CHP across the UK public sector

Over £38 million of Salix interest-free loans have been used for the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) to provide high efficiency heat and power generation to UK public sector buildings, bringing estimated annual savings of over £10 million on energy bills. Last year saw a record number of these Salix funded CHP projects completing, with a total of £14 million of funding utilised throughout the public sector.

Read more here

Waste Stories 22/7/2014


1. Seminar on September 25 (GV Health: infection control and waste management supplies GV Health)

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group will be hosting a seminar focusing on treatment technologies and recovering value from healthcare waste, on Thursday September 25.

It will be held at the Bywaters’ recycling facility, in East London. The morning session will be dedicated to presentations from a range of speakers. While in the afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to tour the facility.

The event is being sponsored by Frontier Medical Group, MITIE, Sharpsmart and Bywaters. Additional sponsors include GV Health, SRCL, Econix and Independent Safety Services Ltd.

Registration forms and booking details, including early bird discounts are available at the link below. When you book, can you let us know: (1) if you would like to do the site tour in the afternoon, (2) if you require a car parking space and (3) if you have any disability requirements?


2. GIB forecasts waste infrastructure capacity gap by 2020

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has published a market setting out the investment opportunity in the UK waste market, stressing more waste infrastructure will be needed in the UK by 2020 or risk a capacity gap. Produced in partnership with Tolvik Consulting, GIB forecasts a gap of up to 7.7m tonnes between the amount of waste produced post-recycling and the infrastructure available to process it – an investment opportunity of c. £5bn to 2020….

Read the full story here: UK waste infrastructure forecasts

3. HCWH release list of global suppliers

Safe and sustainable healthcare waste management is vital part of protecting human health and the environment, and there are numerous technologies for different situations, from small healthcare facilities to large centralised treatment plants. To aid in the procurement of appropriate technologies, Health Care Without Harm first published an inventory of non-incineration healthcare waste treatment technologies in 2007. The new version has been fully updated and provides listings of suppliers from one hundred and six countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe….

See the list here: HCWH list of waste management technology suppliers

4. Philip Dilley appointed new EA chair

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has approved the appointment of Philip Dilley as the new Chair of the Environment Agency. Dilley, former Chair of the Arup Group, will take up the £100,000-a-year post in September, when the term in office ends of Lord Smith of Finsbury, the former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Read story here: Philip Diley, new EA chair