Waste Stories 16/11/2015

20150401_1202071. Updated official waste management statistics for England – 2014

Permitted waste management activities provide information about wastes accepted and removed from their facilities, this is a summary of that data for 2014. Due to the omission of some data, the 2014 tables and Waste Data Interrogator have been corrected and re-published

View the data here

2. New CIWM President highlights key themes for the year

In front of over 120 guests at Glasgow City Chambers, the 2015/16 CIWM President Professor Jim Baird was inaugurated on 21 October and used the occasion outline a number of themes for his presidential year.

These include the need for renewed efforts to tackle waste crime through collaborative working with industry and regulators, and the importance of promoting resource efficiency and Circular Economy (CE) learning – both in higher education here in the UK and through CIWM’s ability to promote communities of knowledge and good practice internationally.

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3. 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 programme can be found here: Programme – Nov 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster 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


4. EU food waste prevention project

An EU-funded project has fed thousands of people on food that would otherwise be wasted in some of Europe’s biggest cities.

Raising awareness is part of a strategy to reduce food waste. The project is also examining ways to encourage businesses and households to use food more efficiently and discard less. Its proposals could increase resource efficiency along the supply chain, cut bills for shoppers, and contribute to a sustainable food system.

The project has developed recommendations on common standards EU countries could use to more accurately measure the amount, sources, and impacts of food waste. The recommendations aim to help EU policymakers when they consider changing the rules on food waste and the sustainable use of resources, says project coordinator Toine Timmermans of Food & Biobased Research, part of the Wageningen University and Research centre in the Netherlands.

Read more about the project here

5. Biffa acquires the chemical division of Enviroco

Biffa has announced that it has reached agreement with Enviroco to acquire its Chemical Treatment Division. The deal builds on Biffa’s recent acquisition of the hazardous waste businesses of PHS and will further augment Biffa’s growing hazardous waste Division.

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