Waste Stories 28/9/2015

Maesteg unlocked bin1.HMRC consultation on Excise Notice LFT1: a general guide to landfill Tax

The main revisions include: Detailed guidance on the liability of mixed loads – which includes section 7.3 having the force of law. This section clarifies HMRC’s position on the liability of hazardous waste. Clarification of ‘naturally occurring’ for landfill tax at section 4.3 and detailed guidance on evidential requirements at section 5. The document can be found here

Comments should be emailed to environmentaltransporttaxes.contact@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk  by 6 October, 2015.

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.SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland guidance for public bodies on procuring waste services

New guidance for public bodies and their contractors on procuring waste services has been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Zero Waste Scotland.

Read the document here

4.Concerns about ruling on the EU Working Time Directive

The European Court of Justice has dismissed, for lack of evidence, the case brought by the European Commission against Ireland for alleged failure to comply with the Working Time Directive for non-consultant hospital doctors. This judgement came as a surprise as it is in contrast to the Advocate General’s opinion on the case, issued in March, finding that Ireland had failed to fulfil its obligations under certain Articles of the Directive.

Read the full story here: EU Working Time Directive

5.Free KTN event on reducing energy demand with smart buildings

On October 12 and 13, attendees will explore, debate and influence how smarter buildings and systems can accelerate the transformation of energy use in buildings. The KTN will showcase the state-of-the-art of the present day and identify the strategic priorities for the next five years.
The event will take place at Level 39 in Canary Wharf London, with a networking drinks reception on 12th.

Click here for booking details: KTN reducing energy demand event

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