Waste Stories: 13/2/2017

1. The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.

2. Can we really cut food waste in half?

In the wake of discouraging food waste figures, the director of the World Resources Institute’s Food Loss & Waste Program, Liz Goodwin, outlines the actions individuals, retailers, manufacturers and government can take to really get us to our halving food waste goal.

Read the story here

3. New SEPA guidance on reuse and waste regulations

SEPA has published new guidance on reuse activities and waste regulations which aims to support the growth of reuse activities in Scotland, in line with the Scottish Government’s Strategy for a Circular Economy, and SEPA’s Waste to Resources Framework.

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4. Aberystwyth University nappy recycling breakthrough

A scientist has developed a process to recycle nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products. Aberystwyth University’s Joe Freemantle said waste can be separated and refined to produce biofuel and textiles. He said those include rayon and viscose, which are often used to make clothing. Every year the UK produces one million tonnes of hygiene product waste – most going to landfill sites, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

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5. Climate Bonds Initiative launches Waste Management Technical Working Group

The Climate Bonds Initiative has announced the formation of a new Waste Management Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop new sector criteria that aims to stimulate investment into low-carbon waste management activities and infrastructure.

The Waste Management TWG is the first group to be convened in 2017, as Climate Bonds expands the sectors covered by its international Climate Bonds Standard and Certification scheme.

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Waste Stories 5/9/2016

10th anniversary1. Student ‘placement’ scheme (with Bywaters)

In the Autumn of 2016, the Group will be trialling a student ‘placement’ scheme. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to gain first hand work experience in an organisation. For this initial year, the student will be undertaking the placement with the Healthcare division of Bywaters. Bywaters works on the principles of ‘waste elimination and minimisation’. It provides a total waste management service for the collection, storage, transportation and safe disposal of all wastes produced. It works with a number of London’s eminent NHS hospitals (e.g. Guy’s and St Thomas’ and University College Hospital, Kings College) and private sector research facilities (e.g. Francis Crick Institute).

If you would like to be a part of the scheme by offering a ‘placement’ please email terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk 

2. NHS cuts planned

Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been have been no consultations on the plans so far.

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3. Food waste inquiry by The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is undertaking a public inquiry on food waste in England. The deadline is September 13.

Read the documentation here

4. ISWA World Congress 2016

The ISWA World Congress 2016 will be held in Novi Sad, Serbia, from September 19 – 21.

See the programme and book here

5. Knowaste joins international waste research consortium

Knowaste (which recycles absorbent hygiene products – AHP), has joined a consortium of 12 companies with a challenge to turn waste that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry.

The types of waste involved include biodegradable waste, nappies, compost and sieving material from wastewater. Knowaste will supply fibre from its unique AHP recycling process, which could be used to make the raw materials for bio-plastics.

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