Waste Stories 11/4/2016


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 Alexandra Hammond. Alexandra has a range of public and private sector experience and, over the past six years, has led the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the award-winning sustainability programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

This strategic programme saves over £4m per annum through efficiencies such as combined heat and power, effective engagement of people, and strategic procurement, and Alexandra has been instrumental in the implementation of the Trust’s energy performance contract (EPC), which will save an additional £1.5m per annum.

Alexandra holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Edinburgh University, she graduated with honours from Boston College in the USA, and has previously worked for an international hotel group as their lead environmental advisor for the UK.  She is a board member of the Energy Manager’s Association, and regularly advises government and industry on sustainability in the public sector.

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


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

Booking details can be found at: healthcare waste 2016 conference


2. Recovering value from used medical instruments

The healthcare sector has a relevant environmental footprint because of the significant materials throughput, the hazardousness of certain wastes it generates and the energy intensive treatment necessary to manage them. Using semi-structured interviews carried out with stakeholders from hospitals in England and Italy, this study sought to understand how best to recover value from used laryngoscopes.

The full article written by Costanza Viani, Mentore Vaccari and Terry Tudor is available until May 26, please click here

3. UN Green Procurement Index Health Project Report

The UN informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Green Procurement Index Health (GPIH) Phase 1 – 2015 Project Report.

The document explains the challenge of measuring green health procurement and describes what the UNDP, with the generous support from the Government of Denmark and UNDP Innovation Facility has done to improve the transparency of procurement in the health sector with regard to its environmental impact, and encourage UN agencies and their suppliers/manufacturers to produce, procure and supply in a more environmentally friendly manner in 2015.

The report can be found below:

4. Grundon expands internationally
A ground-breaking new agreement to develop waste facilities across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) has been signed by Grundon Waste Management and construction industry leader MAN Enterprise.

Neil Grundon, deputy chairman, said: “We’re incredibly excited about this new partnership, which enables us to broaden our operations into the international arena at a time when opportunities are sorely lacking in the UK and European markets.

Read the story here

5. Webinar on Medical Devices: Guidelines for Performing the Bacterial Endotoxins Test (BET)

Free 60-minute webinar to help ensure you are testing medical devices for endotoxin according to compendial requirements.

Lonza’s Scientific Support Specialists will cover topics such as:
• What constitutes a device?
• Calculating Endotoxin Release Limits (ERL)
• Establishing a sampling plan
• Suitability testing (test for interfering factors)

Two dates:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016: 11 AM PDT (Los Angeles), 2 PM EDT (New York)


Wednesday, 13 April 2016: 9 AM BST (London), 10 AM CEST (Berlin), 5 PM JST (Tokyo).

Register for one of the two dates here