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.

Read the story here

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.

Read more here

Waste Stories 26/10/2015

1. Managing Risks in the Secondary Materials Market
5th November | 10.00am – 12.00pm | Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster

This parliamentary seminar will examine the volatility and risks that secondary material markets are exposed to, discussing how these can be managed and whether there is a need for Governments to provide further support to the industry both at a UK and European level. The event will aim to look at a number of different secondary materials, including plastics, paper, aluminium and glass.

Speakers will include:
Steve Lee: Chief Executive Officer, CIWM
Dr Paul Gibbs: Head of Consultancy, 4R Group Ltd
Alan Wheeler: Director, Textile Recycling Association
Peter Clayson: General Manager, Business Development and External Affairs, DS Smith

The event will be chaired by Dr Alan Whitehead MP.
Please email apsrg@policyconnect.org.uk for more information and if you would like to support this event.

2.SDU report on healthcare system adaptation

The report on how the health and care system is adapting to climate change was requested by government under the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP) component of the Climate Change Act (2008) and was produced by a cross system working group (DH, NHS England and Public Health England). The group was formed to assess how climate change risks are assessed, whether adaptation plans are in place and how the impacts of adaptation plans are evaluated in key parts of the system, including: Overarching system level; National Bodies; Providers (NHS); Ambulance Trusts; Clinical Commissioning Groups; and Community/The Public’s Health (Health and Wellbeing Boards).

View the report here

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 – Oct 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, 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

4.ISWA call for abstracts

The ISWA World Congress 2016 Organizing Committee would like to invite authors to submit abstracts that fit into the scope of ISWA’s scientific and technical activities

View details here

5. EU circular economy package to be published in December

Read the story here