Waste Stories 10/7/2017


1. Guidance on avoiding the misclassification of waste

The Waste Industry Group has published an “easy to use” guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them. The group said “Misclassification of Waste- and how to avoid it” is aimed at waste producers, carriers, brokers, consultants and managers.

According to the group, the guide lists the most common mistakes in waste classification, explains why they are wrong, and sets out what to do about it. Categories include waste acceptance criteria (WAC), list of waste/EWC codes, and hazard property codes, as well as waste types such as metals, hydrocarbons, and inert wastes.

To read the guidance click here

2. Trio win funding for mattress recycling trials

Three organisations have won funding bids to develop sustainable solutions for the textile content of used mattresses, as part of an ongoing competition run by Rhondda Cynon Taf council in South Wales.

The three successful bidders are: the University of South Wales; environmental consultancy, Commons Vision; and the Furniture Recycling Group/Resource Futures.  Each bidder has been awarded funding to undertake feasibility work and to produce detailed bids for a pilot-scale operation.

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3. Painless flu jab

A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like micro-needles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin’s surface. It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves.

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4. 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, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water.

There will be opportunities to explore funding and business support opportunities.

It is sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

5. Sustainability in healthcare waste management (Stericycle blog)

Alan McIver discusses sustainability in waste management and provides an insight into some of the work Stericycle is doing.

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Waste Stories 5/12/2016

10th anniversary1.The Group’s 2016 report

Please find the Group’s annual report for 2016. A big thank you to the Committee and our sponsors. The Group will be hosting its annual conference in Autumn 2017, in Northampton. It will focus on sustainable food waste management. More information to follow.

Read the report hcwrr-steering-committee-report-2016a

2. ‘Brainy’ bins

The so-called ‘brainy bins’ from Carnie use what is claimed to be highly sophisticated ultrasound with multiple sensors that are calibrated to exactly match specific types of bins.

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3. Welsh fund to boost mattress recycling

A £350,000 fund has been launched to extend a mattress recycling initiative in south Wales.The Welsh Government and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are offering the money for an “innovative solution” to allow every part of a mattress to be recycled. It will support the development and commercialisation of technologies, processes and business models.

Read the full story here

4. Consultation on implementing the principles of the circular economy in UK organisations

See the consultation here

5. Solar.clinic

Geostellar, the first and largest online solar marketplace in the United States, announced  the launch of Solar.Clinic, a program for health care systems to go solar and offer solar energy to their employees, patients and community members

Read more here