Waste Stories 17/10/2016


10th anniversary

1. The Shell Springboard Awards
The Shell Springboard Awards provides a financial boost to innovative, low carbon initiatives from across the UK. The objective is to encourage companies to see climate change responsibilities as more than compliance and cost. This year funding of £350,000 is available, with individual awards of up to £150,000 for small businesses with innovative, commercially viable ideas that will reduce carbon emissions.
Successful applicants will be shortlisted for two regional finals, meeting judging panels in Aberdeen and Cambridge in March 2017. At each event, three regional winners will be awarded funding of £40,000 each. These six regional winners will then go forward to the national final, which will be held in London in March 2017. At this showpiece event, one business will be crowned the overall national winner of Shell Springboard 2017.
This business will then receive additional funding of £110,000 – meaning that the overall national winner of Shell Springboard 2017 will receive a total of £150,000 to scale up its low-carbon innovation.
Any UK-registered SME can apply. The business must meet the three core Shell Springboard criteria – that it will reduce carbon emissions; be commercially viable; and demonstrate one or more innovative elements. Businesses must have been established for a minimum of three months and have less than 250 employees.
For more information and to apply, click here


2. PRN platform launched

Producers and reprocessors can sign up to a platform that enables Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) obligation money to be transparently invested – for the good of the waste and recycling industry.

Circularety is the only platform that shows companies governed by Producer Responsibility Obligation Regulations exactly where and how PRN money is being invested.

Read the details here

3. Current energy policy unlikely to meet targets

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee last month released its report 2020 renewable heat and transport targets, which concludes that “on its current course, the UK will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets.”

Read the report here

4. Guidance on storing catalytic convertors at metal recycling facilities (RPS200)

Read the guidance here

5. France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

France has become the first country to pass a law to ban plastic cups, cutlery and plates that are not made of biologically-sourced materials. From 2020, all disposable dining-wear in the country must be compostable and made of biologically-sourced materials.

The law is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – a plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change.

Read the story here


Waste Stories 12/9/2016


10th anniversary

1.The Group’s 2017 conference

The Group’s 2017 conference will take place in the Autumn, in Northampton. The theme will be the sustainable management of food waste. More details to follow.

2.Bioremediation approaches for waste antibiotics

The effects of antibiotic contamination may be attenuated by the common reed, new research shows.The study found that the common reed (Phragmites australis), sourced from a temperate estuary with brackish water, had capacity forthe bioremediation of the veterinary antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR). The authors suggest that salt-marsh plants and their associated micro-organisms could be a valuable asset in the recovery of contaminated estuary environments.

Read the article here

3. Sustainability and public health conference in the East Midlands

3rd November 2016. Stamford Court, The University of Leicester. Panel session to include Martin Reeves and Sheila Salmon (Essex NHS Success Regime

This conference aims to reconnect the enthusiasts and experts whilst looking at a whole systems approach to sustainable development across the health system and in particular the role of systems leadership. The conference is aimed at all those in Midlands and East of England interested and involved in sustainability.

Key Note Speaker: Dr Martin Reeves, Chief Executive Coventry City Council / Chair of the National Cross System Group for Sustainable Development across the Health and Care System
Parallel sessions to include: Local government leadership for place based sustainability Air quality Sustainable foods Commissioning for sustainability Green spaces and mental health Climate change. Expressions of interest to eula.ellis@phe.gov.uk or ring 0300 303 8597

4. The EU referendum and the NHS

The NHS Confederation’s webpage provides continuous insight into the implications of the Leave vote for the NHS through articles, blogs and other resources.

See the website here

5. Initiatives to reduce pharmaceutical waste in the NHS

It has been estimated £300 million of NHS prescribed medicines are wasted each year. This report highlights the issue of pharmaceutical waste in the UK, and outlines the difficulty in measuring and quantifying types and volumes of waste. The report also looks at definitions and causes of waste.
Read the report here

Waste stories 23/3/2015



1.Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference

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 Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. More details to follow.

2.Register for funding workshops at NHS Confederations Annual conference

The NHS Confederation’s European office will run two sessions at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference in Liverpool in June looking at different European funding programmes. The sessions will focus on opportunities for the NHS offered by Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme, and European Structural and Investment Funds, which support activities relating to innovation, skills, employment, and social inclusion.

3.CIWM awards for Sustainability and Resource now open

Read more here: CIWM awards

4. NHS Sustainability day (March 26)

On 26th March 2015, every NHS organisation is encouraged to participate in initiating or continuing activities which will improve their sustainability.

Read more here: NHS Sustainability day

5. Article on survey of H&S and waste management training among clinicians within the NHS

Major occupational risks are often associated closely with specific job sectors. These risks can lead to significant psychological and physiological impacts (Gonclaves et al, 2008; Patwary et al, 2012; Akpieyi et al, 2015). According to the HSE (2014), in the UK in 2013/14, 1.2 million individuals suffered an illness that was caused by or made worse by work. There were 28.2 million days lost, costing around £14.2 billion. A total of 133 employees were killed….

Read the article here: European Medical Hygiene article