Waste Stories 18/7/2016


10th anniversary

1.New committee members
I am pleased to announce three new members of the Group’s steering committee, who are Ed Van Reenen, Maria Mahon and Mark Lepine-Williams. Ed, Maria and Mark replace Andy Stratton and Helen Murphy, who have left the Committee due to other commitments. Andy and Helen will continue to lend support where possible, and I wish to thank them for their efforts over the years.
2. Horizon Low Carbon Hospital Prize Open to Applications
In Europe, the integration and use of renewable energy in buildings for heat and power generation still faces unsolved technological problems linked to the security and reliability of energy supply and related costs. This is due to the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind. The challenge is even greater in cases where a 100% security of energy supply is essential, such as for hospitals.
The European Union’s Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Hospital is offering a prize of €1 million to a hospital that integrates within its premises a combined heat and power installation to supply all of its energy needs using only renewable sources.
Entrant hospitals must install a new combined heat and power system integrating at least three different European renewable energy technologies, with an energy storage component, annually generating at least 2,000,000 kilowatt-hour (kWhe), and being able to provide 100% of the hospital’s annual needs for energy consumption. The system should have been operating in the hospital premises for at least six months at the submission of the application.
Installing this kind of integrated equipment in the ecosystem of a hospital would not only ensure the security of its energy supply, but it would also raise public awareness of the integration of renewable energies in everyday life. The Prize also aims to mobilise and enhance private and public investments for the replication of similar solutions in Europe and worldwide.
Entries can be submitted until the competition closing date on 3 April 2019. Potential participants are required to register for the contest by 31 March 2017.


3. SDU report on the financial value of sustainable development

This work has been produced by partners throughout the health and care system coordinated by the Sustainable Development Unit (for NHS England and Public Health England) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) NHS Environmental Sustainability Special Interest Group. It provides crucial evidence on where the health and care system can improve sustainability both financially and environmentally.

Read the full report Securing_Healthy_Returns_Report_SDU_WEB

4. Study comparing the costs and environmental benefit for selected healthcare waste technologies

This paper aims to evaluate the ‘optimum’ healthcare waste treatment technology, using a National Health Service organisation in the East Midlands region of England, as the case study organisation. Using analytic hierarchy process as the research tool, this research determined that the ‘optimum’ approach was a mix of technologies. However, this result was largely driven by costs considerations. Thus the findings suggest the need for a holistic approach to the decision-making process for the procurement of their healthcare waste management services.

Until August 13, full access to the article is available here

5. Senior Technical Advisor position for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Due to a promotion, CIWM is now seeking candidates with a sound technical knowledge of wastes and resource management to provide advice on waste, resource and environmental issues. For more details about the role and advert click here for details of the job description click here, the closing date for applications is Friday 29th July 2016.

For more information click here

6. Mauser acquires Daniel Healthcare

On July 11th, 2016, MAUSER Group, a worldwide leading company in rigid industrial packaging based in Bruehl, Germany, announced the acquisition of Daniels Healthcare Group. Based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, UK, Daniels Healthcare manufactures and markets medical waste containers for hospitals, surgeries, needle exchange schemes, councils and the clinical waste industry.

Read the release 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

Waste Stories 15/7/2014


1. Seminar on September 25 (Sharpsmart: making healthcare safer http://http://sharpsmart.co.uk/ )

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group will be hosting a seminar focusing on treatment technologies and recovering value from healthcare waste, on Thursday September 25.

It will be held at the Bywaters’ recycling facility, in East London. The morning session will be dedicated to presentations from a range of speakers. While in the afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to tour the facility.

The event is being sponsored by Frontier Medical Group, MITIE, Sharpsmart and Bywaters. Additional sponsors include GV Health, SRCL, Econix and Independent Safety Services Ltd.

Registration forms and booking details, including early bird discounts are available at the link below. When you book, can you let us know: (1) if you would like to do the site tour in the afternoon, (2) if you require a car parking space and (3) if you have any disability requirements?


2. SRCL opens new alternative treatment plant

SRCL has opened its eighth clinical waste Alternative Treatment (AT) site at Knowsley, near Liverpool. The plant is designed to recover 100 percent of the treated clinical waste as refuse derived fuel (RDF), which will be used in the cement industry.

Specifically commissioned to service customers locally in the North West of England, and following an investment of £2m by SRCL, the new AT plant has the capacity to process up to 48 tonnes of clinical waste per day and adds to SRCL’s seven other AT sites across the UK and Ireland in Cumbernauld, Newcastle, Four Ashes, Bridgend, Larkfield, Belfast and Dublin.

Read more here: SRCL opens new AT plant

3.Zero waste Scotland report on the potential health impacts of the frequency of non-recyclable waste collections

Research led by Zero Waste Scotland has found that there is no health risk involved in collecting waste less frequently.  The reportstudied the potential exposure of both householders and waste collectors to health risks where residual waste is collected at ‘extended frequencies’ of less than fortnightly. Laboratory research found that health risks were reduced if residual waste is bagged and biodegradable waste is collected separately. Recommendations in the report therefore include encouraging householders and businesses to separate biodegradable and residual waste as well as to place in bags rather than loose in the bin.

Read the full report here: Zero Waste Scotland report on health impacts of waste

4. NHS facing pre-election crisis says Nuffield Trust

The NHS is “increasingly poorly placed to manage the impact of austerity” and faces a pre-election funding crisis, a respected healthcare think-tank has warned. In a detailed analysis of health service finances, the Nuffield Trust suggests the health service has relied heavily on one-off or temporary savings but is reaching the limit of its capacity to withstand further cuts.

Andy McKeon, senior policy fellow at the Nuffield Trust, said demand for NHS services showed no sign of abating. With hospital finances increasingly weak, growing pressures on staffing, and the goal of moving care out of hospitals and into the community proving elusive, “the NHS is heading for a funding crisis this year or next”. The immediate choice, he said, was “rapidly becoming one of financial deficits or scrimping on the quality of care”.

Read the full story here: Nuffield Trust report on NHS funding crisis

5. Defra announces four-year low in waste costs

The Defra Annual Report on Accounts 2013-2014 shows that the costs of councils’ waste collection have reached their lowest levels in real terms since 2008. Local authorities have spent 1.3% and 3.4% less per household for waste management activities compared to 2011-2012 and 2008-09 respectively, having spent £140.40 per household for waste management activities in 2013-14 compared to £145.38 in 2008-09. Defra said “this significant reduction suggests some efficiency savings have been achieved, with reductions in the amount of waste sent to landfill being a key driver”.

Read the full report here: Defra accounts for 2013/4

6. Nigerian Healthcare Waste Management Plan

The government in Nigeria has recently issued a new healthcare waste management plan. Details of the document can be found at the link below.

Nigerian national healthcare waste plan