Waste Stories 8/5/2017

1. Pharmaceuticals disposal in Australia

After researching the disposal of medicines among the general Australian population, Professor Amanda Wheeler from Griffith University came across some shocking results.

Of more than 4000 people surveyed for the in the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Project Audit 2016, around 60% admitted they had unwanted medicines stored at home.

Read more here

2. The Square mile challenge

The Square Mile Challenge is on track to reach its aim of recycling 500,000 cups by the end of April and is currently collecting around 32,000 single use coffee cups every day.

Read more here

3. Non-executive directors of CIWM Enterprises Ltd

The Board of CIWM Enterprises Ltd are seeking corporate members of the Institution with the relevant experience to apply to become Non-Executive Directors. Applicants should submit the completed application form by 19 May 2017. Shortlisted candidates will need to be available for interview week commencing 5 June 2017. 

To access the electronic application form, job description, role description and person description, please click here.

Any questions or queries should be sent to ceo@ciwm.co.uk.

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, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-opNorthamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by  Sharpsmart and Olleco.

To book click here

5. ‘Sustainable’ hospital building design

New Karolinska Solna is one of the world’s most sustainable university hospitals and one of Skanska’s largest project ever.

It is being developed with a focus on patients. This means that everything from architectural plans to the operation of the completed hospital will be based on patients’ privacy, safety and comfort.

Read more here

Waste Stories 15/3/2015


1. Rand Europe report on hospital governance models

This report by Rand Europe looks at different hospital models in other countries and whether they could provide lessons for the hospital sector in England. In particular, it explores group hospital provider structure and governance models and the extent to which these may be associated with greater efficiency and improved quality of service provision.

See the report here: Rand Europe

2. ISWA study tour of sorting plants in London (May 11 – 13)

The ISWA Study Tour on Sorting Plants will take place on 11-13 May to examine new developments in the processing of waste in order to extract value from it.  The tour covers the initial recovery of materials for recycling as well as several London plants which both sort residual waste to extract more recyclable materials and also process waste into refuse derived fuel, both for use in the UK and for export to other European countries.

See details here: ISWA study tour

3. Study on the environmental impacts of heavy metals in pharmaceuticals

A study on heavy metals leaching from pharmaceuticals in Greece. NB. if you wish to see the full article, you will have to either contact the authors or purchase a copy.

Read the abstract here: Abstract of article

4. Californian stakeholder meetings to review regulations on healthcare waste

The California Department of Public Health, Medical Waste Management Unit is conducting a series of stakeholder meetings inviting all interested parties to attend and review the new regulations mandated by AB 333. The Department is responsible to report to the state legislature by Jan 1, 2016 on using federal rules under DOT vs state rules to regulate transport of medical waste.

See dates here: Californian workshop dates

5. Awards for excellence in recycling and waste management

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management provide recognition to leaders of innovation in the sector. Winners will be announced at the lavish Awards ceremony on 14 May 2015 at the five star Landmark Hotel in London.

See details here: Waste management awards ceremony