Waste Stories 25/4/2016


10th anniversary1. Non-executive board members of CIWM Enterprises Ltd

There are two vacancies, the terms of office are three years commencing June 2016. There is no fee for the role of Non-Executive Director, however reasonable expenses will be covered. Applicants must be Members or Fellows or Licentiate of CIWM and must complete both nomination and application forms and return them to ceo@ciwm.co.uk by 12 noon on Thursday 28th April 2016.

Employees of either the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management or CIWM Enterprises Ltd should not apply. Shortlisted candidates will need to be available for interview on Friday 3rd June 2016.

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

For application forms, job description and role and person specs, click here

2. UNDP and UNFPA seminar on sustainable procurement

The UNDP and UNFPA with the support of the UN informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) Secretariat are organizing a dialogue on “Fostering Sustainable Procurement: How Procurers Can Change the Global Health Sector” Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in UN City, Copenhagen. The event aims to bring together procurement practitioners from the global health aid market, to share the latest sustainable public and private procurement initiatives, showcase good-practice examples and advance the dialogue on how sustainable procurement practices and policies can be widely harmonized and scaled-up across the global health aid market.

For additional information contact: info@savinglivesustainably.org

To register click here

3. NUS and Philips lighting pay-per-lux scheme

The agreement between Philips Lighting, one of the largest lighting manufacturers in the world, and The National Union of Students is a world-first and it is hoped the agreement will act as an exemplar for future innovative business models.

The arrangement is similar to that of a traditional rental plan, as NUS pay a flat rate for the lease of the lighting systems and energy usage over a specified time period and do not have to pay any up-front costs to purchase the equipment outright.

Where the innovation lies, is that as part of the agreement Philips Lighting are committed to maintaining and upgrading the lighting solutions they have provided with their latest technology to make sure that they perform as efficiently as possible.

Philips provided at their cost a £100k, state-of-the-art, 7kW lighting system where energy consumption is measured against a baseline that will be calculated over the first few months of operation. When the energy consumption dips below this level, both NUS and Philips are rewarded, whereas if energy consumption is more than expected then Philips must pay a penalty, thus incentivising them to keep the building up-to-date with the most efficient lighting systems.

Read more here

4. Biopen lets doctors 3D print cartilage during surgery

If you need knee replacement surgery in the future, doctors may be able to create a custom-made joint from your own stem cells. A team from St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, have developed the Biopen, a type of 3D printer that uses “ink” made from hydrogel and stem cells. While 3D printing stem cells isn’t new, the exact shape of a patient’s cartilage often can’t be known until they’re cut open. Using the device, surgeons can precisely customise the joint to the patient with surgical “scaffolds,” then permanently harden the biogel using ultraviolet light.

Read the article here

Waste stories 11/2/2015


1. Head of resource efficiency at WRc

WRc is an Independent Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Growth. It is currently implementing an ambitious growth strategy, with a specific focus on waste and resource management, water, environment and gas sectors.

WRc job advert

2. ‘Eco-friendly’ disposal of healthcare waste in Sierra Leone

New York — With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Sierra Leone has begun to use new, environmentally-friendly sterilizing equipment to help dispose of the vast amounts of contaminated protective equipment and infectious waste generated in treating Ebola patients.

Read the story here: Eco-friendly disposal

3. Green ward competition

The Green Ward Competition is a clinical engagement programme for NHS Trusts wishing to improve their environmental sustainability. Clinical teams taking part in the competition are supported to identify and take forward a sustainability project in their ward or department. At the end of the programme, a prize is awarded to the team whose project has had greatest impact on improving sustainability, or which shows the greatest potential for future impact. The launch of the Green Ward Competition at your Trust can be tied in with NHS Sustainability Day of Action on 26 March 2015.

Read details here: Green ward competition

4. Call for papers on health and waste management

The academic journal, Waste and Resource Management is calling for papers on the link between health and waste management for its upcoming issue. Risk assessment of waste management approaches or technologies, or case studies of health impacts of broad interest to the profession are being sought. Possible themes include descriptions of waste and public issues and strategies to reduce or eliminate health risks through improved technologies, recycling and final disposal, and the impact on health due to environmental pollution caused by wastecollection, transport, recycling, and collection by formal and informal systems.

See details here: ICE journal

5. Viridor secures NHS contract in Devon

Viridor has announced that following a competitive tendering process it has secured a five-year contract to process and treat the waste and recycling for three NHS Trusts in Devon.

See the story here: NHS waste contract