Waste Stories 27/1/2015


1. Waste manager’s job at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust is one of the ten elite teaching and research acute Trusts that form the Shelford Group. It has a turnover of almost £1billion a year, with almost 1.5 million patient contacts and over 13,000 members of staff. It generates 5,000 tonnes of waste a year, from two major acute teaching hospitals (RVI & Freeman) as well as the Campus for Ageing & Vitality, Dental Hospital, International Centre for Life and over a dozen community healthcare sites across the city (what were PCT properties). Waste to landfill was discontinued in January 2011 and rates of recycling have steadily increased since then to approach a rate of 50% (for non-clinical). The efforts have led to: inclusion as a best practice example in the government’s national waste prevention guidelines, winning the Green Nephrology Award 2012, finalists in Healthcare Recycler of the Year 2014 and most recently achieving the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste (only the second NHS Trust to achieve this and the first of the Shelford Group)

Deadline for applications is February 8, 2015. Details of the post can be found here: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust waste manager’s job

 2. Ebola task force calls for assistance

Read more here: WasteAid International and Disaster Waste Recovery task force

3.Resource Event 2015, 3rd – 5th March | ExCel, London

Resource is a three day congress with an exhibition that brings together exponents of the circular economy. Businesses both large and small will attend Resource to make connections, share learning and explore the opportunities to be more circular. The show will host a two theatre conference programme, 24 workshops, networking and stand spaces for interaction with the companies from the circular economy and resource sector.

See details here: Resource Event 2015

4. Environment Agency launches IsItWaste Tool

IsItWaste is a self assessment tool to help you decide whether your material is likely to be a waste or not. The tool is based on the By-Products (Article 5) and End of Waste (Article 6) parts of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD 2008/98/EC). This version of the tool is for England only.

Access the tool here: IsItWaste tool