Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?
Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.
NHS trusts encouraged to work towards best practice in waste compliance
Large healthcare producers are set to benefit from new guidance on waste auditing issued today, which should bring carbon benefits as well as ensure tighter compliance with legislation.
Kimberly-Clark takes a 'hand in glove' approach to recycling
Kimberly-Clark Professional is embarking on worldwide programme to recycle single-use cleanroom and laboratory gloves.
Energy innovation centre to save Cambridge University Hospitals £30m
A new energy innovation centre which will deliver significant carbon and cost savings for Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has received planning permission from the Council.
PHS builds on clinical waste portfolio with NHS win
PHS Wastemanagement has secured a five-year contract with NHS trusts in Lincolnshire to provide clinical waste services, significantly expanding its reach within the healthcare sector.
Clinical waste firm aims for zero waste to landfill
Clinical waste company SRCL has announced it is aiming to meet a zero waste to landfill target by the end of the year.
Cheshire's nappy recycling expertise wanted Down Under
The first local authority in England to offer residents a dedicated weekly nappy recycling service has scaled new heights in its drive to divert the absorbent hygiene waste from landfill.
NHS Wales closes loop on polythene packaging
NHS Wales has embarked on a closed loop recycling initiative to reuse polythene waste packaging generated within its supply chain.
Website enables businesses to compare waste disposal costs
Businesses can now calculate the best deal for their waste disposal needs with the launch of a price comparision website, which can be tailored to individual requirements.
In brief: Commercial waste contract news
A social enterprise firm secures a major deal with a Merseyside blue chip client while a specialist collection company wins a significant contract with a care home chain in the south east.
Tradebe strengthens clinical waste arm with Ecowaste purchase
Clinical waste specialist Ecowaste Southwest has been acquired by Tradebe for an undisclosed sum as part its strategy to broaden its environmental healthcare services.
Newcastle hospitals and SITA UK double recycling rate
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust saw its year- on-year recycling totals increase from 326 tonnes in 2010-11 to 710 tonnes in 2011-12 following a new partnership with recycling and resource management company SITA UK.
NHS sitting on waste-to-energy 'gold mine'
Hospitals could make significant savings in the future by tapping into the waste they produce to power their sites as part of a decentralised energy strategy.
Hospital trust opts for integrated waste solution
East Cheshire NHS Trust has outsourced all of its waste management to one provider in a bid to double recycling rates.
NHS trust waste manager calls for radical change
The NHS must reduce its reliance on incineration and focus on better prevention techniques if it wants to get a tighter grip on waste management, a leading acute trust manager has said.
Healthcare manufacturer looks to cut waste costs by a fifth
Contract manufacturing firm Laleham Healthcare has appointed waste contractor SWR to improve its recycling performance and reduce waste costs by 20%.
Scottish health board tasks Viridor with 75% recycling target
NHS Lanarkshire has awarded a waste contract to Viridor to boost the health board's recycling rates and help reduce disposal costs.
NHS trust opts for staff buy-in to reach 40% recycling rate
A major NHS trust is undertaking a massive staff engagement programme in a bid to recycle 40% of all its clinical and domestic waste by the end of 2012.
Hospital outsourcing model generates healthy waste savings
A major NHS trust has increased its recycling levels by 34% over the past year with the help of a dedicated waste team involving private sector partners
US institutions honoured as waste reduction 'role models'
A prison and hospital have received government awards out in the US for their waste reduction efforts by implementing highly successful recycling programmes in the workplace.
Healthcare providers 'too laid back' when it comes to clinical waste
More robust systems are needed for the management of clinical waste with many healthcare providers "too laid back" when it comes to dealing with the matter, according to a recent report.
Razorback provides transport solution for Cleanaway
A leading waste management company has added the Razorback ground-loading vehicle to its fleet to give operators greater ease of use. The Razorback ground-loading vehicle is now being used to collect and forward clinical waste for Serviceteam, a subsidiary of Cleanaway in Redruth, Cornwall. The ground loading system eliminates the need for trailers, forklifts, tail lifts or ramps, when transporting clinical waste.
Renewable energy makes powerful progress
Sustainable energy is advancing rapidly across the board, from well developed landfill gas power generation, to energy from waste incineration and newer technology including energy, wind and wave power and less sophisticated wood burning. LAWE Editor Alexander Catto reports on recent developments in this dynamic sector
How has business behaved?
Darcy Products' John Proctor on environmental performance in 2002
Guidance through a risky business
Simon Pollard and Phil Longhurst of Cranfield University discuss how adopting an environmental risk assessment is becoming a necessity for industry.
Raising the temperature
A technology for the safe, economic and environmentally friendly disposal of a wide range of waste has been developed by Compact Power Holdings. Materials such as sewage sludge, clinical waste, waste from vegetable oil refining, tyre crumb and coal slurry are converted into energy and other usable products through sequential pyrolysis, gasification and high temperature oxidation.
WWT's technical editor, Peter Minting asks the industry a difficult question
Ceramics avoid dioxin reformation
Worcester-based Caldo Environmental Engineering has supplied a complete pollution control system employing ceramic filtration technology for a mixed general and clinical waste incinerator to be installed in the Middle East.
Controlling gaseous emissions
Good combustion control and careful waste stream selection have a key role in reducing gaseous emissions, but end-of-pipe treatment is still an essential part of the solution. Robin Holder, Tal Golesworthy and Peter Davis of Environmental Development Technology look at the available treatment options.
Fired up for energy recovery
In part two of our seven-part Waste to Energy series, Robin Holder, Tal Golesworthy and Peter Davies of consultancy Environmental Development Technology explore the basics of burning waste with a look at current and future developments in firing systems.
Resource recovery: the burning issue
Scientists, engineers and economists have long pondered the issues of using waste to produce energy, but mainly in a municipal context. In the first of our seven-part series, Robin Holder, Tal Golesworthy and Peter Davies of consultants Environmental Development Technology, explore the potential of Waste to Energy for industry, looking at where we are, where we have come from and where, if the conditions are right, we might be going.
EU: Environment Council approves single waste incineration directive proposals
EU Environment Ministers have agreed to Parliament proposals for a single directive covering the incineration of all categories of waste across the Community.
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