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WISH publishes new document – COVID-19 and Waste Management Activities

A new document from WISH (Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum) has been released with regards to COVID-19 and Waste Management Activities. 


WISH - COVID-19 Document


The document covers the following topics when it comes to dealing with the current crisis:

  1. COVID-19 and why it may be a problem for waste management
  2. Symptoms and what to do if an employee shows the symptoms
  3. Controlling the spread of COVID-19 – general precautions

 ▪ Good hygiene

 ▪ Social Distancing

 ▪ Cleaning procedures

 ▪ Handling wastes – can I catch it this way?

 ▪ PPE (personal protective equipment)

 ▪ Vulnerable persons

4. Changes made in response to COVID-19

 ▪ Maintaining critical competencies and standards

 ▪ Change management

 ▪ Inspections, testing, maintenance and repair

5. Specific advice

 ▪ Vehicles and collections operations

 ▪ Bulky waste collections

 ▪ Mobile plant

 ▪ Landfills, MBT and transfer stations

 ▪ MRFs and recycling plants

 ▪ CA/HWRC sites

 ▪ Welfare facilities

 ▪ Weighbridges

  1. Other information sources and links
  2. Disclaimer and WISH

WISH stress that the document is live and may be updated as more information becomes apparent and the current situation changes. 

It is advised to read the opening statement of the document to understand what it means to set out.

The full document can be found here.


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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