View David Goodenough, West Lothian Council (SWITCH member of Education, Training Competence group) webinar on Lessons learned from delivering waste collection during COVID-19.

In this webinar David takes us through the key stages of delivering a collection service this year as covid 19 restrictions developed including the issues which arose trying to keep a collection service operational and how health, safety and training issues were resolved. Followed by a Q&A session where David shares his knowledge further on some of the issues they faced, how they were resolved and what are the upcoming issues for the remainder of 2020 and going into 2021.

SWITCH will be running a series of webinars which usually take place on the last Thursday of each month on a range of topics and issues relevant to the resource management industry and for everyone working in the sector – so all are welcome to join,

We are always interested in hearing what other topics and subjects you would like to hear more about and discuss and share practice on. Even better if you are able to offer to present on this monthly seminar the please drop and email to


Save the date for the November Seminar 

Topic: Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19

When: Thursday 26th November 10:00 – 11:00


Scottish Union Learning in partnership with Digital Skills Education Ltd is offering a free, interactive online cyber resilience course for workers across Scotland:

Developing cyber resilience skills: A learning toolkit for workers’

This course we will give you tips and hints about how to provide cyber support skills, or training for your colleagues.

The course will cover:

  • Keeping smartphones and laptops secure – making workers more cyber resilient – Thursday 24 September from 2pm to 3pm or Friday 25 September from 11am to 12pm
  • Safer web browsing and spotting phishing attacks – building the digital confidence of workers – Thursday 1 October from 11am to 12pm or 2pm to 3pm
  • Picking better passwords – encouraging an understanding of the fundamentals of cyber security# – Thursday 8 October from 11am to 12pm or 2pm to 3pm

The course is ideally suited for any worker who is keen to develop their own skills and want to share this knowledge with colleagues.

To find out more register at any of the events here

For more information contact Karina Liptrot

Whilst many of our frontline staff continue to work through this pandemic, the question is what are we doing to help support their wellbeing.

Danielle Moore from East Renfrewshire Council writes case study on staff wellbeing during COVID-19


As Chris James, steps down from his role as Chief Executive Officer for WAMITAB, the awarding body for qualifications in the resource and waste sector, the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) announce the integration of WAMITAB more closely into CIWM. During the transition WAMITAB will continue to operate as usual with no change in the immediate term to any of the qualifications or services offered by WAMITAB and they will continue to be and End Point Assessment Organisation for apprenticeships.

EMBARGOED 22.07.20 Integration plan announced for CIWM and WAMITAB

With local authorities asked by Government to prioritise re-opening household waste recycling sites, the focus now is on how to plan and prepare to ensure that HWRC capacity can safely and efficiently be brought back online. This webinar, for CIWM Members, will assess the latest guidance and thinking across the sector, explore the planning, operational and health and safety considerations involved, and share lessons learned from those who are already in the process of re-opening sites in some capacity. Book your place here.

Please find attached information initiated from Bristol University relating to a campaign on the prevention of scald injuries from hot drinks.  The campaign is being launched on National Burns Awareness Day on 16th October and calls for Ambassadors: please seek further information via their website at

You will be aware there is also an ongoing campaign running in Scotland with COBIS (Care of Burns in Scotland/NHS Scotland – Lisa Stewart is a member of the CPG) which targets first aid for burns and scalds. You can find further information at

Please find attached the DRAFT Minutes of the meeting of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness which was held on 5th June 2019.


As advised t use by the SQA, please note that the current Waste Qualifications listed below have been extended for one year.  This means the Lapsing date will now be 31.07.2020 for all Waste Qualifications.  Finish date for SCQF Level 5 will be 2022 and for SCQF Level 6 and 7 a finish date of 2024.


  • SVQ in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Driver  Level 2  GF9G  22  SVQ
  • SVQ in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative  Level 2  GF9H  22  SVQ
  • SVQ in Waste Operations: Waste Site Operative  Level 2  GF9J  22  SVQ
  • SVQ in Waste Operations: Waste Team Leader  Level 2  GF9K  22  SVQ
  • SVQ in Waste Operations: Waste Weighbridge Operative  Level 2  GF9L  22  SVQ
  • SVQ in Waste Supervisory Management  Level 3  GF9M  23
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Physical and Chemical Treatment – Hazardous Waste  SCQF Level 7  GG1K  47
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Physical and Chemical Treatment – Non-Hazardous Waste  SCQF Level 7  GG1M  47
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Transfer – Hazardous Waste  SCQF Level 7  GG1L  47
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Transfer – Non-Hazardous Waste  SCQF Level 7  GG1J  47

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