Upcoming Events

SWITCH Forum Webinar

TOPIC: Dangers of Batteries

When: Thursday 25th November, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Microsoft Teams: Details to follow upon registration to Yasmin Watson

Host: John Twitchen, Environmental Scientist (FCIWM, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science)

About John:

Over 25 years’ experience working with various organisations, founder of the first dedicated environmental communications consultancy (Sauce), collaborator on circular economy solutions working with CIWM, Teesside University, Amey and others. 

Founder of Stuff4Life Ltd whose focus is on creating circular economy solutions for everyday products and materials. Stuff4Life is about ensuring the things we consume can be used over and over again, from essential kit that protects you in the workplace to other everyday items – because action speaks louder than words.

Webinar Overview

The webinar will focus on the dangers caused by batteries being disposed of incorrectly, the causes of the current situation and the potential solutions. Producer responsibility targets have not kept pace with changes to the type, volume and nature of batteries being sold. Current targets can be met by collecting easier to recycle batteries using established infrastructure, and avoid collecting higher-powered and more difficult to recycle rechargeable batteries, including those embedded in smart but cheap gadgets such as toys.

As a result, high-powered and potentially dangerous batteries are entering residual waste or recycling streams, causing explosions and fires which put lives and property at risk and increase the cost of operation through preventative measures and insurance to site and fleet operators.

Current estimates are that 201 waste fires caused by Li-ion batteries occur every year in the UK based on EA-reported figures, with damaging consequences for both the environment and society. A solution is needed, and quickly – one that does not place the entire burden of responsibility on waste facility operators to implement ever more elaborate and costly detection and suppression systems at the end of the pipe when it’s already too late.

To register your interest in this upcoming event please email/contact admin@switchforum.org.uk.

SWITCH Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Autumn Seminar- Friday 26th November 2021 0930 to 12:15

You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd SWITCH Annual General Meeting followed  by our Autumn seminar taking place on Friday 26th November from 0930 – 1315 via Microsoft teams.

During the meeting we will cover the SWITCH Forum highlights and achievements over the past year as well as our proposed next steps and future development planned for the year ahead.

To register your interest please follow the link below:


SWITCH H&S / ETC Working Group Meetings 2022

Q1’2022 Friday 25th January – 11:00 – 13:00

Q2’2022 Friday 27th May 11:00 – 13:00

Q3’2022 Friday 26th August 11:00 – 13:00

Q4’2022 – AGM/Winter Seminar – Friday 25th November 0930 – 13:15

Upcoming HSE Health & Safety Events & Conferences

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Health and safety events and conferences – HSE website