Global News

Issue 36, August 2015

News from the President

David Newman
David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members

 

Well, another ISWA year has past since the Sao Paulo Congress last September and I am excited and ready for the Antwerp meeting in a couple of weeks time.

 

Once again the ISWA family reunites for its annual event, and in the General Assembly National Members will meet to discuss ISWA’s annual report back to members- this year with a special twist, a morning debate on the future development of our Association. I strongly recommend National Members take part actively in shaping our future over the next five years.

 

The Congress  will see a series of ground - breaking reports issued, a body of scientific and technical knowledge exchanged, and above all, a very pleasant time to network and make new friends in a very friendly city.  Don’t miss it !

 

Beirut hit the headlines last month as 2500 ton of waste per day piled up on its streets, an astonishing lack of planning in a wealthy and popular destination, as the city closed the landfill without alternatives sites available.  Its international tender for waste management went deserted, a sign that companies have little confidence in the city’s ability to create a functioning system and enforce laws in a region that has become extrremely volatile.  Sadly, this is a story which history shows has repeated itself: read Naples.

 

I enjoyed speaking in Singapore in July at the World Engineers Summit for Climate Change about how waste can contribute to reducing emissions and how market volatility affects recycling.  In Singapore this August our TAP  is active in training on waste to energy plant management, and I hope further activities there take place soon.  Many other activities have taken place over the last month, as you can read in this newsletter.

 

See you all in Antwerp !

 

Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

ISWA World Congress 2015, 7-9 September, Antwerp: Register now!

Speaker's portraits:
Speaker's portraits:
Dambisa Moyo is a marathon-running author and international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs
Dambisa Moyo is a marathon-running author and international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs
Timothy Bouldry is a photographer and reports about unregulated waste sites from the informal recyclers perspective
Timothy Bouldry is a photographer and reports about unregulated waste sites from the informal recyclers perspective

How do we deal with waste and materials in densely populated cities?

What is the role of local authorities and world-wide organisations, NGOs, industry and research in the development of new tools and measures?

And how can we come up with a world-wide balanced solution for the materials challenge?

 

If these questions are of interest to you, if you would like to discuss with representatives from UNEP, the World Bank, OECD, the Clinton Foundation etc., join us at the ISWA World Congress 2015, 7-9 September in Antwerp, Belgium!

 

The ISWA World Congress 2015, as always, will guarantee a balanced mix of internationally renowned keynote speakers, representatives of institutions and agencies worldwide that determine waste and materials policy, interesting insights into the latest scientific and technological developments in the sector, and above all, a lot of opportunities for networking and exchange of experience.

 

The Congress will once again be the meeting point for the waste industry, attracting professionals from all over the world to discuss advancements, challenges, trends and solutions for the different types of waste.

 

Don't miss out! Online Registration ends on 31 August!

Go visit our new website for the latest details, the final programme and for registering for the ISWA 2015 World Congress!

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in 3 weeks time in Antwerp!

ISWA World Congress 2015: Visit Antwerp's museums free of charge!

Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp
Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp

One ticket that rules them all

 

– sounds like a fairy tale? Well, sometimes they really do come true: your badge to the ISWA World Congress 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium will open the doors to the municipal museums in Antwerp free of charge.

 

Why? Because a smart waste management system needs smart waste managers, who not only spend their time contemplating on the export of plastics to China, but also on 2 million European emigrants venturing from Antwerp to an uncertain future - explored at the Red Star Line Museum;

 

or discover the parallels of high-tech waste technology and modern architecture at its finest at the MAS Museum aan de Stroom;

 

or get a face to face with Bruegel at the Museum Mayer van den Bergh - A house full of art.

 

Your ticket to the ISWA World Congress 2015 enables you to visit the following municipal museums of Antwerp to enter on Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September 2015.

 

-        MAS / Museum aan de Stroom

-        Red Star Line-museum

-        Middelheimmuseum

-        Rubenshuis

-        Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

-        Museum Plantin-Moretus

-        Letterenhuis

-        Museum Vleeshuis

 

The ticket is not transferrable.

Fully booked ISWA Study Tour on Waste-to-Energy

The fully booked ISWA Study Tours on Waste-to-Energy which took place between June 21st and 1st July 2015, travelling through Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic, was a great success and received very good feedback.

 

More than 20 participants coming from all over the world - Australia, Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe - got an in-depth impression of 16 different state-of-the-art WtE facilities and learned about the most remarkable technologies and installations for WtE based on BAT, Best Available Techniques, in Europe

 

The tour incorporated a number of facilities involved in the waste cycle, including sorting plants, scrap-yards and incineration facilities. Alongside this was a series of seminars and workshops provided by WtE experts and plant managers who offered the participants an invaluable insight into the design, funding and management of plants. 

 

A number of participants came from developing countries, or countries where waste-to-energy is not standard practice. It is therefore hoped that this study tour offered a valuable learning experience to all involved and perhaps, as a result of this tour, we will see new waste-to-energy projects in some countries for the first ever time. 

ISWA-SWIS Winter School in Texas: Apply for scholarship!

ISWA and the SWIS (Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability), housed at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA, are pairing up with the City of Denton, Texas, USA, to bring you the ISWA-SWIS Winter School on Solid Waste Management - LANDFILL & LANDFILL MINING.

 

The unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced - with one week dedicated to each. This is also reflected by the locations: first week courses are held at the University of Texas in Arlington close to Dallas and week two is taking place in the City of Denton – more precisely at the Denton Landfill.

 

2016 SWIS-ISWA Competition on Sustainable Waste Management Essay:

 

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA is pleased to introduce the “2016 SWIS-ISWA Competition on Sustainable Waste Management Essay”. Undergraduate students from around the world are invited to write an essay on a specific aspect of the Solid Waste Management in their respective countries. 5 (Five) to 10 (Ten) students will be awarded scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School (to be held at UTA from January 18-29, 2016). SWIS has introduced these scholarships to promote the importance of sustainable waste management for developing healthy and sustainable urban cities.

 

The scholarship covers the following for the winners:

-           Free Air Ticket from country of residence to DFW Airport, Dallas, Texas

-           Free Registration for the SWIS-ISWA Winter School at UTA

-           Food, Lodging and Transportation during their stay for the winter school

 

Deadline of application: 30 September 2015 (Texas local time)

 

Click here for more information on the essay competition, programme and registration.

 

See you in Texas!

Task Force Resource Management



Video: Martin Brocklehurst, one of the authors, on trends and emerging ideas in the field of circular economy.

In June 2014 ISWA has established the 'Task Force on Resource Management' to investigate the contribution that the Waste Management Sector can offer to the Circular Economy and to identify the barriers and challenges that need to be overcome to support the transition from waste management to resource management.

 

The scope of the Task Force is resource and waste management, including determining the contribution the Waste Management Sector is already making to the Circular Economy/Resource Management, the recovery and use of secondary raw materials, fuels and energy, as well as nutrients soil and carbon matter in developed countries with reasonably advanced waste management systems.

 

The main focus will be on the deliveries of goods by the waste management sector and the market interfaces between waste management on one side and the manufacturing and agricultural value chains on the other.

 

The Task Force conducted five studies as listed below:  

  • Circular Economy: Trends and Emerging Ideas (Martin Brocklehurst)
  • Circular Economy: Cycles Loops and Cascades (Andreas Bartl)
  • Circular Economy: Closing the Loops (Costas Velis et al.)
  • Circular Economy: Carbon, Nutrients and Soil (Jane Gilbert)
  • Circular Economy: Energy and Fuels (Tore Hulgaard)

An additional overarching report (Circular Economy: Resources and Opportunities) summarizes the Task Force findings.

 

A Special Session on Resource Management was held at the ISWA World Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014 which introduced the Task Force.

 

The final Special Session at the World Congress 2015 in Antwerp will serve as the official forum to present the results of the Task Force on Resource Management work. The results will be presented on the ISWA website.

ISWA Goes to Zambia - Workshop in Choma under the EWIT Project

Visiting a dumpsite in Choma
Meeting with City officials in Choma

ISWA led a delegation of six experts from Vienna and one from the UK to the District of Choma in Zambia in the last week of July for the purpose of engaging with the District in a workshop on the topic of E-Waste management. In the duration of three days, the delegation was warmly received by the Deputy Mayor Mr Phanwell Siagwelele and his capable staff. 

 

The mission started with a one-day site visits to understand Choma's waste management situation. The lack of basic infrastructure and public awareness were particularly worrying: on-going open burning on the dumpsite and roadsides, severe lack of collection vehicles, dumpsite leachate, waste storage spots in the vicinity of food stocks, etc. On the second and third day, the experts worked extensively in a workshop with the Choma municipal staff and representatives from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Lusaka City Council and the private sector to conduct a SWOT analysis and discuss on the formulation of a master plan for solid waste and e-waste management in Choma. Among others, the priority constraint is the lack of funding for basic infrastructure and public awareness raising.

 

Following the initial trip, ISWA with the experts will continue working with the District of Choma in formulating its master plan in the coming months. The worksop is one of the series of Twin-City Workshops under the EU funded project EWIT (E-Waste Implementation Toolkit for African Cities) of which ISWA is the Lead Partner. Choma is twined with the City of Vienna under this Project, hence the delegation representing Vienna included the ISWA General Secretariat technical staff based in Vienna and experts from the Technical University of Vienna, the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna, EIEE (a EPR consultancy firm based in Vienna) and the University of Northampton.

 

For more information about the EWIT Project, please contact ISWA's Technical Manager Jiao Tang (jtang@iswa.org).

ISWA awarded CTCN project in Colombia

City of Cali

ISWA awarded technical project in Colombia under the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) umbrella contributing to unlock the power of technology for climate smart Solutions

 

ISWA was awarded the subcontract in July 2015 for the provision of technical assistance for the “Development of a Mechanical Biological treatment Pilot Project for the Waste Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in Colombia” by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) under the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).

 

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism and co-hosted by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 11 partner institutions with expertise in climate technologies. The mission of the CTCN is to promote accelerated development and transfer of climate technologies at the request of developing countries for energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient development.  Requests for Technical Assistance are being submitted to the CTCN by the National Designated Entity (NDE) of the respective country. Eligible requests are processed by a group of selected experts who develop a Response Plan, and this was the case for ISWA that put forward a proposal under a restricted competition to accepted Members for the CTCN network.

 

The objective of this technical assistance by ISWA is to assist the city of Cali, Colombia, to decide upon the deployment of an alternative Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) treatment plant that will contribute to reducing GHG emissions to net-zero level in the waste sector overall.  The Italian Composting and Biogas Association (C.I.C) is the trusted entity that will be leading the technical work on behalf of ISWA. 

 

Within the framework of this technical assistance ISWA will conduct an in-depth evaluation of existing technical studies for a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant, as well as studies related to its operationalization and the integration of the waste pickers working in the informal sector. Based on the initial assessment, further studies will be undertaken to refine the technology to be applied, as well as the business model to be deployed. In this way, it is expected that the CTCN will be able to help prove the technical and financial feasibility of an alternative MSW treatment plant, and put forward a practical business plan for the implementation of such a plant.

 

For more information please see: http://ctc-n.org/news/development-mechanical-biological-treatment-pilot-project-waste-nationally-appropriate

 

 

ISWA Video Award 2015 - Results

ISWA Video Award 2015

This year for the third time ISWA conducted an online short-video competition called the “ISWA Video Award”. The theme of the contest was ‘Waste’. Entries should explore the theme ‘Waste’ as one of the major global problems of our society in an original, witty way.

 

The jury had an extensive selection of videos to assess. 29 videos were put forward from 10 different countries and the jury found it difficult to determine an overall winner from those put forward. But finally the jury found that the following entries were the best of the submissions put forward for the ISWA Video Award in 2015:

 

First place and winner of the ISWA Video Award 2015:

 

“ISWA waste video”, by Maggie Steptoe, UK

View video (link)  

 

Second place:  

 “The future starts now - Don't waste your time”, by Bardo Eicher, Switzerland

View video (link)

 

Third place:  

 “Nature & You”, by Ermanno Alagna, Italy

View video (link) 

 

Click the links above and watch the award winning submissions! We hope that you like them.

 

Congratulations to the winners!!

ISWA Communication Award 2015 - Results

ISWA Communication Award 2015

This year we again had a very good participation for the ISWA Communication Award: 17 candidates from 11 different countries submitted their – mostly very interesting – nominations.

 

The judging panel had an excellent selection of waste management communication promotions to assess in 2015 and found it difficult to determine an overall winner from those put forward. The first three were separated by only a few points. 

 

The winner of the ISWA Communication Award 2015 is:

 

Finally the jury found that overall the communications campaign

 

"100-100-100, Dutch social experiment in waste management"

run by NV ROVA Holding from the Netherlands

 

was the best of the 17 nominations put forward for the ISWA Communications Award in 2015.

 

The jury deemed this campaign the best project because of its strengths on all fundamental elements that make communication and social marketing plans effective. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the quality of planning, in which a clear strategy with detailed and measurable goals was outlined. 

 

Second and Third Places go to:

 

“Thank you for sorting your waste” by Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, Finland, made the second place, and Canada provided our third winner with Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association’s ambitious initiative “Recycle Everywhere Transformation Campaign”, nominated by Reclay Holding GmbH, Germany.

 

Congratulations!!

 

The award presentation ceremony will take place at the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, on Tuesday, 8th September 2015.

 

A big thank you for their efforts goes to the members of the judging panel:

 

Ms Moira O'Brien-Malone, UNEP

Ms Ingela Morfeldt, representative for the Awarded Campaign of 2014

Mr Carlos Silva Filho, Vice-President of ISWA

Mr Lazlo Uhri, Member of the Working Group on Communications

Mr Gerfried Habenicht, Communication Coordinator of ISWA

ISWA Publication Award 2015 - Results

There were 8 nominations for the ISWA Publication Award 2015 and the judges found great difficulty in determining an overall winner due to the top-class level of and wide variety of subject matter covered by these submissions. However, one clear winner emerged

 

The winner of the ISWA Publication Award 2015 is:

 

“Wasteaware’ benchmark indicators for integrated sustainable waste management in cities, plus User Manual”

 

By David C Wilson, Recaredo Vilches, Darragh Masterson (Imperial College London); Ljiljana Rodic (Wageningen University); Costas Velis (University of Leeds); Michael J Cowing, Andrew D Whiteman (Wasteaware); Anne Scheinberg (Waste); Joachim Stretz and Barbara Ölz (GIZ)

 

This text, as the panel indicates, is very much in line with ISWA’s mission and goals in promoting sustainable waste management in developing countries. This publication contributes to one of the major issues in integrated solid waste management (ISWM) in developed and developing countries. This paper has the potential to assist many countries in the world developing sustainable ISWM strategies. 

 

Second Place:  

“Progress and challenges to the global waste management system.”  

By Jagdeep Singh, Rajib Sinha, Björn Frostell (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Rafael Laurenti (KTH Royal Institute of Technology &

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute)

 

Third Place:  

“New Developments in Landfill Sealing Systems Using Coated GCLs”  

By Amir Shahkolahi, Jason Crase and Raymond Chow 

 

Congratulations to the winner!

 

The award presentation ceremony will take place during the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, on Tuesday, 8th September 2015.

 

A big thank you for their efforts goes to the members of the judging panel:

 

Mr Antonis Mavropoulos, Board Member and STC Chair

Mr Alexei Atudorei, Board Member

Mr Sunil Herat, Editorial Board Member, Waste Management & Research

WM&R Awards 2015 - Results


WM&R Reviewer of the Year Award

 

Waste Management & Research (WM&R) is grateful for the outstanding support and commitment from hard working reviewers. As a token of appreciation the WM&R Editorial Group awards the best reviewer of the year for their excellent review performances to WM&R over the year 2014.

 

The awardee of the WM&R Best Reviewer of the Year 2014 Award is: Dr Sigrid Kusch

 

Dr Sigrid Kusch is founder of ScEnSers Independent and a visiting researcher with the Bioenergy and Organic Resources Research Group at the University of Southampton. In 2007 she received a PhD from the University of Hohenheim after conducting detailed laboratory experiments and applied research on biogas production through dry digestion of agricultural and municipal biomass. Her main research interests include: Anaerobic digestion, Bioenergy, Waste management, Organic resources, Biogenic energy in urban Areas.

 

Dr Sigrid Kusch reviewed 5 manuscripts for WM&R in 2014 within an average of 9 days.

 

Best performing reviewers 2014: 

Dr Alberto Bezama

Prof em Dr ir Alfons Buekens

Dr Xavier Font

Dr Fabrizio Di Gregorio 

 

 

WM&R Best Paper of the Year 2014 Award 

 

Waste Management & Research has the great honour to award for the first time the WM&R Best paper of the year 2014. 

 

The WM&R Editorial Group reviewed the best cited papers and find “Comparative analysis of solid waste management in 20 cities” by David C. Wilson, Ljiljana Rodic, Anne Scheinberg, Costas A Velis and Graham Alabaster to be remarkably and outstanding research.

 

Abstract: 

The paper uses the ‘lens’ of integrated and sustainable waste management (ISWM) to analyse the new data set compiled on 20 cities in six continents for the UN-Habitat flagship publication Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities. The comparative analysis looks first at waste generation rates and waste composition data. A process flow diagram is prepared for each city, as a powerful tool for representing the solid waste system as a whole in a comprehensive but concise way. Benchmark indicators are presented and compared for the three key physical components/drivers: public health and collection; environment and disposal; and resource recovery – and for three governance strategies required to deliver a well-functioning ISWM system: inclusivity; financial sustainability; and sound institutions and pro-active policies. Key insights include the variety and diversity of successful models – there is no ‘one size fits all’; the necessity of good, reliable data; the importance of focusing on governance as well as technology; and the need to build on the existing strengths of the city. An example of the latter is the critical role of the informal sector in the cities in many developing countries: it not only delivers recycling rates that are comparable with modern Western systems, but also saves the city authorities millions of dollars in avoided waste collection and disposal costs. This provides the opportunity for win–win solutions, so long as the related wider challenges can be addressed. 

 

The WM&R Editorial Group congratulates the authors to their paper, which is the highest cited WM&R paper in 2014. The fine contribution to WM&R is most appreciated.

 

 

The WM&R Awards are kindly sponsored by Sage Publications.

WAMASON (National Member Nigeria) has a new President

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, the new WAMASON President

The Wastes Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) held its 2nd International Summit in collaboration with the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Regions (BCCC-Nigeria) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) on the 22nd – 24th of April, 2015 at the Golden Tulip Hotel Lagos, Nigeria. The Summit focused was on Financing Waste Management in Developing Economies. Papers were presented on Policy and Fiscal Framework for sustainable waste management including National Strategy for Private Sector Participation and Investment. Others are International Framework for Funding Waste Management Infrastructures and case studies on sustainable practices. Full details and communique of the Summit can be viewed at www.wamason.org.

 

Before the event, ISWA President, David Newman, held an interview session with the WAMASON then National President Mr Reuben Ossai and the 1st Vice President, Prof Oladele Osibanjo on waste management issues in developing countries. See full details in WAMASON’s site.    WAMASON has initiated two key areas of cooperation with ISWA; formation of TAP (Training, Advisory and Promotion of sustainable waste management) Centre in Nigeria and administration of the ISWA International Waste Manager Certification (IWM) Programme. Presently, ISWA has given WAMASON the authority to administer the first three awards (Technician, Intermediate and Advance) of the IWM programme. These services are intended to be extended to the neighbouring countries in Africa.  We look forward to full implementation of these cooperation by 1st quarter of 2016.

 

The Summit was concluded with a National Executive Election which presented WAMASON a New National President, Prof Oladele Osibanjo. We highly commend the good job done by the immediate past president, Mr Reuben Ossai whose efforts will be built upon by the new National Executives. Our congratulations go to our New President, Prof Oladele Osibanjo, an erudite Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry; Co-Chair Basel Convention Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE); and well experienced international icon on the environmentally sound management of hazardous waste including e-waste and chemicals. 

ISWA Profile: Dr Andreas Bartl (Austria)

Andreas Bart, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation
Andreas Bart, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation

Name and current position in ISWA

Andreas Bart, Vice-chair of WGRWM

 

Company and current position in your company 

Vienna University of Technology - Institute of Chemical Engineering, Senior Scientist

 

What is your background?

Studies of Industrial Chemistry/Chemical Process Engineering; “Doctorate of Technical Science” (PhD) for thesis “Fundamentals of Non-Sag-Tungsten Powder Manufacture”; conferment of the right to lecture (“venia docendi”); 4 years experience in the industry in the field of chemistry/pyrotechnics; 13 years teaching and researching in the field of mechanical process engineering.

 

Did you always work in the waste industry?

Actually, I do not work for the waste industry. I carried out several research projects focussing on recycling of fibers from different waste streams. However, the project have been carried out with industrial partners, I am in close contact to the waste management sector.

 

Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?

I did not have a mentor but my professor who got me involved at University inspired me to work independently, to be creative and visionary.

 

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

4th rank (in the age class) at the Austrian Marathon championship 2015

 

Best advice that you ever received?

A small restaurant on Giglio island (Tuscany), excellent food, unique!!

 

When not working, I enjoy...

Running marathons and mountain runs, mountain hiking, skiing, good food and wine.

 

Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

I joined as individual member during the world congress in Rome 2004. Since 2009 my employer is silver member and I become member of the WGRWM. Since then I regularly participate the WG meetings. I was looking for colleagues in the field of recycling and potential partner for research project. I found a nice family and a lot of friends.

 

When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?

I was elected during a working group meeting held in Tampere (Finland) on 6th of June of 2013.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?

As policy is moving towards a “circular economy” the sole focus on the end-of-life phase (i.e. waste) is not enough. Cooperation with other stakeholder, producers, retailers, etc. are required. The waste industry has to respond to that changes; different business models and new cooperation partners are required.

 

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?

For me the industry is quite heterogeneous so there are numerous strengths and weaknesses. I am convinced that flexibility, innovation and creativity are key factors for success. Finally, size is not so important, companies will succeed if they quickly respond to market changes, changing legal requirements or changing customer needs.

 

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?

As cooperation with other industries is required the specific knowledge of the waste industry could be spread to other branches. Furthermore the demand for a “circular economy” will require new business models (see previous question).

 

What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?

There will be a dramatic change, the frontiers between waste industry and other branches will get less clear, this offers dangers but also opportunities as the sphere of activity is enlarged.

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   News from around the Globe

NEW ZEALAND: NZ looks to manufacturers to help tackle e-waste

The New Zealand government is considering introducing a scheme similar to Australia’s National Computer and Television Recycling Scheme, according to chief executive of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform, Carmel Dollison.

 

Ms Dollison said the government had commissioned a review of what is happening in the e-waste stream, with the aim of identifying the priority products for recycling. The ANZRP participated in the review.

 

She said the outcomes would help inform the government’s decision around what type of product stewardship program should be run, whether it would be a mandatory scheme like the NCTRS, potentially funded through a levy on purchases; a co-regulatory scheme where responsibility is shared; or a voluntary scheme.

 

For the full story, please visit The Fifth Estate

SCOTLAND: Zero Waste Scotland launches guide to office resource efficiency

The Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new toolkit that aims to help businesses improve their resource efficiency.

 

The Staff Engagement Toolkit includes range of professionally-designed materials that helps managers engage their staff, including training courses, quizzes and advice on designating Green champions.

 

The free resource also includes a series of training workshops and webinars for managers to involve staff in reducing waste.

 

Marissa Lippiatt, head of resource efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland said: “Everyone can help cut waste at work. Encouraging staff to be smarter with resources is crucial to better environmental performance, not to mention benefiting the bottom line.

 

“For example, if just one person printed 40 fewer sheets of paper a week, the amount of paper saved in a year could reach end-to-end across the entire length of the pitch at Hampden – six times!”

 

For the full story, please visit edie.net

SCOTLAND: Scotland investigates bottle deposit scheme to advance circular economy

Scotland has moved a step closer to implementing a nationwide bottle-deposit scheme with the publication of new feasibility report by Zero Waste Scotland.

 

The report assesses the benefits of introducing a system where customers pay 10p or 20p deposit when they buy a drink in a can or bottle, and get the money back when they return the item to a collection point.

 

The findings are broadly positive, with Eunomia – the consultancy that carried out the study – claiming that such a system would save local authorities £13m in collection and disposal costs.

 

Eunomia also estimates that the improvement in litter disamenity, that is, the social dissatisfaction caused by litter, could be worth as much as at £205m a year.

 

For the full story, please visit edie.net

UNITED KINGDOM: UK wastes the most food in Europe

The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.

 

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that Europe as a whole wastes 22m tonnes of food a year.

 

But the UK was the worst offender, wasting the equivalent in weight of one can of beans per person, every single day. Romania was the most efficient country, but still threw out the equivalent of an apple per person per day.

 

The study found that 16% of all food that reached consumers was thrown away, with the vast majority of this waste being avoidable.

 

For the full story, please visit edie.net

UNITED STATES: Farm waste and animal fats will help power a United Jet

Sometime this year, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats.

 

For passengers, little will be different – the engines will still roar, the seats in economy will still be cramped – but for the airlines and the biofuels industry, the flight will represent a long-awaited milestone: the first time a domestic airline operates regular passenger flights using an alternative jet fuel.

 

For years, biofuels have been seen as an important part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And airlines, with their concentration around airports and use of the same kind of fuel, have been seen as a promising customer in a biofuels industry that has struggled to gain traction.

 

Now that relationship is showing signs of taking off.

 

For the full story, please visit The New York Times

UNITED STATES: Adidas showcases shoe made from ocean plastics

Clothing manufacturer Adidas has celebrated its partnership with Parley for the Oceans by creating a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean waste and deep-sea gillnets.

 

The concept shoe, unveiled at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, is the first in a line of ocean-waste products that Adidas plans to release this year.

 

Adidas global brands executive Eric Liedtke said: “This partnership allows us to tap into new areas and create innovative materials and products for our athletes. We invite everyone to join us on this journey to clean up the oceans.”

 

The sporting giant has committed to cleaning up its environmental profile in recent times, reporting more than 20% cuts to emissions, water use and waste in the last six years. The company’s 2014 sustainability report stated it aimed to cut emissions by 30% by the end of 2015.

 

The firm also plans to phase out plastic bags from its 2,900 stores as part of its partnership with Parley for the Oceans.

 

For the full story, please visit edie.net