News from the President
Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members
These weeks are really intense periods for ISWA and its representatives participating in conferences globally. Personally I have been welcomed in Finland, London, Norway and Cyprus in the last few weeks, and have spoken to the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi end of May. Colleagues have also been in Brussels with the EU, in Oslo for a Beacon Conference, and were previously in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Malaysia and Argentina. Our stand at the Munich IFAT trade fair was overwhelmed for four days and I enjoyed meeting many old friends there.
My final trip before the summer is to the July CESS conference in Singapore, always a high level event, and I hope to see you there.
At the same time ISWA is organising workshops, study tours and the staff are busy working on the 2016 Annual Congress to be held in Serbia in September. Registrations are already higher than Antwerp at the same time last year, so if you haven't registered and found a hotel, do it immediately!
Has all this running around achieved anything? Well, the UNEA Assembly adopted a resolution on chemicals and waste calling upon producers from the private sector to contribute more to waste recovery, as requested in my rather angry speech. And discussions at EU level always are useful to helping us all to understand new models of business in a more circular economy, and how the Commission foresees implementing policies.
It seems clear to me that we are about to go through a revolution driven by data, new technologies such as robotics, and new materials entering the waste streams. From my meetings around the world, it seems our industry is not ready for these challenges so speaking about the future is really important in this moment. See you soon.
ISWA at the United Nations Environment Assembly
The United Nations Environment Assembly took place end of May in Nairobi, Kenya, and ISWA is proud to have been invited to discuss the Global Waste Management Outlook.
During a side event at UNEP's second UNEA, ISWA President David Newman participated in a high-level panel discussion. The side-event, with the theme “Less Waste, Better Environment, Healthy People”, considered the Global Waste Management Outlook with high-level speakers including UNEA President, Oyun Sanjaasuren and other senior environment figures and ministers.
David Newman called for Global action on waste, which must be considered as part of the overall environment agenda, arguing that “the planet cannot wait”.
A Big IFAT Thank You!
The ISWA team of experts and managers really enjoyed a great week at the IFAT show in Munich this June, despite the unseasonal rainy weather. IFAT, the leading trade fair for water, sewage, and waste management is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a platform for innovation, technology and solutions.
This year, ISWA hosted record numbers of visitors at our booth and there was a constant hub of activity as people dropped by to learn about our services, talk to our experts to pick up our latest publications or to network. Where else can you share a table with a CEO, a leading academic and an operator?
There was a great diversity too, with representatives from government and private sectors, young and established professionals from all across the globe. We were delighted to develop new partnerships with Waste Management leaders in Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Ghana and Russia to name but a few.
Indeed, our Exclusive Business Lunch for ISWA members was very well attended – with 80 members exchanging news and views in a very warm atmosphere. This year representatives of the German Young Professionals groups from Munich and Hamburg also joined the event, which was a good opportunity for ‘career talk’.
In fact, ISWA hosted three popular Young Professionals network and mentoring events at the booth, all of them organised by the ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG). We also welcomed three formal Delegations from Argentina, Algeria, South Africa and Singapore, the latter one with a very memorable presentation from the Senior Minister of State Dr Amy Khor. We look forwarding to strengthening these relationships.
All in all, it was a highly positive experience for ISWA connecting with new and known contacts. ISWA listened to your ideas and wishes as well as your aims for the industry in the future and we will keep supporting you with quality services and timely intelligence.
So here is a big IFAT thank you to everyone who came by the booth – we enjoyed seeing you!
PS: We captured the event on a short video, take a look and see if you can spot yourself!
ISWA Beacon Conference on Resourcing the Future, Oslo, Norway
This 6th Beacon Conference on Recycling and Waste Minimisation which took place on 15-17th June 2016 in Oslo, looked at resource management focusing on the global Impacts of EU Waste Policies such as the Eco-design Directive and the Circular Economy Package, the development of Markets for Recycled Materials and new methods for measuring recycling.
Key Note speeches were given by Julie Hill of the Waste and Resource Action Programme, who presented on methods on measuring contributions to the Circular Economy, Arthur ten Wolde of De Groene Zaak on designing for the Circular Economy, Markus Reuter of the Helmholz Institute, who investigated the applicability of the Circular Economy Package and last but not least Björn Appelqvist, Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation, who presented the results of the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management.
Best practice examples on prevention and re-use included on overview of European Waste prevention initiatives, inspiring case studies from Copenhagen’s Zero Waste drive, Ikea’s sustainability plans and Gothenburg’s Re-use efforts. Jean-Pierre Birat of IF Steelman undertook a critical evaluation on the realities of the circular economy and the limits of recycling.
The fantastic evening event, took the participants on a trip up to the hills to a traditional country lodge to enjoy dinner on a scenic terrace over-looking Oslo. The chef, Walter Kieliger, presented classic Norwegian dishes with contemporary interpretation served with fabulous tales on the restaurants history and Norwegian food traditions.
The two study tours offered the choice to either visit a number of sites recovering waste from Oslo’s households or to get to know the Norwegian deposit system following the journey of bottles from the store through to the sorting and recycling plant.
The 6th Beacon Conference onRecycling and Waste Minimisation attracted 85 participants from 4 continents.
Many thanks to our hosts, the City of Oslo and Avfall Norge, who organised this excellent event!
ISWA European Group Circular Economy Conference, Brussels
The ISWA European Group organized a full day conference on the 8th June in Brussels with the title: ‘Circular Economy: from Concepts to Projects’. The event consisted of two separate sessions, discussing the policies and measures required to boost the development of proper secondary materials’ markets in the EU and the role of residual waste treatment in the Circular Economy Package.
Fourteen speakers represented the industrial, academic and public sector and engaged the over 80 participants into lively discussions on topics such as the present situation of different secondary raw materials and their markets internationally, the necessity and effectiveness of extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems, or the European Commission’s stand on Waste to Energy.
Antonis Mavropoulos, Chair of ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee and Chair of ISWA European Group provided a summary speech to the event and emphasized the need for change in our thinking about waste management and recycling so as to achieve the systemic shift required to realize Circular Economy.
EWIT Project – 2nd round Twin City Workshops
The EWIT Project - Developing an e-waste implementation toolkit to support the recycling and the secondary raw material recovery strategies in metropolitan areas in Africa -, a Horizon 2020 project, held the second round of Twin City Workshops (TCW) from May to June in the four European partner cities Vienna, Rome, Porto and Antwerp.
The aim of these workshops is to develop Action Plans for the four African partner cities Choma (Zambia), Johannesburg (South Africa), Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Kisii (Kenya). The Action Plans state specific actions to achieve the goals and targets towards sustainable e-waste management as set out in the four cities Master Plans. The Master Plans were prepared during the first round of workshops hosted by the African cities in 2015. The Action Plan discussions are further based on the outcomes EWIT Expert Modelling Workshops (EMW) which developed sets of recommendations on the thematic pillars Collection, Technology, Closing the Loop and Finance & Legislation.
ISWA, in cooperation with the workshop host Rainer Kronberger of the City of Vienna - MA48 organised the TCW Vienna (Austria) – Choma (Zambia) taking place 2 – 4 May 2016. The workshop started with a one day site visit to an e-waste collection station, treatment and repair facilities and the recently opened 48er Tandler, the City of Vienna’s re-use shop. The second day saw a recap on recent EWIT activities especially on the outcomes and set of recommendations resulting the EMW. The third day, was designated to the Action Plan discussion. In break-out sessions SMART actions were set to enable Choma Municipal Council to reach their goals and targets as set out in Chomas Master Plan. The Choma Action Plan will be consolidated by the end of June.
ISWA also participated in the TCW Florence (Italy) – Johannesburg (South Africa) and Antwerp (Belgium) – Abidjan (Ivory Coast).
The next steps of the EWIT project the completion of the EWIT toolkit, the launch of the EWIT portal and dissemination activities, one of which being the presentation of the project results at the ISWA World Congress 2016. For any further information about the EWIT project, please contact Jiao Tang at email@example.com and Julia Schönherr at firstname.lastname@example.org .
'Meet ISWA... workshops' in the Netherlands and Belgium
ISWA has recently embarked on a series of "Meet ISWA...“ Workshops in order to strengthen and increase our cooperation in various countries. One of the key aims of such meetings is to enhance and develop our relationships not only with the National Member, but also with the Organisation Members in the region. These meetings allow ISWA to explain what we can do for our members. When proactive, the members will see manifold benefits to ISWA Membership, and we will continue to outline these in further visits and meetings with our National Members. Two such meetings were held in May and June:
18 May 2016 – Meet ISWA in the Netherlands
ISWA representatives paid a visit to Dutch ISWA National Member NVRD. The meeting, which included an intense one-day workshop, led to some very interesting discussions on a range of topics. We would like to thank the NVRD for hosting and arranging this meeting.
Present at the meeting were Olaf Prinsen and Maarten Goorhuis from NVRD, ISWA Members and interested participants from the Netherlands, and Hermann Koller and Alfred Holzschuster from the ISWA General Secretariat.
9 June 2016 – Meet ISWA in Belgium
ISWA representatives paid a visit to Belgian ISWA National Member INTERAFVAL. Starting in the morning with a detailed introduction of both ISWA and INTERAFVAL to each other, almost 40 participants attended the afternoon-session which led to some very interesting discussions on a range of topics. We would like to thank INTERAFVAL for hosting and arranging this meeting.
Present at the meeting were: Paul Macken, Christof Delatter and Piet Coopman representing INTERAFVAL, ISWA Members and interested participants from Belgium and Hermann Koller, Alfred Holzschuster and Kata Tisza representing ISWA.
ISWA 2016 World Congress Quiz, the winner is…
Once again ISWA ran a competition to allow one lucky person a free trip to the World Congress, this year we are pleased to announce that Kostyantyn Pivnenko won this year’s competition and will be travelling to Novi Sad in September. His prize includes flights to and from Novi Sad, free congress registration, accommodation and transport between the congress venue and airport.
Kostyantyn Pivnenko is a PhD fellow at the Department of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark. He is an Environmental Engineer graduated from a collaboration of the Technical University of Crete (Greece) and the University of Padova (Italy). His research is principally focused on the areas of solid waste management, resource efficiency and clean material cycles.
Congratulations, Kostyantyn – we are looking Forward to seeing you in Serbia!
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s competition.
600 waste management experts from all around the world already registered for this years ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad! So if you haven't registered and found a Hotel yet, you should do it soon! For more information visit the website: www.iswa2016.org
Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation Meeting in Israel
The Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation met in Tel Aviv, Israel from 14 – 16 April hosted by Doron Sapir, Amon Rabin and Gali Feldboy of Dan Association of Towns (DAT) at Hiriya Park.
Hiriya Park is located at a rehabilitated dumpsites and encompasses waste treatment facilities including a green waste facility, Arrow ecology, C&D facility, RDF, MRF, Landfill Gas recovery and an excellent educational centre. DAT invited a selection of speakers to present the waste management system of Tel Aviv.
Under the lead of Dr Yossi Inbar a discussion on the pros and cons of source separation was fostered inviting participants to recap on their countries' experiences with separation at source. The Working Group further consolidated its work programme for the next three years.
On the last day of the meeting, DAT organised a guided tour to the old city of Jerusalem.
The Working Group Energy Recovery goes Stateside
ISWA’s Working Group on Energy Recovery headed over to Palm Beach, Florida last month for their Spring 2016 meeting. The meeting attracted 40+ guests from all over the world for two days of discussions followed by a site visit.
The meeting saw the working group discuss a number of engaging topics, with the main focus on the first day being communication and how to change the public perception of the environmental benefits of WtE technologies. Also invited was the Chair of the Working Group on Communication and Social Issues, Gunilla Carlson, who aimed to bring a broader communications aspect to the meeting.
The group discussed their action plan for the coming three years with a number of projects now under consideration.
Other topics included Oslo's pilot project on capturing carbon emissions at the Klemetsrud plant in Oslo (Norway), an update on the BREF and an overview of the current situation in various countries including Oman and the United States.
Following the one-and-a-half-day meeting, the group were fortunate enough to be shown around the recently opened renewable energy plant in West Palm Beach. The plant, run by the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, is a state of the art facility which has only been in operation little over one year. The plant is the first in the USA after more than 15 years and consists of three units, each with a capacity of over 1000 tonnes per day. The plant also includes a wildlife sanctuary and an education centre, ensuring that the community are well aware of the plant and its purposes.
The meeting took place in Florida following National Member, SWANA’s annual WtE Conference, NAWTEC, where ISWA’s working group were invited to speak. ISWA's Working Group had a strong presence at the conference, with the Chair, Bettina Kamuk presenting ISWA's Task Force Report on the Circular Economy.
ISWA would like to extend its gratitude to SWANA for providing the fine facilities and to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County for the excellent site visit.
ISWA Silver Member establishes SWM Centre of Excellence
ISWA carries out ad-hoc training courses and workshops around the world through its various Working Groups and often in co-operation with other experts and bodies. Comprehensive training material has been produced and has been translated into different languages with the aim of disseminating information around the world.
Back in December 2015 ISWA sent its experts to Jordan for a one-week “training of the trainers” workshop in Amman, Jordan alongside ISWA Silver Member, Jordan Green Building Council. Experts from Jordan were given extensive knowledge on all fields of waste management and have since began setting up their own waste management centre of excellence.
Trainers from Jordan's first Solid Waste Management Centre of Excellence, a joint effort between the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program and the Jordan Green Building Council (JordanGBC), have completed the first of a series of Solid Waste Management training workshops. Workshop participants were introduced to the waste management principles and strategies. The workshop covered waste management concepts and legislation, the waste lifecycle, focusing on municipal waste collection disposal and treatment framework, and the control and management strategies of special waste streams.
ISWA's training in Jordan was one of many tailor-designed training courses to take place recently and we are pleased that our member in Jordan is seeing the benefit of this. If you are interested in customised training sessions from some of the world's waste leading waste management professionals, then please contact the ISWA General Secretariat.
ISWA Report 2015 out now!
Each year we bring you our annual report providing a comprehensive overview of our achievements and activities over the previous year.
We are proud of this year's effort. The ISWA Report 2015 provides detailed information on our current projects, the results of our intensive cooperation with other International Organisations and the extended variety of ISWA events.
It also contains an updated ‘world waste status’ which takes into account some of the findings from the Global Waste Management Outlook, information about our Working Groups’ and Task Forces’ activities, ISWA’s vision and much more.
ISWA Profile: Beatrice Giordani (Republic of San Marino)
Name and current position in ISWA
Beatrice Giordani, Vice Chair Working Group on Healthcare Waste
Company and current position in your company
Newster Group – International Relations Manager
What is your background?
I graduated as Accounting Analyst / Business Administrator. In the early 80’s in Italy, attending college was considered kind of a “luxury”, not for all. So I started working that same year in the Administration Department of a manufacturing company. Ever since, I’ve been gaining skills, directly on the fieId.
Did you always work in the waste industry?
As a matter of fact, no. I’ve worked in several different sectors. As mentioned, my first experience was in a textile manufacturing company, involved in fashion. Then for fifteen years I worked in a company in the earthmoving equipment field. Throughout the years I’ve experienced miscellaneous roles, including a very formative experience of a political appointment as Assistant to the Minister in the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of San Marino.
Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
Well, I can think of many. I find inspirational all people who have achieved their goals, drifting in some way against the current . Whoever has had the courage to persist in following their own path, even when everyone else would tell them “no....this is how it should be done”. But they followed their instinct and kept on going. And their important achievements rewarded them for having chosen a different path. In particular I think about all the women in history that have persisted in following their passions and views against all odds.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
Oh! This one’s not easy. Well, let’s keep concentrated on work. I must say that after having experienced different roles, I’m very happy to be International Relations Manager. This profession gives me the opportunity of getting direct experience in different realities, share knowledge in diverse scenarios, interact with people from different cultures. I particularly enjoy the continuous learning opportunities that I get to experience during my participation to International events, networking during conferences, as well as the activities carried out in the ISWA HCW WG context. I must confess I never really liked Accounting.
Best advice that you ever received?
I sometimes tend to be excessively precise, especially on the job. One day while working on a project, I was sharing some views with the CEO. I kept reviewing and revising. He turned to me calmly, borrowing a quote attributed to Voltaire and said, “remember that sometimes the best is the enemy of good”. It suddenly struck me that there is quite a lot of truth in this quote. It reminds me to keep focussed on producing a good result, without trying to seek perfection and be too demanding with others as well. I think that this approach could be reflected in many situations to find efficient solutions to problematic issues, without losing precious time endlessly seeking perfection.
When not working, I enjoy...
When I’m not working I really enjoy trying to get as bored as possible. Not an easy chore with a family: two teenagers and a husband involved in politics. I love reading and, occasionally, just for fun, I attend creative writing courses. You never know! Perhaps one day I’ll be writing some entertaining “waste stories”. I’ve already collected some amusing anecdotes on the subject.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
My professional role in the company since 2005 has evolved from Sales/Marketing to Tender Management to Assistant CEO, to International Relations Manager. When I proposed the idea of becoming an ISWA member, Newsters’ management agreed that this was an opportunity of paving the way to acquiring world-wide knowledge and quality information on our sector. At the same time, I felt Newster could be a resource for ISWA by sharing practical experiences from a manufacturers point of view, pooled throughout the years in several countries. Healthcare waste is a “niche” sector in the broader solid waste industry, and innovative and alternative healthcare waste treatment technologies are continuously under development.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
I was nominated Vice Chair in June 2014, during a HCW WG meeting held in Riga, Latvia, although I’ve been an ISWA member since 2010.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Applicable to all fields as well as the healthcare waste industry, I think the biggest challenge we’re facing and will be facing in the coming years regards one of the core principles of the “Circular Economy”. In short, trying to reach the nearest place possible in optimizing the value of products, materials and resources in order to be maintained in the economy for as long as possible. Consequently, the generation of waste will inevitably be minimised.
First of all this will develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy.
If this will become reality, businesses will be protected against scarcity of resources and volatile prices, helping to create new business opportunities and innovative, more efficient ways of producing and consuming. It will create local jobs at all skills levels and opportunities for social integration and cohesion. At the same time, it will save energy and help avoid the irreversible damages caused by using up resources at a rate that exceeds the Earth's capacity to renew them in terms of climate and biodiversity, air, soil and water pollution.
In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Both strengths and weaknesses lie in the diversity of the healthcare waste industry in each country. Diverse conditions make it possible for one country to learn from another’s experience, analyse the solutions adopted and examine the aftermath of those solutions. But, the different legislation regulating healthcare waste management in each country, often makes it difficult to apply the solutions that have elsewhere proved efficient.
Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
I think that market opportunities lie between the lines of the legislation that regulates healthcare waste management and healthcare waste treatment technologies. In many cases, laws are outdated, in others there is just no space for the technologies developed in the last decades. Further to traditional technologies for the treatment of healthcare waste, there are a lot of innovative alternative technologies out there, that are still unknown to most of the actors involved. It is important to work on legislation in order to boost market opportunities and guarantee that existing efficient new technologies be applied, even side by side to traditional ones.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
I’m optimistic. Darwin teaches us that the species that survived were not the strongest but the most adaptable to change.
We used to manufacture “things”, we used them and then disposed of them. That was it. We had all forgotten about what happened afterwards. Then suddenly we found out were all that waste ended up and finally understood that we better turn that waste into a resource, if we don’t want it to pile up on our laps.
I think that we’ve all acknowledged the importance of managing finite resources. In the wide picture, where absolutely everyone is involved, we’re all running down a one-way path of common interest called “THERE’S NO WAY BACK”.
I’m convinced that in the next few years we’ll witness a real change in hundreds of years of trenched dogma: waste is not the end of the process, but a precious resource.
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News from around the Globe
EUROPE: Europe’s resource efficiency gains driven by economic downturn
Gains in the sustainable use of resources in Europe must not revert to the long-term pattern of economic growth accompanied by increasing resource use, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned.
The Agency says that the key challenge will be to ensure that the recent gains in efficiency are sustained after finding most of the improvements in resource productivity occurred between 2007 and 2014.
It says this is not necessarily a result of a comprehensive policy intervention, but the gains were mostly due to the sharp decline in construction activity as a result of the economic crisis that started in 2007-2008, which led to huge falls in material use, but had rather limited impact on gross domestic product.
For the full story, please visit CIWM Journal Online
EUROPE: EU Environment Committee presses for 70% recycling rate
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has proposed amendments to the Waste Framework Directive and has called for a 70% municipal recycling target.
The Committee wants stronger requirements for the separate collection of recyclables, through EU Circular Economy laws, on top of those put forward by the European Commission in its Circular Economy Package.
Its call for a 70% municipal recycling target by 2030 is up 5% compared to the 65% proposed in the Package published last year.
For the full story, please visit CIWM Journal Online
EUROPE: Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals
Based on a survey of 32 of the 39 EEA member and co-operating countries, the ‘More from less - material resource efficiency in Europe’ report takes an in-depth look at national resource efficiency policy approaches, with the main objective of encouraging countries to share information and their experiences in the development of a circular economy across Europe.
The survey found that key waste streams prioritised by nations include plastic and packaging - which was listed by 17 countries - construction and demolition waste - cited by half of the participants - and food waste - highlighted by 15 members. These resources were mainly selected because of the implications for value chains, their environmental footprint, or dependency on materials imported from outside Europe.
For the full story, please visit edie.net
UK: Funding competition - agri-food innovation in Turkey
Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5 million for UK participants developing innovative solutions to challenges within the agri-food sector in Turkey.
We are running this competition in partnership with the Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund. A UK business must lead the project and must work with at least one Turkey-based business. Our Turkish funding partner TÜBİTAK will fund Turkish project partners.
Proposals should suggest ways to:
- use waste by-products and residues from Turkey’s agri-food industry to reduce their negative environmental impact and add value
- improve the agricultural productivity of small and medium sized-farmers in Turkey by upgrading agricultural technology
- improve animal and plant breeding in Turkey
For more information, please visit www.gov.uk
UK: Edible bale wrap developed to reduce livestock farm waste
Three PhD students have invented an edible bale wrap to reduce farm waste.
The patent-pending BioNet biopolymer was developed specifically for farms to wrap hay and silage.
It is the brainchild of three Imperial College London PhD students: Nick Aristidou, Will Joyce and Stelios Chatzimichail.
The trio came up with the idea after Mr Joyce, who grew up on a farm in Rutland, noticed his parent’s beef herd was creating a lot of wrapping waste.
For the full story, please visit Farmers Weekly
WORLD: UN announces first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste
A partnership of leading international organisations, including the United Nations, has announced the launch of a first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste while at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) is a set of global definitions and reporting requirements for companies, countries and others to consistently and credibly measure, report on and manage food loss and waste. The standard comes as a growing number of governments, companies and other entities are making commitments to reduce food loss and waste.