News from the President
Dear friends, colleagues and ISWA members,
The digitization of waste management goes faster
All the recent news and market transactions indicate that the digitization of the waste management industry goes faster than it was initially considered. As an example in Bergen, Norway the ratio of the accumulated data (in 2016) divided by the number of inhabitants is 3Mb. This represents the size of a Kindle-novel of roughly 300 pages (http://wastelessfuture.com/digitising-waste-management-the-rise-of-big-data-sets/) !
Smart waste collection drives the digitization of the sector. The commercialization of related technologies represents a fertile ground for existing waste haulers and new market entrants, particularly as city administrators face pressure to carry out waste collection as efficiently and effectively as possible.
According to a new report from Navigant Research, the global smart waste collection technology market is expected to grow from $57.6 million in 2016 to over $223.6 million in 2025, an increase of almost 400% in 10 years.
The Internet of Bins (http://wastelessfuture.com/the-rise-of-internet-of-bins/) and the Internet of Garbage Trucks (http://wastelessfuture.com/the-internet-of-garbage-trucks/) are gradually getting better, cheaper and more efficient, providing not only substantial cost benefits but also better control, monitoring and transparency.
We need to realize that this is just the starting point of the transformation of the waste management sector. What we are doing now is simply to incorporate advanced sensors, software and some artificial intelligence to the current business models. But sooner or later, we will realize that sensors, software and artificial intelligence will generate new business models as they have already done in several other sectors and redefining the industry.
Stay tuned, and as you consider the next steps please participate in ISWA’s survey on the future of waste management https://www.iswa.org/home/news/news-detail/article/rethinking-the-waste-industry-for-the-fourt-industrial-revolution-iswas-global-survey-is-online/109/
Please circulate the link to all your friends and colleagues and ask them to participate too. Our collective knowledge is the most valuable asset.
#closedumpsites – First Success for ISWA's Campaign
Following the recent closure of the Estrutural dumpsite serving 5 million people in Brazil’s capital city, a partnership between ISWA and ABRELPE aims to ensure the closure of further dumpsites in the country.
ISWA have taken their #closedumpsites campaign to Brazil, home to some of the world’s largest and most dangerous dumpsites.
ISWA is campaigning to close the 50 biggest dumpsites in the world, a major source of pollution to the environment and a health threat to millions of people. ISWA’s report “A Roadmap for Closing Waste Dumpsites”, highlighted the Estrutural dumpsite in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, as one of the world’s largest and most threatening to human health.
The closure of the Estrutural dumpsite has given ISWA’s campaign its first success story. The report and the campaign was used to inspire the city of Brasilia to close down one of the largest dumpsites in Latin America and quite possibly the world.
Brasilia has hosted this huge open dump for more than 50 years and the regional government, supported by the conclusions of the ISWA report, took the decision to finally inaugurate an engineered sanitary landfill to replace the old dumpsite, which will be closed completely in 18 months.
ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos commented:
"The governmental decision to inaugurate a Sanitary Landfill in Brasília is very important and represents the first step for the effective closure of the Estrutural dumpsite. Closing dumpsites is ... a major contribution towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals recently set by the UN."
There is still work to be done. Brazil sends circa 30 million tons of municipal waste per year to inadequate dumpsites.
Inspired by ISWA’s global campaign and by the benefits arising from setting up collection and sorting facilities, both ISWA and ABRELPE announced a partnership with the aim of assisting and coordinating the closure of five more waste dumpsites still in operation in the country.
"With this partnership we want to ensure the closure of the activities in these dumpsites, and their substitution by adequate waste destination processes, which includes recovery and recycling of the discarded materials and the social inclusion of the affected population," explained ABRELPE’s President Carlos Silva Filho.
For the entities, the final closure of a dumpsite requires a system of infrastructure and alternatives, together with an integrated waste management plan, institutional and administrative capacity, financial resources and social support. According to Silva Filho, the results of this national campaign will bring information, learning and capacity building to be used in almost every other municipality that disposes its waste inappropriately.
The closure of all dumpsites in Brazil would represent an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions equivalent to taking seven million cars off the streets. This means improving the health conditions of 76 million people, who are directly affected by the current inadequate waste management practices.
Formalising recycling could also bring an additional revenue of around R$2-3 billion per year (c. €895 million) with the recovery and use of recyclable materials which today are sent to dumpsites.
We urge you to take a look at our brand new website: closedumpsites.iswa.org
If you haven't already, don't forget to sign our declaration here. Share it with your colleagues, friends, classmates!
Shaping the Future of Waste Management: Take part in our Survey
In light of rapid technological changes currently being experienced not only in waste management, but in all walks of life, ISWA is surveying the waste industry.
The world is experiencing a significant and inexorable technological shift and every industry, waste and recycling included, will be impacted by what is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.The wonders of technology could become hazards and leave the waste and resource nanagement industry behind.
ISWA's aim is to help shape the future of waste management by conducting the world’s only global survey on the impacts of technology on the waste management sector. ISWA is canvassing the entire waste management community, gathering opinions and views. We want to establish what the current understanding is of the potential impacts are and we will assess the potential future influence in the industry of a range of technologies including
- Artificial Intelligence,
- 3D Printers,
- Driverless Cars and
- The Internet of Things.
Following this survey, ISWA will publish the results and create a collective roadmap for the waste and recycling sector which aims to ensure that we are well prepared and flexible enough to cope with the rapidly changing world where robots become more widely used.
ISWA is thinking about the future and we want to ensure that the waste managers are not left behind. We would therefore ask that you give five minutes to take the survey online here.
The more responses, the more credible the analysis and the more credible our roadmap, please share the survey!
"Garbage in, Geeking out” *
The ISWA- SWIS Winter School 15 – 26 January 2017
Success at the 2017 Winter School in Arlington and Denton in Texas this January with 38 registrations and a great two-week line-up of speakers, experts and hands-on practical work!
The Winter School is organised and led by Dr. Sahadat Hossain of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at University of Texas, Arlington in cooperation with Mr. Dave Dugger, the Landfill Manager at Denton Landfill Incorporated.
This ‘dynamic duo’ are the magic behind the Winter School’s winning formula, offering a programme of both theoretical and practical training as well as being thoughtful and inspiring leaders themselves.
In particular, Dr Hossain organised the Winter School Essay Competition awarding 10 full scholarships to students and 19 partial scholarships for professionals. The scholarships are a very special aspect of the winter school, providing to support to those living and working in countries where such specialised training is hard to find. This year there were students participating from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Ukraine; in fact, 30 different countries in all. We hope that they will carry home and implement their Winter School experiences in their own countries.
The Essay Competition submissions were of such a high standard that is was hard to select the winners, so thank you to everyone who applied. The winning essays and project presentations will be available shortly on the ISWA Knowledge Base.
Last but not least special mention go to team of staff, students and researchers from SWIS, who put a great deal of enthusiasm and energy into ensuring that this event ran smoothly: Naima Rahman, Zahangir Alam, Anuja Sapkota, Asif Ahmed, Jobair Bin Alam, Nur Basit Zaman, Saif Bin Salah, Umme Zakira and Sonia Samir. Thanks Guys!!
* Finally, we are delighted to ‘borrow’ the title of this news item from the Denton Record-Chronicle, please see their pleasing feature on the Winter School here. It’s good to see the event gathering the local recognition it deserves.
E-waste Conference in Livingstone, Zambia (EWIT project)
On 16-17 January in Zambia, the first conference on E-Waste gathering over 50 representatives from local governments, NGOs, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, national regulatory agencies like ZEMA and ZICTA and international development organisations like GIZ, was successfully convened in Livingstone.
Honorary guests included the Mayor of Choma, the Mayor of Livingstone and the Permanent Secretary of the Southern Province who opened the conference on behalf of the Minister of Local Government and Housing.
The conference was organised by Choma Municipal Council who was a consortium partner of an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that ISWA was a part of: the EWIT Project – E-Waste Implementation Toolkit for African Metropolitans which started in January 2015 and completed in January 2017.
The conference presented the toolkit and Choma’s Master Plan and Action Plan for E-waste management. Moreover it provided a high-level platform among municipalities across Zambia for knowledge sharing about the environmental and health impacts of the lack of E-waste management and the infrastructure, public-awareness and training needs. The second day of the conference activated group brainstorming through break-out sessions, focused on two major questions: 1). Is an EPR law realistic in Zambia? If so, what can municipalities do collectively to push for national legislation on EPR for E-waste management? 2). While pushing for national strategies and legislations, what can municipalities already start doing in their cities within their mandate?
The results of the conference, especially from the brainstorming sessions on the two major questions, were very constructive. The municipalities look to Choma as a leader city to start E-waste management starting with public awareness-raising; moreover they agreed to work together through the Local Government Association of Zambia to push for national-level policy, strategy and legislation that would set standards and level-playing field for all actors across the country. The Local Government Association of Zambia will convene in April this year where the Choma Municipal Council aims to present the case and initiate the discussion. We wish them the best and are ready to provide technical assistance when needed.
For more information about the conference or about the EWIT project, please contact Ms. Jiao Tang
ISWA Twinning Programme in Central and Eastern Europe
In 2016 ISWA’s Regional Development Network Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean (RDN SESEM) started a twinning programme between ISWA Romania (ARMD) and ISWA Moldova (MOLDSWA) with the purpose to exchange experience, knowledge and to support MOLDSWA to develop and implement a capacity building strategy in order to facilitate the collaborative relations with central and local administration from Republic of Moldova. The overall aim of twinning program is to create a platform for sharing ideas and skills and learning from each other through information and technology transfer.
The twinning programme includes activities such as capacity building, exchange of best practices, effectiveness, relationship building, networking and solidarity.
On the 1st February, MOLDSWA organized a conference with technical and financial support of ISWA RDN SESEM, RASWM, Ministry of Environment and German Development Agency (GIZ) on "Perspectives of development of National Association for Solid Waste Management, MOLDSWA, in Republic of Moldova”. The aim of the conference was: to present MOLDSWA's mission, objectives and activities for all the entities from Republic of Moldova involved in solid waste management and also to find further members and partners. It also covered the situation of municipal waste management in Republic of Moldova and the future needed activities for implementation of a sustainable municipal waste management system.
More than 170 participants (representatives of municipalities, NGO's, public sanitation companies, private companies, students etc.) attended the event, which included presentations given by Ministry of Environment (Mrs. Inga Podoroghin, State Secretary and Mrs. Svetlana Bolocan, Head of Waste Management Department), Ministry of Regional Development (Mr. Eduard Ungureanu), ISWA RDN SESEM (Mr. Alexei Atudorei), MOLDSWA (Mr. Tudor Lefter and Mr. Adrian Liptac), GIZ (Mr. Petru Veverita and Mr. Denis Parea) and BEST TOOLS Romania (Mr. Mihai Paraschiv). The talks focused on a range of issues including the current status of waste management in Moldova, potential development, the impact of EU legislation on the region and also exchange of best practices from other countries within the region.
The message of the conference was that “Waste represent a major international and national emergency and also a strong government must be working in the community interest, and also the companies and people which are paying their fair share to keep their environment clean”.
The conclusion of the conference was that MOLDSWA has started to be a strong partner of all the entities from Republic of Moldova which are involved in implementation of a sustainable municipal waste management and this also because of the twining programme (ISWA RDN SESEM, RASWM, MOLDSWA). The conference was very well received and similar events will be organized at regional level in April 2017.
More information: www.moldswa.md; www.armd.ro
CCAC Workshop, Durban South Africa
ISWA's City exchange programme, implemented on behalf of CCAC (Climate and Clean Air Coalition), held a workshop in January in South Africa, bringing together representatives from the cities of Nairobi and Durban.
The workshop took place in Durban and brought together city representatives, experts and various other stakeholders from the two cities. The aim was to consider capacity building measures for the city of Nairobi based on some of the experiences of Durban.
The workshop consisted of presentations from experts, municipal representatives and other stakeholders, followed by a series of side visits to sites including a sanitary landfill at Bisasar Road (pictured) and Marianhill, the largest landfill in Durban.
The participants shared experiences on the waste management situations in the two respective cities.
New Business Models: A Workshop in Copenhagen
On February 6 and 7 ISWA organized the second workshop within its project "Barriers to sustainable resource management" in Copenhagen.
The purpose of the project is to - through the investigation of two test products (apparel and plastic packaging) - identify and address barriers for the usage of secondary raw materials in the production of new products. It will also consider the barriers for recyclability, reuse, refurbishing and repair of the case products when approaching end-of-life. The project aims at linking the waste management sector with the product manufacturers and the product designers to work together towards a more circular economy and a better resource management.
This workshop was organized in close cooperation with the Design School Kolding and DAKOFA and was hosted by Ramboll in Copenhagen. During the two days the participants brainstormed on challenges and possible solutions towards a circular economy along the value chain of the two case products.
The next step will be the development of recommendations on how to improve the communication between the different actors along the value chain.
The project is led by the Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation, Björn Appelqvist (Ramboll) with support of Paul Stegmann (ISWA General Secretariat). Project partners are ISWA members like Ramboll, the City of Oslo, DAKOFA and NVRD. External partners include the Design School Kolding, World Perfect, Tommen Gram and G-Star.
For more information please contact Paul Stegmann at the ISWA General Secretariat.
ISWA Working Group Meetings
Hazardous Waste Working Group Meeting in Paris, France, 19 January 2017
ISWA’s Working Group on Hazardous Waste met in Paris for a day of discussions followed by a site visit to a hazardous waste processing plant on the 20th. At the meeting WG members discussed the groups work programme for the coming years, strategic projects and existing partnerships. The meeting also saw the members discuss a number of engaging topics with some new project/event ideas now under consideration. The WG Chair, Jean-Paul Leglise talked about the ongoing TRP+ project and the upcoming milestones till its completion later this year. The participants also discussed the possibilities of linking the WGs expertise with ISWA’s flagship campaign on closing dumpsites globally.
During the country updates, working group members got to hear about the Hazardous Waste management situation in France, Greece, the UK, Norway and Oman. The WG members also discussed the group’s involvement in the upcoming ISWA World Congress 2017 in Baltimore. The meeting was kindly hosted by Sypred, the Professional Syndicate of Recycling and Elimination of Hazardous Waste in France. The following day, WG members had the opportunity to tour one of the biggest Hazardous Waste treatment plants belonging to SARP Industries in Limay, France. The current activities at the plant include the physical-chemical treatment of inorganic liquid hazardous waste, solid and liquid hazardous waste incineration with energy recovery, and the treatment of fluorescent light bulbs.
Recycling and Waste Minimisation Working Group Meeting in Milan, Italy, November 21-22nd 2016
ISWA’s Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation convened for their annual fall meeting in Milan, Italy from Monday, November 21st to Tuesday, November 22nd. The group was graciously welcomed by Ms. Amanda Fuso Nerini of the Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi, CONAI. The meeting on Monday kicked off with a series of presentations regarding the Milano city separate waste collection scheme and was followed by a visit to the ECOPOL composting plant, hosted by Paolo Masserdotti. The following day the members received an introduction into the CONAI system, MSW management in Italy, and Waste Prevention in Italy with a special focus on EU project engagements.
A productive Working Group meeting followed these informative presentations. The discussion involved a special session at the ISWA World Congress 2017, submission of articles and manuscripts to ISWA’s Magazine Waste Management World and Waste Management and Research respectively, the Work Program for 2016-2018, a recycling study tour in the Netherlands scheduled for April 3rd-7th, 2017, and the Sorting Plant Project. While the meeting was compact, it was nevertheless very informative and productive. The members showed a lot of motivation and enthusiasm for future engagements.
On behalf of the chair, Mr. Björn Appelqvist (Ramboll, Denmark), we would like to warmly welcome our two newest Working Group Members, Mrs. Shadiya Al Hasmi (Be’ah, Oman) and Mr. Gadir Huseynov (Tamiz Shahar JSC, Azerbaijan).
ISWA and World Bank Group conclude MoU
Intensifying cooperation with other leading international organisations involved in the promotion of sustainable waste management and resource efficiency is at the heart of ISWA´s goals. Basis for such co-operations are often Memoranda of Understanding.
ISWA and the World Bank Group share a common concern for the improvement of living conditions and the promotion of sustainable and comprehensive development, especially in the fields of waste prevention and sustainable waste management, in developing countries. ISWA and the World Bank Group already worked together successfully since several years on an informal basis and now decided to intensify and to formalise this cooperation with the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The objective of this MoU is to facilitate collaboration between the Parties to promote programmes and projects that foster cooperation between them, and to support the dissemination and implementation of adequate resource and waste management practices globally. Particularly it was agreed upon to cooperate in the areas of training and capacity building (such as training courses, study tours, dissemination and knowledge sharing), joint technical cooperation with the aim of developing applied research, and waste management financing options, e.g. develop financing models particularly for the emerging and developing economies, through study on the economics of waste.
As a first result of this closer and now formalised co-operation the World Bank Group will host nine sessions at the ISWA World Congress 25-27 September 2017 in Baltimore, USA.
ISWA World Congres 2017 - Early Bird Registration open!
SWANA, the Solid Waste Association of North America, is joining forces with ISWA for the 2017 ISWA World Congress and WASTECON®
In light of the recent change in direction on climate change and environmental protection policy by the United States, ISWA would like to reassure our members and supporters that both ISWA and our World Congress partners, SWANA, remain steadfastly committed to the health of our planet. We strongly encourage you to join us in Baltimore, USA in 25-27 September 2017; the Congress has been three years in the making and we are confident that with your participation it will be a success.
ISWA is the largest international and independent body of scientists, engineers and practitioners driving sustainable resource and waste management globally. SWANA is the leading association in the solid waste management sector in North America with emphasis on education, advocacy and research. This unique joint World Congress and WASTECON® is the premier opportunity to come together in 2017 and demonstrate the full value of sustainable waste management, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ; its positive role in health and for the economy.
We hope you will join us. Early Bird Registration is open!!
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2017 ISWA Events preview
Mark Your Calendars!
We are planning another year of great ISWA partnership and cooperation events, so please browse the list of fixed events so far and pencil in or key in the dates!
Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands
29 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017, Brussels, Belgium
18 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017, Munich, Germany
7 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 May 2017 - 6 May 2017, Shanghai, China
6 Jun 2017 - 8 Jun 2017, Moscow, Russia
12 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Sep 2017 - 28Sep 2017, Mumbai, India
3 Oct 2017 - 4 Oct 2017, Kiev, Ukraine
7 Nov 2017 – 10 Nov 2017, Rimini, Italy
25 Sep 2017 - 27 Sep 2017, Baltimore, MD, United States
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Beacon Conferences in Sweden and UK
European Group Conference, Brussels, Belgium
ISWA WMRAS Training course on MBT, Singapore
ISWA SWAT Conference Bangkok, Thailand
ISWA SWAT Training Course, Thailand
ISWA CAUES Conference, China
Welcome to our New Platinum Member: The City of Rotterdam
The City of Rotterdam is honored to host the ISWA World Congress in 2020.
"Rotterdam is the second largest city of The Netherlands with over 620.000 inhabitants. The Department of Urban Management works hard with its 3.000 colleagues to keep the city clean, safe and in great shape. Efficiency, sustainability and innovation are key in the daily work of our professionals. We always look for the right solutions together with the inhabitants, companies and visitors of our city.
The City of Rotterdam aims to be a leader in the circular economy. To achieve that goal we focus on further improving our recycling rates, promoting the use of recycled materials instead of virgin, reviewing and improving the city’s own processes and use of materials, experimenting with circular procurement and promoting and stimulating new and existing companies already operating in the circular economy.
About 220.000 tons of waste are collected each year using state-of-the-art techniques like fill level technology for dynamic routes. We transport all collected waste to the appropriate sorting and recycling facilities. High rise buildings make up little over 75% of the housing in Rotterdam, so they form an important target group in our efforts to achieve our goals. In addition the department is also responsible for the street cleaning, winter maintenance and vehicle fleet."
For further information please contact:
3042 CE Rotterdam
Daan van den Elzen (contact person ISWA)
Phone: +31 6 10416716
VISIONSCAPE becomes ISWA's Latest Platinum Member
We are delighted to introduce you to ISWA's latest Platinum Member: Visionscape.
Visionscape is a leading environmental utility group specializing in turnkey solutions in areas of sanitation, energy and wastewater treatment.
"With the expertise of our highly experienced team, we help cities, industries, commercial, residential, and healthcare clients in emerging markets by utilizing cutting-edge technology and tools to address their waste management needs.
We deliver commercial benefit and greater operational efficiency to our clients, reducing risk and helping them meet the challenges faced in achieving their sustainability goals.
At Visionscape, our focus is an integrated waste management system that maximizes the unique opportunity of generating renewable energy resources while making a positive impact that is beneficial to the environment and the communities we serve.
At Visionscape, responsibility for the environment and the communities we serve is an active part of our culture. We work with the highest environmental principles and fully embrace the concept and practice of sustainability in terms of economic, environmental and social responsibility. ‘Earn for the Earth’ (E4E) program is our CSR initiative that is deeply embedded into our business strategy.Our CSR priorities support, guide and inspire us as we seek to improve sustainable development of our local communities."
For more information about VISIONSCAPE and its group of companies please contact:
Conrad Tower 50th Floor
P.O. Box 122260
Sheikh Zayed Road
Email: info@ visionscape.group
Reach a Global Audience with Waste Management World!
With a total of more than 60,000 subscribers (15,000 print, 45,000 digital) in 163 countries, Waste Management World magazine has a truly worldwide coverage and is THE leading international magazine in the field of waste management and the perfect platform to promote your technology and equipment.
Over the last year we have made some significant improvements, including a new, modern layout, with an increase in readership by more than 20%. The printed issue of the magazine now goes out to over 15,000 recipients, covering a range of issues from biowaste, waste-to-energy, recycling, collection and handling.
Furthermore, there will be an additional Collection & Handling Section, starting from February 2017. "The magazine inside a magazine" will put collection vehicles, sweepers, material handling, container systems and much more back into the spotlight. The section editor, Malcolm Bates, is back at WMW and will personally test drive and analyse the latest machinery often before it is released!
We have some exciting advertisement opportunities to go along with our increased reach.
There are also very special reductions for ISWA Members. For more information, contact ISWA's Communication & Marketing Manager, Daniel Purchase.
We can help you promote your technology, equipment and products with a number of digital and print advertisement options. Please get in touch for a tailored quote.
ISWA Profile: David Biderman, USA
Name and current position in ISWA
David Biderman, National Member for U.S. and Canada
Company and current position in your company
CEO/Executive Director - Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
What is your background?
I was a lawyer for more than 25 years before joining SWANA. I specialized in environmental and transportation law for 8 years with a large law firm, and then worked at a trade association as their General Counsel for 18 years, where I also was the Safety Director, and Vice President for Government Affairs. I joined SWANA in April 2015 and am thrilled to be connected to ISWA through SWANA.
Did you always work in the waste industry?
I’ve always been responsible for bringing the waste and recyclables to the curb in my house, but I did not start “working in the industry” until 1997 when I joined the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA).
Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
When I joined EIA, its CEO Bruce Parker, took me under his wing and mentored me. He helped me understand that customer service, good communications skills, and being organized/prepared are critical skills in an association leadership position.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest professional achievement is elevating the importance of safety at SWANA, and in the waste industry.
My greatest personal achievement are my three children (ages 18, 21, 23), who are successful, smart and kind people, and I have enjoyed watching them blossom into young adults.
Best advice that you ever received?
Praise in public, criticize in private.
When not working, I enjoy …
I love hiking and enjoy playing sports such as baseball, volleyball, and tennis.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
SWANA is committed to working with ISWA and this relationship is an important part of John Skinner’s legacy.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
When I became SWANA’s Executive Director in April 2015.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
The waste industry is taken for granted – we are critical infrastructure that few people think about. As a result, we underprice our services, don’t take credit for the huge environmental and health benefits associated with solid waste management systems, and often have a negative image with the general public.
In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
The industry’s greatest strength is its people – a wide variety of hard-working blue and white collar workers who want to keep the streets clean and manage waste in a cost-effective, safe, and environmentally protective manner.
The industry’s greatest weakness is that we are not fully appreciated. If waste isn’t collected for a week due to a strike (e.g., Naples) or if a landfill suddenly closes (Beirut), public health is placed at risk. We need to do more as an industry to remind elected officials, the media, our customers, and others of the critical service that the industry provides.
The growing interest in food waste diversion provides a terrific opportunity for local governments and the private sector. In developing countries, the opportunity to help accelerate to a more formalized collection, processing and disposal system are huge. This creates markets for new refuse vehicles, recycling equipment, landfills, landfill gas collection systems, and consultants who can provide advice and guidance to local/national governments and facilities in developing countries on how to manage the transition and their operations.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
I think the future for the waste industry is very bright. With the world population growing, and increased urbanization in developing countries, we are generating more refuse than ever before. At the same time, there is growing recognition that current waste systems are often inadequate for managing the increased volume of waste and recyclables, and that we need to help reduce the carbon footprint of the waste industry. Closing dumpsites and reducing Marine Litter are critical tasks and I am very pleased to participate in efforts to accomplish these important goals. I invite all ISWA members and others in the waste industry to come to the ISWA World Congress in Baltimore on September 25-27 to network, learn, and help ISWA and SWANA make the world a cleaner, greener, safer, and better place. www.iswa2017.org
News from around the World
You will notice a slight change to our usual newsletter format.
No longer will we be providing you with a bi-monthly "News from around the World" section, rather we will be providing weekly news updates to all of our members and subscribers in the form of our Weekly Waste Briefing.
Our new weekly briefing aims to provide you every Friday with an overview of the week’s waste-related stories from across the world’s media and news outlets, plus a few others on environment and sustainable development issues.
We hope to, with this update, offer you a more substantial and balanced examination of our industry's affairs.
You can enjoy reading our previous few issues here - we plan to eventually turn this into a separate newsletter for easier access.
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