News from the President
Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members
The road to Novi Sad in Serbia is now being walked by over a thousand of us, all heading to our 2016 World Congress on September 19. I am looking forward to seeing you all there, and making ISWA’s first World Congress in south-east Europe a resounding success.
In Novi Sad I will be passing over the Presidency to Antonis Mavropolous who has the knowledge and experience to take ISWA and the global waste industry to new successes. My best wishes to him and the new Board.
In these last four years I learnt many things, four of which I will share with you now (one for each year).
- our industry has almost all the solutions to improving the global environment. We can re-produce resources, provide energy, substitute some chemical fertilisers, improve public health and the marine environment. Why aren’t we doing this everywhere ? The answer is governance. As you will read in our latest report on the Pathway to Closing Open Dumps, where communities live in their waste there will usually be political corruption and corporate tax avoidance which deprives these communities of their ability to invest in solutions. We have all the technologies, but where we don’t have the laws, enforcement and finance, the technologies become irrelevant. So we have to concentrate our efforts on getting governance infrastructure in place.
- don’t believe the most of the claims to sustainability made by corporations selling goods and services onto global markets. So when you read that such and such a corporation is "environmentally friendly" go look behind the scenes. You will find massive tax avoidance from many of them, depriving communities of spending power, and lobbying against new legislation like EPR which would enhance material recovery but (perhaps) a little at their expense. Don’t be fooled. See my speech to UNEA2 on this here.
- the waste industry is not thinking forward enough. We were caught out by the global flow of WEEE 20/25 years ago and are still trying to come to terms with it. Today we are not looking forward to the effect robotics, microchips, 3D printing and new technologies will have on us. We are not thinking about new materials coming into our waste streams (carbon fibre, graphene, bioplastics, nanoparticiles, to name a few) nor about changing consumption and production patterns. Every industry is now being disrupted by new technologies and we seem to think we are immune from this change. That is dangerous. We urgently need a "waste think-tank" to exchange these views between the business and scientific community. ISWA could be the right place to do this.
- finally, we are still not engaging enough with producers about how to recover and recycle their products. So we get waste we don’t know what to do with rather than talking to producers about how to make something we can recover easily. Composite packaging is one- see the UK coffee cups scandal, but also all those throw-away pouches now sold, which are just simply not recyclable at all. Veolia are leading this challenge but at a national level we need to find some sort of mechanism to create a permanent dialogue with industry so we can work together to make less waste. In the end, prevention is the key but we are not tackling this at the source, with the industrial producers.
Thank you all for your comments and support over these last four years. I hope you will all give Antonis the same encouragement as you gave me.
Game of Thrones Star to Moderate ISWA World Congress Session
Thomas Wlaschiha, who plays Jaqen H'ghar in one of the most watched shows on television – Game of Thrones, will be the moderator of the Plenary Panel Discussion at ISWA World Congress 2016 in Novi Sad.
Mr. Wlaschiha, an advocate of environmental issues, together with other renowned Panel participants will focus on particular waste management problems around the world. The session also welcomes ISWA STC Chair Antonis Mavropoulos and ISWA's Scholarship Programme administrator Timothy Bouldry amongst others.
The session aims to address a number of questions such as how Climate Change agreements and funding can boost innovation in waste management and recycling, why the Circular Economy makes communication a central element of each and every waste management activity and how can we practically intervene to deliver improvements in both developed and developing countries?
The Plenary Panel Discussion, featuring the Game of Thrones star, will take place in the Master Hall of the Master Congress Center on 19th September from 10am – 1pm.
We are very excited that Mr. Wlaschiha supports the work of our global community. There is only one thing left to say: “Hodor!”
CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2016 (CESS)
ISWA President David Newman and Hermann Koller, ISWA Managing Director, both presented at the Innovative Clean Enviro-Solutions for Growing Cities (CESS), in July 12-14, 2016 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre. This was closely followed by the ISWA-WMRAS-NEA Hazardous Waste Seminar at the TAP centre with ISWA experts Jean-Paul Leglise and Eirik Wormstrand.
This was a high level event with senior government representation, sending an important signal that the environmental agenda in Singapore is mainstream and imperative. The CESS was launched with a grand opening ceremony at the Sands Ballroom with Singapore President Dr Tony Tan as Guest of Honour and a VIP reception. Industry is seen as a key partner for environmental solutions and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment & Water Resources presented tokens of appreciation to representatives, partners and sponsors at the Industry Night networking party at Marina Bay Sands. Finally, Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, and Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment & Water Resources hosted the closing dinner at the Empress Lawn, Civic District.
The programme itself was rich and diverse, including a Clean Environment Convention (CEC) of high achieving speakers, local site visits, the Environment @ City Solutions Singapore - a display of close to 1000 exhibitors of efficient cleaning and waste management systems - and this year for the first time the Innovation Pitch, a new platform for entrepreneurs and companies to showcase new technologies, innovations, and services in the environmental sphere. The Business Forums’ focus were on China, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America but the issues were global.
The CEC sessions were refreshing and targeted, the Regulators Roundtable for example is a pragmatic approach to discuss the more mundane aspects waste management, but more ‘hip’ and captivating perhaps were the sessions on Shaping Mindset & Behaviour or Staying Competitive or Technology and The Internet of Things. Another sharp focus was the session: Can Cities Unlock the Resource Potential of Food Waste? A hot topic as rapidly expanding cities face unacceptable levels of food waste and the associated problems. Speaking in the session, Hermann Koller highlighted that “Collection and recovery of food waste in practice should be always embedded in a comprehensive concept for bio waste, in which all organic fractions within the municipal waste stream are included”.
Overall, the diversity of speakers’ backgrounds from gender, age and origin as well as the mix of young NGO starlets to expert CEOs was inspiring. This sense of progressive optimism really carried the event. For a longer overview please read the post-event press release
Following on from the CESS, the ISWA-WMRAS-NEA Seminar on Hazardous Waste was held on July 14-16, 2016 for the TAP Centre. As ISWA’s first-of-its-kind training centre outside Europe, the Training, Advisory and Promotion (TAP) Centre was established under a tripartite agreement between the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS), and the National Environment Agency (NEA) in 2010.
In this seminar ISWA Hazardous Waste Working group experts Jean-Paul Leglise and Eirik Wormstrand teamed together with Honda Shunichi, from UNEP and Cara Quinn, Ramboll Manager as well as the excellent NEA team for an overarching programme on the responsible management of different hazardous waste streams. The 28 participants from the region, enjoyed the 3-day course and indeed on the second day a fire drill alarm was a fitting reminder of the dangers of explosive chemical materials and their careful handling!
The course material will be edited together and made available later this year as an on-line tool – ISWA will keep you posted on this worthy project.
Certainly, a great environment-focused week in Singapore!
ISWA Scholarship Programme: A letter from Timothy
The ISWA Scholarship Programme #tradingtrashforeducation has been founded end of 2015 and currently targets 40 children who sorted garbage in dumpsites called Nueva Vida and La Chureca in Nicaragua. For the organisation and implementation of this project ISWA has partnered up with Timothy Bouldry, who administers and supervses the programme on the ground. Timothy is originally a landfill photographer from New York who for the last two years has been living in Nicaragua, close to the above mentioned dumpsites. In his letter Timothy describes what as been achieved during the last months:
It is school midyear here in Nicaragua and The ISWA Scholarship Programme has taken kids to places nobody expected it would go. We started the year with placing 15 kids who were working at two trash dumps into school and today that group as grown to be 40 students. Along the way, we have had many wonderful experiences. Here are some of our memories so far from this year:
The Tutoring Program with lunch:
Students who are struggling with their studies are required to attend the tutoring program 3 times a week. This way the program can keep track of the work in their notebooks, making sure that their homework is complete and checking their attendance, as the tutoring program is the same point of reference where they are dropped off from the bus. Kids are rewarded after class with lunch. The program has also had Art and Yoga classes on a special event basis.
Tupac is an ISWA Kid who really excelled with his studies, he particularly had a strong focus in English. The program is funding his computer classes and part of his English classes. He has done so well that he is nearly fluent and has now been hired by the program to teach classes for the other kids. He teaches 4 classes on the weekends and all kids are encouraged to come. They are also rewarded with juices and snacks at the end of class.
The ISWA Scholarship Programme has also teamed up with Optima Industrial for a bedding program. Optima Industrial custom design beds for those kids in the program who are currently sleeping on the floor by using recycled wood crates that was used for shipping their products. During removal of a disgusting old matt three children were sleeping on, we discovered a scorpion. This created another assentive to the importance of lifting these kids of the ground.
Sponsors have been a motivating factor for the kids. They know that somewhere out there, there is someone thinking and believing in them. Sponsors can send videos, cards, gifts and even visit their ISWA Kid. So far this yearwe have had 5 Sponsor visits. It has proved to be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Kids receive a welcome package with complimentary Rice that can feed one child for two months. Some of the newly sponsored kids who are using burning trash as a kitchenette to cook on, received a stove and gas tank. If the Kids succeed in school then food packets will be dropped off at the house every month.
We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Aproquen Pediatric Dental Care who gave free services to 6 of the ISWA kids at their top-of-the-line facility. We had one Boy, Pablo, who dealt with low self-esteem because his adult teeth were rotting and discolored all over. He felt ashamed to smile or even open his mouth to talk. Aproquen totally reconstructed his teeth and gave him a gorgeous smile. The value of their work was in the thousands, but the confidence he carries now is priceless. Pablo has worn his smile with pride ever since.
Looking ahead into 2017, we are meditating our expansion as we look for land in the area to build a center. The center would be a point of reference for the community to come to for services. If funding persists we plan to include tutoring, English, a health clinic, sports/activities, a psychologist, substance abuse recovery groups, and a staff to organize and run the building.
We have come so far, so fast because we know that we deserve it. We are not afraid to dream large and choose a journey further then we can see. We want to thank ISWA and everyone who has helped us carve this path! Come visit us any day!
The ISWA Scholarship Programme
Donations and suport:
If you would like to support the ISWA Scholarship Programme and help to bring more children from the dumpsite to the school desk please then we invite you to make a donation. Your support, no matter what amount, is very much valued.
As a reference please enter 'ISWA Scholarship Programme'. Thank you!
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ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy: This was Edition Number 7!
In June, the 7th Study Tour on Waste-to-Energy, in partnership with ISWA Austria and led by the indefatigable Franz Neubacher, UV&P, toured a total of five waste-to-energy plants, the largest composting operation in Europe and a model landfill site in Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary. In total 20 professionals from 15 countries participated.
This is a comprehensive package tour with lectures and presentations weaving through the site visits and bus travel. The fantastically knowledgeable Franz Neubacher leads the lecture programme and his well-thought-out training covers advice for an entire project planning as well as detailing the various technologies available for waste incineration for the production of energy.
Mr Neubacher’s charismatic and wry observations on his global experiences are equally as informative. Indeed, there is something of a seasoned ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ about him – a senior sea pirate who has seen high times and adventure – and his case studies of how public opinion, corrupt management or poor supply chains can make or break a successful plant are powerful lessons for engineers.
In fact, all our plant hosts were enthusiastic and engaged in their field of expertise. From Rainer Kronberger, MA 48, we gained a fascinating insight into the intricate spiders’ web that makes up the successfully integrated municipal solid waste strategy in Vienna. Then Christian Pusterhofer, ENAGES, offered a detailed overview of his fluid bed combustion (FBC) system, burning pre-shredded refuse to power a private paper mill in Niklasdorf, plus gaining income from the recovery of secondary materials. We were in no doubt of the value of these as we discovered silver spoons and coins cooling in the transport skips.
With participants from the private sectors in South Africa, France, Mauritius and the Republic of Korea it was particularly juicy to survey the relative constraints and advantages of successful state owned waste-to-energy plants in the three countries. The experiences of Janos Banhidy, Budapest and Vojtěch Doležal, Brno, as they managed plants during an era of political change from socialism to democracy were very useful for those participants from countries also in transition.
On the other hand, private businesses can lead the way in climate change mitigation by responding to consumer demands for ‘greener’ production. For example, in an evening reception sponsored by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, top Austrian firms highlighted their time-tested and innovative heavy equipment for responsible waste management. The tour also included the Cement Clinker Plant in Wopfinger which is fuelled partly by waste incineration, and it recently installed a new honeycomb emission control technology. Indeed, the air leaving the plant is often cleaner than the air drawn in!
On the last evening of our 6-day study-tour, the group sat together on the rooftop terrace of our Hungarian hotel overlooking the wide, heavy moving Danube river that winds through most of Europe, sampling local wine. We contemplated what we had gained from the tour that could not come from downloaded information alone. Certainly, the chance to travel abroad, meet new people and take a break from the demands of work are attractive incentives. Yet the long continental flights, jet-lag and intense days of study are hard work too.
For those already involved with waste-to-energy plants, the chance to view the waste-to-energy technologies from a much wider perspective was energising, they could better evaluate and compare equipment, processes and approaches. For those we were planning new waste-to-energy plants they felt much more confident to reach their goal, more aware of potential problems and how to tackle key planning issues.
The good questions from other participants helped to supplement each seminar and deepen the group knowledge. Especially the engineers commented that technology alone would not be the deciding factor in the success of a project but perhaps rather a personal quality. "I have not seen any person who is not passionate", commented one government planner "… so they make it happen." A Norwegian operator agreed: "Chemistry is specific, but the dedication to the last 0.5 MW makes all the difference."
Particularly for participants from the developing nations: Uruguay, Ukraine, Oman, Turkey and Kazakhstan, the possibility to focus on a subject for many hours was welcome, not only to discuss, but to see how plants in other countries operate and directly question the operators was very valuable and inspiring. "For me it is important to understand why we don’t have these practices to generate electricity from waste and use the heat in imaginative ways… I want to apply this experience to our country." reflected one Latin American engineer.
On the last day our Nigerian participant from academia gave an erudite speech of thanks, it was a warm farewell for an amazing personal and professional experience.
If you would also like to benefit from this unique opportunity the next Study Tour Waste-to-Energy will be held 18 - 24 June 2017.
ISWA/CCAC Landfill training workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Two of ISWA’s outstanding experts on landfill, Dr Sahadat Hossain and David Dugger, conducted a workshop on “Technical and Managerial Aspects of New Sanitary Landfill Construction” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 10 to 12 August.
The training was part of the Work Plan project conducted by ISWA on behalf of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and in cooperation with the Dar City Council. The capacity building event covered several topics related to landfill management, from the basics of waste generation and composition to leachate and gas management and also provided an outlook on the financials of operation. The audience consisted of representatives from the three municipalities and the City Council, academia and local non-profit organisations. As the next action, ISWA will organise a second workshop on organic waste management strategy in September.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is a voluntary partnership of governments, civil society and the private sector with a clear mandate to reduce short lived climate pollutant emissions and thus catalyse prompt actions to mitigate climate change. ISWA is a Lead Partner and Implementer of the CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative since 2013.
ISWA Video Award: ...and the Oscar goes to...
This year, for the fourth 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. Whether documentary, fiction, animation or a combination thereof - the decision about the film genre as well as the technical realisation has been left up to the contestant.
The jury had an extensive selection of videos to assess. 34 videos were put forward from 14 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 2016:
First place and winner of the ISWA Video Award 2016:
“The beginning and the end?”, by Pal Horvath, Hungary
When we asked Pal who works in Sopron as a IT teacher he told us that it took him around 200 hours to create this facinating animated film. Click the link below to see the result!
“60 seconds”, by Denniel Steven Sy, Philippines
Click the links above and watch the award winning submissions! We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did.
The presentation of the award will take place at the ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia, on 20 September 2016.
Congratulations to the winners!!
City of Vienna wins ISWA Communications Award 2016
The judging panel had an excellent selection of waste management communication promotions to assess in 2016. Thirteen communication initiatives were put forward from 11 different countries and the judging panel 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 2016 is:
The jury found that overall the communications campaign
"Making waste reduction hip! Second-hand items at ‘48er-Tandler’"
run by MA 48 from Austria was the best of the 13 nominations put forward for the ISWA Communications Award in 2016.
To promote the reuse of pre-owned items, the City of Vienna set up a modern, attractive second-hand store in a central location which is advertised to the wider public with a number of communication measures. The focus of the campaign is deliberately not on waste reduction but on the individual value, unique character and attractiveness of the items, which are sold at affordable prices. Part of the communication concept was to involve as many people as possible from the very beginning to inform them, raise awareness and get them excited about the project. This included the employees of Municipal Department 48 - Waste Management (MA 48), political decision makers, various partners from the business community and other departments of the City of Vienna, as well as celebrities and the media.
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:
“Sorpanos” by Sorpa, Iceland, made the second place, and Italy provided our third winner with Ancitel Energia e Ambiente SPA’s ambitious initiative “I don't refuse - to sort refuse! (Non mi rifiuto).
The presentation of the award will take place at the ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia, on 20 September 2016.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up!
ISWA Working Group on Landfill meeting in Porto
The ISWA Working Group on Landfill Spring meeting was hosted by LIPOR, the Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto on 27-28 June in Porto, Portugal.
Group members visited LIPOR’s closed landfill site, now transformed into an adventure park, and saw the organisation’s cutting edge composting and recycling facilities. LIPOR has an excellent CSR strategy which includes a community garden for employees, demonstration sites and training courses for school and adult education. The agenda for the meeting contained discussions about the EU action plan for the Circular Economy package and the role of landfills, country reports, provided by each attendant and a case study about successful project cooperation for waste management in Sierra Leone, among other Topics.
After the two days meeting, members of the ISWA Landfill Working Group conducted a half day workshop on landfill mining with an attendance of more than 40 interested professionals.
7th Coordination meeting of the EU-HCWM project in Warsaw, Poland
The seventh coordination meeting of the project "Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management" (EU-HCWM) – was held on the 4th and 5th July 2016 in Warsaw, Poland and kindly hosted by the Institute of Environmental Protection - National Research Institute. ISWA was represented at the meeting by Ms. Aditi Ramola, Technical Project Manager and Dr. Anne Woolridge, Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Healthcare Waste.
The EU Lifelong Learning Programme funded project aims to provide a unified approach to the development of National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training (VET) Programmes for Healthcare Waste Management across the EU Member States. This will be achieved through a new healthcare waste management qualification framework and an e-learning platform.
At the meeting partners discussed the establishment of an EU wide network of healthcare waste management professionals and the relevant networks to uptake the VET qualifications. This latter process is being led by ISWA in close cooperation with the pan European industry associations which will try to bring in their respective experiences to collectively further strengthen this process. The network will be a platform for like-minded people to meet, and discuss current issues in the healthcare waste management sector. Expressions of interest from accredited vocational training centers, healthcare institutions, qualification authorities and respective healthcare waste managers in and across all European countries, who would be interested in the implementation of these VET programmes in their national context, are invited to contact: iswa@ or iswa.orginfo@ hcwm.eu
The EU-HCWM project is now in its final 6 month period and will culminate in a final conference in Birmingham on 10th November this year.
For more information, please see the project website: http://www.hcwm.eu/
ISWA-SWIS Winter School 2017 - Apply for a Scholarship!
Registrations are now open for the 2nd ISWA Winter School ín Texas, USA and we are delighted to announce that there will be a number of Scholarships available once again. The school will take place in Texas, USA from January 16-27, 2017.
Students and professionals from around the world are invited to write an essay on a specific aspect of solid waste management in their respective countries. The authors of the best essays will be awarded scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School.
SWIS has introduced these scholarships to promote the importance of sustainable waste management for developing healthy and sustainable urban cities.
Scholarships cover the following:
- Free registration to the 2017 ISWA-SWIS Winter School at UTA
- Lodging and transportation during their stay for the winter school
- Free air round-trip ticket from country of residence to DFW Airport, Dallas, Texas will be provided to a limited number of applicants.
Deadline of Application: 15 September 2016 (Texas local time).
Spirit of Optimism, Ukraine: Waste Management 2016- Be there with ISWA
ISWA is supporting this exhibition as an Official Partner and we are pleased to announce a special discount rate on registration for ISWA Members! Please see the website for registration details.
The Business-Forum company organises the International Exhibition of technologies and equipment for the solid waste collection and recycling Waste Management 2016 on 13-14th of September 2016 in Kiev, Ukraine.
The world’s leading suppliers of equipment and technologies, financial institutions, Ukrainian solid waste market operators, municipal and state authorities will be exhibiting their latest products and services.
Among confirmed participants: Adarco Invest Petrosani, Benli Recycling Group, Cross Wrap, Deloitte, Elkoplast, Enviroplan, Erema, ERK Eckrohrkessel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Europlast, FEAD, GeesinkNorba, HSM, ISWA, ITOCHU Corporation, NTM, Presona, Siemens, Sims Recycling Solutions, SSI SCHAEFER, SUEZ, Tehnix, TOMRA Sorting, World Bank, WTE/EVN Group and others.
Why is the Ukraine an essential market for your products and Services?
- Current recycling rates are at 5-7% and must be increased as per an agreement with the EU
- The World Bank recently called for investment into the Ukrainian Waste Management Industry to the tune of €14,2billion, with emphasis on collection & transportation, recycling & landfill facilities.
- This includes the purchase of 58,700 separation containers, construction of 45 waste recycling plants and the purchase of 658 waste collection vehicles.
- Local authorities now have autonomy over waste management matters and decision making.
More information about the event is available on the website www.wm-expo.com. For any questions regarding your registration or for general information, please contact: Mr Ilya Agafonov firstname.lastname@example.org
New Platinum Member: Dubai Municipality, UAE
We are pleased to welcome a new Platinum Member of ISWA!
Dubai Municipality was founded in 1954 commencing its activities with a cadre of seven employees undertaking simple tasks in cleaning the city.The first decree establishing the Municipality was on February 28, 1957, whereby 23 municipal council members had been appointed from the elders of the country and traders with limited powers.
In the 1974 His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, God rest his soul, issued a decree establishing the municipality. The new Dubai Municipality was granted independent authorities, morals and powers that includes the Municipal Council and the administration body, which executes the policy and directives and in accordance with the decree.
In 1980 a decree had been issued establishing the Municipal Council appointing 32 members headed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Municipality.
The Municipality continued its development coinciding with the growth of the Emirate of Dubai and reached to 11,000 employees working in 34 departments under six sectors.
Dubai Municipality is regarded as one of the largest governmental institutions in terms of services rendered and projects executed. Thus the municipality is the leading driver of growth and evolution of the Emirate of Dubai.
For further information please contact:
Phone: +971 4 2215555
Fax: +971 4 2246666
Email : esupport(at)dm.gov.ae
ISWA Profile: Atilio Savino (Argentina)
Name and current position in ISWA
Atilio Savino, Board Member representing RDN Latin America
Company and current position in your company
President of ARS – Asociación para el Estudio de los Residuos Sólidos, National Member of ISWA in Argentina
What is your background?
Certified Public Accountant– Universidad de Buenos Aires UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
BA in Economics –- Universidad de Buenos Aires UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
PhD in Political Science- Universidad de Belgrano UB, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Undersecretary of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1987/1991).
General Manager of CEAMSE (Coordinación Ecológica Area Metropolitana Sociedad del Estado) (1992/2003). CEAMSE is a public company created for the final disposition of municipal solid waste generated in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires. CEAMSE recieves more than 15.000 tonnes of waste per day.
National Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, National Ministry of Health and Environment (2003/2006).
Vice-President of COP11 Bureau - Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change- COP UNFCCC. (2005/2006).
Secretary of Sanitary Health Determinants, Ministry of Health of Argentina (2006/2007).
Did you always work in the waste industry?
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
Having developed and implemented the National Strategy for Solid Waste Management in Argentina in 2005, that is still in application.
Best advice that you ever received?
That solid waste management is always a long term issue.
When not working, I enjoy …
Playing football and tennis.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
My relationship with ISWA started in year 1995, when I attended the annual conference held in Vienna. I wanted to be aware of the latest developments in the matter and also to be part of the most important network of contacts in the waste industry.
Since then I have been present in all the annual conferences and general assemblies. I became Vice-Chair of the Membership and Organization Committee (1997/1999 ), then Member of the Executive and Strategic Planning Committee - ESPC (2002/2004), Board Member (2004 / 2010), Vice-President (2006 / 2008) and became President in 2008 until 2010. I am currently Board Member representing RDN Latin America.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
In October 2014.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
I think the biggest challenge today is to be part of the circular economy.
In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
The strenght is that it plays a central role in the transition towards a circular economy.
The weaknesses occur especially in the developing countries and are related to existing challenges and demands in the matter.
The transition to a circular economy creates the conditions to achieve sustainable development. This allows not only to create new market conditions and oportunities, but also to fight against poverty, creating new jobs and social inclusion.
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News from around the Globe
WORLD: Taking responsibility for electronic-waste disposal
The world is producing ever more electrical and electronic waste. The quantity of dumped computers, telephones, televisions and appliances doubled between 2009 and 2014, to 42 million tonnes per year globally.
Developed countries, especially in North America and Europe, produce the most e-waste. The United States generates the largest amount, and China the second most.
Much of this waste ends up in the developing world, where regulation is lax. China processed about 70% of the world’s e-waste in 2012; the rest goes to India and other countries in eastern Asia and Africa, including Nigeria. Non-toxic components - such as iron, steel, copper and gold - are valuable, so are more frequently recycled than toxic ones. Disposal plants release toxic materials, volatile organic chemicals and heavy metals, which can harm the environment and human health.
For the full story, visit Nature - International Weekly Journal of Science
WORLD: Turning nappies into bioplastics
Recycling firm joins group of 12 companies working to convert waste bound for landfill into raw materials for chemical industry.
Recycling specialist Knowaste has joined an international waste project working to turn rubbish headed for landfill into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry.
Knowaste, which specialises in recycling nappies, incontinence pads and other personal care products, said yesterday it will work with recyclers, waste processors and chemical users on the Waste2Aromatics project, which aims to turn waste into the raw materials for bioplastics.
For the full story, visit Business Green
AUSTRALIA: Cash back for drink containers to help recycling
The Liberal National Government will introduce a container deposit scheme for drink bottles and cans to help improve recycling and reduce littering in the Australian state of Western Australia.
Under the scheme, consumers will be able to get a 10 cent refund on containers usually seen as litter, such as beer cans and bottles, soft drinks, bottled water, small flavoured milk drinks, sports drinks and spirit-based mixed drinks.
Premier Colin Barnett said community desire for a container deposit scheme was very strong, which should lead to high participation. It was expected the scheme would start in mid-2018.
The 10 cent refund will be available from reverse vending machines and collection depots at parks, beaches and other public spaces across Western Australia.
ITALY: New material for trackbeds from used tires
Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the rail company AZVI and the University of Seville have developed a material for use in the subballast layer of train tracks that incorporates shredded rubber from used tires. Combined with crushed stone, this type of mixture has already been used to good effect in asphalt mixtures and roadside embankments, but its use in the rail sector is relatively unexplored.
The new material has already been tested along a section of the Almoraima-Algeciras ADIF line in Andalusia, where it has been assessed by UPV technicians. Not only does it allow and even promote the wholesale recycling of used tires, a large and problematic source of waste, but it offers several other interesting advantages over traditional materials.
For the full article, visit Science Daily
USA: Five key takeaways from a WTE ash management report
An industry group committee will release a report next month on waste-to-energy (WTE) ash management. The research finds that ash recovery plays a significant role in recycling.
The report, scheduled to be released in September 2016, focuses on “Innovations in Waste-To-Energy Ash Management.”
In 2000, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) created the Applied Research Foundation (ARF) to conduct collectively-funded and defined applied research projects that address pressing solid waste issues. The group of nine subscribing organizations determine what research topics should be addressed and participate in the research.
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USA: Oregon County to make money importing medical waste
Covanta Marion Inc. has been turning solid and medical waste from Marion County, Ore., into energy for decades, but now the facility will be getting a boost in the form of imported medical waste.
The facility is owned and operated by Covanta Marion Inc., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Inc. and contracts with Marion County to treat its medical and municipal solid waste. At its most efficient, the facility treats 550 tons of waste per day and generates 13.1 megawatts of renewable energy, according to a county press release. The plant produces enough energy to power the city of Woodburn, Ore., population 24,000.
As the county does not generate enough waste to keep the facility operating at full capacity, it has been purchasing approximately 15,000 tons per year of solid waste from outside the county. But that is about to change.
To offset the solid waste it had been purchasing, the county is adding the medical waste stream to ensure the Covanta Marion plant continues to run at full capacity and efficiently generates electricity.
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