Global News

Issue 43, October 2016

News from the (new!) President

David Newman
Antonis Mavropoulos

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members

 

No more than 20 days ago, in Novi Sad, ISWA held one of its most successful annual congresses with 1300 participants from 72 countries, definitely our most massive and geographically most representative event ever! None of us, not even the most optimist, was expecting such a success in this (not always) picturesque but certainly non-touristic city. So, why were people attracted that much to this annual congress? I think the answer involves three different reasons.

 

First, it is obvious that the three years of preparation and the restless efforts that were made by SeSWA, ISWA’s Serbian National Member, were really worthy and delivered results, despite the fact that the congress’s budget was roughly 60% of the usual budgets in EU countries. But this hard work of SeSWA was supported by the continuous growth and development of the local Regional Development Network (RDN), the fastest growing RDN of ISWA. This is maybe the best example I know, regarding the effectiveness of synergies between National Members and RDNs. I do believe that we have to study thoroughly the experiences gained and make them a kind of best practice for the next congresses too. 

 

Second, South East Europe countries and especially the Balkan Peninsula are in a transit period between the closure of dumpsites and the development of integrated sustainable waste management systems. This transit period has created a lot of difficult questions and a lot of useful experiences. ISWA’s 2016 World Congress was very attractive because it was held at the right place, at the right time, and it provided the dialogue platform required for sharing experiences and discussing the tough questions.

 

Third, it seems that ISWA’s reputation as a unique NGO that combines science with business and academic networking has been seriously upgraded and we are already in a phase where ISWA’s brand name is more valuable than we use to consider. But I realized something even more valuable. Discussing with many young and new participants, I felt that they were inspired by the opportunity to go beyond networking and know-how exchange; they were inspired by the possibility to contribute towards a better future; they were fascinated because they think ISWA provides a practical way to shape their own footprint on the global effort for a better environment. I really believe this is a very dynamic, new audience for ISWA and we have to work hard in order to interact with it on a permanent basis.

 

I would like to express my gratitude to the Congress Organizing and Scientific Committee; I would like to congratulate all SeSWA members for their contributions and all the local RDN members for their massive participation; I would like to thank the ISWA General Secretariat, Working Groups, Scientific & Technical Committee, as well as Board members for their hard work before and during the days of the congress.

 

Last but not least, I would like to thank personally each and every participant; dear friends and colleagues your participation makes ISWA a unique global family, an expanding vibrating community.

 

Want more? See you in Baltimore!

 

Antonis Mavropoulos

President, ISWA

 

The next ISWA World Congress will take place 25-27 September 2017 in Baltimore, USA. Save the date!

Record participation at the ISWA World Congress 2016!

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Timothy Bouldry and...
Timothy Bouldry and...
...Ana Loureiro giving their key notes at the Opening Session
...Ana Loureiro giving their key notes at the Opening Session
Almost 300 presentations in 55 sessions...
Almost 300 presentations in 55 sessions...
ISWA Communication Award Winner 2016: MA 48, City of Vienna
ISWA Communication Award Winner 2016: MA 48, City of Vienna
ISWA Publication Award Winners 2016
ISWA Publication Award Winners 2016
Gala Dinner...
Gala Dinner...
...and subsequent party
...and subsequent party
ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos 'declaring war against dumpsites' at the Closing Session
ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos 'declaring war against dumpsites' at the Closing Session

The World Congress is ISWA’s most important annual meeting of experts and professionals from the waste sector. They come from all over the globe to study promising practices and relevant applications of science and technology and, of course, to network.

 

1,300 registrants from more than 70 countries

This year, 1,300 registrants from more than 70 countries gathered in Novi Sad, Serbia for the largest ever ISWA World Congress, 19 - 21 September 2016. The congress, organised and warmly hosted by the Serbian Sold Waste Association - SeSWA, was also the largest international meeting ever held in the small Balkan city, earning quite some media and political attention!

 

Goran Vujić, Executive Director of SeSWA particularly wished to attract regional participation, as inadequate waste disposal is a serious problem for countries of Southeast Europe, so it was a particular success that hundreds of managers, engineers and operators from the region did join. Indeed, the Congress subtitle: ‘Forward Together: Uniting Ideas for Successful Waste Management and Recycling’ was particularly fitting and togetherness was a strong outcome, according to the very positive feedback.

 

Balanced mix of scientific and social programme

Over the three-day event, delegates enjoyed a balanced programme of traditional, contemporary and interactive formats; launched with an inspiring opening session of engaging presentations moderated by ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Tom Wlaschiha. Ana Lourerio showed how communication tools can boost the Circular Economy. Timothy Bouldry, won praise for his photojournalism in Nicaraguan dumpsites as he presented the ISWA’s scholarship programme ‘Trading Trash for Education’ that he founded in 2015. Antonis Mavropoulos warned of waste management in an era of disruption as he officially launched the brand new ISWA report ‘Roadmap for Closing Waste Dumpsites’ (please see article below).

 

The Opening Ceremony, held at the Novi Sad National Theatre showcased Serbian artistic talents, from emotive vocals, lyrical renditions of local sagas and sensual ballet, together with the words of local government figures and SeSWA representatives. It was the moment to say farewell and thanks to David Newman for four years of dedicated service and to welcome Antonis Mavropoulos, as the new ISWA President.

 

The extensive and diverse scientific programme contained almost 300 presentations in 55 different sessions and 3 technical visits plus scientific poster displays. Some specific sessions were conducted with translation into local languages to facilitate regional participation. The ISWA Young Professionals Group, now in its third year, held a well-attended workshop on how to increase public participation in waste management for the Southeast European Region (see also article below); and there was a full side programme of the ten ISWA Working Groups and with ISWA partnerships, such as IFAT and CCAC.

 

Gala dinner and ISWA Awards Presentation

Certainly a highlight was the gala dinner at the Master Congress Centre, a perfect ambiance for the ISWA Awards Presentation Ceremony with light show, decorations hand-crafted from trash and a first class music programme of three local bands - many congress delegates danced late into night!

 

War against dumpsites

In his Closing Ceremony speech, Antonis Mavropoulos, reiterated his “declaration of war against dumpsites”, he exemplified very clearly the impacts and health risks of no, bad or unsustainable waste management, outlined ISWA’s plans and goals for the future. See the associated video here.

 

Want more? See you in Baltimore!

Finally, the ISWA flag was handed over to David Biderman, Executive Director and Meri Beth Wojtaszek from ISWA’s National Member SWANA and the city of Baltimore, USA, where the next ISWA World Congress will take place 25 - 27 September 2017. Save the Date!

 

Photos and videos are online now!

For an impression of the ISWA World Congress 2016 (and maybe to find pictures of yourself…), do visit our picture and video galleries. More photos and videos can be found on ISWA’s facebook page.

ISWA General Assembly 2016

ISWA General Assembly 2016 at the University of Novi Sad
ISWA General Assembly 2016 at the University of Novi Sad
The newly elected ISWA Board, FLTR: Rüdiger Siechau (Germany), Derek Greedy (UK), Bettina Kamuk (Denmark), Carlos Silva Filho (Brazil), Antonis Mavropoulos (Greece). Weine Wiqvist (Sweden), Alexei Atudorei (Romania), Gary Crawford (USA), Ho de Leong (Malaysia), Atilio Savino (Argentina)
The newly elected ISWA Board, FLTR: Rüdiger Siechau (Germany), Derek Greedy (UK), Bettina Kamuk (Denmark), Carlos Silva Filho (Brazil), Antonis Mavropoulos (Greece). Weine Wiqvist (Sweden), Alexei Atudorei (Romania), Gary Crawford (USA), Ho de Leong (Malaysia), Atilio Savino (Argentina)

On 18 September, the ISWA General Assembly was held at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. The National Member Representatives present elected a new President, two new Board Members and approved one new National Member.

 

With SiSWA from Slovenia, ISWA now has 41 National Members. National Members are organisations representing the waste management sector in a country. Taking into account all the professionals associated with its National Member Organisations, ISWA’s global network now adds up to over 130,000 waste management experts.

 

The long term chair of ISWA’s Scientific and Technical Committee (STC), Antonis Mavropoulos from Greece, has been elected the new ISWA President, following David Newman, UK, who most successfully served ISWA as a President for the past 4 years. In acknowledgement of their merits for the association David Newman and Alberto Bianchini, Brazil, have been designated Honorary Members of ISWA by the General Assembly.

 

The other newly elected members on the ISWA Board of Directors are Derek Greedy, UK, and Weine Wiqvist, Sweden. Bettina Kamuk from Denmark - former Organisation Member Representative on the Board – from now on will act as ISWA’s new STC Chair. All other Board Members have been confirmed in their functions unanimously. 

A Roadmap for closing the world’s dumpsites

At the 2016 ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia ISWA announced the publication of its latest report, ‘A Roadmap for the Closure of Waste Dumpsites’. This roadmap will shape a fundamental part of ISWA’s agenda over the coming years as ISWA plans to invest significant energy into helping close some of the most dangerous waste facilities on the planet. 

 

From December 2015 to June 2016, in only seven months, ISWA has recorded more than 750 deaths related to poor waste management in dumpsites and several incidents with important health impacts. There is no doubt about it: dumpsites are a global health and environmental emergency.

 

Dumpsites receive roughly 40% of the world’s waste and they serve about 3-4 billion people. As an example, the 50 biggest dumpsites affect the daily lives of 64 million people, a population the size of France. If the situation follows the business as usual scenario then dumpsites will account for 8-10 % of the global anthropogenic GHG emissions by 2025.

 

Closing down a dumpsite is neither a simple nor an easy task. It requires an alternative waste management system, so it requires adequate planning, institutional and administrative capacity, financial resources, social support and finally political consensus.  All of these conditions are really difficult and sometimes impossible to be met in countries where dumpsites are the dominant method of waste disposal and level of governance quality is questionable.

 

The report “A Roadmap for closing waste dumpsites” provides the guidance required, to each and every local authority or government, for the process and procedures required to close a dumpsite and develop an alternative sound waste management system.

 

ISWA calls everyone to cooperate and contribute towards a world without dumpsites. As a first step, ISWA calls the international community to cooperate, in every possible form, for the immediate closure of the 50 most polluting dumpsites of the world. This single, but not simple, target will immediately improve:

·        The health conditions of billions of people.

·        The quality of life for the hundreds of millions living around and inside the dumpsites.

·        The business landscape in the developing world, as closing the dumpsites is a key-element for the development of new markets related to waste management and recycling services.

 

In addition, closing the world’s dumpsites will provide substantial reduction of CO2 emissions and it will decrease the leakages of solid waste to the oceans, as many dumpsites are located near the coast or inland waterways.

 

You can download & read the report in full here.

 

And don’t miss out on ISWA's latest video, calling for action against the world's 50 largest dumpsites, as reported ‘A Roadmap for the Closure of Waste Dumpsites’!

 

Take a look at our emotive new video here. *

 

 *Please see the text below the video for the credits.

The ISWA Young Professionals Group sessions in Novi Sad

One of the groups from the YPG workshop session presenting their concept for an annual flower festival to increase public participation in home composting on a small island in Greece
One of the groups from the YPG workshop session presenting their concept for an annual flower festival to increase public participation in home composting on a small island in Greece
Expert panelists, organisers and presenters at YPG Special Session on "Increasing Public Participation in Recycling"
Expert panelists, organisers and presenters at YPG Special Session on "Increasing Public Participation in Recycling"
YPG get together at Gala dinner
YPG get together at Gala dinner
YPG selfie at Gala dinner
YPG selfie at Gala dinner
New friendships between young professionals and industry leaders, hanging out in Belgrade after the congress reflecting on the event and inspired for the future
New friendships between young professionals and industry leaders, hanging out in Belgrade after the congress reflecting on the event and inspired for the future

The ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted three sessions at the World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia, including a workshop, a panel discussion and their annual general meeting.

 

A report written by Kat Heinrich, Vice Chair and Lead Communications for ISWA YPG.

 

Anyone walking past the rooms where these sessions were held would have heard bursts of laughter, excitement and intense debates and conversation that lead to the formulation of innovative and exciting ideas aimed at improving waste management practices across the globe.

 

Throughout the Congress, we were warmly received by the ISWA working groups, who invited us to participate in their meetings to learn about each other’s activities and discuss potential opportunities to work more closely in the future. We also got the opportunity to welcome many new members to the YPG, including young professionals from Serbia and other countries across the world.

 

Our workshop session was facilitated by YPG member, Nathalia Lima and supported by YP table Managers and organisers. During the workshop we split into six teams and brainstormed ideas for increasing public participation for two real-life case studies. This included one aimed at increasing public participation in packaging recycling in Serbia (the host country) and the other aimed at increasing public participation in home composting on a small island in Greece. There was great collaboration in the teams with participants bouncing ideas off one another and refining concepts together. This culminated with each group delivering a 2-minute long pitch on how they proposed to increase public participation for the case study they were working on.  

 

The panel session that followed the next day was moderated by YPG Chair, Gijs Langeveld. During the panel session we presented our pitches from the workshop to a group of communication and waste experts, including; Gunilla Carlsson, Jiao Tang, Hester Klein Lankhorst, Alexei Atudorei and Miodrag Mitrovic. The panellists congratulated the presenters on their ideas and provided constructive feedback on ways we could further refine our concepts. They also shared their wealth of expertise and insights into what we should consider in order to increase public participation.

 

During our annual meeting (on the last day of the Congress), the group reflected on its successes over the past year, which are many, including; the establishment of regional YP networks, a mentorship program, delivery of the congress sessions, online thematic discussions and more. We then split into groups according to our interests to brainstorm activities and initiatives for the upcoming year. This included research, communication and education initiatives, an alumni group and the continuation of the previous years’ activities. There is great passion and commitment within the group to tackle global challenges for waste management. Inspired by Antonis Mavropoulos, the group considered how it can contribute to spreading the word about the recently launched Roadmap for Closing Waste Dumpsites (and we have some exciting initiatives in the making). With the encouragement of Meri Beth (MB) Wojtaszek from SWANA, we also considered how the YPs can contribute to shaping next year’s world congress in Baltimore. 

 

Finally, our annual meeting and the Congress ended on a high with the appearance of Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones star), who kindly popped into our session to take a group photo with us!

 

I personally feel like a little bit of magic occurred at the congress this year. Over the course of 3-4 days we built good working relationships with each other, but more than that, we became good friends. Representing 25 different nationalities, we have very different backgrounds and life experiences, but are united by our common passion for improving waste management practices across the globe. What excites me most about the group is that I can sense immense collaboration and positive energy. These relationships we are building are happening at the start of our careers. Just imagine what great things we will achieve together over the next 10-30 years as we become future leaders in the industry.

 

Congratulations to all those involved in this year’s congress and thank you to everyone who supported us! 

CCAC Regional Workshop on the margins of the ISWA Congress 2016

ISWA and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) team conducted a regional workshop for cities in the Southeast European region on 21-22 September in Novi Sad. Organising the event on the margins of the ISWA Congress helped to leverage the immense expertise of the many professionals who attend one of the most significant international event on solid waste.

 

Twelve city representatives participated, travelling from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Moscow Macedonia, Montenegro and other countries from the region. Experts and cities worked intensely in breakout groups so as to identify problems and barriers and provide direct technical support and financial advice tailored individually to the cities’ needs. The ultimate aim of CCAC with the workshop was to kick-start projects in the Southeast European region to progress solid waste management projects and thus catalyse climate action by reducing the emission of short lived climate pollutants, corresponding to the mission of the CCAC MSWI.

 

ISWA would like to extend a special thank you to its experts for their valuable contributions: David Dugger, Gary Crawford, Goran Vujic, Johann Fellner, Luis Marinheiro, Marco Ricci, Michele Giavini, Sahadat Hossain and Sophie van den Berg.

ISWA Working Group Meetings in Novi Sad

Working Group on Energy Recovery Meeting
Working Group on Energy Recovery Meeting
Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste Meeting
Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste Meeting
Working Group on Healthcare Waste Meeting
Working Group on Healthcare Waste Meeting
Working Group on Landfill Meeting
Working Group on Landfill Meeting
Regional Development Network for Latin America Meeting
Regional Development Network for Latin America Meeting

Working Group Energy Recovery (WGER)

ISWA’s Working Group on Energy Recovery met for two days after the Congress at the University of Novi Sad on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September. Slightly shorter than the usual meeting, they still managed to fit in some productive and insightful discussions on state of the art technologies and the role of waste to energy in the sustainable development goals.

 The group also discussed a number of upcoming projects and publications such as a revision of the white paper on technologies and the state of the art report. The group additionally had a breakout session to discuss effective communications in this field and shared their ideas on how to better communicate WtE technologies as part of an integrated waste management system that fits into the circular economy model. They hope to finalise a report on these communication matters in the coming year. Finally, congratulations to the Chair of the working group, Bettina Kamuk on her new board position as STC Chair, the group will elect a new Chair at their spring meeting in Copenhagen. Bettina’s dedication and effort put into to the group over the last six years was very much appreciated.

 

Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste (WGBTW)

The working group on biological treatment of waste discussed current developments & challenges in the sector. The 22 participants furthermore exchanged ideas concerning the group’s upcoming project, a report on the Impact of Compost and Digestate on Soil Carbon Sequestration. Other topics included the group’s involvement in the ISWA World Congress 2017 in Baltimore. For the first time also representatives of ISWA’s Young Professionals Group joined the meeting.

 

Working Group on Healthcare Waste (WGHCW)

Following a special session on Healthcare Waste management at the World Congress 2016, the Working Group on Healthcare Waste met in Novi Sad, Serbia on the 22nd of September to discuss the groups work programme and strategic projects and partnerships. The working group also discussed key issues in HCW in various countries. The project “Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management” (EU-HCWM) was also presented during the meeting. This EC funded project, under the Lifelong Learning Programme, 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.

 

Working Group on Landfill (WGL)

The ISWA Working Group on Landfill had its annual Fall meeting on 18 September in Novi Sad, the day before the ISWA Congress 2016. 19 international participants discussed various relevant topics such as projects and meetings to be prepared for the 2017 ISWA Congress in Baltimore, an update on the on-going landfill mining project in Denmark, reports from landfill management capacity building in Tanzania and the Winter School in Texas in January 2017 which also focuses on landfilling. Among the country reports, members could listen to the landfill and waste management situation in Lebanon, Spain, the UK and the US, Denmark, Serbia, Portugal, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan. Derek Greedy (ex-WG Chair), Luis Marinheiro (WG Chair) and James Law (WG Vice-Chair) gave an account on the newly launched ‘Roadmap for closing waste dumps’ report of which they authored two of the chapters. The next in-person meeting of the Group will be held in the Spring of 2017 in Birmingham, UK.

 

Regional Development Network for Latin America (RDN LA)

ISWA’s Regional Development Network for Latin America was meeting in Novi Sad to discuss ways to increase ISWA’s outreach in the region and to plan future activities. Apart from the region’s national members also other interested members from Latin America (e.g. from Mexico and Peru) joined the meeting and were eager to get more involved.

ISWA concludes MoU’s with Be’ah, WMWM and Lets Do It!

Official signation of the MoU between ISWA and be'ah at the World Congress in Novi Sad
Official signation of the MoU between ISWA and be'ah at the World Congress in Novi Sad
MD Hermann Koller announced the set up of an Office in Oman representing ISWA in the MENA Region
MD Hermann Koller announced the set up of an Office in Oman representing ISWA in the MENA Region
ISWA Board member and WMAM representative Ho de Leong
ISWA Board member and WMAM representative Ho de Leong
Let's do it! Chief Motivator Rainer Nolvak announcing the 'World Cleanup Day' 8 September 2018
Let's do it! Chief Motivator Rainer Nolvak announcing the 'World Cleanup Day' 8 September 2018

Intensifying cooperation with other leading international and regional organisations involved in the promotion of sustainable waste management and resource efficiency is at the heart of ISWA´s goals. Basis for such cooperations are often Memoranda of Understanding (MoU).

 

MoU with be’ah 

ISWA and be’ah, the Oman Environmental Services Holding Company SAOC, concluded a MoU to cooperate in the field of promoting sustainable policies and technologies for the management of urban and industrial solid wastes.

 

Particularly it was agreed upon to set up an office in Oman vested with the task of representing ISWA officially in the MENA region, to establish an educational centre in Oman for the purposes of training and capacity building, and to jointly develop training courses, technical visits, research and studies; with these offers the aim is to attract participants both from within Oman and the MENA region.

 

The agreement was signed officially at the closing ceremony of the World Congress 2016 in Novi Sad.

 

MoU with WMAM

ISWA signed a memorandum of understanding with its National Member of Malaysia, the Waste Management Association of Malaysia (WMAM).

 

The objective of this MoU is to jointly organise and carry out events in the field of capacity building at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) to be established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The CoE will be a training centre on resource and waste management issues for government officials, people working in the public interest, commercial companies and students worldwide. The CoE will also offer assistance to cities, regions and countries requiring consultancy, especially those regarding waste planning, EPR models etc.

 

Furthermore the CoE will also work in alliance with other international organisations for the development of programmes where ISWA is already involved, for example, the Basel Convention on Hazardous Waste, UNEP, IPLA, UNDP, UN Habitat, WHO and other established institutions and organisations providing relevant training programmes. Opportunities to visit waste management plants in the vicinity of the CoE venue will be provided, which will be around Kuala Lumpur and also in neighboring countries. Trainees will receive a Waste Manager Certificate attesting the grade reached by each individual participant.

 

MoU with Let’s Do It!

Let’s Do It! is a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country of illegally dumped solid waste in just five hours. Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model—one country in one day—around the world. To date, 113 countries and 16.1 million people have joined Let’s Do It! to clean up illegally dumped waste.

 

ISWA and Let’s Do It! share a common concern for a clean and healthy planet and for promoting waste prevention and sustainable waste management as a concept which is based on global principles and local conditions. ISWA has a global scope for the promotion of waste prevention and sustainable waste management, while Let’s Do It! Is organising a 'World Cleanup Day' 8 September 2018 via civic-led mass movement with a goal to engage 5% of the world’s population and developing a plan to keep the planet clean.

 

On the basis of an MoU concluded in September 2016, ISWA and Let’s Do It! are going to cooperate more closely in order to promote waste prevention and sustainable waste management worldwide and by that help to achieve the common goal of a clean and healthy planet.

"One of the best experiences ever in my life": ISWA-TU Summer School

ISWA-TU Summerschool participants at the Technical University Vienna
ISWA-TU Summerschool participants at the Technical University Vienna
Donau view from the hills overlooking the City of Vienna; second from left is Isaac Monney, the author of this article
Donau view from the hills overlooking the City of Vienna; second from left is Isaac Monney, the author of this article
Trip to Pfaffenau Waste-to-Energy and Biogas plant
Trip to Pfaffenau Waste-to-Energy and Biogas plant

Written by Isaac Monney – College of Agriculture Education, Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana

 

“I have participated in a number of workshops and seminars on solid waste management but the 5th ISWA-TU Summer School in Vienna, Austria was undoubtedly one of the best experiences ever in my life. As a Lecturer and young researcher in Solid Waste Management, an opportunity to learn from and share with colleagues and renowned researchers is something I have always yearned for. This year's summer school provided more than that. Apart from being exposed to state-of-the-art technologies and innovative approaches in solid waste management, it afforded me the opportunity to network with professionals from several countries. I met and made new friends with both professionals and students from all continents of the globe.

 

Being under the tutelage of esteemed Professors and the always-ready-to-help teaching assistants at TU Wien was a great experience and an eye-opener. For some of us, it was our first time using STAN software for material flow analysis but even before the Summer School ended we had so much experience on our hands due to the down-to-earth lessons by Oliver Cencic and the vigorous exercises we were taken through. The programme was also interspersed with so much fun. The time spent at the countryside visiting grape farms, the tour at the breathtaking Belvedere Palace and dinner at an old tavern are indelible memories I cannot afford to forget.

 

Above all, the field visit to the landfill site, incineration, composting and biogas plants gave me a clear perception of what solid waste management ought to be – a shift from disposal to recycling and recovery. The programme has made a significant contribution to my knowledge in solid waste management and has better positioned me to undertake practical research in material flow analysis and train students in the field. I believe the Summer School is an initiative worth sustaining since it will go a long way to enrich the knowledge of young professional and students across the world.”

 

NOTE:

The ISWA-TU Summer School on Material Flow Analysis and Solid Waste Management was held in the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at the Technical University of Vienna, (TU Wien.)  The course was organised and led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Johann Fellner and Dr Jakob Lederer.

 

If you are inspired by Isaac’s experiences, please see ISWA’s Event Calendar for further training and event options.  The next ISWA-SWIS Winter School on Solid Waste Management: Landfill & Landfill Mining will be held in Arlington & CIty of Denton - Texas / USA 16 - 27 January 2017 and registration is now open.

Enhancing the global network: ISWA at IFAT India

Always busy: the ISWA booth at IFAT India
Always busy: the ISWA booth at IFAT India
Well attended sessions and panel discussions organised by ISWA, GIZ and Indus Media
Well attended sessions and panel discussions organised by ISWA, GIZ and Indus Media
The ISWA YPG launched its regional group in India; young waste management professionals from the region are welcome to join!
The ISWA YPG launched its regional group in India; young waste management professionals from the region are welcome to join!

This year, for the first time, ISWA was represented at IFAT India in Mumbai, supported by its Indian National Member, the Institute of Chartered Waste Managers (ICWM). Waste Management is gaining more and more momentum in India and ISWA wants to be at the frontline to foster this development.

 

Besides extensive networking at the booth ISWA also organized a number of very well attended sessions under the theme “Waste & Resource Management in India: Status, Challenges, Solutions and Road Map for the Future” in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Indus Media. The sessions covered the topics “Solid Waste Collection and Transportation”, “Recycling & Waste Minimisation”, “Waste to Energy” and “Landfill Bio-mining & Land Reclamation”.

 

Furthermore, ISWA launched its Regional Young Professionals Group (YPG) in India. Many motivated students & young professionals joined the inaugurating event and had lively discussions on the main issues they would like to address within the group. The launch was followed by the event “Careers in Waste Management” in which the participants had the possibility to get to know different career paths in waste management and to directly network with various companies & organizations.

 

If you would like to join this exciting group of young professionals please write to ypg@remove-this.iswa.org

 

ISWA brought home many new contacts and ideas and is looking forward to further extend its network and activities in India.

Waste Management 2016, Kiev, Ukraine

ISWA Board Member Alexei Atudorei representing the RDN Southeast Europe, Middle East & Mediterranean
ISWA Board Member Alexei Atudorei representing the RDN Southeast Europe, Middle East & Mediterranean
Plenary sessions and...
Plenary sessions and...
...panel discussions at Waste Management 2016, Kiev, Ukraine
...panel discussions at Waste Management 2016, Kiev, Ukraine

Between 13-14th September, ISWA partnered with Business-Forum to host Waste Management 2016, an international exhibition of technologies and equipment for the solid waste collection and recycling.

 

Board Member Alexei Atudorei representing the Regional Develoment Network (RDN) Southeast Europe, Middle East & Mediterranean was present on behalf of ISWA and participated in some of the panel discussions. He reported back on some of the highlights and conclusions of the exhibition.

 

Most importantly is that in December 2016 the Government of Ukraine shall approve the national waste management strategy, which will start the reform of the waste industry. This will coincide with a significant increase in budgets of local authorities who will have more autonomy to develop infrastructure in their regions. 

 

The current Ukrainian waste management market is very similar to the market conditions of Romania 10 years ago just before the adoption of necessary legislation and EU accession. Since then Romania has significantly increased the level of recycling and implemented dozens of infrastructure projects. Many major international organisations such as the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and NEFCO are looking to invest in Ukraine so there seems to be a lot of optimism that the region can significantly improve its waste management infrastructure and recycling rates over the coming ten years.

 

If you are interested in participating at Waste Management 2017 or wish to receive the final materials of the event, please contact the organisers at events@wm-expo.com!

ISWA RDN supports Modernization of Public Services in Moldova

Meeting of the delegation from Moldova with the representatives
Meeting of the delegation from Moldova with the representatives from the Romanian authorities, ISWA and ISWA Romania (ARMD)
from the Romanian authorities, ISWA and ISWA Romania (ARMD)
Technical visit at Chiajna center for integrated waste management (Bucharest, Romania)

In the first week of October, a delegation from the Republic of Moldova with 38 participants from the Ministry of Regional Development and Constructions, the Ministry of Environment, the State Ecological Inspectorate, and local governments, visited Romania and Bulgaria. The visit was organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as an important activity of the project "Modernization of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova" with technical support from the ISWA Regional Development Network Southeast Europe, Middle East & Mediterranean (ISWA RDN SEMEM) and ISWA Romania.

 

The aim of the visits was to exchange experiences and best practices in integrated waste management between the representatives from the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria. During this five days visit, the members of the delegation had meetings with officials from Romania (Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, Ministry of European Funds, National Environmental Protection Agency, ISWA Romania, Romanian Federation of Interregional Development Associations), from Bulgaria (Regional Inspectorate for Waster and Environment) and visited six centers for integrated waste management (Chiajna, Albota, Piatra Neamt, Vaslui in Romania; Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria).

 

"All the information received during the visit will be very useful to all the participants. We chose Romania and Bulgaria because the local conditions for implementation of sustainable waste management systems are similar and we have learned how to implement the EU Directives on waste management in the Republic of Moldova; how to solve the issues and how to avoid failures. I want to thank to all the participants and partners and especially Mr. Alexei Atudorei (ISWA) and Mr. Nicolo Doychinov (GOPA) which offered to us all the support to organize the visit" said Mr. Perea Denis, national consultant in charge for the project at GIZ/MSPL at the end of the visit.

 

Note: the project is commissioned by the German federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented with financial support from Romanian Government, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and European Union.

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ISWA at HABITAT III, 18 October, Quito, Ecuador

This month, for only the third time, the UN HABITAT will meet in Quito, Ecuador and ISWA will be present with an official side event titled ‘Strengthen Waste Management For Implementing The New Urban Agenda’. “Habitat III” is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development and convenes to discuss the New Urban Agenda.

 

ISWA will be there to highlight the importance of Waste Management in this agenda and to stress the importance of effective and sustainable waste management infrastructures in a world where more than half the population now live in dense urban areas and the actions necessary to establish such infrastructure. According to the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO) of UNEP and ISWA, around 2 billion people still do not have access to waste collection services and the waste of 3 billion people is not managed in an environmentally sound manner.

 

On behalf of ISWA, Luis Marinheiro, the Chair of the Working Group on Landfill and Member of the Scientific and Technical Committee, will speak at the side event on Tuesday 18th October (12:30 – 13:30 local time) along with representatives from GIZ and CCAC. The event will identify what cities need to do and how to do it on the basis of the GWMO’s recommendations.

Register for free! ISWA EU Group Conference 14 November, Brussels

Marco Ricci, Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste, will moderate Session 1
Marco Ricci, Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste, will moderate Session 1

The ISWA European Group is organising a conference from 10 am – 5 pm on 14 November 2016 in Brussels, with the title: “Circular Economy: the role of Biowaste and Plastics”.

 

Session 1

 Biowaste represents a significant fraction of the municipal solid waste stream. Its successful management is necessary if EU Member States are to meet the revised recycling target set out in the European Commission’s Circular Economy package. The biowaste recycling industry currently relies on mature technology focusing on composting and anaerobic digestion. However, the biowaste recycling sector is beginning to explore new processes to derive higher value products from the biowaste stream, such as commodity chemicals and biopolymers. These ‘biorefineries’ seek to manufacture chemicals in a similar way to traditional petroleum-based processes, but from bio-based waste materials.

 

Moderator: Marco Ricci, Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste

 

Session 2

The EC Circular Economy Package is proposing ambitious recycle targets for used plastics, which will have to be met with revised and more accurate definitions of recycling. The collapse of the oil prices is challenging the recycling supply chain worldwide and landmark plants such as the Closed Loop Recycling bottle to bottle plants in the UK which went recently out of business. The EC proposal on Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive also directly affects the plastics resource recovery, as packaging are above 50% of plastics waste arisings in Europe. Europe’s dependence on China as the destination of choice for almost half of its plastics collected for recycling is challenges by the rapid maturation of the Chinese internal recycling market.

 

Major industry initiatives such as the “Plastics 2020 Challenge” are underway long time now and key reports are landing one after another, such as the ISWA Resource Management Task Force report on polypropylene and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation “New plastics Economy”, questioning the reality on the ground and trying to inform the pathway for a circular economy for plastics.

 

At the same time, highly debatable policy initiatives such as plastics bags ban is introduced in Europe, bio-based plastics innovation and entrepreneurship is flourishing, and the EC releases its thoughts on new “waste Schengen” area which would also affect plastics in residual waste. All these are anticipated to considerably influence the forthcoming plastics waste strategy, to be developed by the EC. 

 

The workshop will touch upon major challenges for making a resource efficient Circular Economy a reality for plastics.

 

Moderator: Costas Velis, Vice Chair of the ISWA European Group

 

Date: 14 November 2016

Venue: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels

Room: VMA3

 

The event is FREE of charge, however it requires pre-registration. Please register on the following link: http://iswa-events.org/de-AT/register/circular-economy-the-role-of-biowaste-and-plastics

ISWA Profile: Weine Wiqvist (Sweden)

Weine Wiqvist, the new treasurer on the ISWA Board
Weine Wiqvist, the new treasurer on the ISWA Board

Name and current position in ISWA

Member of the Board. Treasurer

 

Company and current position in your company

Managing Director of the Swedish waste management association Avfall Sverige

 

What is your background?

I have a MSc in Civil Engineering and a BSc in Economics.

 

Did you always work in the waste industry?

Apart from a short period in the water sector and in the Foreign Trade department during the 90ies I worked in the waste sector in public companies, as a private consultant, in an environmental agency and in a waste organisation.

 

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

I learned a lot from two bosses in my first career phase who both encouraged new tasks and delegated power for your own development.

 

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

To be honest, having a family.

 

Best advice that you ever received?

“Do not invent solutions for problems which are not there”.

 

When not working, I enjoy …

I enjoy reading, theatre, but also sports like cycling, jogging and tennis.​

 

Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

Because I appreciate to work with other people from around the globe and I also hope to contribute with my background and knowledge.

 

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

In summer 2016​​.

 

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

To increase the awareness on prevention, to find better solutions in both the developed and not so developed world.

 

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

There is a lot of knowledge around but it is unevenly spread to those who need it. This is to the point what is the role of ISWA, to spread the knowledge.

 

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

There are huge opportunities both for existing and future solutions.

 

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

Apart from being the provider for a safe storage and landfill of residues not possible to use anymore, I believe that the waste industry will have to team up even more in the future with the producers of goods and with the industry for material and energy resources.

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News from around the Globe

OPINION: Landfills – Life in the old dog yet?

The collection and disposal of waste to land, generally without any treatment, was the bedrock of waste management until the early part of this century. Legislation and social change provided a very clear message: treatment of waste was going to be needed, landfilling was no longer an option.

 

For many, the term "landfill operator" became a marketing nightmare. Firms and operators repositioned themselves as "recovery" specialists, some even leaving their brand names behind due to the connotations that they held in the industry.

 

For the full story, visit CIWM Journal

AUSTRALIA: High-tech rubbish revolution

Wheelie bins will be banned and rubbish will go underground when an automated waste system is installed on the Sunshine Coast.

 

The high-tech, automated waste collection system is an Australian-first and will become part of the new 53-hectare Maroochydore CBD.

 

For the full story, visit ABC

SCOTLAND: Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet

Scotland’s environment agency has warned the country’s industries and farmers that their waste and inefficiency is now the biggest threat to the environment, overtaking pollution.

 

In a marked shift in strategy, the regulator’s chief executive, Terry A’Hearn, will urge businesses, farmers and manufacturers to adopt a "one planet prosperity" policy designed to cut their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and resource use.

 

For the full story, visit The Guardian

SINGAPORE: Green group calls for mandatory plastic bag charge

In a bid to reduce the wasteful use of plastic bags and encourage people to bring their own reusable bags when shopping, Singapore’s newest green group Zero Waste SG has called for a scheme that imposes a mandatory charge for plastic bags in the city-state.

 

For the full story, visit Eco Business

USA: Landfills close the loop

Landfill owners are joining the growing alternative fuel movement by using compressed natural gas to run their heavy-duty trucks.

 

Landfill owners are joining the growing alternative fuel movement by using compressed natural gas (CNG), a cleaner, cheaper alternative to diesel, to run their heavy-duty trucks, and there’s likely no industry this transition is a more natural fit for. Those in the disposal business have resources to make the fuels themselves—landfill gas (LFG), created from the tonnage of waste decomposing on their sites.

 

For the full story, visit Waste360

UNITED KINGDOM: Wilson Bio-Chemical opens autoclave waste plant

UK-based autoclave waste specialist Wilson Bio-Chemical has opened its micro autoclave fibre production plant for turning municipal solid waste (MSW) into biomass fibre that can be converted into chemicals or fuels.

 

The facility has been developed with the help of the University of York subsidiary, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and is based at the BDC’s site just outside York. This new technology aims to divert substantial amounts of mixed waste from landfill and produce a range of chemicals and fuels to replace the use of fossil-resource-based products.

 

For the full story, visit Biofuels News