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April 24 @ 8:00 am

Side event on the margins of INC-4: Breaking Boundaries – Circular waste and resource management tackles plastic pollution

Adjacent to the INC-4 in Ottawa, Canada, ISWA is joined by our National Member in North America SWANA, for a side event on April 24th 2024, from 8.00 to 10.30 AM. This will be held at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

To join, fill in the registration form.


Alan Encinas <aencinas@iswa.org>
Meri Beth Wojtaszek <mwojtaszek@swana.org>





Welcome and introduction Amy Lestition Burke, CEO/ED of the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Carlos S Filho, ISWA President
8.40 – 09.00 Beyond an age of waste: Turning rubbish into a resource.
Circular Economy – the sustainable way forward!
Global Waste Management Outlook 2024 (UNEP/ISWA report)

Carlos S Filho, ISWA President

09.00 – 09.40 Panel Discussion: The circular revolution –
trailblazing potential for breaking the plastic pollution cycle

Panel moderator:
Amy Lestition Burke, CEO/ED of the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Panel participants:
Allen Langdon, CEO of Circular Materials
Gunilla Carlsson, Board Member ISWA
Martyn Tickner, Chief Advisor, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Jacob Rognhaug, Tomra Systems, VP Public Affairs
Monique Oxender, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer

09.40 – 10.20 Panel Discussion: The new role for the waste management sector – operations and solutions for success

Moderator: Carlos Silva Filho, ISWA President

Ellen Martin –  Circulate Capital
Jonathan Gillibrand – US State Dept
Kathryn Marie Youngblood – University of Georgia


About INC

Intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.

In February 2022, at the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2), a historic resolution (5/14) was adopted to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution with the ambition to complete the negotiations by end of 2024.

The instrument is to be based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic. The INC will consider how to promote sustainable production and consumption of plastics from product design to environmentally sound waste management through resource efficiency and circular economy approaches.

The rapidly increasing levels of plastic pollution represent a serious global environmental issue that negatively impacts the environmental, social, economic and health dimensions of sustainable development. Under a business-as-usual scenario and in the absence of necessary interventions, the amount of plastic waste entering aquatic ecosystems could nearly triple from some 9–14 million tonnes per year in 2016 to a projected 23–37 million tons per year by 2040.



April 24 @ 8:00 am