WGRWM Meeting and Mini-Conference on Textiles
The 2024 physical meeting of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation, on May 7, 2024, 12:30-17:30, is being held in combination with a mini-conference on Textile Re-use and Recycling on May 6, 08:30-17:00. On the morning of May 7th, from 08:30 to 12:30, participants in the mini-conference and/or the WGRWM meeting can choose either a study visit on textile collection, sorting and recycling that starts at 8 am (at an additional cost for the bus), and a half-day workshop on socially and environmentally sustainable export of textiles.
Stay tuned for registration and participation!
(Subject to change. All times are GMT+3, Helsinki time)
|Sunday May 5th
|Arrival to Vantaa, self-paid dinner, venue to be announced
|Monday May 6th
|Registration at AFRY . Coffee and Pulla offered by AFRY
|Recycling in the EU — pressures, progress, policies, permissions and politics
|Welcome, Agenda for the day
|Ms. Varpu Näsilä, AFRY Representative to the WGRWM
Dr. Anne Scheinberg, Chair WGRWM
|Keynote: Tying ourselves in knots: Challenges of the EC’s plans for textile recycling
|Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.Andreas Bartl, TU WIEN, Research Unit of Mechanical Process Engineering and Clean Air Technology, former vice chair, WGRWM
|Tribute to Eija Koski, Finnish re-use and recycling pioneer. Announcement of films to be shown during the lunch.
|Ms. Auli Kilpeläinen, representing Kierätysliike, the Finnish NGO Recycling Association and Mr. Juha Lehtikuja, representing Kierratyskeskus, the Finnish Recycling Centre.
|Setting the Stage: The Current Situation with Recycling, Re-use and Waste Prevention of Textiles and Used Clothing in Finland.
|Waiting for the European Commission and the EU: Case study of public, NGO and private textile recycling and and clothing re-use value chains in Finland: Panel of Finnish stakeholders, chaired by Ms. Varpu Näsilä, AFRY
|Audience participation and discussion with the panel
|Coffee and networking break
|Technical innovations in sorting, processing for recycling, and energy recovery in the EU
|3-4 technical presentations curated by Dr. Andreas Bartl, TU Wien: innovations in fibre recovery, energy recovery, mechanical sorting, Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, SYSAV, plus other speakers and topics to be announced, followed by audience questions and discussion with the panel
|Lunch break offered by AFRY — Participants choose topic tables
|Short films about Kierratyskeskus and Eija Koski;
|Re-use and waste prevention
|Keynote: Storm Clouds Gathering: Emerging threats to private and charity waste prevention clothing and textile re-use value chains
|The functioning of the cascades in Europe, export to Africa & India, Mr. David Roman, in charge of the Clothing Value Chain for the British Heart Foundation
|Short presentation: What are “cascades”?
|Dr. Anne Scheinberg, Chair, WGRWM
|Presentation: the realities of collection, trading, sorting, cascading and exporting of clothing and textiles in Italy .
|Mr. Pietro Luppi, Occhio di Riciclone, Torino, Italy and Cuernavaca, Mexico
|Climate impacts of repair and re-use of clothing and household textiles in Europe
|(Speaker to be identified, from RReuse and/or the OVAM, or made by Mr. Dirk Nelen, VITO)
|Import of used clothing for sorting and sale in the Baltic Countries and Turkey: costs and benefits
|(Speaker to be identified)
|Curse or blessing: benefits and costs of the import of used clothing in East Africa, the view from the ground.
|Dr. Alodia Ishengoma, Tanzania (or other speaker from Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania)
|Cycling of uniforms and professional clothing in Germany: the Reziprok experience in relation to proposals for EPR and take-back of textiles
|Professor Dr. Henning Friege, ISWA WGRWM and ISWA Germany
|Re-use of textiles in the vintage clothing business in Italy and globally.
|Ms. Olivia LaRoche, Rome, Italy
|Break-out room 1: EU plans for producer responsibility (EPR) in the textile and clothing sector: threat or promise?
|Discussion chaired by Varpu Näsilä
|Break-out room 2: Advice to the European Commission to stimulate innovations in sorting, recycling and energy recovery
|Discussion chaired by Dr. Andreas Bartl
|Break-out room 3: Win-win directions for promoting and managing re-use and fair trade export of textiles in Europe/globally
|Discussion chaired Mr. David Roman
Resource person: Mr. Pietro Luppi
|Break-out room 4: Eco-modulation and pollution prevention vs economic value: tools for clothing and textile policy guidance within and outside the EU
|Presentation by Dirk Nelen, VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research
Resource person: Dr. Henning Friege
|Short reports back from Break-out rooms Comments and questions, i
Information on activities on May 7th
|Moderated by Anne Scheinberg and Varpu Näsilä
|Instructions for joining the dinner later in the evening of May 6th