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Issue 3

1. Landfill Working Group Meeting, Copenhagen

A Report by Derek Greedy, Chair of WGL

The spring meeting of the Landfill Working Group met in Copenhagen at the invitation of DAKOFA, the Danish ISWA National Member, and the Danish Waste Association.

On the 6th May, in addition to the usual business affairs of the Working Group, we received a number of very informative presentations.  Jorgen Hansen from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency gave us an update on landfill practice and regulation in Denmark, Rene Rosendal from the Danish Waste Association presented some of the challenges currently being experienced by landfill operators, Jan Thrane, Vice Chair of the working group and head of Project and Planning at Odense Waste Management Company presented the work of the

Danish Network on Sustainable Landfilling (DEPONET) and Jette Hansen from DAKOFA gave an insight into some of the issues concerning the disposal of Automotive Shredder Residues.

Two important outcomes from the working group business meeting were that progress had been made with regards to the preparation of the key issue paper on landfill aftercare and an update of the working group’s work programme. This update included a potential joint conference/workshop on landfill aftercare with International Waste Working Group towards the end of 2014. Mario Russo and Luis Marinheiro gave an extensive update on the current waste management position in Portugal. It was also reported that good progress was being made with respect to the translation of the Landfill Operations Guidelines into Mandarin and Portuguese were well advanced.

After enjoying a very pleasant dinner at the invitation of the Danish Waste Association a visit was made to the Tivoli Gardens where some members of the working group experienced the excitement of the roller coaster rides.

After a well-earned nights rest the next day (7th May) began with a visit to the Av Miljo landfill where Peter Kjeldsen presented a study of using biocover (compost) as a mechanism for reducing methane emissions through the landfill surface. What was of particular interest was that the study had shown that although there were clearly emissions directly through the surface the main source was from around the leachate wells and it was this gas that was being collected and oxidised with good results through the biocover.

We then moved on to the Kalvebod Miljocenter to hear from Jens Nejrup how the City of Copenhagen was using the disposal of soils from the city into the sea to create new land for development. This development allowed for the relocation of a cruiser and a freight terminal and the establishment of a housing development to accommodate around 40000 people. He also told us how the disposal of soils from small beginnings of around 100,000 tonnes a year had grown to well over 700,000 tonnes a year and is expected to soon reach 1 million tonnes a year. He also gave us a brief overview of past projects and an insight into how soils and construction waste from the city is currently being managed.

2. ISWA Specialised Conference in Moscow

A Report by Frans Willemse, Chair of WGCTT

In the Moscow "Crocus Expo Centre" a well visited ISWA Specialised Conference took place
during the Waste Tech Exhibition 28-29 May 2013. The conference was organised by Sibico International ltd in cooperation with ISWA.
In 2 days some 80 speakers gave their presentations in parallel-sessions.

Sibico invited ISWA to take part in the programme committee and to give presentations. Christian Stiglitz, Derek Greedy and me moderated several sessions and gave presentations as well. I must say the quality of the presentations was good.

Speakers from all over the world participated in the conference. The audience is very much interested in the developments in Europe and it was good to see that Russian universities are doing research on different subjects related to waste handling and processing.

Frans Willemse presenting at Strelka Institute, Moscow

I am convinced that this conference is of great importance for the future in Russian waste management. A good combination is made with the Waste Tech exhibition. Not only Russian companies were participating but also many companies from Europe and Asia.

In the evening of May 28th we were invited to give presentations at the Strelka Institute.  They were given by Christian Stiglitz, Jenny Astrom, Anders Jorgensen, Raimond Made and me. The young audience was very interested in the presentations we gave.

A very enthusiastic team is working on improving the ecological awareness in Russia.

3. 5th Solid Waste Interamerican Congress in Lima 

 A Report by Board Member Carlos Silva Filho

The Interamerican Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS), through its Solid Waste Division (DIRSA), organised the 5th Solid Waste Interamerican Congress in Lima, Peru. The Congress was held on 22-24 of May and congregated almost 300 participants from 15 countries, mainly from Latin America region.

I had the honour to represent ISWA on the Panel and held a presentation on "Regulation on Solid Waste Management", focusing on the legislative trends for solid waste management in the region.

More than 200 papers have been presented during the Congress which and focused on municipal, industrial, hazardous and special wastes (healthcare, oil&gas etc).

During the AIDIS Congress it was possible to meet and network with people from Latin America region to whom I had the honour to introduce ISWA, to raise the interest for our association and to present and promote our future World Congresses: 2013 in Vienna, Austria, and 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

4. COP Basel Convention

A Report by Vice President Helmut Stadler

FLTR: Ross Bartley (Bureau of International Recycling), Professor  Oladele Osibanjo (Basel Convention Coordinating Centre, Nigeria),
Leila Devia (Basel Convention Regional Centre, Argentina), Helmut Stadler, ISWA.

On 3 and 4 May I attended the COP of the Basel Convention. The meeting was held together with the Stockholm- and Rotterdam Conventions.

A main discussion point at this conference, also in the plenary meeting (the main work on the documents is done in contact groups) was the issue of E-waste (e.g. computing equipment) as well as ship waste.

I had a lot of very useful contacts and networking with different persons and organisations. I attended a meeting (side event) of PACE (Partnership on Action on Computing Equipment) which was very interesting, and also 5 working groups, one of them dealing with certification issues.

I also had a discussion on illegal waste trafficking and practises with Mr. Wessmann from the EU – Commission who deals with international matters in DG Environment. Especially illegal practices concerning E –waste (Computing Equipment) is a big issue in the world wide discussion on waste. ISWA should be part of the discussion.

5. Austrian Waste Economy Conference

A Report by Vice President Helmut Stadler

17 to 19 April I visited the biggest Austrian Waste Management Conference 2013 in Innsbruck,
organised by ÖWAV, the Austrian Organisation for Water and Waste management, together with 360 other participants. The slogan of the event was “Does the end of waste status create new resources?”

A lot of important topics were covered as e.g. different benchmark studies, PR, strategy on raw materials and the revision of rules on packaging waste. The “Screening of Waste Management performance of EU member states 2012”, which shows the Netherlands and Austria on position one, was presented by the conducting company BiPra. ISWA had an information booth and the ISWA World Congress 2013 in Vienna was promoted.