Issue 9
May 2011
REGISTER NOW: ISWA Beacon Conference 2011 on Waste Prevention and Recycling (Vienna, Austria)
Successful start of Cooperation project with UN-Habitat
Launch of the ISWA Knowledge Base
ISWA Communication Award 2011 now open for submissions
News from around the Globe
WALES: Government moves forward on waste policy
UK: First anaerobic digestion plant for food waste
UK: BSI PAS 100: Producing quality compost
Coming Events
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1. News from the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,

In April, the ISWA STC, Board and Review Group met for the first time in Athens as guests of the Hellenic Waste Management Association. The meetings were preceded by a workshop dealing with the issue of climate change. ISWA is planning to build on the work undertaken for the CoP15 meeting in Copenhagen, which led to the production of the ISWA Climate Change and Waste Management White Paper.

There is a comprehensive programme of actions that have been followed from the production of the white paper in November 2009, including the translation of the white paper into Spanish in 2010. More work is programmed for 2011 and the CoP17 meeting in Durban, South Africa. In 2012, there will be a further ISWA/Dakofa Beacon Conference to be held in Copenhagen on 20 – 21 April.
In Athens, we were affected by the public reaction against the reductions in public spending. In addition, there were demonstrations against the establishment of a new landfill site in the South East of the country.

One of the ways South Korea has decided to combat the threat of recession is to promote the concept of the Green Economy rather than to further fund the banks. When we attend the ISWA Annual Congress to be held in October, we will have the opportunity to assess whether this plan is working.

Best wishes

Jeff Cooper
ISWA President

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2. REGISTER NOW: ISWA Beacon Conference 2011 on Waste Prevention and Recycling (Vienna, Austria)

In three weeks, the 2nd ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling will be held in Vienna, Austria. Register now and gain up-to-date information and expertise on current developments regarding prevention and recycling, and meet experts from all over the world!

On 23 and 24 April 2011, leading international experts from the waste and resource management sector will be gathering in Vienna, Austria for the ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling.

An exclusive panel of speakers, including senior representatives from UNEP, EU Commission, European Environmental Agency and many others will assess policy instruments and practices for waste prevention, contemplate environmental impacts of production and consumption, take an in-depth look into strategies on resource management and into new recycling technologies.

A high class social event and exclusive site visits round up the event program.

CLICK HERE for the Program and Online Registration

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3. Successful start of Cooperation project with UN-Habitat
In the last issue of ISWA Global News, we reported on the signing of an agreement of cooperation between ISWA and UN-Habitat. Based on this agreement, ISWA GS organised a comprehensive training course program for the staff of Iraqi government authorities.

The first one-week training course, which proved to be very successful, was held from 18 to 22 April 2011 for a group of 20 Iraqi engineers. In two more one-week units, another 40 trainees will take part in the programme at the ISWA headquarters in Vienna.

The objective of this cooperation project is to contribute to improved public health and environmental conditions in Iraqi cities by assisting the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works and the Governorates of Suleiymaniya, Anbar and Thi-Qar with the development and implementation of new waste management laws, policies and programmes.

This project focuses on providing technical assistance and enhancing the skills and capacity of staff in Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works, Ministry of Municipalities and Tourism in Kurdistan Region and the municipality staff of the three selected governorates.
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4. Launch of the ISWA Knowledge Base

ISWA is very happy to announce the launch of the Knowledge Base.

The Knowledge Base has been developed to keep you, as a valued ISWA member, up to date on the latest information relating to all aspects of waste on the global scale.

The Knowledge Base is a digital library loaded with hundreds of documents covering 18 different topics of waste management, available at your fingertips on the ISWA website.

Whether you are searching for a Guidance Document on Waste Management practices, the latest Technical Paper compiled by one of ISWA’s Working Groups, a Scientific Paper from an ISWA Conference, Training Material or easy access to key Weblinks, it can be found in the ISWA Knowledge Base.

The documents have been classified into different topics and categories to make your search as simple as possible. ISWA hopes that you enjoy and make good use of this new feature.

To access the Knowledge Base, please click here

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5. ISWA Communication Award 2011 now open for submissions

The ISWA Communication Award 2011 is now open for submissions. This award has been designed to honour excellent Waste Communication Campaigns that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste management. Nominations can be submitted until 15 June 2011 by any organisation, for a Communication Campaign fulfilling these criteria.

As the award is open for participation for both ISWA members and non-ISWA members, please submit your nomination and/or forward this invitation at your discretion.

Submissions can be uploaded here, with the following information in English:

  • A short description and objectives of the campaign
  • Some PDF or/and multimedia examples of the nominated campaign’s communication material (maximum 5 files with maximum 10 MB each)

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

For further information, please view the Terms of Reference and the Guidelines for Submission.

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6. ISWA Publication Award 2011 open for nominations

The ISWA Publication Award 2011 is now open for nominations. This Award has been designed to honour the author(s) of a publication, article or book that is deemed to be exceptional in its contribution to the field of Solid Waste Management.

Managing Editors, Editorial Board of Waste Management & Research, Working Group Members or any ISWA Member can submit nominations until 15 June 2011.

Please send your completed nomination via email to Gerfried Habenicht or by mail to:
ISWA General Secretariat
Auerspergstrasse 15/41
1080-Vienna, Austria

Please note: If sending a contribution in hard copy, please send four copies of the publication/ book/ article.

For further information please view the Terms of Reference, Call for Papers and the Nomination Form.
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7. Launch of the new ISWA World Congress 2012 website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new website for the World Solid Waste Congress 2012 to be held in Florence from 17 to 19 September 2012.

The site has been completely overhauled not only visually, but also in terms of interactiveness. The site will be constantly updated with news on upcoming events leading to the Congress, information on booking, travel arrangements and lots more.

That is why the new site represents an excellent starting point for the presentation and disclosure of the Congress.

We invite you to visit

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8. SWEEP-Net Forum on Integrated Solid Waste Management

ISWA was invited to the 1st SWEEP-Net Forum on Integrated Solid Waste Management, which took place from 12 to 14 April 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon.

At this excellently organised event, 130 delegates from 16 mainly Arab countries worked together for an efficient and integrated solid waste management in the Mashreq and Maghreb region.

During the three conference days, 25 presentations gave a comprehensive picture of the regional situations, best practices and future perspectives. Four regional working groups, each one composing of at least ten experts, were launched.

ISWA's presentations on its networking activities and its organisational structure were received with great interest.

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9. ISWA seeks an Office Manager/ Project Assistant

ISWA seeks an Office Manager/Project Assistant to join the General Secretariat team at our headquarters located in Vienna, Austria, to assist the other members of the General Secretariat team with member support service, administrative tasks, proof reading and project management. The position offered is part-time with the potential to develop into a full-time position.

Skills and Attributes:

  • English native speaker, very good German language skills
  • Must be well organised, detail-oriented with strong follow-up skills and the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Self-starter with strong interpersonal skills, able to handle responsibilities with minimal supervision, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with fixed deadlines
  • Communication skills and social competence
  • Efficient and goal oriented
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required
  • Knowledge or interest in Waste/Natural Resource Management is desirable
  • This position may entail light travel

Interested applicants are asked to send their application letter and CV to: by 31 May 2011.

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10. ISWA PROFILE: Bettina Kamuk

Bettina Kamuk
Chair of the Working Group on Energy Recovery

Head of Department, Ramboll WTE

What is your background:
Chemical Engineer

Did you always worked in the waste industry?
Yes! I started even before I completed my studies.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
Approximately five years ago, I was a keynote speaker at a Waste to Energy (WTE) conference in USA; and got so much feedback that I realised there was a market for a WTE specialist in USA. Since then, Ramboll has been engaged as a WTE consultant in the USA.

Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
When you work within the WTE sector, ISWA is a very important player. The Working Group on Energy Recovery consists of people from all parts of the sector: Owners, operators, suppliers, national associations, consultants, officials, etc. It is a good forum to discuss various technical matters and to get various inputs from the whole sector. To my knowledge, it is the only worldwide platform that will be able to provide you with such input. Most of the other associations are more narrow, concentrating on either operators or suppliers, etc.

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
The WTE strength is the efficient energy recovery. Based on 1 ton of waste you are able to produce approximately 2 MWh heat and 2/3 MWh electricity. No other waste process has the same potential – it gives an excellent position, creates a link to the energy sector that can prevent using fossil fuel for energy production and hereby reducing the overall emission of CO2.

The industry has also been really good at implementing very advanced air pollution control equipment, reducing the emissions to air to almost nothing over the last decade.

The WTE sector has an open-door philosophy. Neighbours and others are invited into the facilities to see and learn what goes on. This makes it easier for people to understand why it is important to take care of the waste and to sort wastes in the right waste streams to get the best value out of the various streams.

At the same time, all statistics show that WTE and recycling goes hand in hand. This means that in countries where you have an organised and wide-spread WTE sector, you also have a very high material recycling rate.

The weakness (even though I have difficulties finding it), is that in cities/ countries unfamiliar with WTE, there might be strong opposition to incineration, which prevents facilities being located close to cities. Hence, the opportunity to use the heat for district heating becomes more difficult.

What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
Much more facilities. The landfill directive has to be implemented in the EU and maybe over time also in other areas of the world. This way, the waste sector will be a huge energy contributor, and the usage of a lot fossil fuels will be prevented.
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11. WALES: Government moves forward on waste policy

The Municipal Sector Plan – Part 1 is intended to help deliver sustainable development in Wales through the creation of a resource efficient economy. This goes far beyond landfill diversion and high recycling and it is very important that all stakeholders understand and embrace this concept. Wales needs to reduce its overall consumption of resources and to source and use resources in a way that is equitable and ethical. Where waste is produced it should be prepared for reuse or recycled using closed loop methods in order that ecological and carbon footprint reductions are optimised.

To accompany the Municipal Sector Plan, the Welsh Government have also published the Collections Blueprint that outlines a collection system (kerbside sort), which are considered to be the most cost effective and deliver the best sustainable development outcomes.

  • To download the final version of the Municipal Sector Plan – Part 1
    please click here
  • To download the Collections Blueprint, please click here
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12. SCOTLAND: Government publishes final report on climate change proposals and policies

The Scottish Government has published details of how it plans to meet the country's statutory annual greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Environment and Climate Change Minister Roseanna Cunningham said that the report would 'form the backbone of action to reduce emissions over the next decade'.

The report, Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reductions Targets 2010 – 2022 asserts that Scotland is on track to meet its target of a 42 per cent cut in emissions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, but that the EU and UK must set tougher targets in line with global climate change need.

The report is required under Section 35 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act to set out proposals and policies for meeting annual emissions reductions targets from 2010 to 2022, and follows Low Carbon Scotland: The Draft Report on Proposals and Policies, which was published in November 2010 and was subject to a 60-day period of Parliamentary consideration.

  • Copies of the report are available from the Scottish Government's website
  • For a Technical Appendix setting out the detailed emissions and cost calculations underpinning the Report on Proposals and Policies is available from, please click here
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13. EUROPE: Environmental footprint of products and companies

DG Environment is working, in collaboration with Joint Research Centre Institute for Environment and Sustainability, on the development of two methodological guides for the calculation of the environmental footprint of products and companies.

This activity is the response by the Commission to the call by Member States and other stakeholders to develop a common European methodology for quantitative assessment of environmental performance of products and companies. These methodological guides will be a basis for coherent application of life-cycle assessment in the existing and future policy instruments at European level.

Please note that the Commission will test the draft methodology by carrying out a series of pilot projects.

The Commission invites organisation interested in the development of LCA methodology to participate on voluntary basis in this testing phase.

You can find background information including objectives, timelines and applications at the following links:

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14. EUROPE: A recycling society – European recycling policies in relation to the actual recycling achieved

Different aspects of recycling policies and the actual recycling of waste achieved in European Countries are analysed in a new report from the European Environment Agency and its Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC/SCP). The objective of the report is to provide a classification of recycling policy measures in relation to the actual recycling levels achieved in the EU Member States and in the European Environment Agency member countries.

The report covers the following five waste streams: packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), municipal solid waste, biodegradable municipal waste and construction and demolition waste. A number of findings are developed in the report. The report's data work was finalised by February 2010.

For copies of the report Europe as a Recycling Society: European Recycling Policies in relation to the actual recycling achieved, please click here

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15. EUROPE: Resources not depleted, but expensive

Current high prices of food, oil and many other resources are indications of increasing scarcity. This scarcity, however, has little to do with stock depletion. Badly functioning markets and wrong policy reactions play a particularly important role. This is the conclusion by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as drawn in their analysis Scarcity in a Sea of Plenty? Global Resource Scarcities and Policies in the European Union and the Netherlands.

For most resources, global stocks will be sufficient to meet increasing demand, over the coming decades. However, these stocks are not equally distributed over the world; they tend to be located in a limited number of countries. This causes an increasing European dependency on imports, which, in turn, feeds the fear of a decrease in security of supply.

The report Scarcity in a Sea of Plenty? Global Resource Scarcities and Policies in the European Union and the Netherlands is available from PBL's website
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16. UK: Gasification plant receives ROCs

A gasification plant in the Isle of Wight, UK, has become the first waste fuelled gasification or pyrolysis plant to receive Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

Bioenergy News reports that under the 2003 Renewable Obligation Order (ROO), the plant receives ROCs for each megawatt hour our electricity it generates from the renewable portion of waste (typically more than 60%).

Ofgen granted full accreditation after an agreement was made about the fuel measurement system, including the measurement of the biomass content of the fuel and the syngas gross calorific value (GCV).

Energos, whose technology is installed at the plant, received the ROCs for an initial period from October to December 2010, and will continue to be issued by Ofgen in accordance with the regulations. The auction price for ROCs approached £50 in March 2011.

Nick Dawber, managing director of Energos says: 'Now we have reached agreement with Ofgem and are receiving ROCs, we can press ahead with developing several small-scale projects in the UK. Planning consent has been granted for seven more energy recovery facilities using Energos technology. These are community sized plants that can supply both heat and/or electricity from non-recyclable and non-hazardous municipal solid waste and commercial waste streams.'

Source: Bioenergy News
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17. SWEDEN: Money for biogas research and development in Gothenburg granted

Following a state aid investigation, the European Commission has approved the largest research and development funding since Sweden joined the EU.

The Swedish Government reports that the Commission's decision means that the GoBioGas project can be granted financial aid of SEK 222 million by the Swedish Energy Agency.

"We must both save the climate and still be able to transport ourselves around. It is therefore incredibly important that Sweden focuses on the development of second-generation biofuels, which will contribute to reducing the climate impact of the transport sector," says Minister for Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson.

The GoBioGas project is a major initiative for the production of biogas through thermal gasification of biofuels and forestry waste.

The gasification plant is to be constructed in two phases, where the first is intended to be operational by the end of 2012 and the second following an evaluation of the first phase. The project is being run as a partnership between Göteborg Energi and E.ON

Source: The Swedish Government
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18. UK: First anaerobic digestion plant for food waste

The UK's first ReFood anaerobic digestion plant is taking shape at PDM's headquarters in Doncaster. The £12m plant is using a mix of expertise from UK and European construction and anaerobic digestion specialists in the build process. reports that the Doncaster plant will be able to recycle around 45,000 tonnes of food waste each year and produce 2.8 MWh of renewable electricity and heat helping to provide a sustainable solution for some of the millions of tonnes of food waste generated across the UK food chain each year.

ReFood offers all business across the food chain, from large industrial food processors to small fish and chips shops, a unique, high quality, food waste collection and recycling service. ReFood's 'bin swap' offering means that a full bin will be exchanged for a cleaned and sanitised one at

For the full story, please visit
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19. UK: BSI PAS 100: Producing quality compost

The Publicly Available Specification 100 (BSI PAS 100) for composted materials, sponsored by WRAP and developed in conjunction with the Association for Organics Recycling (AFOR), is now available.

BSI PAS 100 is part of WRAP's ongoing work to develop a dynamic market for quality compost products. WRAP has worked with AFOR and the Growing Media Association to develop compost specifications and guidelines tailored to the industries.

The specification was prepared and published by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and built on the existing AFOR 'Standards for Compost' scheme.

It improves confidence in composted materials among end-users, specifiers and blenders, and helps producers differentiate products that are safe, reliable and of high performance. AFOR has adopted BSI PAS 100 as the specification that composted materials must meet in order to achieve the independently verified AFOR certification and use of the logo.

BSI PAS 100 was developed following extensive consultation across the compost industry. It only covers biodegradable materials that have been kept separate from non-biodegradables, and applies to composted materials produced at centralised, on-farm and community composting facilities. It does not extend to end products of home composting for self-use.

Copies of the PAS are available from WRAP's website
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20. EUROPE: E-waste recycling goals criticised

Green groups in Europe say the European Union's new goals for dealing with the bloc's growing mountain of electronic waste are timid, according to UPI.

Environment ministers from member countries decided that by 2016, each country should be required annually to collect 45 percent of the average weight of electric goods in their national markets, Deutsche Welle reported Friday.

Environmental advocates called the new requirements a watering down of proposals put forward by the European Parliament last month that called for EU countries to process 85 percent of their e-waste by 2016.

The 45-percent approach is too soft and too slow if the EU is serious about tackling its fastest growing source of waste, environmentalists said.

For the full story, please visit UPI
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21. Overview ISWA meetings 2011
7 April 8 April Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology Meeting Stockholm Sweden
14 April 15 April STC Meeting Athens Greece
16 April 17 April Board Meeting Athens Greece
23 May 24 May Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling Vienna Austria
24 May 24 May Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimization Meeting Vienna Austria
25 May 25 May Working Group on Healthcare Waste Leoben Austria
31 May 2 June Conference on Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal: Leading Edge Moscow Russia
21 June 22 June Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling Buenos Aires Argentina

30 June

1 July Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Vienna Austria
8 Sept 8 Sept STC Meeting Vienna Austria
9 Sept 9 Sept Board Meeting Vienna Austria
13 Sep 13 Sep Working Group Meeting on Landfill TBA United Kingdom
23 Sep 23 Sep Working Group Meeting on Communication TBA Portugal
29 Sept 30 Sep Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery TBA Ireland

3 Oct  4 Oct Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Bucharest Romania
6 Oct 7 Oct Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology Meeting TBA United Kingdom
15 Oct 15 Oct Board Meeting Daegu Republic of Korea
16 Oct 16 OCt ISWA General Assembly Daegu Republic of Korea
17 Oct 20 Oct ISWA Annual Congress Daegu Republic of Korea
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22. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
May 2011

ISWA Event 4 – 7 May 2011
ARCPE/ISWA International Conference: Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

ISWA Member Event 5 – 7 May 2011
International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, recycling & Natural Energy Sources
Shanghai, China

ISWA Event 23 - 24 May 2011
2nd ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling
Vienna, Austria

ISWA Event 31 May - 2 June 2011
Conference on Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal: Leading Edge
Moscow, Russia

June 2011

ISWA Member Event 6 – 8 June 2011
Success by the Tonne
Achievements in the transition from waste to resource management
Sofitel, Melbourne

ISWA Member Event 27 - 29 June 2011
ISWA Study Tour/Special Workshop: Separate Collection
Vienna, Austria

July 2011
ISWA Member Event 27 – 29 July 2011
Australasian Industrial Ecology Conference
Hunter Valley NSW, Australia
August 2011
ISWA Member Event 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2011
National Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference & Expo
Stamford Grand, Adelaide SA
September 2011

ISWA Member Event 13 – 15 September 2011
Emap and CIWM joint exhibition for the sustainable waste, resource and environment sector

October 2011

ISWA Member Event 4 – 7 October 2011
WasteMINZ Conference & Trade Exhibition 2011
Rotorua, New Zealand

ISWA Event 17 20 October 2011
ISWA 2011 Annual Congress
Daegu, Republic of Korea

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