Issue 11
July 2011
ISWA Beacon Conference Waste Prevention and Recycling (Buenos Aires)
ISWA President Jeff Cooper attends the Waste Management Symposium in Singapore
Inauguration of the first Centre for Waste Management in India
ISWA delegation at UNFCCC Climate Change Talks in Bonn
News from around the Globe
Coming Events
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1. News from the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,

China has now surpassed the USA in being the World’s largest waste generation country, and its Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is increasing at 8% each year. Only 60% of China’s MSW is collected and 70% is open dumped. Nevertheless, China aims to have 30% of its waste treated by waste to energy technologies by 2030. China is committing huge resources to upgrading its waste infrastructure. Likewise, many other Southeast Asian countries are now spending money to upgrade their waste systems.

ISWA’s decision to hold its 2012 Annual Congress in Daegu in October is therefore timely. Korea is devoting considerable national policies, planning and resources into greening its industries, and the prevention and recycling of waste is at the forefront. This change of policy runs all the way from the household through to the biggest corporate enterprises.

Recently, Lucy Williamson, the BBC’s Korean correspondent, showed how seriously recycling is now being taken at the household level. She related how in her block of flats Mr Boo, the informal caretaker, was constantly disappointed at her failure to correctly segregate her waste into the appropriate containers at the entrance to the block. In addition, she was required to purchase special bags for residual waste in order to reinforce the recycling message.

Best wishes

Jeff Cooper
ISWA President

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2. ISWA Beacon Conference Waste Prevention and Recycling
(Buenos Aires)
Six hundred-and-fifty participants from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Uruguay attended the ISWA Beacon Conference Waste Prevention and Recycling, which took place in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 21 to 22 June 2011.

Apart from Waste Minimisation and Recycling, other main topics of the Conference included Globalisation and Megacities, Informal Sector, Compostable / Biodegradable Plastic Bags, Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and Financing of Waste Management.

Given the quantity and quality of the audience, who represented both public and private sectors, there is no doubt that Prevention and Recycling play an important role in the Integrated Urban Solid Waste Management Agenda; not only in Argentina, but also in other countries of the region. From the Conference point of view, the significant number of contributions from speakers urging to get in contact with the different existing technologies saw the Conference reach its feasibility and results achieved.

Within the framework of the Beacon Conference, the ISWA Task Force on Globalisation and Waste Management organised its first Workshop, involving almost 20 people from 10 different countries. As expressed by one of its members and key coordinator, Mr Costas Velis, “The group was made up of a highly diversified mix of experience, expertise, age, language and even ideological orientations. This workshop was a first key decisive step towards tackling the informal sector recycling.” He also stated that, “I feel we have built a valuable network of friends who passionately work, in different capacities, to tackle this issue of huge importance.”

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3. ISWA President Jeff Cooper attends the Waste Management Symposium in Singapore

The WMRAS-NEA Waste Management Symposium was held at the Marina Mandarin, Singapore on 5 July 2011 to examine some of the waste management challenges affecting Singapore and the wider Southeast Asian region.

Guah Eng Hock, the ISWA Board representative for the Southeast Asian regional development network and Chairman of the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS), spoke on the theme of Creating a Vibrant Waste Management Industry in Singapore.

Andrew Tan, CEO of the National Environment Agency (NEA) in his presentation, Developments and Opportunities in Waste Management, showed how advanced Singapore’s waste management system was in comparison to the rest of Southeast Asia. Singapore is spending $35m over three years on waste related R&D projects with 63 projects currently under way.

While Singapore currently recycles 58% of its waste, under the Singapore Sustainable Development Blueprint, by 2030 it aims to recycle 70%.

Increasingly pneumatic collection systems are being used, including the separation of recyclables. But where the old single stream chute system is used in public housing

blocks, in which over 85% of Singapore’s population live, recycling containers are placed at the entrance of every block to encourage households to recycle. However, Singapore’s residents will need to have a complete change of behaviour if segregation of their waste for recycling becomes the norm and to achieve the 70% target, unless further government action is undertaken beyond public promotion programmes.

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4. Inauguration of the first Centre for Waste Management in India

ISWA Managing Director Hermann Koller was invited as a guest of honour to the Inauguration of the first Centre for Waste Management in India.

The official inauguration ceremony of this first academic institute for Waste Management in India took place on 7 June 2011 at the University of Chennai.

More than 200 participants witnessed this event, which is a milestone in waste management matters in India. This centre aims to become the know-how centre and a driver for research and development activities concerning waste management in India.

A close cooperation with ISWA’s National Member in India, the National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI), is intended.
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5. ISWA delegation at UNFCCC Climate Change Talks in Bonn

More than 3,000 participants from 183 countries attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference, which took place in Bonn from 6 – 17 June 2011.

ISWA holds the official status as an Observer Organisation of the UNFCCC, and was represented with a delegation consisting of Erik de Baedts (Board Member), Gary Crawford (Chair of the Working Group on Climate Change), Freek van Eijk (Member of the Action Plan Focus Group), Hermann Koller (Managing Director) and Gerfried Habenicht (Communications Manager).

The members of the ISWA delegation endeavoured to make sustainable waste management – and its positive impact on our climate – an issue at the conference and in the UNFCCC process.

The basis of these activities is a comprehensive lobbying action plan, which ISWA has developed with the aim to make climate funds available for investments in sustainable waste management and recycling.

If you would like to know more about our activities in this field, or if you would like to contribute to reaching the above-mentioned target, please contact us at

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6. ISWA cooperates with UNEP on “Balkan Flowers Project”

ISWA is currently in the early stages of a project with the UNEP Regional Office for Europe, to develop an overview study of PET – plastic waste recycling in the South-East Europe sub-region, with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

The project also aims to explore future policy development and possible cooperation and exchange of knowledge and information through sub-regional collaboration in these three countries.

Compared to many other parts of Europe, the Balkan region has a remarkably high waste generation of PET bottles, which are found floating in rivers, hanging in trees and piling up in otherwise picturesque locations. A lack of an appropriate waste management system, low public awareness and an immature recycling sector are some of the key challenges that need to be overcome to promote the recycling of waste in these regions.

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7. First TAP Centre workshop in Singapore

Last year, ISWA inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) to establish and run a Training, Advisory & Promotion (TAP) Centre for waste management in Singapore.

The first workshop organised by the TAP Centre has now taken place in Singapore. Two hundred participants from Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea took part. The workshop, lead by Jorgen Haukohl from Ramboll Energy, Torsten Weber from Remondis and James Chin from NEA, was well received. In the morning session, a Mayor from Jogyakarta, Indonesia, participated in a panel discussion facilitated by CEO, NEA. Overall, there was a very good response to this first TAP Centre Event.

WMRAS has in addition decided to raise the profile of waste management in the region by promoting a new conference and exhibition. WasteMET Asia 2012 – WASTE Management & Environmental Technology was announced and will run from 2 – 5 July 2012. This event will be co-located with World Cities Summit (WCS) and Singapore International Water Week (SIWW).

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8. ISWA journal Waste Management & Research – latest articles “Online First”

Over the last few months, some changes have taken place on the ISWA publications webpage with regard to the ISWA Journal Waste Management & Research.

Members can now read the very latest articles online before they are printed, and can also skip directly to the current table of contents via the WM&R widget.

Soon you will also be able to find on the ISWA publications webpage articles grouped into special topics such as Landfill, Energy Recovery, Healthcare Waste, et cetera. In the meantime, as a taster you can access articles directly from WM&R Review Paper Collection, and for the next three months open access is available to the most cited articles of 2010, here

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9. ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy 12 – 16 September, Austria

Continuing from a series of very successful advanced training courses, ISWA is organising a Study Tour on Waste-to-Energy from 12 – 16 September 2011 in Austria.

This Practical Seminar on Sustainable Waste Management focuses on Recovery, Treatment, and Intermediate Storage that results in a diversion of all organic waste exceeding 5% TOC from landfill.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive, high-class five day seminar and technical tour to seven state-of-the-art Waste-to-Energy facilities situated in and between the beautiful cities of Vienna and Salzburg.

The registration fee includes 4-star accommodation in the city centre of Vienna (three nights) and at the beautiful Lake Attersee in Salzburg (two nights). The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 25 persons.

Early bird registration until 31 July 2011!
Detailed programme and registration

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10. ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy, Malmö – Preliminary programme out now

On 3 and 4 November 2011, leading international experts from the waste-to-energy sector will be gathering in Malmö, Sweden for the 7th edition of the ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy/Thermal Treatment.

An exclusive panel of speakers will assess, among others, the following subjects:

  • The energy efficiency directive
  • The final guideline concerning the application of the energy efficiency formula for the R1/D10 criteria
  • Determination of the fossil share in combustible waste
  • Treatment capacity and cross-boundary waste flows in Europe
  • Large scale gasifier on waste – realistic or just a fancy dream?

For further information on Conference topics, please download the preliminary programme or visit the conference website.

A technical visit related to residue handling and a reception and conference dinner round up the event programme. Two days with plenty of opportunities to network and to exchange knowledge with other people in the Waste-to-Energy sector.

Click here for the Preliminary Programme
and Online Registration

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11. ISWA PROFILE: Jean-Paul Leglise (France)

Jean-Paul Leglise
(ISWA Board Member)

Retired now after 40 years with VEOLIA

What is your background:
My background is scientific. I am a diploma engineer from the "ecole centrale de LILLE", France, with a speciality in Chemical Engineering.

Did you always work in the waste industry?
Yes, and I have had the opportunity of working for one of the major companies in the field. I did quite a lot of different tasks, projects and activities ranging from field work to being in charge of representing the company internationally and in European matters.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
With age, it is surely to have helped the younger generation enter the profession and share my experience to let them have a kind of basis to develop their own career.

Best advice that you ever received?
Always double check, beware of certitudes.
When not working, I enjoy …
Work has never been a burden by chance ... But I can escape and I like fishing and playing the piano.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
I like contact with others, and ISWA has been for me a unique experience for meeting people in the environmental world who have nothing to sell but ideas and who try to develop a strong and competent reference association.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
To the current one, Member of the Board, only three years ago. Before that, I represented my national member, and was the President of ISWA. My first nomination was in 2000.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Change from being a (public?) service industry to a global resource management industry.
In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths are basically know-how and skills; weaknesses are basically the sizes and types of the operators facing challenges that are becoming worldwide issues.
Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
This industry is going to handle huge amounts of resources having a particular statute: waste. The challenge is to keep the industry in charge! Otherwise, other sectors (like scrap metal) will develop. Generalist companies, public companies will have to adapt, but also presumably local governments in charge of waste management schemes will have to put in place or help put in place efficient investments with the right size.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
Can be bright and exciting, provided waste remains waste and the turn is made to become a global resource industry.
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12. EUROPE: EC calls for clearer thinking on eco-plastic strategy

The European Commission has called for more research and evaluation to fully understand the best way to maximise benefits from the redesign of plastics and the development of biodegradable alternatives.

Food Production Daily reports that in a briefing note 'Plastic waste: redesign and biodegradability', the directorate explores how an unthinking pursuit of so-called eco-plastics and eco-design may actually cause more harm than good to the environment.

The unknown effects of biodegradable plastics on flora and fauna as well as the potential consequences on food prices by using crops such as corn or soya for bioplastic feedstock are some of the variables that need to be weighed up in this highly complex environmental equation.

The brief said that more accurate and regionally developed forecasts are need on plastic waste, waste management and the eco-impact of the materials.

Conducting the research would allow a targeted introduction of relatively scarce bioplastics - which currently only account for up to 0.2 per cent of EU plastics - where they would have most effect.

For the full story, please visit Food Production Daily

CLICK HERE for copies of the briefing note Plastic waste: redesign and biodegradability

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13. EUROPE: EC guidance on how energy-from-waste facilities can move from disposal to recovery

The European Commission has published guidance to provide legal certainty and a level playing field in the application of the energy efficiency thresholds for municipal waste incinerators in Annex II of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (Waste Framework Directive – WFD).

The new WFD has introduced a five-step waste hierarchy as a priority order with waste prevention at the top followed by preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery including energy recovery and waste disposal as the last resort. The Directive allows municipal waste incinerators to be classified as recovery operations provided they contribute to the generation of energy with high efficiency to promote the use of waste to produce energy in energy efficient municipal waste incinerators and encourage innovation in waste incineration.

The non-exhaustive list of recovery operations presented in Annex II of the WFD defines R1 as a recovery operation which is understood as "Use principally as a fuel or other means to generate energy". It is clarified in footnote (8) that this includes incineration facilities dedicated to the processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) only where their energy efficiency is equal to or above:

  • 0.60 for installations in operation and permitted in accordance with applicable Community legislation before 1 January 2009
  • 0.65 for installations permitted after 31 December 2008 when calculated using a formula connecting annual energy production (as heat or power), input energy, net calorific value of the waste treated and energy imported into the facility.

The "R1-formula" is not strictly speaking an expression of efficiency in physics, but a performance indicator for the level of recovery of energy from waste in a plant dedicated to the incineration of municipal solid waste (MSWI). The practical impact of this provision will have to be monitored in future and the R1 formula may be revised in 2014 in accordance with the provisions of article 37(4) of the WFD, and if necessary to keep it up to date with technological progress.

CLICK HERE for copies of the Guidelines on the R1 energy efficiency formula in Annex II of Directive 2008/98/EC
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14. EUROPE: Hazardous substances in fresh and marine waters

The European Environment Agency has published a report on hazardous substances in fresh and marine waters.

Hazardous substances are emitted to fresh and marine waters through a range of pathways and from a variety of sources, including industry, agriculture, transport, mining and waste disposal, as well as from our own homes. Hazardous substances found in fresh and marine waters

and associated sediment and biota include a wide range of industrial and household chemicals, metals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Some substances, for example tributyltin (TBT), persist in aquatic environments long after they have been phased out.

Hazardous substances can have detrimental effects on aquatic biota. Substances with endocrine-disrupting properties, for example, can impair reproduction in fish and shellfish, while the effects of organochlorines on marine life are well documented. Such impacts diminish the services provided by aquatic ecosystems, including the provision of food.

Humans can be exposed to hazardous substances in water, through ingesting contaminated drinking water and consuming contaminated freshwater fish and seafood. Some metals have been found in seafood above regulatory levels, whilst levels of banned substances such as DDT can also be high.

Well-established legislation within Europe has led to positive outcomes including a reduction in emissions of metals to air and water. Legislation implemented more recently, including the Water Framework Directive and REACH (Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) will play a key role in addressing hazardous substances in water.

For some pollutants, awareness of potential effects has only emerged recently and scientific understanding may still be incomplete. These 'emerging pollutants' include substances that have existed for some time, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products, but also relatively new ones such as nanomaterials.

Copies of the report Hazardous substances in Europe's fresh and marine waters: an overview can be downloaded from the EEA's website
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15. ENGLAND: London recycling board invites bids for waste infrastructure grants

London-based waste projects seeking funding are invited to apply for the second round of funding from the London Waste & Recycling Board's £16M waste infrastructure fund.

The board (LWARB) is inviting expressions of interest from those projects that meet its funding criteria. LWARB has a particular interest in schemes located outside of east London as well as those that help to bridge the capacity gap in the capital.

Innovative waste solutions, such as hydrogen fuel cells, gas to grid, and waste-derived transport fuels, will also be considered. LWARB says it will be flexible in its approach to distributing funding including loans or equity investment, depending on project requirements.

As well as providing funding, the programme will build partnerships with various parties such as technology providers, off-takers and fuel suppliers. Proposals will go through an initial assessment before being evaluated.

Submissions of expressions of interest close 30 September 2011

For further information, please CLICK HERE
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16. GERMANY: Lufthansa lifts off with waste based biofuel

Lufthansa has launched a six-month trial of Finnish refining company, Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel, refined from waste fats trial on regular scheduled flights.

Fuel quality is a critical issue in aviation. Aviation fuels need to have high energy content and be capable of operating at very low temperatures.

The use of Neste Oil's NExBTL aviation fuel became possible on 1 July as ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, approved the use of renewable aviation fuel produced through hydrotreating vegetable oils and animal fats.

Neste Oil refines the fuel from vegetable oils and waste fats that it says are fully traceable to their source and comply with the EU's sustainability criteria. Camelina oil, jatropha oil, and waste animal fat are used to produce Lufthansa's batch of renewable aviation fuel.

Since biokerosene has similar properties to those of conventional kerosene it can be used for all aircraft types without any need for modifications to the aircraft or its engines.

A Lufthansa Airbus A321 will fly the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route four times daily. One of its engines will run on a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene. During the test run period, Lufthansa claims that the use of biofuel will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1500 tonnes.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World
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17. FRANCE: Carbon footprint pilot starts in France

A new pilot project that will see the carbon footprint label introduced on products in France begins in July 2011.

Carbon reduction company Sustain is warning that UK suppliers to organisations taking part in the project need to prepare now as they too could be asked to declare their carbon emissions.

All products in every sector will be affected including items such as cosmetics, clothes, food, electronic equipment, furniture and finance services.

There are 168 global companies taking part in the pilot, which runs for 12 months. It will then be reviewed by the French Government and, if successful, all products could bear the carbon footprint as a compulsory measure from as early as 2012.

Participating companies include Heineken, H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Levi Strauss, L'Oréal, Orange, Procter & Gamble and Unilever – some of which have UK suppliers.

Jean-Yves Cherruault, environmental accounting manager at Sustain, said: "This French pilot shows that some of the world's biggest multi-national organisations are taking carbon labelling seriously and the effect of this will reach beyond France.

"Participating companies will need to calculate carbon dioxide emissions not just from their own direct operations, but also from across their supply chains."

For the full story, please visit Carbon reduction company Sustain
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18. POLAND: Nation starts to explore eco-innovation

Poland may still be a beginner when it comes to delivering eco-innovations that benefit economy and environment, but interest and support is on the up according to a recent report.

The European Commission's Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) reports that despite opportunities to save costs and cut pollution, interest in eco-innovation remains unsatisfactory in Poland, according to a profile of the country by the European Eco-Innovation Observatory (EIO). Its eco-innovation index is two times lower than the EU average. Only Romania, Slovakia and Lithuania do worse.

But things are changing. Despite corporate involvement in the environment being the lowest in Europe, some - including small and medium-sized enterprises - are waking up to the opportunity for eco-innovation to cut costs. From 2000 to 2007, the index reflecting the growth of gross domestic product generated from one kg of materials increased by over 30 per cent.

The Community Innovation Survey (CIS) 2006 to 2008 found that over a quarter of industrial companies and 16 per cent of service companies in Poland had introduced eco-innovations. They were largely production- rather than use-based and most often cut pollution to soil, water and air rather than CO2 emissions.

Polish Government support has come in forms such as the GreenEvo project, which helps Polish green technology companies promote products on international markets. Within this framework, the environment ministry has identified 28 top Polish

innovations, including wastewater treatment technologies now being implemented in Beijing, China.

Source: Resource Recovery Forum

Copies of the report Eco-innovation in Poland are available from ETAP's website

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19. ENGLAND: Defra issues guidance for applying the waste hierarchy

The UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued updated guidance on applying the waste hierarchy for businesses in line with the revised EU Waste Framework Directive, which was transposed into UK law earlier this year.

EDIE reports that the 14-page guide sets out what the waste hierarchy is, how it works for a range of common materials and products, what businesses and public bodies need to do, together with key questions and ideas for dealing with waste in line with the hierarchy.

The hierarchy ranks various waste management options according to their environmental impact, giving priority to waste prevention with disposal (landfill and incineration without energy recovery) as a last option.

However, it also outlines a few exceptions where the hierarchy ranking shouldn't apply. These include using anaerobic digestion (AD) over in-vessel composting for food waste, dry AD followed by composting for mixed green and food waste, and energy recovery over recycling for lower grades of wood waste.

For the full story, please visit EDIE

Copies of the Guidance on applying the Waste Hierarchy (0.4 MB) can be downloaded from Defra's website
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20. UK: WRAP launches new waste prevention loan fund

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is launching the new Waste Prevention Loan Fund (WPLF) as announced in the recent Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011. The Waste Prevention Loan Fund aims to reduce waste at source by supporting organisations to introduce business models and processes that make a more efficient use of material resources. Examples include product reuse, repair and upgrading services (e.g. through leasing), and materials recovery and reuse by the manufacturer.

The WPLF has £1 million to support businesses, social enterprises and local authorities over the next four years. The maximum investment will be £100,000 and the minimum will be £20,000. The £1m funding will be distributed in phases. In the first phase, a percentage of the funding will be made available as loans to assist with cash-flow for a business (retailer or product supplier) which is switching from generating immediate income through product sales to generating income from service delivery.

Applicants will need to demonstrate new approaches, which offer substantial resource savings and can be scaled-up and replicated to have significant benefit at the national level. The loan fund is designed to help introduce solutions where commercial funding is otherwise not available.

For further details about the WPLF, eligibility and the application process, CLICK HERE

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21. IRELAND: Reorganising household waste collection

Mr Phil Hogan T.D., Ireland's Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has published a discussion document to help inform public consultation on the Government's commitment to reorganise household waste collection.

The Programme for Government states that the Government will introduce competitive tendering for local household waste collection services. It is envisaged that service providers will bid to provide waste collection services in a given area, for a given period of time and to a guaranteed level of service.

Irish waste policy development is driven by the objectives of achieving improved economic and environmental outcomes. These objectives require that society considers alternative methods of delivering services, especially a service such as waste management which has important consequences for our collective wellbeing.

In 2009, householders produced in excess of 1.6 million tonnes of waste. It is estimated that 128,000 tonnes of household waste were not collected. Of the household waste that was collected, approximately 70 per cent was sent to landfill, the lowest tier of the waste hierarchy. In the context of Ireland's obligations under the Landfill and Waste Framework Directives, such a situation is unsustainable. The amount of household waste produced must be reduced.

The cost of household waste collection services is also of concern. A number of informed commentators have remarked on perceptions of high prices for household waste collection services, which may be accounted for, in part at least, by the current structure of household waste collection markets. If costs, and therefore prices are unnecessarily high, then reducing those costs must be sought, if necessary by restructuring markets.

CLICK HERE for copies of the discussion document Altering the structure of household waste collection markets
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22. RUSSIA: Waste to energy investments sought by Russian fund

A Russian investment fund, Republic of Tatarstan and Wermuth Asset Management plan, is to set up a 200 million euro clean technology fund that aims to help the heavy oil producing region to manage industrial waste and boost energy efficiency, according to a report by Reuters.

The fund says that it is targeting companies, which produce waste to energy technology, biodiesel fuel and nano fracking technologies that would be used to raise the oil recovery levels on the region's largely depleted fields.

Despite Russia's ambition to diversify its $1.2 trillion economy away from reliance on oil and gas revenues, and develop a high technology sector, the fund will mostly be aimed at investing in foreign tech companies that want access to the Russian market.

Russia is the world's largest crude exporter and gas producer, but its official energy policy sees 4.5% of the its power coming from renewable sources by the end of this decade.

The Tatarstan Clean Tech Fund's target size is 200 million euro, of which the republic is contributing 100 million Euro and Wermuth 10 million Euros, with the remaining 90 million Euros yet to be found.

"We will invest in the world's best clean technology companies, help them enter the Russian market and, eventually, set up production in Russia," Wermuth founder Jochen Wermuth told Reuters.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World
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23. FRANCE: Umicore and Rhodia develop rare earth recycling for rechargeable batteries

Umicore and Rhodia have jointly developed a unique process for the recycling of rare earth elements (REE) from Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. This recycling process combines the capabilities of Umicore's proprietary Ultra High Temperature (UHT) battery recycling process with Rhodia's rare earth refining competences.

The process can service the whole range of NiMH batteries from portable applications to the batteries for hybrid electric vehicles. It is expected that first recovery of rare earth materials could take place by the end of this year. The process will enable the recovery of rare earths from NiMH batteries that will be treated at Umicore's new battery recycling plant in Hoboken. After the separation of the nickel and iron from the rare earths, Umicore will process the rare earths into a high grade concentrate that will be refined and formulated into rare earth materials at Rhodia's plant in La Rochelle (France).

For the full story, please visit Umicore and Rhodia

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24. VIETNAM: Thermal waste to energy right for Vietnam's big cities

By 2012 the landfills in Hanoi won't be able to accept more waste, and with the low ratio of land per capita, Vietnam will have to consider burning waste instead, according to a report in on VietNamNet Bridge.

The Vietnamese government has allowed 18 industrial zones and high tech zones to be developed in Hanoi, as well as 13 small and medium industrial parks with thousands of industrial workshops.

However, only 500 enterprises have registered the owners of the waste sources and the volume of hazardous waste. According to the report, experts say that the waste volumes officially reported does not truly reflect the situation.

It is estimated that the volume of solid industrial waste in Da Nang is about 20 – 30 tonnes per day, while in Hanoi the figure is 100 tonnes and 900 - 1200 tonnes in Ho Chi Minh City. However, according Dr Nguyen Trung Viet from the HCM City Department for Natural Resources and the Environment the actual figures would be much higher.

In Ho Chi Minh City, there are about 12,000 industrial workshops, but only 2500 have registered the owners of the waste sources. In Da Nang, it is very difficult to define the volume and composition of industrial waste. Since solid industrial waste can be recycled, they are collected and carried to 800 recycling workshops in the city.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World

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25. Overview ISWA meetings 2011
7 Sept 7 Sept STC and GS Workshop Vienna Austria
8 Sept 8 Sept STC Meeting Vienna Austria
9 Sept 9 Sept Board Meeting Vienna Austria
12 Sept 16 Sept ISWA Study Tour "Waste-to-Energy" Vienna Austria
13 Sep 13 Sep Working Group Meeting on Landfill Birmingham United Kingdom
15 Sept 16 Sept Working Group Meeting on Collection and Transportation Technology Birmingham United Kingdom
23 Sep 23 Sep Working Group Meeting on Communication Porto 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
7 Oct 7 Oct Working Group Meeting and Workshop on Hazardous Waste Mechelen Belgium
10 Oct 10 Oct Working Group Meeting on Healthcare Waste Marburg Germany
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
3 Nov 4 Nov 7th ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy Malmö Sweden
10 Nov 11 Nov Working Group Meeting on Recycling and Waste Minimisation Thessaloniki Greece
29 March 30 March Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Barcelona Spain
19 April 20 April DAKOFA/ISWA Waste and Climate Beacon Conference Copenhagen Denmark
17 Sep 19 Sep ISWA Annual Congress 2012 Florence Italy
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26. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
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

ISWA Member Event 28 – 30 Septemmber 2011
2nd International Conference Sustainable Materials Management - Economic Viability in the Treatment of Waste
Skopje, Macedonia

October 2011

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

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

ISWA Event 3 – 4 November 2011
7th ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy
Malmö, Sweden

ISWA Member Event 10 – 11 November 2011
Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo
Sydney, Australia


ISWA Event 19 – 20 April 2012
DAKOFA/ISWA Waste and Climate Beacon Conference

ISWA Member Event 24 – 26 July 2012
Enviro 2012
Adelaide, Australia

ISWA Event17 – 19 September 2012
World Solid Waste Congress 2012
Florence, Italy

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