Issue 12
September 2011
ISWA World Congress 2011 – Final Programme out now!
ISWA Communication Award 2011 goes to the City of Prato, Italy
Results of the ISWA Publication Award 2011
New ISWA Media Award in 2012
News from around the Globe
Coming Events
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1. News from the President
Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,

We are now within a month of the 2011 ISWA Annual Congress themed Waste to Green – Waste Management for a Low Carbon and Green Growth Society, to be held in Daegu, Korea, in October.

As time goes on, the need to change our perspective from waste management to the resource potential of waste recovery, and the further developments of waste prevention become ever greater, this conference will showcase many of the opportunities now available. The international presentations will also look closely at the possibilities of transferring technologies from the developed economies to the developing and transition countries.

With the international co-operation of ISWA increasing, there will be a special session within the Congress on Moving towards Zero Waste for a Green Economy – the role of Local Authorities to be held on 17-18 October for one and a half days. This is building on our collaboration with the United Nations Centre for regional development (UNCRED) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

With UN-Habitat ISWA recently undertook the training of 60 engineers from Iraq to enhance waste management in that country.

Best wishes

Jeff Cooper
ISWA President

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2. ISWA World Congress 2011 – Final Programme out now!

Only one month to go!
Have you registered?

From 17-20 October 2011, leading international experts from the waste and resource management sector will be gathering in Deagu, Korea for the ISWA World Congress 2011 themed Waste to Green: Waste Management for Low Carbon & Green Growth Society.

An exclusive panel of speakers will assess policy instruments and practices for sustainable waste management and take an in-depth look into new waste collection, recycling and treatment technologies. High-class social events and exclusive site visits roundup the event program.

To view the final programme and to register, please visit

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3. ISWA Communication Award 2011 goes to the City of Prato, Italy

Overall, there were nine entries for this award, representing seven countries and three continents. The quality of the entries was so high, it was difficult to determine at first glance which could be the winner. Fortunately, the judges had clear guidelines for the judging, with nine criteria being set in order to evaluate each entry on a uniform basis.

First place – T’aspetto fuori (Wait for you outside)
This entry from the City of Prato, Italy was the clear winner. The judging panel were impressed by the very comprehensive approach adopted by the City to the promotion of separate collection of waste within the City, including the use of a wide variety of media. The calendar provided to every household gives details not only of the collection times, but details of how to present the materials for collection and what types of material are acceptable. In addition, there is guidance on how to achieve waste minimisation in the household.

Second place – Thank you for recycling
This campaign was designed by the national packaging compliance scheme for Belgium, Fost Plus to thank citizens for their separation of household packaging waste for recycling. The campaign used a number of different ways to reinforce the good habits of separation of packaging waste items for separate collection, including posters in places such as metro stations in Brussels, television advertising and magazine advertising.

Third place – The year of glass
The Non-Profit organisation ÖKO-Pannon is the national packaging compliance scheme for Hungary, which had identified that Hungary was not fulfilling its obligations for the separate collection of glass containers. Therefore, it embarked on four ambitious promotional campaigns covering very different approaches to encourage the separation and collection of glass containers to ensure that every section of society could relate to the objective of improving the collection of glass bottles.

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4. Results of the ISWA Publication Award 2011

Publication Award Winner Dr Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan

The winner of the ISWA Publication Award for 2011 is a review article by Dr Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan and his co-authors: Waihung Lo, G Chan and Mika E T Sillanpää.

“Biological Processes for Treatment of Landfill Leachate” was published in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring volume 12, pp 2032-47 in 2010. The review covers a literature survey of 188 papers published between 1976 and 2010, with a critical analysis of the technical applicability of a range of biological treatments for leachate treatment.

The main techniques evaluated for their advantages and limitations are activated sludge, sequencing batch reactors,

aerated lagoons and upflow anaerobic sludge blankets. Based on the review, no single treatment is applicable for removing recalcitrant contaminants from leachate. Therefore, a combination of physical and biological techniques will be needed to provide effective leachate treatment.

The second place was taken by a book Municipal Waste Management in Asia and the Pacific Islands edited by Professor P Agamuthu based in Malaysia and Professor Masaru Tanaka based in Japan.

The third place was held by the two-volume tome Solid Waste Technology and Management by Thomas H Christensen of the Technical University of Denmark, based in Copenhagen, and his associates.

The Awards will be presented at the Welcome Reception of this year’s ISWA World Congress in Daegu, Korea, on 17 October 2011.

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5. New ISWA Media Award in 2012

ISWA, in addition to the already existing Publication Award and Communication Award, will be launching a new award in 2012: The ISWA Media Award.

The award recognises and rewards professional journalists from the print and internet media throughout the world who have made a significant contribution to the global public’s greater awareness and understanding of waste management issues.

With the Media Award, ISWA aims to raise social awareness about the necessity of high quality waste management systems and stimulate journalists to cover important questions related to waste generation, collection, transportation, treatment and ultimate disposal, in an effort towards sustainable development under a low carbon economy.

Each award edition will be guided by a general theme to orientate authors. The theme of the first edition of the ISWA Media Award in 2012 is “Beyond Sustainability: new practices for solid waste management”.

Terms of reference and deadlines for the ISWA Media Award will be published soon on

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6. Mr Derek Greedy takes on new position

A big congratulations to Mr Derek Greedy who will in October become the President of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), ISWA’s National Member for the United Kingdom. Mr Greedy moves into this role after holding the position of Senior Vice President of CIWM for the past year.

Mr Greedy is not only active in CIWM, but we are also very lucky to have him actively involved in ISWA. Mr Greedy is the long-standing Chair of the Working Group on Landfill, serves on the Scientific Technical Committee (STC), is a member of the Peer Review Panel for the International Waste Manager Program and also an Editorial Board Member of the ISWA journal Waste Management and Research.

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7. ISWA Hazardous Waste Workshop in Belgium

The ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste is holding a special workshop and meeting on the 7 October 2011 in Mechelen, Belgium.

Key experts and stakeholders, will come together to discuss and debate ‘hot topics’ in hazardous waste management in Europe and around the world. Invitees will come from all sectors – government, regulators, academia, NGOs, waste generators and consultants as well as the hazardous waste industry. ISWA’s National and Organisation Members have been invited to appoint experts active in Hazardous Waste to attend.

The morning session will address three topics with (a) short opening presentation(s) followed by facilitated discussion to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate.

A networking lunch will be hosted by Indaver. The key themes will include policy approaches, emerging sources and the globalisation of hazardous waste, such as the trafficking of WEEE.

If Hazardous Waste is your field of interest and you haven’t received an invitation but would like to attend this event, then please contact

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8. Waste Management & Research – Special Issue on Extended Producer Responsibility

In this month’s special issue of WM&R, Ms Vera Rotter addresses the effectiveness, shortcomings and financial implications of “extended producer responsibility” in her informative editorial “Waste management and producer responsibility: a score behind — a new ahead”. Ms Rotter reminds readers that EPR is a means and not an end to achieving sustainable resource management and the need for this instrument to extend beyond countries with sophisticated waste management infrastructures to the global community. ISWA members can access Ms Rotter’s editorial directly here.

The remaining pages of Septembers WM&R special issue are filled with interesting articles on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Recycling and Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

For easy access and to view the articles of most interest to you, visit the WM&R publications page and browse through the “issues” listed in the widget.

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9. ISWA establishes Job Exchange Platform

ISWA is very happy to announce the launch of a new feature on its website: The ISWA Job Exchange Platform provides companies and organisations with a highly targeted opportunity to find the most qualified personnel in the waste management sector all over the world. Place your job ad on a website that is visited by 10,000 waste management professionals per month!

This is service is free of charge for ISWA members!

As a member benefit, ISWA company/organisation members (National, Gold and Silver members) may publish a certain number of job advertisements for free for each year of membership:

  • ISWA National Members: 5
  • ISWA Gold Members: 5
  • ISWA Silver Members: 2

ISWA Individual and Student Members may upload an applicant profile for free.

Non-members who would like to use this target-oriented global personnel search are invited to contact the ISWA General Secretariat.

You are welcome to check this new service out right now by clicking Job Exchange Platform on the menu bar!

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10. ISWA Member Survey

To improve ISWA’s Member Service and to offer more member benefits of value in the future, we are currently conducting a survey in co-operation with SAGE Publications Ltd. (Waste Management & Research, the monthly professional journal published under the auspices of ISWA).

The survey is open to ISWA Members until 30 September 2011. If you have not already done so, we kindly ask you to log in to your Member Area and answer a few quick questions that will help us to make ISWA Membership even more attractive.

Thank you very much in advance for your contribution!

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11. NEW GOLD MEMBER: Environ Association
ISWA is happy to welcome a new Gold Member based in Bucharest, Romania!

Environ Association is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation having the mission to take over the responsibilities of the manufacturers and importers regarding the collecting process, treatment, recycling and ecologically safe elimination of used EEE equipment in accordance with the European and National legislation.

The association cooperates with the central and local authorities, with electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers and distributors in order to develop and implement an operational and competitive WEEE management system.

Environ, as a collection system for WEEE and batteries is looking for innovative companies that intend to act on the Romanian recycling market. Environ is interested in partnerships that provide solutions for the recovery and recycling of valuable secondary raw materials for our Romanian customers. Please visit the Environ website or contact them at

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12. ISWA PROFILE: Suzanne Arup Veltze (Denmark)

Suzanne Arup Veltze
Vice-chair of Working Group in Communication, member of Working Group on Legal Issues, member of ISWA review group

Managing Director, DAKOFA, Danish Waste Management Association.

What is your background:
I graduated from University of Copenhagen. I am a lawyer.

Did you always work in the waste industry?
No, after leaving university for two years I worked as a lawyer at the Governor’s office in Nuuk, Greenland. After returning to Denmark, I worked in various areas as a civil servant in the Danish Ministry for environmental protection — since 1981 as Head of Division and in 1984 becoming the first leader of the new EPA waste division. I left the Ministry in 1990 and for a year worked as Head of the Legal and Political department in the Danish Road Haulage Association. In 1991, I became Managing Director of DAKOFA. While holding this position, from 1997 to 2007 I was also the Managing Director of ISWA. Overall, I think I have around 25 years of experience with waste. Once you have touched waste, you can never escape!!

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
In 1985, I introduced the “Danish Waste Model”, which even now makes Denmark famous for its waste management. This model authorised all local authorities to take care of all kinds of waste, not only household waste, but industry waste as well..

Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
My first boss in the Ministry, Niels Borre, and my first years in this new organisation, have been my inspiration for the rest of my business life.
Best advice that you ever received?
To be patient, but I never followed it ...
When not working, I enjoy …
My five grandchildren and playing my cello (not at the same time though) ...
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
DAKOFA Board already decided when I came to DAKOFA that the Association would become National Member of ISWA in 1982. Until 2007, DAKOFA also supported ISWA for many years by having all its members become individual members of ISWA. You can also see the “renting out “ of me as MD of ISWA for 10 years —at a time where ISWA was suddenly without leader of the secretariat — as some kind of support, but that estimation is of course not up to me....
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
The change from considering waste as “waste” to a resource. It needs a change of mind in the industry and certainly among the users of existing systems on a European level. In Denmark, industry certainly needs to consider the challenge by competing with other European and international Industries.
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13. EUROPE: EC calls for clearer thinking on eco-plastic strategy
The European Commission has called for more research and evaluation to understand fully 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

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14. 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, which make more efficient uses 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.

Complementing the WPLF, WRAP is separately inviting tenders from businesses seeking help with planning and monitoring REBMs. These projects will support the technical evaluation of business benefits and resource savings, pre- and post-implementation. WRAP's primary interest is in REBMs for electrical & electronic products in major categories (e.g. white goods, televisions and laptops), but developments in the clothing and furniture sectors will also be considered. Support is available on condition that the learning and evidence of savings can be shared (while respecting commercial sensitivities).

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

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15. ENGLAND: Draft national planning policy framework — consultation
The Government's Department for Communities and Local Government has published the draft National Planning Policy Framework for consultation. This is a key part of reforms intended to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, and to promote sustainable growth. The Government declares it is keen to hear views from all interested parties on the draft and how it might be improved.

Ministers are inviting views on the draft National Planning Policy Framework — which streamlines national policy from over 1,000 pages to just 52 pages of policy — as part of a consultation to get the planning system right for current and future generations. The draft Framework draws on responses to an initial call for evidence earlier in the year. The Government intends to consult on simplifying other guidance on national policy as the next step.

Closing date for consultation: 17 October 2011

CLICK HERE for copies of Draft national planning policy framework: consultation

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16. SCOTLAND: New waste laws could force up Dundee incinerator's charges

Proposed changes to waste laws could force up charges at Dundee's incinerator, its operator has warned.

The Courier reports that Dundee Energy Recycling Ltd (DERL) burns tens of thousands of tonnes of rubbish every year at its Baldovie plant, generating electricity in the process, but the company is worried the Scottish Government's zero waste plan could hamper its operations.

Ministers have been consulting on proposals to introduce progressive bans on the types of rubbish that can be dumped in landfill sites, which is expected to lead to separate collection and treatment of a range of material.

As part of this process, regulations will be introduced to ensure that energy-from-waste (EfW) plants such as DERL are "only used to recover value resources that cannot offer greater environmental and economic benefits through reuse and recycling."

The government said separate collections would maximise the amount of high-quality material available for reprocessing.

For the full story, please visit The Courier

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17. 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 ETAP (Environmental Technologies Action Plan) 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.

Copies of the report Eco-innovation in Poland are available from ETAP's website
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18. NETHERLANDS: New technology for processing human waste in developing countries

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands) a grant to 'Reinvent the toilet'. News Medical reports that the aim of this project is to develop new technology for processing human waste without links to water, energy or sewer lines, and at costs affordable to the poor in developing countries.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced this grant today at the AfricaSan Conference in Rwanda as part of more than $40 million in new investments launching its Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene strategy.

Approximately 2.6 billion people on earth currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. The negative health impact of poor sanitation is enormous. To change this situation the toilet has to be reinvented.

To read the full article, please visit News Medical

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19.NETHERLANDS: Desso's Cradle to Cradle strategy pays off

Desso has developed new carpets that are more effective at capturing and retaining fine dust.

In 2007, Stef Kranendijk, CEO of Desso, a European carpet manufacturer based in the Netherlands had to decide a route forward for the company.
The wider economic scene was looking darker as the full impact of the financial crisis started to become apparent. In that inauspicious commercial climate, Kranendijk faced two choices: either carry on as before and try to compete for market share using tried and tested methods or find a completely new strategy.

The company had been bought out from a US company, the Armstrong Group by private investors (including Kranendijk and the other members of the board). It was at that time that Kranendijk watched a documentary about the Cradle to Cradle concept. Developed by the German chemist Dr Michael Braungart with the US architect William McDonough, the idea was to encourage businesses to develop eco-efficient manufacturing that emulated the continuous cycle in nature.

Like the Cherry Tree, referred to in the book Cradle to Cradle by Braungart and McDonough, manufacturers should produce goods made of materials that are so pure that they can be recycled again and again without ending up in landfill.

For the full story, please visit

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20. SWEDEN: Assessment of initiatives to prevent waste from building and construction sectors

A study funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers has identified and evaluated waste prevention initiatives in the building and construction sector. The main part of the initiatives is based on information tools such as guidelines, handbooks, calculation tools and checklists. Seven case studies have been described to illustrate different categories within waste prevention. It seems that waste prevention measures only to a limited extent are integrated in the building and construction sector. But there are a lot of good ideas for future actions within the sector, therefore a chapter is dedicated to further present these ideas for waste prevention practices that were identified during the mapping of initiatives.

The case studies demonstrated that presently voluntary measures play a leading role in waste prevention. Most of the measures are related to the elimination of hazardous substances from building and construction waste. Respondents in the study have emphasized the need for education and information amongst all actors, from the early planning stage, right through to the implementation and execution of the projects themselves.

For the full story, please CLICK HERE. The report can be downloaded here

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21. 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).

To read the full media release, please CLICK HERE

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22. SPAIN: Parliament passes Waste Act

The Spanish Parliament has passed the Act on Waste and Contaminated Land, which includes initiatives designed to expand the nation's recycling infrastructure.

Recycling Today reports that the Spanish Association of Paper and Cardboard (REPACAR) says the new law is designed to promote recycling throughout Europe and implement a system that would expand existing recycling programs. Industry leaders represented by REPACAR say they are pleased the Act on Waste and Contaminated Land passed and hopes it will work as designed to improve recycling and waste collection systems.

Currently, Europe has a scrap paper recovery rate of 69 per cent and an exported surplus of recovered paper and board, estimated at 12 million tons. REPACAR says the surplus is a direct result of successful implementation of waste management policies, supported by citizen participation. The surplus of recovered paper from France, Spain and Portugal amounts to about 2.4 million tonnes. REPACAR says annual exports of recovered paper to the United States, Japan, China and other parts of Europe prevents 65 million tonnes of material from being disposed of in landfills. It also prevents the consumption of 54 million tonnes of wood needed to produce virgin pulp.

Spain exports 9 per cent of its recovered paper outside the European Union. Without this export system, the collection system in Spain would be too costly and unable to continue at the standards it has previously been run, says REPACAR.

Source: Recycling Today

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23. Overview ISWA meetings 2011
23 Sep 23 Sep Working Group Meeting on Communication Porto Portugal
29 Sept 30 Sep Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Dublin 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
15 Oct 15 Oct STC 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
21 Nov 23 Nov ISWA Study Tour Special Workshop: Separate Collection Vienna Austria
30 Nov 2 Dec ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy and Packaging Waste in Developing Countries Novi Sad Serbia
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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24. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
September 2011

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

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

November 2011 cont'd
ISWA Member Event 16 – 18 November 2011
Ökoindustria 2011 - 2nd International Environmental Industry, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Exhibition
Budapest, Hungary
December 2011

ISWA Member Event 15 – 17 December 2011
International Conference on Green Technology and Environmental Conservation – GTEC -2011
Chennai, India


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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