Issue 13
November 2011
ISWA General Assembly and World Congress 2011 photo galleries
ISWA Declaration on Climate Change and Waste Management
Derek Greedy inaugurated as new President of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
ISWA Hazardous Waste Workshop
News from around the Globe
Coming Events
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1. News from the President
Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,

We had an outstanding Congress in Daegu, Korea earlier in October, with over 600 participants from 57 countries. Later in the week, there was also a preparatory meeting in Seoul for the Rio+20 Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Korea is in the lead among the Asian countries emphasising growth,
with the environment at the forefront of the country’s development policies.

One of the longer-term policies pursued by Korea has been the afforestation and reforestation of its mountains, so that now almost the whole country is green. Most streets in towns are also tree lined.

According to the video presentation at the opening of the ISWA Congress, the Korean Vice-Minister for the Environment stated that Korea had an exemplary recycling rate of 61%.

One of the presentations at the congress showed that there was considerable attention now being paid to the recovery of food waste in Korea, in contrast to many of its neighbours.

While growth is considered to be important for all countries, greening that growth will be vital for the future health of the planet. There are issues of common concern for all countries with regard to waste, and the climate change mitigation advantages would be something that would be of consideration to all.

As with every issue, however, there are local considerations that have to be taken into account. Therefore, the congress also covered all types of wastes and the technology required for dealing with those wastes.

While there are many opportunities to prevent the generation of waste through better resource efficiency measures by industry, the local authority sector also has a role to play. As was demonstrated by several presentations at the congress, behaviour change is essential in every sector.

My thanks to all our colleagues in Korea and the great support team that they recruited for making the ISWA World Congress 2011 such an enjoyable and worthwhile event. We are now working hard to ensure that the September 2011 Firenze Congress is an even greater success.

Best wishes
Jeff Cooper
ISWA President

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2. ISWA General Assembly and World Congress 2011 photo galleries

From 17 to 20 October, the ISWA World Congress was held in Daegu, Korea.

More than 600 participants from 57 countries attended the event themed “Waste to Green: Waste Management for Low Carbon & and Green Growth Society”. (See also comment from ISWA President Jeff Cooper above.)

On 16 October 2011, the representatives of the ISWA National Members convened for the ISWA General Assembly.

To view images from the two events, please visit:

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3. ISWA Declaration on Climate Change and Waste Management
The ISWA General Assembly, which took place in Daegu, South Korea, on 16 October 2011, resolved upon an official Declaration on Climate Change and Waste Management & Recycling. All National Member Representatives present at the Assembly signed the declaration.

ISWA will also be represented with a delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Summit, which will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November – 9 December 2011.

The members of the ISWA delegation, among them ISWA Vice President David Newman, Board Member Erik de Baedts, Climate Change WG Chair Gary Crawford and Communications Manager Gerfried Habenicht, will endeavour to make sustainable waste management – and its positive impact on our climate – an issue at the summit 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.

To view the ISWA Declaration on Climate Change and Waste Management, please click here
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4. Derek Greedy inaugurated as new President of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

On 17 October 2011 in London, in front of over 100 invited guests, the Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Landfill, Derek Greedy, was inaugurated as the new President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Derek has worked in both, the public and private sectors of the waste and resources management industry for well over 30 years.

He joined Cambridgeshire County Council in 1975, where he was responsible for the regulation of hazardous waste movements and site licensing, before becoming landfill and technical manager for two of UK’s largest waste management companies. Derek then worked for three years in consultancy before joining Warwickshire County Council as Principal Waste Management Advisor in 2005.

The CIWM is the leading professional body for the waste management sector in the UK, representing over 7,000 individuals. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non profit-making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues.

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5. ISWA Hazardous Waste Workshop

On Friday 8 October 2011, 22 participants from 11 different countries took part in the ISWA Hazardous Waste Workshop organised by the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste in cooperation with INDAVER in Mechelen, Belgium.

The participants came from many different sectors of Hazardous Waste, with representatives from the industry, academia, governmental and non-governmental organisations and a producer company.

The presentations and discussions covered the topics of EU policy on Hazardous Waste and the Waste Framework Directive; Current practices for managing hazardous waste, such as PCB and asbestos, when renovating and demolishing buildings; and WEEE in connection with Waste Trafficking.

The Workshop followed with a planning session for the future activities of the Working Group. A future focus of the Working Group will be the updating of a valuable Hazardous Waste Training Resource – The Training Resource Pack for Hazardous Waste Management in Developing Countries — which will be developed in cooperation with other international organisations and interested parties.

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6. Cooperation agreement between ISWA and IFAT-ENTSORGA

ISWA has been invited to cooperate more closely with the IFAT-ENTSORGA.

IFAT-ENTSORGA is the world’s leading trade fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. This year around 110,000 trade visitors from over 185 countries came to the event.

ISWA will be represented with a large booth at the 2012 IFAT-ENTSORGA and will organise several Working Group Meetings, Workshops and other professional and social events during the trade fair.

Most likely, we will be able to provide all ISWA Members interested in attending, with free tickets for 2012 IFAT-ENTSORGA.

More detailed information will be included in the upcoming issues of the ISWA Global News newsletter and the ISWA website. Also, please visit the IFAT-website.

Next IFAT-ENTSORGA will take place 7-11 May 2012 in Munich, Germany.
Save the date!
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7. Waste Management & Research supplementary issue on Energy Recovery from Waste

Bettina Kamuk, Ramboll

Paul James, Ramboll

This October, the ISWA journal Waste Management & Research produced an additional supplementary issue on Energy Recovery from Waste, with the support of Ramboll Energy.

Bettina Kamuk and Paul James (both from Ramboll Energy) introduce the supplementary issue with an Editorial on “Energy from residual waste”.

Kamuk and James point out that because most waste is generated in large cities, and large cities consume the most energy, the most sensible option is to locate energy from waste facilities close to cities. Local acceptance and understanding of the facility is therefore of very high importance. The aim of the energy from waste sector is to produce the most energy from genuinely residual waste, not to get the most waste for energy recovery. The key message of this sponsored issue is to emphasise the option of energy from waste facilities as a sustainable waste management solution.

To download the issue, please visit Sage Journals Online

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8. Waste Management & Research on the definition of waste

Jens Aage Hansen
(Editor in Chief, WM&R)

Jens Christian Tjell
(Editor in Chief, WM&R)

Jens Christian Tjell (Associate Editor, WM&R) and Jens Aage Hansen (Editor in Chief, WM&R) wrote the Editorial for the regular edition of WM&R, October Issue — “Promoting science in solid waste”.

The Editorial explores the definition of waste, and how it has and continues to evolve with time. The authors support a definition of waste, which encompasses both the waste product and the context within which waste is produced and managed.

The Editorial Group of WM&R welcome a strong definition of waste, for better resource management and also for better science. The number of manuscripts submitted to WM&R is snowballing and the insufficient definition of waste management makes it difficult to identify which submitted manuscripts fall neatly within the scope of WM&R. The authors also draw attention to the often-missing link between science and waste. This is something that ISWA is currently trying to improve with the establishment of their taskforce on Science.

To download the issue, please visit Sage Journals Online

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9. Waste Management & Research article wins CIWM Award
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is the leading professional body for the waste management sector in the UK. CIWM Professional Awards celebrate skills and knowledge across a wide spectrum of waste management activities.

The 2011 CIWM James Jackson Best Paper Award was presented to the Waste Management & Research article by Jayne Cox, Sara Giorgi, Veronica Sharp, Kit Strange, David C Wilson and Nick Blakey, for the paper “Household waste prevention — a review of evidence”, which has been published in Waste Management and Research Volume 28, Issue 3 March 2010.

Congratulations to the ISWA journal WM&R and to the authors of this article!

A free download of this article will be available very soon from here

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10. ISWA NEW GOLD MEMBER: Matachana Group

ISWA is happy to welcome and present a new Gold Member! The Matachana Group, European leader in the sterilisation field located in Barcelona (Spain), has strongly opted for applying new concepts and the latest technologies.

In the new production centre near Barcelona, Matachana manufactures sterilisers for hospital, dental and laboratory use, as well as for other applications such as Animal Research Centres, pharmaceutical industry and the biohazard waste treatment plants.

One of the increasing activities of Matachana is the sales and marketing of sterilisers and complete projects for the treatment of healthcare, either within the hospital or in central treatment plants. Matachana contributes to this field with an expertise acquired throughout the years with projects all over the world.

The Matachana Group strengthens its presence in over 65 countries world-wide by means of its branches, subsidiaries in France, Germany, Argentina, Malaysia, Algeria, and exclusive distributors.

Please visit for more information.
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11. ISWA PROFILE: Carlos RV Silva Filho (Brazil)

Carlos RV Silva Filho
(Board Member representing the Latin America RDN)

Managing Director of ABRELPE, ISWA National Member in Brazil.

What is your background:
I graduated in Law, later obtaining Master of Laws in Administrative and Economic Regulation.

Did you always work in the waste industry?
The year after my graduation in 1998, I joined ABRELPE, a Brazilian association dedicated to the development of the waste management sector.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
Set the waste industry in Brazil as a representative sector on many discussions and forums. Until recently, this sector was not considered as a real player by most of the stakeholders in the country.

Best advice that you ever received?
“Always carry your actions with responsibility.”
When not working, I enjoy …
Reading, cooking and playing with my kids.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
ISWA is the greatest knowledge and networking provider for the waste sector.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
In 2006, I became the ISWA National Representative. In early 2011, being recognised as a Board Member by the General Assembly in Daegu, I was nominated to represent the Latin America RDN.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
To get the adequate value to the solid waste industry, and also to have its activities appropriately financed. The waste industry, in most regions, is seen as an end of pipe sector, and as a result faces several difficulties in finding proper and sufficient funds.

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: the potential the waste industry has to reinvent itself and its activities according to the time and local characteristics.

Weakness: the sector is not united for a cause.

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
Today, the developing world presents the greatest market opportunities for the waste industry, as it is there that the fastest changes in the way waste is dealt with occur and where greatest achievements can be obtained.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
If we succeed in transforming the notion of the waste sector, this industry can cease being a “residue” industry. Rather, as natural sources become less available, it can become an industry that will provide the most important resources to the transformation and manufacture sectors.
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12. EUROPE: Cars are getting greener and cheaper, despite manufacturers' claims
Average CO2 emissions from cars have now dropped to 140g CO2/km, and prices have fallen in real terms, with Fiat, Toyota and Peugeot-Citroen leading the pack with Europe's cleanest fleets, and Volvo managing the largest cuts in CO2 on average in 2010 (9%).

All in all, the average car sold in Europe last year was 4% more fuel efficient, emitted 4% less CO2, and yet was 2.5% cheaper in real terms than the year before.

The news comes in the sixth report of T&E — European Federation for Transport and Environment — on the annual progress Europe's major car manufacturers have made in reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new cars.

It criticises Honda and Mazda's new cars for actually having increased emissions. Daimler has the worst average CO2 emissions of major manufacturers, followed by Volvo — despite its efforts to improve.

The price falls and average performance improvements are contrary to earlier claims by manufacturers that costs would increase if they had to comply with EU legislation to reduce emissions.

For the full story, please visit Link 2

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13. UK: Carbon Abatement Technologies Competition

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £4.5m in carbon abatement technologies (CATs), centred mainly on innovative projects with strong elements of technology demonstration. This competition is part of the continued portfolio of investment in low-carbon technologies and forms the next phase of the CATs implementation plan.

Competition Opens: 1 November 2011
Deadline for Applications: 1 December 2011

For more information, please contact Dr. Anna Weston

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14. EU: Recycling key to EU's resource efficiency roadmap
The 'roadmap' aimed at transforming Europe's economy into a sustainable one by 2050 has called for waste to be treated as a resource through the provision of economic incentives to reinforce markets for secondary materials and boost demand for recycled materials.

In the recently published document — Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe — the European Commission identifies the economic sectors that consume the most resources, and suggests tools and indicators that it says can help guide action both in Europe and internationally.

According to the Commission, the roadmap recommends an integrated approach across many policy areas at European and Member States levels and focusing on the resources under most pressure.

The instruments employed to achieve the goals laid out in the roadmap will include both legislative, and market-based instruments.

Furthermore, the Commission says that by 2013 it will have developed clear targets and indicators that will provide predictability and transparency, through a participative process involving policy makers, experts, NGOs, business and consumers.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World

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15. FRANCE: Rare earths to be recycled from magnets in France
French chemicals group Rhodia has launched a project to recycle the Rare Earths Elements contained in high performance magnets largely used in windmills, electric vehicles and hard disks.

Rhodia says that it develops a large number of innovations used in everyday applications such as flat screens, low-energy light bulbs, exhaust emissions control, high precision optics and other uses.

According to the company, the project follows earlier initiatives to recycle REEs from low-energy light bulbs and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, and is a further step in the Group's strategy to secure and diversify its rare earth sourcing.

Rhodia says that it will recover the rare earth concentrate from its partners specialising in recycling magnets.

This high-grade concentrate will be refined and formulated into rare earth materials at the company's plant in La Rochelle, France. The four REEs contained in magnets, neodymium, the praseodymium, the dysprosium and the terbium, will be reformulated.

Early this year the company announced its scheme to recycle REEs from used low-energy light bulbs. The two dedicated facilities in La Rochelle and Saint-Fons, France are currently under construction and will be operational in the first quarter of 2012.

Furthermore, the company says that it has also partnered with Umicore to recycle REEs from NiMH rechargeable batteries found in portable applications, hybrid electric vehicles, and other applications. This project is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

For the ful story, please visit Waste Management World

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16. WALES: Report highlights sustainable achievements that benefit people across Wales
The Welsh Government has published its annual report highlighting achievements and developments it has made against its sustainability commitments. It is the 10th report of its kind and the third since One Wales: One Planet was launched in 2009, setting out the government's vision and proposals for a sustainable Wales.

The report details progress in a number of areas including employment, greenhouse gas emissions, social justice, education and transport.

Key activities during 2010 - 11 include:

  • Supporting local authority recycling schemes with a £72 million sustainable Waste Management Grant. An increase of 22% on the previous year's grant.
  • Over 1,800 projects to safeguard habitats for protected or endangered species or for biodiversity have been carried out across Wales.
  • Cardiff receiving further Sustainable Travel City funding
  • Continuing to conserve and promote public access to medieval sites such as Sycharth Castle, Llys Rhosyr and Nevern Castle.

Sustainable development principles that consider the long term impact of activities are at the heart of policy making with the Welsh Government. All decisions promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of people and Welsh communities, today and in the future.

The report can be viewed on the Welsh Government's website
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17. WALES: Latest quarterly recycling rate hits 48 per cent

Wales' municipal recycling and composting rate for April - June 2011 was 48 per cent, according to preliminary figures were released on 27 September 2011. This is an increase of four percentage points on the same period in 2010.

The latest rolling year (July 2010 – June 2011) rate was 45 per cent, an increase of five percentage points from the rolling year to June 2010.

The statistical release Local Authority Municipal Waste Management, April – June 2011 also shows that the residual household waste produced per person in Wales has continued to decrease, falling from 70 kilograms per person in April - June 2010 to 62 kilograms per person in April – June 2011.

Local Authority Municipal Waste Management, April – June 2011 is available on the StatsWales website
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18. SCOTLAND: Scottish firms could 'save billions' through waste reduction
Reducing waste could save Scottish businesses up to £2bn a year according to Zero Waste Scotland, who have welcomed new proposals by the Scottish Government to increase trade waste recycling collections.
The proposed Zero Waste Regulations call for paper and card, glass, metals, and plastics to be collected separately from businesses, and outline mandatory food waste collections for those involved in food production, retail or preparation.

Zero Waste Scotland said it could help businesses adapt to the new regulations and claimed businesses that go even further than the minimum requirements will have the most to gain under the new system. It pointed to a recent study that identified £64m could be saved by cutting food waste in the hospitality sector alone.

Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland said: "We are supporting Scottish businesses to reduce waste and save money by ensuring they get the most out from the raw materials, packaging, existing stock, and other resources they buy and use."

One example of this, he added was an online training course for SMEs on how to embark on a zero waste drive. "We are also working to ensure that businesses get the services they need to comply with the new regulations.

For the full story, please visit
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19. RUSSIA: Old into new — Moscow takes up recycling initiative
Recycling innovations are hitting the scene in Moscow, and people are lining up like never before to get involved.

Across town, Greenpeace has set up a temporary drop-off point for people's separated recycled goods. They are also driving special trucks to people's homes - to show the government that Russians are ready to recycle, if given the means.

Recycled material ends up at Kusakowski recycling plant on the outskirts of Moscow, a company that really is pushing the boundaries of what can be done with household items when they are not in use any more.

The phosphorus, mercury and heavy metals inside electronics are removed for further refining.

Everything else is crushed in giant shredders, then sifted and separated. Palladium, gold and silver are smelted into units and returned to the precious metals markets.

However, the successful scheme is still tough going in Russia, because mass recycling has not quite taken hold.

For the full story, please visit

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20. UK: Companies don't know where their e-waste goes
One in five senior information technology managers in the United Kingdom are unsure if some of their company's electronic waste ended up in landfills, according to a recent report released by nonprofit Computer Aid International. The survey also found that only 14 percent of companies looked for a reuse option for working electronics they no longer needed.

To learn the e-waste disposal practices of the U. K.'s largest companies, research firm Vanson Bourne polled 100 senior IT managers in U. K. companies with over 1,000 employees.

Despite the economic downturn and declining IT budgets, the survey found that computer turnover remains high, with respondents disposing of an average of 542 computers per year. Typically, U.K. companies replace their base units every 3.7 years and their monitors every four years.

Only 65 percent of IT managers were "confident" or "very confident" that all their e-waste avoided landfill disposal.

For the full story, please visit

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21. Overview ISWA meetings 2011
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
31 May 1 June ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling Vienna Austria
17 Sep 19 Sep ISWA Annual Congress 2012 Florence Italy
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22. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
November 2011

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

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

ISWA Event 30 November – 2 December 2011
ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy and Packaging Waste in Developing Countries
Novi Sad, Serbia

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

Copenhagen, Denmark

ISWA Event 31 May – 1 June 2012
ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling

Vienna, Austria

ISWA Member Event 7 – 11 May 2012
Munich, Germany

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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