Issue 18
August 2012
News from the President
ISWA World Solid Waste Congress 2012, Italy
ISWA Communication Award 2012 goes to Manchester
Metabolism of the Anthropospere wins ISWA Publication Award 2012
Inaugural ISWA Media Award dominated by Brazil
WasteMET Asia – ISWA Beacon Conference in Singapore
ISWA delegation at Rio+20
ISWA takes over important function within LEDS Global Partnership
ISWA pays a visit down under
ISWA Project Grant – Kicks off “Project Jeans”
ISWA/ABRELPE Guidelines for the implementation of successful Sustainable Waste Management Plans
WM&R Editorial: Relentless Litter
New Gold Member: Via Expo
ISWA Profile: Frans Willemse (The Netherlands)
News from around the Globe
WORLD: 'Inefficient' EfW plants must be more carbon-conscious
AUSTRALIA: Climate could kill you, Outback towns are told
AUSTRALIA: National TV and computer recycling scheme takes first step
AUSTRALIA: Funds boost for emission reduction technology
CANADA: Commercial plant producing carbon nanotubes from waste tyres
CHINA: Beijing introduces recycling banks that pay subway credits for bottles
EU: EU reveals plans to boost carbon market
INDIA: India is drowning in waste
IRELAND: New regulatory system for waste contractors in Ireland
NEW ZEALND: Food waste collection trial kicks off in Raglan
UK: Councils call for urgent action to tackle soaring rise in metal thefts
WALES: Wales could break 50% recycling barrier by summer
Coming Events
Overview ISWA Meetings 2012
Coming Events Calendar
The ISWA General Secretariat is proudly hosted by the City of Vienna, Austria
If you have any interesting news or events from your country, it would be appreciated if you could please forward details by email to While it may not be possible to include every story, all submissions will be gratefully received.
1. News from the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members 

In July, I had the pleasure of attending the first WasteMET Asia 2012 (Waste Management and Environmental Technology) conference and exhibition held in the new Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore. As I said in my opening address at the Conference, Singapore is becoming a second hub for ISWA through the Training and Promotion Centre set up with our Singapore National Member WMRAS (Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore) and the National Environment Agency; and with an increasing number of events facilitated in the city.

The linked exhibition was very lively with 96 booths and exhibition areas, and exhibitors coming from 16 countries. Several of Singapore’s higher education institutions were present including Nanyang Technological University, which was showcasing a special lavatory pan designed to separate urine from faeces. A decade ago, I came across a proposal for a suburb in the Netherlands to adopt this system, but cost and the behavioural problems of ensuring that men sat down to perform, ruled it out!

There was a special session on Advancing 3Rs and resource efficiency in the context of Rio+20 outcomes organised by the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRED) with UNEP and ISWA’s assistance. Dr Matthew Gubb, the Director of UNEP’s Industry and Environmental Technology Directorate outlined the work that will be undertaken over the next few months on UNEP’s Guidance on National Waste Management Strategies to respond to the demand from many less developed countries.

Matthew Gubb stated that ISWA’s Hazardous Waste Training Resource Pack (TRP) would be used as an element within the Guidance. Many elements of the TRP were trialled in April 2012 in Singapore.

Best wishes
Jeff Cooper
President, ISWA

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2. ISWA World Solid Waste Congress 2012, Italy
17 – 19 September 2012

This is your last chance to register for the Congress and join the delegates already registered from over 60 countries in what will be the best attended ISWA Congress in years. Where else can you network with government officials, operators, professionals and researchers in the waste industry in such a marvellous city as Florence? It boasts 20 percent of the world's artistic heritage, providing you with attractions outside the Congress programme.

The 245 speakers in 49 sessions will provide you with a unique insight into how waste management is evolving around the world — from the sophisticated systems of the Scandinavian countries, to developing countries searching for solutions to the waste emergency they are facing.

It is the emergency in developing countries that provides the main theme of the Congress, and we believe that this meeting will help us move forward in the search for sustainable solutions — both economically feasible and technically attractive to countries faced with the waste crisis.

ISWA will also award three prizes in Florence: for the best Waste Communication Campaign; the best Waste Scientific Publication; and the best printed media publication on waste, sponsored by Riminifiera. The Opening Ceremony will be hosted by the noted Italian TV journalist Massimo Giletti with music offered by the Georg Solti Academy. 

Join us there and join in our movement to bring sustainable waste management to all the worlds' citizens.

The final program can be viewed at To guarantee a seat at the sessions of your choice, we recommend that you book early.

Please also note that hotels are already heavily booked. We advise that you search now for a room. Contact if you need assistance.

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3. ISWA Communication Award 2012 goes to Manchester

The judging panel faced a difficult task and a lot of work in evaluating the 21 nominations received from 13 different countries for the ISWA Communication Award 2012. In the end, the members of the jury selected a clear winner.

The recipient of the award is Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s Recycle for Greater Manchester's Watch Your Waste Week Campaign from the United Kingdom.

The jury deemed this campaign the best project because of its strengths on all fundamental elements that make communication and social marketing plans effective. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the quality of planning in which a clear strategy with detailed and measurable goals was outlined.

FKF Zrt. – at the service of the people of Budapest. Let’s work together for the sake of our environment! by Municipal Public Services Co. LTD / FKF Zrt, Hungary, came second; with Austria providing our third winner with MA 48’s ambitious initiative Vienna’s success against cigarette butts.

Congratulations to the winners! The award presentation ceremony will take place on 17 September 2012 at the ISWA World Congress in Florence, Italy, as a part of the opening ceremony.

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4. Metabolism of the Anthropospere wins ISWA Publication Award 2012

The ISWA Publication Award has been designed to honour either a publication, article or book deemed to be exceptional in its contribution to the field of Solid Waste Management.

This year, there were 10 nominations for the ISWA Publication Award 2012. Due to the top-class level and wide variety of subject matter covered by the submissions, the judges had great difficulty in determining an overall winner. After much deliberation, the judging panel decided that Metabolism of the Anthroposphere – Analysis, Evaluation, Design, by Prof. Paul H. Brunner and Mr. Peter Baccini — a book published 2012 by MIT press (ISBN: 978-0-262-01665-0) — was the overall winner.

Congratulations! The Prize will be awarded at the ISWA World Congress in Florence, Italy.

To view the commendations by Jeff Cooper, ISWA President and Member of the Panel, for the three top-ranked submissions for the ISWA Publication Award 2012, please click here

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5. Inaugural ISWA Media Award dominated by Brazil

The objective of the ISWA Media Award is to raise social awareness about the necessity of adequate waste management and to stimulate journalists to cover important questions relating to waste generation, collection, transport, treatment and towards sustainable development in a low carbon economy.

The award recognises and rewards professional journalists who have made a significant contribution to the global public's greater awareness and to the understanding of waste management issues in a positive manner.

This year, 23 submissions were put forward for the ISWA Media Award 2012. After a pre-selection made by the nominating National Members of ISWA, a shortlist of six articles were forwarded to an international jury whose members ranked the entries as follows:

  1. Rogerio Santos Daflon Gomes and Emanuel Alencar, Brazil (195 points)
  2. Fabricio Marques, Brazil (178 points)
  3. Luis Vanderlei Vieira da Silva, Brazil (164 points)
  4. Wang Qing, China (159 points)
  5. Liu Zhe, China (134 points)
  6. Lara Reale, Italy (129 points)

Congratulations to all shortlisted candidates for their top-level submissions! The Prize will be awarded to the winners at the ISWA World Congress in Florence, Italy.

To view the commendations by Jeff Cooper, ISWA President and Member of the Panel, for the three top-ranked submissions for the ISWA Media Award 2012, please click here

The ISWA Media Award is sponsored by
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6. WasteMET Asia – ISWA Beacon Conference in Singapore

141 delegates from 28 countries attended the WasteMET Asia – ISWA Beacon Conference which took place in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, from 3 to 4 July 2012.

Co-organised by the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore, the

conference dealt with the theme Globalisation, Urban Metabolism and Waste Management. Participants discussed the challenges faced by urban cities and addressed the problem of waste management in cities, especially rapidly urbanising ones, highlighting the difficulties faced and providing strategic guidance and case studies for successful waste management.
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7. ISWA delegation at Rio+20

ISWA Board Members David Newman, Erik de Baedts, Carlos Filho Silva and Past-President Atilio Savino represented ISWA at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

There were two ISWA side events at this mega-conference, where 50,000 people from all over the world gathered.

Both the official ISWA side event Zero Waste Strategies and Actions towards Sustainable Cities held on 19 June 2012 and the day-long ISWA off-site side event held on 22 June 2012 were very successful and well attended with 500 participants, interesting presentations and lively discussions.

For more information on ISWA's activities at the Rio+20 summit, please visit

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8. ISWA takes over important function within LEDS Global Partnership

ISWA has been invited to lead the Waste Management Unit of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP).

LEDS GP is a powerful group including all the major stake holders in our sector and has the mandate to seek funding for these initiatives in developing countries. It is one of the instruments being established to enact and enable project funding.

This is a very impressive first result from our new Climate Change Unit, headed by ISWA Past President Atilio Savino, and also a result of our presence at the Rio+20 Summit.

Through the LEDS GP, ISWA’s Climate Change Unit developed a work plan and will provide assistance on low emissions waste management activities, including Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) support.

This will require a lot of work from ISWA over the next years with great returns to our members in terms of accessing funding for projects and programmes, as well as returns for ISWA both as visibility among the world's stakeholders and income from our activities.

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9. ISWA pays a visit down under

Enviro2012, Australia’s largest meeting of business and environment with a strong emphasis on Waste Management took place in Adelaide from 24 – 26 July 2012.

For the first time, this year ISWA actively participated at this event with an exhibition stand and conference presentation. Enviro2012 is organised biannually by the Waste Management Association of Australia, WMAA (the Australian National Member of ISWA) and the Australian Water Association, attracting hundreds of business leaders, practitioners and policy makers.

The event also offered a rare opportunity for ISWA to meet with the New Zealand National Member of ISWA, WasteMINZ.

Despite being located thousands of kilometres away from the ISWA Headquarters in Vienna, Australia and New Zealand are of great interest, being among the global leaders in waste management. Australia for instance, is producing some of the highest quality compost from biodegradable waste that can be found globally, which is enthusiastically purchased by farmers to build up soil nutrients and carbon matter.

New Zealand, on the other hand, aided by its successful nationwide “LoveNZ” recycling campaign is attaining impressive recycling targets, particularly from packaging waste.

ISWA hopes that many more of its members will pay a visit to this part of the world to attend a joint Beacon Conference with WMAA to be held on the Gold Coast of Australia in August 2013.

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10. ISWA Project Grant – Kicks off “Project Jeans”
On 29 June 2012, a group of nine stakeholders in the product chain of jeans came together in Arnhem, the Netherlands. On this day, they kicked off a project with the goal of finding possibilities to improve environmental performance within the product life cycle of jeans. The jeans production and the use phase have a relatively high pressure on the environment, a fact that is an urgent call for solutions on waste prevention and minimisation.

The stakeholders present were comprised of representatives from each part of the jeans chain: designers, producers, retailers, collectors and waste processors. Jeans is a product that everybody wears, therefore, has a high and international exposure rate. During the workshop, the most promising possibilities for improvements were identified. These are design4recyling, various improvements in production technology and new collection and separation systems for discarded jeans. The next steps include exploring these identified possibilities in depth and developing a business case on how to improve environmental performance of jeans.

This project is part of the ISWA Project Grant Program 2011 – 2013, and is organised in cooperation with the Dutch Solid Waste Association NVRD. Through this project, ISWA will demonstrate its capability to drive technical and scientific developments in the product chain.

The presentations from the workshop are available through the ISWA Knowledge Base.

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11. ISWA/ABRELPE Guidelines for the implementation of successful Sustainable Waste Management Plans
ISWA and ABRELPE have just released Guidelines for the implementation of Sustainable Waste Management Plans — an immensely valuable document for waste management. The official release took place during the Rio+20 side event of ISWA: Zero Waste Strategies and Actions towards Sustainable Cities co-organised by IPLA, ISWA, ABRELPE, COMLURB and UNCRD.

The New Brazilian law, Establishing a National Policy on Solid Waste..., has brought to a head much discussion and work on waste management in Brazil. For this reason, the guidelines have been developed to support Brazilian and Latin American administration, and municipalities to implement Waste Management plans, and to help prepare the required infrastructure and programs. The plans, although developed for Brazil, can be applied to waste management planning worldwide, particularly for countries in a transitional stage. The guidelines are a useful tool for everyone who wants to prepare, manage, implement, monitor and review Waste Management Plans.

The development of the guidelines was funded under the ISWA Project Grant. The guidelines are available in the ISWA Knowledge Base

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12. WM&R Editorial: Relentless Litter

Jens Christian Tjell, DTU
Environment, Technical University of Denmark

In the July WM&R Editorial, Jens Christian Tjell addresses the relentless issue of litter in the countryside of Denmark, particularly of beverage containers originating from and found discarded in the fields close by neighbouring Germany.

The litter situation paves the way for the broader discussion on the use/introduction of measures to lessen the unwanted side effects of postconsumer materials, such as ‘deposit and return’ systems for commodities sold to consumers charging taxes on the materials and/ or their uses and outright bans of certain type of materials in production. Despite the many benefits these measures may bring, there is often strong opposition to the introduction of these measures by consumers and retailers for various reasons.

German retailers might be in for a surprise when the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, following their annual ‘waste in nature collection’ day, returns to them some 200,000 cans to redeem their deposit refund.

To access the editorial, please click here. The WM&R monthly Editorials are now freely available to all.

WM&R new feature: An index of special issues has been compiled for your convenience. The index can be accessed through the home page of the journal. The full list can be found here

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13. New Gold Member: Via Expo

ISWA is happy to welcome and present a new Gold Member! Via Expo is an organiser with over 20 years’ experience of high-level specialised international exhibitions, conferences and b2b meetings in key industry fields. They facilitate the entering of new products and technologies into the South-East European market by linking it with global know-how. Priority sectors: waste management, recycling, environment, renewable energy.

One of the company’s most significant Forums is Save the PLANET — the SEE Conference & Exhibition on Waste Management & Recycling. The 4th conference in the series will be held from 29 – 31 May 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

This year’s event was very successful (Post Event Report 2012), and proved to be one of the important eco initiatives in South-East Europe. Since the SEE countries are in a major need of improvements of their waste management and recycling sectors, the event responded to the market necessities.

Save the PLANET provides an opportunity to get new business contacts in three days and meet face-to-face with customers searching for the most innovative products and services needed to achieve their waste minimisation and recycling goals.

T: +35 932 945 459

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14. ISWA PROFILE: Frans Willemse (The Netherlands)

Frans Willemse
Chair of the Working Group Collection and Transport Technology

Company and current position in your company:
HVCgroep NV

What is your background:
I studied both, mechanical engineering and (later) administrative law. I specialised in environmental technology and environmental law.

Did you always work in the waste industry?
No, before I started I had several jobs in planning and materials management in machine factories, and had worked in a municipal environmental department.

Later I was the managing director in a meat company, technical manager in a company that developed and produced vacuum-blast equipment and managing director in a machine factory specialised in heavy equipment for the brick-industry.

In 1994, I started as managing director at AVRI, a public company in waste-collection and waste-landfill.

In 2004, I became the managing director at Netwerk NV, a public company in waste-collection, city cleansing and recycling.

In 2010, Netwerk joined the HVCgroep, the largest Dutch public company in waste-management, sustainable energy and recycling.

For more than 10 years I was in the board of the Dutch waste association NVRD.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
There must be more than one in the jobs I had. But in general, finding optimal solutions in complex situations.

Best advice that you ever received?
I would like to give my advice: You shouldn't lose any sleep over a few sleepless nights
When not working, I enjoy …
Doing cycle-tours, walking and music.
When did you decide to become part of ISWA?
Two years ago, when I left the board of NVRD.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
One year ago.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Redefinition of shareholders’ value, taking in account that there are more values than money. To remain focused on sustainability in times of economic recession.

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: in recovery - finding solutions in a rapidly changing market. Weakness: in processing - little flexibility by large scale investments with long amortisation periods.

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
Design of small scale solutions for waste processing.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?

The industry will move from separate collection to recovery systems for combined or integral waste.

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15. WORLD: 'Inefficient' EfW plants must be more carbon-conscious

Nick Dawber, managing director of gasification (EfW) firm Energos, argued that too many facilities are wasting the heat outputs generated and that operators need to recognise the value of this energy source.

Speaking at a waste-to-energy summit in London last week, Dawber said: "To achieve higher levels of efficiency we need to sell heat, either directly as steam to industrial customers to displace existing fossil fuel supplies, or as combined heat and power (CHP).

"When the ratio of energy used is two parts heat to one part electricity, facilities will achieve up to 50% efficiency, which rises to as much as 85 % if you utilise the full heat potential."

According to Dawber, a large 400,000 tonnes per annum facility producing around 32MW of electricity would have a surplus of around 70MW of heat that is normally lost to the atmosphere because there are few industrial facilities that have sufficient CHP demands for large-scale energy recovery.

He emphasised the need for a greater number of smaller plants to be developed as these can be located close to potential demand for heat and are appropriately sized to satisfy that heat requirement.

There are more available sites for small, "community sized" facilities, which can sit alongside recycling facilities, and these are more likely to gain higher public acceptance, he added.

Dawber also called on the Government to accelerate the development of district heat networks, as demanded under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

Source: edie

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16. AUSTRALIA: Climate could kill you, Outback towns are told

Climate change could transform the Australian outback, wiping dozens of small towns off the map, according to a new report commissioned by the Australian Federal Government.

With many rural towns struggling to survive, climate change — expected to make much of inland Australia hotter and drier — could be the final straw, warns the report by the government's National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

Not only will the changes affect quality of life, with summer temperatures becoming insufferable, but they could make agriculture a marginal activity, thanks to more frequent and prolonged droughts.

The report's author, Andrew Beer, of the University of Adelaide's Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, believes that entire towns could be depopulated unless locals take decisive steps. "If communities recognise climate change is on their doorstep and take action, they can adapt," he said. "The places that adapt and try to adapt will survive. The places that don't will simply disappear."

In the next 20 years, "you could easily see the loss of 10 per cent (of outback towns)", Professor Beer told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, with another 10 per cent disappearing by 2050.

For the full story, please visit The Independent
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17. AUSTRALIA: National TV and computer recycling scheme takes first step

Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is up and running with the start of free recycling services in Adelaide.

The scheme was launched on July 30 at the Beverley Waste and Recycling Centre. DHL Supply Chain is operating a free, ongoing recycling service at the centre for televisions, computers, and computer products such as printers, keyboards, mice and hard drives.

The service is the first of several services that will be set up in Adelaide and across South Australia over the next 18 months, so people can hold on to their unwanted televisions and computer products until a service is available nearby.

Services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will be progressively rolled out across Australia, boosting television and computer recycling rates to 30 per cent in 2012-13 and 80 per cent by 2021-22, providing a long-term solution to television and computer waste.

For the full story, please visit EnviroInfo

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18. AUSTRALIA: Funds boost for emission reduction technology

Curtin University researchers will develop new technology for reducing carbon dioxide emissions after receiving $1 million of West Australian State Government funding.

John Curtin Distinguished Professor Chun-Zhu Li, Director of the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute, will lead the project, which aims to replace some of the coal burned in coal-fired power stations with biomass.

The technology rapidly and efficiently converts biomass into vapour and finely ground char particles so it can be efficiently burned with coal in existing coal generation infrastructure.

For the full story, please visit Eco News

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19. CANADA: Commercial plant producing carbon nanotubes from waste tyres

Canada based industrial waste to energy specialist, Klean Industries has begun full-scale production of Nano Carbons by recycling feedstock resulting from the pyrolysis of waste tyres.

The company said that it has also formed Klean Carbon, a wholly owned subsidiary through which it will supply advanced Nano Carbons.

According to Klean it plans to market the speciality Nano Carbon materials through Klean Carbon's new e-procurement web portal.

By utilising its patented technology the company said that it is producing high grade nanotubes and fullerenes from feedstock derived from tyre pyrolysis facilities.

The technology has been developed with over 35 years of collaborative research with a number of Japanese companies into nano materials, and according to Klean, has enabled the company to be the first to commercially mass produce Nano Carbons from scrap tyres.

The company added that it has been developing facilities that can process in excess of 250 tonnes per day of high carbon content feedstock into nano materials by using an advanced thermal treatment technology.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World

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20. CHINA: Beijing introduces recycling banks that pay subway credits for bottles

Recycling firm hopes to improve profits by bypassing informal network of bottle collectors.

Beijing's vast army of plastic-bottle scavengers will get an automated rival later this month, when the city introduces its first reverse vending machines that pay subway credits in exchange for returned containers.

More than 100 recycle-to-ride devices will be installed in an attempt to reduce the environmental impact of the informal bottle collection business and improve the profits of the operator, which works in an industry thought to be worth billions of dollars.

Donors will receive between 5 fen and 1 mao on their commuter passes for each polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle they insert into the machine, which then crushes them to a third of their original size and sorts them according to colour and type.

For the full story, please visit The Guardian

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21. EU: EU reveals plans to boost carbon market

The European Commission has finally come up with its keenly awaited plans to bolster its less than successful Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

The commission will reduce a massive burden of surplus allowances and urged member countries to hurry them through by the year-end.

The proposals are the latest in a series of efforts to fix a market designed to be the mainstay of the EU’s climate policy.

In the past it has been undermined by scams, and now it is over-supplied by millions of allowances because of recession.

For the full story, please visit Eco News
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22. INDIA: India is drowning in waste
Almitra Patel, a civil engineer by qualification, says she was first alerted to India's huge problem of inadequate waste disposal when she noticed that the frogs in the marshlands near her farmhouse, on the city's outskirts, had stopped croaking.

Seeing that the frogs had died from sewage and garbage being dumped in the wetlands, she petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 to intervene and get the city fathers to take responsibility for safe waste handling.

Investigations showed that less than half of the sewage produced by this global information technology hub was being managed in modern treatment plants, with the rest ending up as raw, untreated sewage in the city's lakes and wetlands.

Patel won her suit to make the safe disposal of waste a municipal responsibility, but management of solid waste and sewage remains a national problem.

(...) Impressed by her work, the court appointed Patel, now 75, as member of a waste management committee tasked to report on conditions countrywide with a view to having a policy formulated.

In 2000, India finally framed a solid waste policy based on the committee's report, requiring all cities to devise comprehensive waste-management programmes that include household collection of segregated waste, recycling and composting - but this was never implemented.

The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi has estimated that by 2047, waste generation in India's cities will increase five-fold to touch 260 million tonnes per year.

For the full story, please visit Inter Press Service
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23. IRELAND: New regulatory system for waste contractors in Ireland

A new waste management policy has been launched in Ireland to give householders a greater say in who collects their rubbish.

The updated regulatory system called 'A Resource Opportunity,' introduces new standards of service, prompting waste contractors to be more transparent about their charging structures. The government hopes that the move will enable households and businesses to draw more direct comparisons between waste contractors, allowing them more power to switch operators.

For the full story, please visit edie
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24. NEW ZEALND: Food waste collection trial kicks off in Raglan

A trial collection of food waste from 100 households in Raglan, NZ has been launched this week by Waikato District Council contractor Xtreme Waste.

The Raglan households in the trial will have a separate bin for food waste such as meat, dairy and vegetable scraps, which will be processed at the Raglan Recycle Centre and Transfer Station using composting and worm-farming systems. This will create a rich garden fertiliser which is expected to be available for sale to the public later this year.

(...) The council will be monitoring the six month trial to see if a permanent organic waste collection service is viable for both Raglan and the wider district.

The trial is being funded by the council, Xtreme Waste and the Waste Minimisation Fund.

For the full story, please visit Scoop

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25. UK: Councils call for urgent action to tackle soaring rise in metal thefts

Metal thieves are costing council taxpayers millions of pounds a year, a new survey of local authorities has revealed.

Councils are warning that with theft of metal continuing to rise, the financial burden is only likely to increase until government passes new legislation to better regulate the scrap metal industry.

A Local Government Association (LGA) survey has revealed the cost to local authorities of metal thefts soared by an estimated 26 per cent in a single year. One council was left out of pocket by £100,000 in 2010/11.

Richard Ottoway MP was due to introduce a bill to Parliament to re-regulate the scrap metal industry on Wednesday, 20 June 2012.

The LGA's survey of 157 councils found that metal thefts left a £4.6 million hole in town hall budgets in 2010/11. This is equivalent to the amount spent keeping opening 20 libraries or employing 260 care workers to look after the elderly. In 2009/10 the total cost to councils was an estimated £3.6m.

For the full story, please visit wired-gov

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26. WALES: Wales could break 50% recycling barrier by summer

Official figures released by the Welsh Assembly show that during 2011-12, 48% of municipal waste was recycled or composted in the country, a 4% increase compared to the previous year.

Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths welcomed the findings and congratulated local authorities for their role in achieving the result. He also said he was "hopeful" that the 50% barrier would be broken before the summer was out.

For the full story, please visit edie

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27. Overview ISWA meetings 2012
3 Sep 14 Sep 1st ISWA-TU Summer School on Solid Waste Management Vienna Austria
15 Sep 15 Sep Scientific and Technical Committee Meeting Florence Italy
15 Sep 15 Sep ISWA Board Meeting Florence Italy
16 Sep 16 Sep ISWA General Assembly Florence Italy
16 Sep 16 Sep ISWA Board Meeting Florence Italy
17 Sep 19 Sep ISWA Annual Congress 2012 Florence Italy
17 Sep 17 Sep Joint Board, Scientific and Technical Committee and Editorial Group Meeting Florence Italy
17 Sep 17 Sep WM&R Editorial Group Meeting Florence Italy
17 Sep 17 Sep Workign Group Meeting on Communication Florence Italy
18 Sep 18 Sep Working Group Meeting on Healthcare Waste Florence Italy
18 Sep 18 Sep WM&R Editorial Group and Editorial Board Meeting Florence Italy
18 Sep 18 Sep WM&R Editorial Group Meeting Florence Italy
18 Sep 18 Sep Working Group Meeting on Collection and Transportation Technology Florence Italy
18 Sep 18 Sep ISWA Board Meeting Florence Italy
19 Sep 19 Sep Working Group Meeting on Biological Treatment of Waste Florence Italy
24 Sep 28 Sep ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy 2012 Vienna Austria
4 Oct 5 Oct

Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues

Vienna Austria
25 Oct 26 Oct Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Bern Switzerland
8 Nov 9 Nov

Working Group Meeting on Recycling and Waste Minimisation

Porto Portugal
16 May 18 May ISWA Beacon Conference "The 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks - Sinks a Vital Element of Modern Waste Management" Espoo Finland
7 Oct 9 Oct ISWA Annual Congress 2013 Vienna Austria
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28. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
September 2012

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


ISWA Event16 – 18 May 2013
ISWA Beacon Conference "The 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks - Sinks a Vital Element of Modern Waste Management"
Espoo, Finland

ISWA Event7 – 9 October 2013
World Solid Waste Congress 2013
Vienna, Austria

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