Issue 19
October 2012
News from the President
ISWA General Assembly 2012 elects new President and Board Members
ISWA World Congress 2012
OBITUARY: William King Townend OBE (1932-2012)
ISWA Beacon Conference Lobito, Angola
ISWA TU Summer School iTOOL – Analysis, Evaluation and Design of Waste Management Systems
ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy
Join an ISWA Working Group
ISWA IWM-Certification Programme: Now free annual re-registration for ISWA Members
ISWA introduces new membership fee structure in 2013
ISWA Knowledge Base Updates
ISWA European Group Meeting
WM&R Special Issue: Leading papers from the ISWA World Solid Waste Congress, Florence
New Gold Member: IFC
ISWA Profile: Dr Amiya Kumar Sahu (India)
News from around the Globe
WORLD: Incinerator bottom ash has gold rush potential
EUROPE: WEEE recast signals higher recovery push for e-waste
MALAYSIA: Should Malaysia bear the burden of Australian radioactive waste?
SCOTLAND: Unwrapping the potential in plastics
UK: Closure of anaerobic digestion plant — Ludlow
UK: Bernard Matthew's turkey waste to be used to generate heat and power
UNTIED STATES: Scientists turn up heat on waste power
UNITED STATES: Prototype external combustion engine converts waste oil to power
Coming Events
Overview ISWA Meetings 2012
Coming Events Calendar
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1. News from the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members 

Once the pleasure of being elected ISWA’s President in Florence sinks in, one comes to realise the work involved! Over the next weeks I will represent ISWA at the UN Ecocrimes Conference in Rome held at the end of October; spend a week in South America meeting the Argentine Secretary of State, the new Chile National Member and potential National Members from Peru and Colombia; and at the end of November will depart for one week at the COP18 meetings in Qatar.

These meetings demonstrate the increasingly global reach of our association and its need to respond to a global agenda in many fields regarding waste management. This agenda underlines the respect ISWA attains in the international arena.

The (also) newly elected Vice President, Helmut Stadler, and two other Board Members will represent ISWA at the 12th International Symposium on Waste Management, which will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from 29 to 30 October.

At the same time, I am pleased to announce that the World Bank has approved terms for loans for the Kingdom of Morocco valued at US$100 million to be spent in 2016/17 on waste management projects.

The key role that our partners Sweepnet have played in helping the Moroccan government obtain this financing, demonstrates exactly what I said at the Opening Ceremony in Florence: only by cooperating with many partners, governments, professionals, associations, scientists and financial entities, can we achieve the funding needed to affront the global waste emergency.

My compliments to Sweepnet for their work. I wish for this to be a first of such good news that ISWA can bring in the coming years.

Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

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2. ISWA General Assembly 2012 elects new President and Board Members

On 16 September 2012, the ISWA General Assembly was held at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy – a truly impressive venue.

More than 80 ISWA Members were present, among them 47 National Member Representatives. The latter made some future-oriented decisions, elected a new President, a new Vice-President, a new Treasurer and three new Board Members.

Past President Jeff Cooper has been unanimously designated as an Honorary Member by the General Assembly in recognition of his special services to ISWA.

To view the newly elected ISWA Board please click here.

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3. ISWA World Congress 2012

The ISWA World Congress 2012 took place from 17 to 19 September in Florence, Italy, and according to the very positive delegates’ feedback and attendance figures, was a huge success.

Almost 1,300 delegates from 65 countries attended the event, which is a new record participation for the ISWA World Congress.

The participants were offered much during the three congress days: 240 speeches in 49 sessions, 180 poster presentations, an atmospheric welcome reception in the beautiful garden of the congress centre, an exceptional gala dinner with Tuscan specialties and a fantastic band that made people "boogey" until late in the night night.

“One could really feel that a spirit of community and mutual inspiration developed in the course of the congress”, was one of the many positive comments given at the end of the event.

There are several videos giving a very good overview of the Congress, including the Opening Ceremony speech by President David Newman and many interviews with other ISWA officials, available on YouTube.

The presentations held at the congress and some photo galleries can be found on

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4. OBITUARY: William King Townend OBE (1932-2012)

ISWA is saddened by the loss of Bill Townend, who passed away on 19 October 2012.

In 1996 Bill was instrumental in forming ISWA’s Working Group on Health Care Waste becoming its Founder Chairman and was the longest serving Member of the ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee until his retirement from that post in 2010.

Writing the obituary for a colleague is an unenviable task, but when that colleague is a friend, a distinguished English gentleman and a consummate professional, it is very difficult to find the right words.

I first met Bill Townend in 2001, and with his wife Pat they were a fixed couple at every important ISWA event. Bill brought his great sense of humour, his insight into the bigger picture, his experience and advice, and this was always invaluable.

He contributed in many ways to ISWA, as a member of the WMR Editorial Board, as Chair of the Working Group on Healthcare Waste, as co-author of the study on ISWA's future in 2008 — ISWA at the Crossroads. If healthcare waste management around the world has improved, part of this can be ascribed to Bill's contribution, and people worldwide should thank him for this.

I am sure you will all share with me the sadness of his loss and send our sincere condolences to Pat.

David Newman
President, ISWA

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5. ISWA Beacon Conference Lobito, Angola

The first International AFRICA Sustainable Waste Management Conference took place 23 - 25 July, in Lobito, Angola.

This very successful event was organised by the Association of Portuguese Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (APESB) and ISWA, together with the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) with national support from the Government of Angola and local support from the Government of Benguela Province and Municipality of Lobito.

More than 260 attendees participated in the Conference, which covered an array of topics within the scope of climate change and sustainable waste management such as biological treatment of waste; communication and social issues; technologies for the collection and transport; waste and public health; landfills.

Thanks to the success of the event the Angolan Environment Minister has announced support and patronage for the realization of the 2nd edition of the conference in 2014.

A full report of the Conference is available in the ISWA Knowledge Base

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6. ISWA TU Summer School iTOOL – Analysis, Evaluation and Design of Waste Management Systems

In cooperation with the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at the Vienna University of Technology, the first ever ISWA Summer School was held during the first two weeks of September.

29 students and waste management professionals from 20 different countries overloaded their brains with Material Flow Analysis and its implementation for the Design of Waste Management Systems in different regions of the World. Not to mention STAN, the friendly Material Flow Analysis (MFA) software initially dreaded by the students, but after exercises with STAN, much appreciated.

In a combination of theoretical seminars, practice orientated exercises and project work, the students learned about MFA (of course); urban metabolism; waste collection and recycling; various methods of waste treatment; waste disposal; the handling of the MFA software STAN; et cetera.

The programme was rounded off by excursions to waste treatment plants and a social excursion to historic sites in Austria.

Intrigued? – Visit our website for more information and stay tuned for the second ISWA Summer School by subscribing to the ISWA Newsletter.

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7. ISWA Study Tour Waste-to-Energy

From 24 – 28 September 2012, the ISWA Study Tour on Waste-to-Energy took place in Austria.

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

This was the second edition of the ISWA Study Tour on Waste-to-Energy, and not only the site visits have been increased, but also the number of participants has increased by nearly 50 %.

Situated between the cities of Vienna and Linz, the Study Tour took the 28 participants from 18 different countries to 10 state of the art Waste-to-Energy plants in operation, amounting to, as per one participant’s feedback, an “… exciting programme. There was both theoretical and practical exposure for promoting environmental development.”

Continuing the tradition at the ISWA World Congress 2012, the largest delegation came from Brazil.

If you have missed it, no need to despair – there will be another Study Tour Waste-to-Energy next year.

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8. Join an ISWA Working Group
One of the most valuable benefits of being an ISWA Member is participating in ISWA’s Working Groups. It is the best opportunity for getting actively involved in our Association and to benefit from the global know-how-exchange.

The purpose of ISWA Working Groups is to serve as the principal means for ISWA to deliver its technical and scientific programmes. As such, the Board, General Assembly and ISWA membership look to the WGs for technical information and assistance, basic and applied research, professional meetings and events, and the development and dissemination of leading information about solid waste management.

Currently there are ten WGs focusing on different areas of solid waste management.

You can find further information on how to engage yourself actively in an ISWA Working Group here.

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9. ISWA IWM-Certification Programme: Now free annual re-registration for ISWA Members

So far, the year 2012 has been a busy year for the ISWA International Waste Manager Certification Programme.

As the annual re-registration fee has been abolished for ISWA members, not only did the programme get cheaper, but also the IWM’s Technical Status has been elaborated. From now on, the programme will be suitable not only for outstanding waste management professionals with long work experience, though lacking the required academic background in waste management; but also for distinguished waste management professionals fulfilling the basic academic requirements, but lacking practical work experience.

In addition, the partnership between ISWA’s National Member Argentina, ARS, and the International Waste Manager Certification Programme has been launched.

Four distinguished Argentinean waste management professionals have been awarded International Status and currently constitute the Argentinean Local Interviewer Panel, which certifies International Waste managers in Spanish. This year they have already accredited 11 International Waste Managers, with 12 more to come.

For more information on the International Waste Manager Certification Programme please visit the ISWA website or contact Kim Winternitz at the ISWA GS.

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10. ISWA introduces new membership fee structure in 2013

At the last General Assembly which took place on 16 September 2012 in Florence, Italy, it was unanimously agreed upon to simplify the membership structure of ISWA, recognising the value of each ISWA Membership.

Therefore, it has been decided to not only introduce a contemporary fee structure, but also to create a new ISWA premium membership: the ISWA Platinum Membership.

On the other hand, ISWA aims to facilitate joining ISWA as a company/organisation or as an individual respectively from emerging economies. The result is a considerably reduced membership fee for two ISWA membership categories.

More detailed information can be found here.

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11. ISWA Knowledge Base Updates

The Knowledge Base provides ISWA members with convenient and easy online access to an extensive source of documents covering the latest developments in all aspects of waste management.

These documents include both ISWA and non- ISWA material such as conference and workshop proceedings, reports, training resources, papers, case studies and online resources.

The Knowledge Base strives to cover all relevant topics of solid waste management from all over the world and is regularly updated.

Some interesting new documents currently available:

Search tip: If you are having troubles finding a presentation from a previous ISWA event, open the advanced filter and use the drop down menu “conferences & workshops”

If you have any documents you would like to share with other members please forward them to the ISWA General Secretariat.

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12. ISWA European Group Meeting
The 2nd ISWA European Group Meeting for 2012 will take place at the European Economic and Social Committee from 5 – 6 December.

During the meeting in June 2012, the flow of information between the EU to ISWA was so smooth, that it was decided to hold a second meeting in December 2012.

This time, the programme will be focused on the topics of Energy Recovery, the definition of Recycling and the Waste Hierarchy, with speakers from ISWA and the EU institutions.

Join us at the next European Group Meeting where ideas and experiences from different areas of expertise can be matched against each other.

For more detailed information on this event, programme and registration please click here.

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13. WM&R Special Issue: Leading papers from the ISWA World Solid Waste Congress, Florence

In a concerted effort to strengthen the connection between science and practice, the editors of WM&R worked closely with ISWA to develop for the first time a special issue highlighting the leading papers from the ISWA World Congress.

The result is a special issue packed with a broad spectrum of very interesting papers addressing real life issues. The featured articles include topics such as material recovery from WEEE, business waste prevention, the informal sector, extended producer responsibility, landfill aftercare and many more scintillating waste topics.

The Editorial: Where science meets practice written by Jens Aage Hansen and David Newman can be viewed here.

The table of contents and full articles of the ISWA World Congress Special Issue are available here.

If you have limited time to read WM&R in full, but are interested in keeping up to date with the contents, such as is listed here, you can subscribe to receiving Table of Content alerts of each new issue via email. Simply sign up here.
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14. New Gold Member: IFC

ISWA is happy to welcome and present a new Gold Member!

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. IFC helps developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilising capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.

IFC supports projects across the waste value chain from upstream industry/populations to downstream disposal and energy use.

Through investments (project and corporate finance, early stage equity, and access to concessional funds) and advisory services, IFC supports an integrated solid waste management approach, with regional strategies to gain economies of scale and drive down costs.

IFC encourages low cost, technically viable, climate smart waste collection and disposal solutions as well as upstream waste reduction.  

For more information, visit

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15. ISWA PROFILE: Dr Amiya Kumar Sahu (India)

Dr Amiya Kumar Sahu, Board Member RDN Asia-Pacific

Company and current position in your company:
National Solid Waste Association Of India, President

What is your background:
Master in Ecology, Master in Solid Waste Management and Doctorate in Urban planning.

Did you always work in the waste industry?
Yes, I started in Air pollution in 1972. Diverted to toxic and Industrial waste management, collaborated with Chemcontrol A/S Denmark to set up a common treatment and disposal facility for more than 2500 chemical industries near Mumbai. World Bank Team Leader in Sectoral Urban waste in Bangladesh.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
I am the founder of the only one and first of its kind professional body in my country — the National Solid Waste Association Of India. Announcement of the fact that “Garbage is Money” as early as 2002, which has now been proven all over the world that waste is a resource of wealth.

Best advice that you ever received?
“Do not deliver anything free of cost” — this is the advice I get every day from my wife.
When not working, I enjoy …
I never enjoy being without work.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
My exposure to various countries and participation in ISWA congresses motivated me to join ISWA, and with the inspiration of Dr John Skinner I founded my association. I hope it may help to clean up my country by adopting innovative, economical technologies from ISWA’s expert members.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
In July 2012.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Our world develops economically every day and generates more and more waste, both hazardous and non hazardous. The best way to take care of it is to Recycle, Recover and Reduce. Again, as per my philosophy, we should be educated how to handle waste and I believe that Ethics, Environment and Economy should go together for a sustainable waste management.

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
I can talk about my own country, India, the second largest populated country in the world. India generates more than 60 million tons of Municipal waste in a year.

To date, there is not a single secured land fill site in the country. India grows economically very fast and achieves a good GDP. But the government does not bother about the waste. It has lots of potential business in Recycling, Recovery of power from waste, and much more. The country spends around US$1000 million every year in mismanagement of present waste. There is an opportunity of another US$1000 million business in waste sector in India.

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16. WORLD: Incinerator bottom ash has gold rush potential

Energy-from-waste companies are sitting on a lucrative "gold mine" of valuable metals in incinerator bottom ash which they could profit from if these materials were recovered.

Fred Sigg, head of research & development at Hitachi Zosen Nova — a leading waste-to-energy technology provider — said that the ash had "tremendous value" due to the small amounts of valuable and rare earth metals such as copper, gold and silver contained within it.

However, in order to recover these metals, many plants would have to retrofit a different type of ash extraction system, he maintained.

For the full story, please visit Edie

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17. EUROPE: WEEE recast signals higher recovery push for e-waste

Higher collection targets for e-waste were introduced across Europe on 15 August 2012, as part of a forthcoming recast of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive.

New laws will require member states to collect 45% of EEE sold from 2016, rising to 65% in 2019 or 85% of e-waste generated — depending on how individual countries wish to measure their target.

From 2018, the directive will be extended from its current restricted scope to all categories of electronic waste, subject to an impact assessment beforehand.

Exporters will be required also to test whether equipment works or not, and provide documents on the nature of shipments that could potentially be illegitimate, in a bid to clamp down on illegal exporting.

According to Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, the recast will be a major boost to Europe in terms of environmental protection and resource efficiency.

For the full story, please visit Edie

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18. MALAYSIA: Should Malaysia bear the burden of Australian radioactive waste?

The radioactive waste generated by an Australian-owned rare earth extraction factory in Malaysia has generated a firestorm of controversy. The factory – the world’s largest – is owned by Lynas Corporation, and will extract rare earths from materials shipped in from Western Australia.

The factory is at Gebeng, near the city of Kuantan in Malaysia. The population of the metropolitan area is about 700,000. The factory is located very near to the South China Sea.

At full capacity, it will be the world’s largest rare earth extraction plant: about 22,000 tonnes of rare earth elements per annum will be extracted from material shipped in all the way from Mount Weld, Western Australia.

The wastes from production will include radioactive thorium and uranium and their radioactive decay products such as radium and radon. The wastes will not be shipped back to Australia for safe disposal since Australian authorities have explicitly refused to accept them.

For the full story, please visit Greenpages

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19. SCOTLAND: Unwrapping the potential in plastics

Companies that can recycle plastics, including cling film and uPVC windows, are eligible for a new investment from the Scottish Government.

The new £2.5 million loan fund offers direct financial support to organisations to develop plastics sorting and reprocessing facilities in Scotland. The fund will be administered by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.

The fund builds on recent studies to identify viable business opportunities to boost plastics recycling in Scotland. It will support a range of projects covering different types of plastic products, from plastic bottles and rigid plastics like yoghurt pots to those that have traditionally been more difficult to recycle, like plastic films, uPVC window and door-frames and plastics from waste electrical equipment.

Scotland generated around 500,000 tonnes of waste plastic last year. Only around one fifth of this was able to be recycled and most of this was sent to facilities in England or overseas. Expanding the country's capacity to recycle plastic could create hundreds of new jobs, boost Scotland's economy, and help to meet the Scottish Government's target to recycle 70 per cent of all waste by 2025.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations, recently approved by parliament, will make sure more and more recyclable materials are collected from homes and businesses — bringing new opportunities to reprocess materials in Scotland.

Further information on the Scottish Plastics Loan Fund is available from ZeroWaste Scotland

The report Developing an evidence base for plastics recycling in Scotland is available here

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20. UK: Closure of anaerobic digestion plant — Ludlow

Shropshire Council and Biogen have jointly agreed to cease operation of the Biocycle anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Coder Road, Ludlow.

After a very successful six years operating as the UK's first demonstrator food waste anaerobic digestion plant, the decision has been made to wind down plant operations during September with the complete closure of the plant by the end of 2012.

The AD plant is owned by Shropshire Council and operated by AD specialists Biogen (formerly BiogenGreenfinch). The 5,000 tonne per annum plant, designed as a non-commercial operation, was set up with financing from DEFRA and Advantage West Midlands in 2005. Biocycle currently services a small number of contracts outside Shropshire which will be served at other AD plants in the future.

For the full story, please visit Shropshire Newsroom

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21. UK: Bernard Matthew's turkey waste to be used to generate heat and power
Holton Renewable Power Project is a joint venture of Bernard Matthews Ltd and Glendale Power Ltd which will reduce waste and energy consumption at Bernard Matthews' turkey processing plant at Holton, Suffolk. The project will be a renewable power plant fully integrated into the existing factory and using the technology of anaerobic digestion to produce energy from liquid materials currently trucked off site as waste.

The benefits include:

Renewable electricity sufficient to meet 16% of the site's needs; Enough heat for 16% of the site's needs; Overall reduction in carbon footprint of approximately 2,800t pa; A reduction in HGV movements of over 1100 journeys pa; and 1200t pa of high quality ammonium sulphate fertiliser.

All these outputs will come from materials that would otherwise go to waste. Overall the project represents a significant investment in improving the environmental and financial performance of the Holton site.

For the full story, please visit

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22. UNTIED STATES: Scientists turn up heat on waste power

Scientists in the United States have developed a material that beats the record for converting waste heat into electricity; something they hope will be incorporated into clean energy investment.

Described by an independent commentator as “a giant leap”, the material achieves the highest efficiency ever for scavenging heat from a source and transforming it into power, according to its inventors.

French newsagency AFP says according to the team, as much as 15 to 20 per cent of the heat that disappears out of car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories could be recovered as electricity.

The compound is a doped-up derivative of lead telluride, a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source.

For the full story, please visit EcoNews

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23. UNITED STATES: Prototype external combustion engine converts waste oil to power

Pompano Beach, Florida based Cyclone Power Technologies (OTCQB: CYPW), the developer of the Cyclone Engine, and waste energy power generator developer, Phoenix Power Group have integrated their technologies to create the Phoenix-10 Waste Oil Co-Generator.

According to Cyclone, the integrated unit utilises Phoenix's proprietary waste oil combustion chamber/heat exchanger (CCHX) with Cyclone's Waste Heat Engine, the WHE-25.

The company said that initial steam performance tests were successful, producing approximately half of maximum rated power output — a goal set by the team to provide a benchmark for system optimisation.

The developers claimed that the integrated Phoenix-10 Waste Oil Co-Generator - or P-10 - is a combined heat and power (CHP) system that is capable of utilising used motor oil to produce electricity and reduce both energy and heating requirements for garages, car dealerships and similar facilities.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World
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24. Overview ISWA meetings 2012
25 Oct 26 Oct Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Bern Switzerland
7 Nov  8 Nov Working Group Meeting on Landfill Lisbon Portugal
8 Nov 9 Nov Working Group Meeting on Recycling and Waste Minimisation Porto Portugal
14 Nov 16 Nov ISWA Hazardous Waste Seminar & Workshop Buenos Aires Argentina
5 Dec 6 Dec ISWA European Group Meeting Brussels Belgium
28 Jan 28 Jan Special Technical Committee Meeting Vienna Austria
29 Jan 29 Jan ISWA Board Meeting Vienna Austria
28 Feb 1 March Working Group Meeting on Communication Lisbon Portugal
2 May 3 May Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Brussels Belgium
16 May 18 May ISWA Beacon Conference "The 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks - Sinks a Vital Element of Modern Waste Management" Espoo Finland
28 May 29 May MSW: Management Systems and Technical Solutions Moscow Russia
5 Sep 6 Sep Working Group Meeting on Communication Vienna Austria
5 Oct 5 Oct Special Technical Committee Meeting Vienna Austria
5 Oct 5 Oct ISWA Board Meeting Vienna Austria
7 Oct 11 Oct ISWA Annual Congress 2013 Vienna Austria
10 Oct 11 Oct Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Vienna Austria
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25. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
October 2012

ISWA Member Event 29 – 30 October 2012
12th International Symposium on Waste Management
Zagreb, Croatia

November 2012

ISWA Member Event 12 - 13 November 2012
European Resources Forum
Berlin, Germany

ISWA Member Event 26 - 28 November 2012
Sustainable Waste Management Middle East
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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

2013 cont

ISWA Event28 - 29 May 2013
MSW: Management Systems & Technical Solutions
Moscow, Russia

ISWA Member Event 29 - 31 May 2013
South-East European Forum on Waste Management, Recycling & Environment “Save the Planet”
Sofia, Bulgaria

ISWA Event7 – 11 October 2013
ISWA World Congress 2013
Vienna, Austria

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