Issue 21
February 2013
News from the President
New ISWA publications available now
ISWA attends Let’s Do It! brainstorm in Estonia
ISWA attends UNEP IETC workshop in Osaka
Seminar on Zero Waste – A Vision for 21st Century Cities, 12 January 2013, Ahmedabad, India
NEW: ISWA 3 Months Trial Membership
SWEEP-Net Delegation visits ISWA
Waste and Climate Change
New ISWA Main Sponsor: Messe München GmbH - IFAT
New Platinum Member: Caterpillar
ISWA welcomes three new Gold Members!
New ISWA Discussion Forum on LinkedIn
WM&R January editorial on Landfilling in Developing Countries
ISWA Profile: Prof. Dr Agamuthu Pariatamby (Malaysia)
News from around the Globe
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 5th Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference & Expo (Australia)
EUROPE: Bioenergy demonstrations of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative
AUSTRALIA: MRI - Stewardship smashing e-waste volumes
CHINA: Waste not, want not
INDIA: Odd timings have ruined waste collection efforts
UK: Carbon Connect publishes distributed energy report - From Cinderella to Centre Stage
USA: Compost moves in NYC
Coming Events
Overview ISWA Meetings 2013
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 

I met with Christian Holzer, General Director of the Austrian Ministry of Environment, in January in Vienna. I was accompanied by Vice President of ISWA, Helmut Stadler, and Managing Director Hermann Koller.

The hour-long meeting was very productive, with three matters being discussed: confirmation of the Ministry taking part in the ISWA Congress in October to showcase the Austrian waste management success story; agreeing to a joint presentation with

ISWA at the UNFCCC negotiations in Warsaw next November to demonstrate what waste can do to offset emissions worldwide as well as show its social and economic benefits, especially in poorer countries. And finally, discussing how to orientate Austrian Development Agency (ADA) to waste infrastructure in those countries currently receiving Austrian aid finance. Currently, Bhutan and several African countries receive aid, which makes a significant contribution to poverty alleviation in these nations.

The question of ADA is a core issue for developed countries and is a message that we can all take to our Ministries in these nations to help jump start infrastructure developments in poorer countries. As we noted with Mr. Holzer, often Ministry officials are simply not aware of the problem and how they can provide solutions.

During 2013 I will be visiting more than twenty National Members from both developed and less developed nations, and will bring this message with me. I would personally appreciate your contribution to our work by ensuring that the decision makers in your nations are aware of the contribution they can make by promoting sustainable waste management both at home and abroad.

Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

l top l
2. New ISWA publications available now
Three brand spanking new ISWA publications are available now:

Key Issue Paper on Landfill Mining – This paper has been prepared to highlight the key social, environmental and economic factors that need to be considered before undertaking a Landfill Mining project. With a significant proportion of the world’s waste still being disposed of in landfill, there is the potential for significant resources to be recovered post-disposal.

ISWA White Paper on Alternative Waste Conversion Technologies – This White Paper is intended as an introduction and overview for decision makers who are considering investments in alternative thermal waste conversion technologies. The paper includes a guideline of items to be considered when assessing alternative thermal waste conversion technologies and subsequently an overview of technologies with pro’s and con’s from an investor's perspective as well as the most important attention points for decision makers.

ISWA Report – Underground Solutions for Urban Waste Management This report has been prepared as part of the work of the ISWA Task Force on Globalisation and Waste Management within the frame of megacities, globalisation and waste management. The utilisation of subsurface space is nowadays a key issue towards attaining environmental friendly and sustainable development, especially in urban areas.

More papers and reports prepared by ISWA are available through the ISWA Knowledge Base
l top l
3. ISWA attends Let’s Do It! brainstorm in Estonia
The civic-led international environmental movement Let’s Do It!, well known for its successful cleanup actions all over the world, organised a brainstorm in Estonia from 29 until 31 January. Sixty experts, including ISWA’s Communication Manager Gerfried Habenicht, were invited to participate in the meeting aimed to identify the key steps for international co-operation.
Opening reception hosted by the
President of Estonia, Toomas Ilves

The movement, which has grown in just five years from one country-wide action into a global network of civic leaders and NGOs in 96 different countries, has seen a rapid growth through World Cleanup joint actions consisting of individual cleanup actions organised by the network members all over the world.

Now, after 115 completed cleanup actions, uniting about 7 million volunteers in their efforts, the movement is looking to engage its participants and partners into a more systematic co-operation to go beyond the cleaning. Thus, the idea formed to gather an array of experts and decision makers to help brainstorm an action plan for the whole movement for the next 1,000 days.

One of the possible co-operations ISWA, Zero Waste Youth and Let’s Do It! envisaged is the organisation of youth-meetings on waste prevention in connection with the ISWA World Congresses.

l top l
4. ISWA attends UNEP IETC workshop in Osaka

From 5 to 7 February 2013, UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), held a workshop to finalise Guidelines for the development, review and updating of national waste management strategies, in Osaka, Japan.

The workshop was attended by 30 waste management experts from national and local governments, NGOs, and the private sector, from 25 different countries.

The guidelines are intended to foster a holistic and overarching approach to national waste management planning. They build upon and cross reference the many valuable materials that have previously been developed to provide technical support for management of individual waste streams or parts of the waste life-cycle, and to support planning in related fields such as chemicals management. The strategy guidelines also take account of recent policy emphases relating, for example, to "green economy" objectives, linkages between waste management and climate change, and the potential for greater resource recovery from waste.

Hermann Koller participated as ISWA representative at this very interesting and important event, particularly for emerging economies and developing economies.

More info is available at

l top l
5. Seminar on Zero Waste – A Vision for 21st Century Cities, 12 January 2013, Ahmedabad, India
The Seminar on ‘Zero Waste – A Vision for 21st Century Cities, was co-organised by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), the State Government of Gujarat, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), ISWA, and the International Partnerships for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 in Ahmedabad, India, on 12 January 2013, with the participation of more than 400 international and domestic attendees and representatives.

The important feature of the Seminar was the official launch and handing over of the Road Map for Zero Waste Ahmedabad – A Visionary Document to Guide Ahmedabad Towards Becoming a Resource Efficient and Zero Waste City by 2031.The Road Map, which consists of ten focal areas and thirty four strategic actions, offers a visionary document to guide AMC to introduce and implement policies and strategies, and calls for active cooperation among all relevant key stakeholders in achieving the goal of realising a resource efficient and zero waste society.

Following the successful launch of the Road Map for Zero Waste Ahmedabad, IPLA has unfolded a distinct chapter in generating interest of local government authorities and municipalities in developing countries to work towards a zero waste society.

l top l
6. NEW: ISWA 3 Months Trial Membership
The ISWA 3 Months Trial Membership is the perfect opportunity to become familiar with our Association’s work and activities.

This complimentary ISWA Trial Membership grants you some basic benefits for three months. Afterwards, you may decide if you wish to join ISWA as a regular member.

For more information, please click here

l top l
7. SWEEP-Net Delegation visits ISWA

The Regional Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network (SWEEP-Net) is a regional network, which works on institutionally anchoring the principles of a sustainable and integrated solid waste management in Mashreq and Maghreb countries and in all the network’s member countries.

Its objective is to set-up a common regional platform for technical assistance, capacity building and exchange of best practices, expertise and experiences in the field of Solid Waste Management.

The network secretariat is located in Tunisia and supported by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and the Tunisian Government through the National Waste Management Agency.

On 31 January 2013, a delegation from SWEEP-Net visited ISWA in Vienna. Mr Wissam Gallala, SWEEP-Net’s Knowledge Management Coordinator, and Ms Nora Ben Ameur, Administrative Coordinator, met with ISWA Managing Director Hermann Koller, Technical Manager Rachael Williams and Finance & Member Service Manager Alfred Holzschuster to discuss future co-operation and joint projects.

ISWA and SWEEP-Net are long-standing Cooperating Partners and agreed to further intensify their relations.

l top l
8. Waste and Climate Change

An interesting article on waste management and climate change titled “Transforming municipal solid waste into a net carbon reducer”, by ISWA’s Past President Jeff Cooper, has been published in Proparco’s magazine Private Sector & Development.

While municipal solid waste contributes relatively little to climate change, namely 3-5% of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, the waste management sector offers immediate, cost-effective and fast-acting opportunities to achieve substantial cuts in global GHG emissions. The private sector is actively participating in this trend by utilising funding and other opportunities, under notably the Clean Development Mechanism of Kyoto Protocol.

Jeff’s article can be found in Issue No. 15 of the Private Sector & Development magazine titledWaste: the challenges facing developing countries”, which attempts to answer these questions so as to define favourable conditions for involving the private sector in the municipal solid waste industry over the long term.

The magazine can be downloaded from the Proparco’s website

l top l
9. New ISWA Main Sponsor: Messe München GmbH - IFAT

ISWA is happy to announce that Messe München GmbH - IFAT supports the association as a new main sponsor!

As the world's leading trade fair for environmental technologies, IFAT constantly demonstrates its importance, and in the process sets standards for an entire industry. It is where all important key players present their latest products, solutions and services.

In 2012, a total of 2,939 companies from 54 countries gave an inspiring insight into the world of tomorrow and presented innovations and solutions in the sectors for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. Of the 124,200 visitors, 74,360 were domestic and 49,840 from abroad.

Next IFAT will be held in Munich from 5-9 May 2014.

Visit also IE Expo in Shanghai from May 13-15, 2013 and IFAT INDIA in Mumbai from 24-26 October 2013.

For further information please contact:

Messe München GmbH - IFAT
81823 München
Tel: +49 89 949 20285

l top l
10. New Platinum Member: Caterpillar

ISWA is happy to welcome and present its first Platinum Member!

Caterpillar has 40 years’ experience in the design and development of dedicated waste equipment. It is a manufacturer with a complete “waste handler” range of products to meet the specific needs of the industry. Waste collection, disposal, and power recovery are just some of the areas of their expertise. In addition, Caterpillar provides exceptional worldwide dealer support from a network that provides rapid solutions in this fast-moving arena, ensuring you can count on our machines all day, every day.

For more information about the applications of Caterpillar products, please visit the Caterpillar website

Caterpillar works continuously to reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials. In addition Caterpillar life-cycle management provides uptime and productivity to optimise operating costs.

Caterpillar engines are delivering optimum performance and fuel efficiency, while minimising environmental impact. ACERT™ Technology provides lower emissions and also reduces maintenance costs through less wear and lower oil consumption.

Caterpillar provides also Certified Rebuild program and Remanufactured parts programs to updates your used machine at a lower cost of buying new. So Cat equipment, insure you of an impressive equipment resale value.

For more information about the programs, please CLICK HERE

Caterpillar sustainable programs and products make good business sense, as well as benefiting the environment.

l top l
11. ISWA welcomes three new Gold Members!

ISWA is happy to welcome and present three new Gold Members! Please click on the logos to view the company profiles:

DHL Envirosolutions, UK
MARTIN GmbH, Germany
TeamNet Engineering, Romania
l top l
12. New ISWA Discussion Forum on LinkedIn

In January 2013, ISWA established a Discussion Group on LinkedIn. With this ISWA LinkedIn group, we would like to provide an open social media discussion forum on waste management. Four weeks after foundation, the group already had more than 150 members with lively discussions on various topics and very interesting contributions taking place.

We would like to invite you to become a member of the group and to follow the debates or, even better, post comments or initiate new discussions. We would also be glad if you would invite your LinkedIn contacts who are interested in waste management to join this group.

To register please CLICK HERE  

l top l
13. WM&R January editorial on Landfilling in Developing Countries

The January editorial prepared by Prof. Agamuthu (new EIC of WM&R), addresses the theme of Landfilling in developing economies. More accurately, it addresses dumpsites, as shameably at present 90% of the world’s landfills are dumpsites without proper LFG collection systems.

The environmentally harmful emissions – mainly GHGs and leachate, from dumpsites and poorly constructed landfills – are directly related to the quantity and quality of waste disposed. Less than 5% of global GHG comes from the waste sector; with the major source being methane from dumpsites and uncontrolled landfills. Methane emissions are expected to continue increasing in developing countries as more waste goes to landfills that lack sufficient (and in some cases, any) emission control systems.

The reduction of methane emissions from the waste sector is a key issue being tackled by ISWA and in this context; the Second ISWA Summer School will be organised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the theme focused on issues at the forefront of landfilling in developing nations.

If landfilling is your topic, please view some of the interesting articles in this month’s issue:
The Table of Contents is available here
The Full Editorial is available here

l top l
14. ISWA PROFILE: Prof. Dr Agamuthu Pariatamby (Malaysia)

Prof. Dr Agamuthu Pariatamby
Editor In chief for Waste Management and Research

Company and current position in your company:
University of Malaya, Malaysia. Professor / Program Coordinator

What is your background:
I have 30 years working experience in waste sector, which includes teaching in university; supervising undergraduates and postgraduates students; research; consultancy project; and networking with international bodies.

Did you always work in the waste industry?
Yes. I began my research for Masters on Agro-waste and continued all the way till now.

Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
Yes. The late Prof C A Sastry was a great guide who actually invited me to teach Solid and Hazardous waste in a Master’s Program. Then Fulbright scholar Prof Mahalingam was a great leader who pushed me at every point of life.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
For a son of a plantation worker to become a professor is already an achievement. My greatest achievement is the award of professorship given to me by the University of Malaya. The Gold medal I received for my research at Geneva also made me proud.

Best advice that you ever received?
Always keep trying.
When not working, I enjoy …
Watching movies.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
To me, waste is life and ISWA gave me the spark to sustain this life. I decided to become part of ISWA because ISWA is globally recognised and independent Association that works for public and provides sustainable and professional waste management services.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
As EIC last year (2012).
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Political interference and policy in waste management. Developing countries have another chronic problem of money management.

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Technology has developed.
Lack of Global coordination. Only ISWA is doing something in that direction.

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?

What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
It is always a goldmine.

l top l
15. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 5th Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference & Expo (Australia)
**Abstract submission EXTENDED to 17 February 2013**
The 5th Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference & Expo is the 5th event in the series of conferences hosted by the National Landfill Division of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA). In 2013, with the conference being presented in cooperation with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the event will also be open to an international audience.

Essential infrastructure for now and into the future
The focus of the 2013 conference is to draw out experiences from industry and government that demonstrate that landfills and transfer stations are essential infrastructure for achieving intregrated waste management for today’s society, as well as for future generations. Modern waste managers have to deal with a mix of changing legislation and guidelines, various incentives, dis-incentives and barriers, extremes of weather and regulation, and existing operational issues to manage, such as leachate, landfill gas, dust, odour, storm water, etc. Local Government and Private Industry Operators also face their own set of issues.

>The Conference Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for this popular event in any of the topic areas listed below. Abstracts outside the listed topic areas may be considered at the discretion of the Program Committee.


You are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations addressing one or more of the following issues. Presentations may be technical or application based i.e. case studies.

  • Planning for and around essential infrastructure
  • The cost of landfilling in the current economic climate
  • Innovation in design and operations
  • Living with carbon
  • Coping with extremes
  • The evolution of transfer stations
  • E-waste recovery
  • Waste levies from an industry perspective
  • Developments in plant, equipment and transport

If you have dealt with any of these issues in an innovative or practical way and would like to share your experiences, we'd like to hear from you.


Submission of abstracts (EXTENDED)

17 February 2013

Notice of acceptance into the program

15 March 2013

Preliminary program published

19 April 2013

Submission of final paper & presentation

23 July 2013

l top l
16. EUROPE: Bioenergy demonstrations of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative

A consortium of eight EU Member States and Associated Countries, including the UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, is implementing BESTF ERANET. This activity will provide funding to collaborative bioenergy projects that demonstrate at least one innovative step and will result in demonstration at a pre-commercial stage.

Key Dates
27 March 2013 Stage 1 (full) submission deadline
16 August 2013 Stage 2 submission deadline [exact date TBC]
January 2014 Potential Projects start date

Further information
Early market engagement document
UK eligibility document

Technical questions:
Ewa Bloch (TSB) +44 (0) 777 137 2409 | email:
Megan Cooper (DECC)  +44 300 068 6298 | email:
Merlin Goldman (TSB) +44 1793 442738 | e-mail:

Industry Eligible Questions:
Graham Mobbs +44 (0)7824 599585 | e-mail:

Academic Eligible Questions
Colin Miles (BBSRC) +44 (0) 1793 413359 | e-mail:

l top l
17. AUSTRALIA: MRI: Stewardship smashing e-waste volumes

MRI has reported a tripling of volumes off the back of the implementation of the Federal Product Stewardship Scheme for e-waste, with the volume mostly as CRT TVs.

MRI is one of Australia's largest e-waste processors, and the largest processor of small batteries. The company has facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

Bruce Jackson is the national sales director for MRI. He said the since the scheme began in early 2012, processors nation wide had been gearing up for larger volumes.

Under the scheme, importers of certain IT products are required to pay a small levy that goes towards the recycling of these products. Funding is then used to set up designated e-waste collection points around the country, such as in Officeworks stores.

The products are then passed to the scheme's logistical partners, who transport the materials to processors. Jackson said new volumes collected from the scheme have resulted in the company moving from 60 to 100 staff, installing new machinery and opening a new site in Adelaide.

For the full story, please visit BEN

l top l
18. CHINA: Waste not, want not
[...] The approximately 8 million metric tons of food protein and 3 million tons of fat that is wasted in China each year, according to data from the China Agricultural University, would be enough to feed nearly 200 million people.
It was this waste which drove 43-year-old Xu Zhijun to launch the "empty plate" campaign.

In order to cut the waste from tables across China, Web users have begun posting photos of finished dishes online and restaurants have started to serve half-sized dishes and free packages for take-away leftover food to show their support.

To read the full story, please visit Global Times

l top l
19. INDIA: Odd timings have ruined waste collection efforts

A new scheme in Mangalore, which states that there will be a door-to-door collection of solid waste, has so far been relatively unsuccessful.

Indeed, there have been a number of complaints to the Mangalore City Corporation about the collection, as, owing to specific pick up times, lots of people have missed their collection time.

Although the scheme started only 25 days ago, people have already began disputing the efficiency of it.

In certain areas, the waste collection team come when people are at work.

Kodical, for example, has a pick up time of around noon, the Hindu reports.

To read the full article, please visit Pollution Solutions

l top l
20. UK: Carbon Connect publishes distributed energy report - From Cinderella to Centre Stage

This report makes recommendations to establish a clear vision for distributed renewable energy policy and regulation and was based upon three inquiry sessions chaired by Laura Sandys MP, which brought together a wide range of industry representatives, civil servants and other key stakeholders.

To download the report, please click here

l top l
21. USA: Compost moves in NYC

Half-eaten salads tossed out by Midtown office workers these days can end up being carted to an upstate compost farm and then returned to Midtown buildings for use as fertilizer on green rooftops.

With more green roofs sprouting up across New York's skyline, the Durst Organization says it will spend between $750,000 and $1 million to install more than an acre of green space atop its Midtown Manhattan buildings.

The real-estate company, whose commercial portfolio includes One Bryant Park, One World Trade Center and Four Times Square, among others, launched its composting program at the beginning of 2012.

Food waste from the pantries and kitchens from the Durst buildings in the city—11 buildings totaling 13 million square feet—is now hauled up to Dutchess County to be turned into compost at the McEnroe Organic Farm in the Harlem Valley.

For the full article, please visit The Wall Street Journal

l top l
22. Overview ISWA meetings 2013
28 Feb 1 March Working Group Meeting on Communication Lisbon Portugal
11 April 12 April Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Copenhagen Denmark
2 May 3 May Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Brussels Belgium
14 May 14 May Scientific Technical Committee Meeting   Finland
15 May 15 May ISWA Board Meeting   Finland
16 May 18 May ISWA Beacon Conference "The 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks - Sinks a Vital Element of Modern Waste Management" Espoo Finland
20 May 24 May ISWA Study Tour on Source Separation of Bio Waste and Biogas Production   Sweden
23 May 24 May Working Group Meeting on Healthcare Waste   San Marino
28 May 29 May MSW: Management Systems and Technical Solutions Moscow Russia
6 June 7 June Working Group Meeting on Recycling and Waste Minimisation Pirkanmaan Jätehuolto Oy, Tampere Finland
24 June 28 June ISWA Study Tour on Waste to Energy Vienna Austria
7 Aug 9 Aug ISWA cooperation conference: Landfill and Transfer Stations Gold Coast Australia
12 Aug 23 Aug 2nd ISWA Summer School Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
5 Sep 6 Sep Working Group Meeting on Communication Vienna Austria
12 Sep 13 Sep Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Turin Italy
5 Oct 5 Oct Scientific Technical Committee Meeting Vienna Austria
5 Oct 5 Oct ISWA Board Meeting Vienna Austria
7 Oct 11 Oct ISWA World Congress 2013 Vienna Austria
10 Oct 11 Oct Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Vienna Austria
27 Nov 28 Nov ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy Malmö Sweden
l top l
23. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
April 2013
ISWA Member Event 30 April – 2 May 2013
Waste 2013 Conference
Coffs Harbour, NSW
May 2013

ISWA Member Event 5 – 8 May 2013
ICSWHK 2013 – 2nd International Conference on Solid Waste 2013:
Innovation in Technology and Management

Hong Kong, China

ISWA Member Event 14 – 15 May 2013
International VDI Conference
Energy and Materials from Waste 2013

Frankfurt, Germany

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

May 2013 cont'd
ISWA Event29 - 31 May 2013
South-East European Forum on Waste Management, Recycling & Environment “Save the Planet”
Sofia, Bulgaria
August 2013
ISWA Member Event 7 – 9 August 2013
5th National Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference
Gold Coast, QLD
October 2013

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

ISWA Member Event 22 – 24 October 2013
WasteMINZ Conference & Expo 2013

November 2013
ISWA Event 27 – 28 November 2013
ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste to Energy
Malmö, Sweden
l top l
Telephone: +43 1 253 6001 • Fax: +43 1 253 600 199 • Email:
Disclaimer: This Email is only for general information and is not to be taken as a substitute for specific advice. Views expressed are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent ISWA. If you do not wish to receive ISWA newsletters please email: ISWA may use virus scanning software, but makes no representation or warranty regarding the virus free status of this message or of any attachment. The opening of any attachment is at the recipient's risk and ISWA shall not be responsible for any consequences of so doing.