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Issue 4

September 2010

CONTENTS

1.

News from the President

2.

CALL FOR PAPERS: ISWA Conference 2011 (Moscow)

3.

ISWA ITALY: Series of events leading to 2012 World Congress in Florence

4.

UNFCCC Climate Change Talks in Bonn, 2 - 6 August 2010

5.

ISWA PROFILE: David Newman

6.

UPDATE: Latin America Regional Development Network

7.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ISWA Beacon Conference Novi Sad, December 2010

News from around the Globe

8.

NEW ZEALAND: Stepping nervously into the Emissions Trading Scheme

9.

EUROPE: EU institute tables resource-efficiency indicators

10.

UNITED KINGDOM: £8m to create UK’s first city-wide reuse and repair service

11.

GERMANY: Paving slabs that clean the air

12.

WORLD: Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050 paper

13.

NETHERLANDS: Group plans to turn trash vortex into island eco-paradise

14.

SWITZERLAND: Room to grow in Swiss plastic recycling

Coming Events

15.

ISWA 2010 Congress - Hamburg, Germany

16.

Overview ISWA Meetings 2010

17.

Calendar of Upcoming Conferences

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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 iswa@iswa.org. 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,

On 18 August, I had the great pleasure of presenting the new Spanish version of ISWA’s White Paper on Waste and Climate Change to the participants of the “Conference on Fundamentals of Sanitary Landfill Biogas Energy Projects” held at the Universidad premises of ISALUD in Buenos Aires.

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Asociación para el Estudio de los Residuos Sólidos (ARS), ISWA and the “Methane to Markets Partnership” of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency organised the event. Ricardo Rollandi, ARS Executive Director, and Dr. Carlos Garavelli, Universidad ISALUD’s Principal, gave the welcoming addresses.

More than 100 participants from three main sectors related to waste and energy generation attended the Conference. These included public and private sanitary landfills operators; companies from the Argentina Business Council for Sustainable Development (the industrial sector and potential customers who may use energy derived from biogas captured in sanitary landfills); and national, provincial and municipal governmental bodies responsible for the generation, transport and distribution of electric power and the production of alternative energies.

I am glad that the ideas, visions and commitments stated in ISWA’s White Paper on Waste and Climate Change were received with great interest by this high-profile audience and are now more easily accessible to the Spanish speaking part of the world.

Best regards,

Atilio Savino
ISWA President

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS: ISWA Conference 2011 (Moscow)

Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal: Leading Edge Technologies Conference will be held in Moscow between 31 May – 2 June 2011 during WasteTech – the 7th International Exhibition and Conference for Waste Management, Recycling, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy.

The Conference focuses on solid waste treatment and disposal, and provides an opportunity to discuss questions of interest for waste and recycling specialists throughout the world.

Individuals are invited to submit abstracts / full papers on any of the conference topics.

WasteTech Trade Fair will feature many key market players and technical experts. It will be the best meeting place for the solid waste and recycling industry in the region.

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Both events will take place in Moscow – the mostpopulous Russian city. Partaking in WasteTech andits Conference will expose you to the charming world of Russia's history and culture and add some relaxation to your business trip.

For more information visit www.waste-tech.ru

Conference manager:
Ms. Natalia Konovalova
E: konovalova@sibico.com
T: +7 495 225 5986

Submission deadline – 20 December 2010

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3. ISWA ITALY: Series of events leading to 2012 World Congress in Florence

The National Member for Italy, ATIA-ISWA ITALIA, which will be hosting the 2012 World Congress in Florence, is organising a series of events leading to the Congress.

On 18 May 2010, over 100 participants in Rome attended a half-day seminar on anaerobic digestion. The next events are scheduled for:

  • 14 October in Florence, with a one-day seminar on the privatisation of public services
  • 4 November in Rimini, a one-day dialogue between countries form the Mediterranean basin
  • 2 December in Rome, a one-day seminar on the technologies for recycling construction and demolition waste, especially from areas hit by earthquakes

All these events are planned to promote interest within Italy in the 2012 Congress.

More information can be obtained from the
ISWA 2012 World Congress website

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4. UNFCCC Climate Change Talks in Bonn, 2 - 6 August 2010

ISWA holds the official status as an Observer Organisation of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Gerfried Habenicht from the General Secretariat, represented ISWA at the UNFCCC Climate Change Talks in Bonn and circulated the ISWA White Paper on Waste and Climate Change among the delegates.

The news headlines during the UNFCCC Climate Change Talks, which were held in the first week of August in Bonn, couldn’t have been “more suitable”: Russia is suffering from a punishing drought as a result of the hottest summer ever recorded, and large areas are sustaining wildfires. Peru declares a state of emergency because of extremes of cold with temperatures between minus 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. China and Pakistan are facing their worst floods in decades. Thousands of people are dying all over the world due to extreme weather phenomena. The national delegates, however, didn’t seem to be very impressed by these scenarios.

Click here for Gerfried Habenicht’s report from the event.

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5. ISWA PROFILE: David Newman

Name:
David Newman

Company:
Italian Compost Consortium (CIC)

What is your background:
I’m an Englishman living the last 25 years in Italy, having grown up in Australia. I worked in international trading in London before coming to Italy where my last 15 years were spent running associations, including ISWA in Italy.

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Did you always work in the waste industry?
No, before 1997 I worked for myself and as a volunteer, then Director of Greenpeace in Italy.

When did you commence your current position in ISWA?
I was nominated as an international Board member in 2007 and re-confirmed in 2008.  I was nominated as Director of the Italian ATIA-ISWA association in 2004.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Undoubtedly ensuring waste is effectively collected in the many countries where systems are still not in place or are inadequate, including southern European countries. So much waste is ending up in our seas, on open land, in our woods and forests, it’s quite sickening.

In your opinion, what are the industry's strengths and weaknesses?
The strengths are having ensured environmentally secure waste recycling and disposal technologies — from the new generation of incinerators, to composting plants, to managed sanitary landfills, etc. The weakness is not providing technologies and systems for developing countries that have the same results at costs that are affordable.

What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
1. Consolidation: Too many small, local operators do not have the critical mass to invest in adequate plants and collection systems. 2. Increasing recovery of both, secondary raw materials and energy, and the closure of landfills. 3. Steeply rising costs in less developed countries.

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6. UPDATE: Latin America Regional Development Network

In May 2010, the ISWA White Paper on Waste and Climate Change was translated into Spanish.

The report is being currently distributed among Latin American RDN members, National, Municipal and Provincial Authorities, as well as Private companies of the sector within the region.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the White Paper in Spanish, please contact:

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Asociación para el Estudio de los Residuos Sólidos
National Member of ISWA in Argentina
Venezuela 931, 2º Piso- Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
T/F: +54 911 4342-6368/6825
E:
info@ars.org.ar or ars@isalud.edu.ar

W: www.ars.org.ar

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7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ISWA Beacon Conference Novi Sad, December 2010

The ISWA Beacon Conference on Public Private Partnership and Hazardous Waste in Developing Countries in SEE, Middle East and Mediterranean Region, organised by ISWA and SeSWA (Serbian Solid Waste Association), will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia from 8 - 10 December 2010.

Main topics:

  • Public – Private Partnership (PPP)
  • Hazardous Waste (Medical Waste)
  • Waste Management Case Studies

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission

1 October 2010

Abstract Confirmation

10 October 2010

Manuscript Submission

10 November 2010

Authors are invited to submit Abstracts according to the Submissions Guidelines.

Online registration and abstract submission are now opened.

For more information, click here or visit the Conference website at www.iswabeacon.rs

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8. NEW ZEALAND: Stepping nervously into the Emissions Trading Scheme

New Zealand introduced the Waste Minimisation Act in 2008 (WMA), after being drawn from the ballot in 2006, having been placed there by the Green Party. It passed into legislation with the support of all parties and is expected to change the landscape of waste in New Zealand. With it came a waste disposal levy (effective from 1 July 2009), product stewardship, defined responsibilities for territorial authorities and a contestable Waste Minimisation Fund.

No sooner had the dust settled on the WMA, it was announced that the waste sector was included in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS), despite a number of submissions and appearances before the select committee. The governments’ approach is ‘all gases, all inclusive’, with a target of a 10% to 20% reduction in emissions by 2020.

The NZ waste sector is responsible for somewhere around 2.7% of total emissions, and is the only sector to have reduced emissions with a 31% decrease from 1990 to 2008, despite increasing volumes of waste. Other sectors had increased considerably: electricity up by 122% and transport up by 63%.

The financial impact of the proposed NZ ETS outlined at the WasteMINZ conference in October 2009 was considerable, and as it can be imagined, created a reasonable amount of noise in the sector.

For the full story, click here.

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9. EUROPE: EU institute tables resource-efficiency indicators

The European Commission's in-house research facility, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has developed new product lifecycle indicators to assess the progress of the EU-27 towards achieving a greener economy.

Copies of the document Decoupling indicators, basket-of-products indicators, waste management indicators - framework, methodology, data basis and updating procedures can be downloaded from JRC's website

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10. UNITED KINGDOM: £8m to create UK’s first city-wide reuse and repair service

Mayor Boris Johnson and actress Joanna Lumley OBE today announced £8m funding from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) to create the world's largest 'reuse network', helping household items find a new home rather than being chucked away.

The funding will go to the London Community Resource Network (LCRN), a charitable social enterprise who will set up the network to address the 65,000 tonnes of household products are thrown out by Londoners each year, ending up in costly landfill sites and adding both to carbon emissions and council bills, when most of them could be reused or repaired.

For the full story, visit london.gov.uk

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11. GERMANY: Paving slabs that clean the air

The concentrations of toxic nitrogen oxide that are present in German cities regularly exceed the maximum permitted levels. That's now about to change, as innovative paving slabs that will help protect the environment are being introduced. Coated in titanium dioxide nanoparticles, they reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide in the air.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft reports that in Germany, ambient air quality is not always as good as it might be - data from the federal environment ministry makes this all too clear. In 2009, the amounts of toxic nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere exceeded the maximum permitted levels at no fewer than 55 per cent of air monitoring stations in urban areas. The ministry reports that road traffic is one of the primary sources of these emissions. In light of this fact, the Baroque city of Fulda is currently embarking on new ways to combat air pollution. Special paving slabs that will clean the air are to be laid the length of Petersberger Straße, where recorded pollution levels topped the annual mean limit of 40 micrograms per cubic meter (Ug/m3) last year.

These paving slabs are coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2), which converts harmful substances such as nitrogen oxides into nitrates. Titanium dioxide is a photocatalyst; it uses sunlight to accelerate a naturally occurring chemical reaction, the speed of which changes with exposure to light.

For the full story, visit Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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12. WORLD: Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050 paper

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Julian Parfitt (Resource Futures), Mark Barthel (WRAP) and Sarah Macnaughton (Isis Innovation) have written a paper titled Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050. This is part of the work by UK Government's Foresight Programme on feeding a world population of nine billion by 2050.

The paper has been published as an open-access special edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Click here for a Copy of the paper Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050

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13. NETHERLANDS: Group plans to turn trash vortex into island eco-paradise

A Dutch group wants to convert the "world's largest rubbish dump" into a man-made island. The idea is to recycle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located within the North Pacific Gyre, and make it a habitable and self-sufficient island which would take up an area of 10,000 km2.

EIN NEws reports that the Great Pacific Garbage patch, or the Pacific Trash Vortex as it is sometimes known, is the largest concentration of plastic waste on earth, covering an area ranging from the size of Texas to the entire continental United States.

Recycled Island, which would have its own sustainable foods and energy sources, would be located somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii and would make use of this otherwise harmful plastic waste. This far-fetched idea of a floating island nation was dreamed-up by The Netherlands Architecture Fund.

For the full story, visit EIN NEws

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14. SWITZERLAND: Room to grow in Swiss plastic recycling

Switzerland's recycling figures for plastic drink bottles are at an all-time high, but there is no nationwide system for recycling other types of plastic.

Swissinfo reports that the exception is opaque white milk containers, which retailers normally take back along with the omnipresent PET beverage bottles. Packaging for

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food, cosmetics and other everyday products generally lands in the incinerator.
"In Switzerland the guiding principle is that we only collect plastics when there's a clear ecological benefit and when it is affordable to do so," said Susan Glättli of the Federal Environment Office.
Glättli told swissinfo.ch it is more practical for other plastics to feed the fires of local incinerators. Since 2000, it has been illegal to throw combustible or chemically unstable garbage into Swiss landfills.

For the full story, visit Swissinfo

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15. ISWA 2010 Congress - Hamburg, Germany

ISWA 2010

FINAL PROGRAM AVAILABLE

From 15 - 18 November 2010, the City of Hamburg will host the ISWA World Congress 2010 on Urban Development and Sustainability.

The Congress is a unique opportunity to participate in an international forum where outstanding experts in the different fields of research and practice will present and discuss the different aspects of a sustainable development in an urbanised world.

In several parallel sessions, the participants will have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments not only in waste management, but in all aspects related to urban development.

Tours of different waste treatment plants located in or near Hamburg are scheduled for the fourth day of the Congress. Click here for more information.

Click here for the Conference Program
For more information visit, www.iswa2010.org

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16. Overview ISWA Meetings 2010

Start

End

Meeting

City

Country

17 Sept

17 Sept

ISWA STC Meeting

Crete

Greece

18 Sept

19 Sept

ISWA Board Meeting

Crete

Greece

20 Sept

20 Sept

Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste Meeting

Brussels

Belgium

30 Sept

1 Oct

Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation Meeting

Rome

Italy

7 Oct

8 Oct

ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transport Technology Meeting

Copenhagen

Denmark

14 Oct

15 Oct

ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery Meeting

Lyon

France

15 Oct

15 Oct

Working Group on Legal Issues Meeting

Vienna

Austria

12 Nov

12 Nov

ISWA STC Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

13 Nov

13 Nov

ISWA Board Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

14 Nov

14 Nov

ISWA General Assembly 2010

Hamburg

Germany

15 Nov

18 Nov

ISWA Annual Congress

Hamburg

Germany

16 Nov

16 Nov

Working Group Communications Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

16 Nov

16 Nov

Working Group Hazardous Waste Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

17 Nov

17 Nov

Joint Working Group Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

17 Nov

17 Nov

Working Group Landfill Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

17 Nov

17 Nov

Working Group Healthcare Waste Meeting

Hamburg

Germany

8 Dec

10 Dec

Beacon Conference on Public Private Partnership and Hazardous Waste in DevelopingCountries in SEE, Middle East and Mediterranean Region

Novi Sad

Serbia

2011

26 May

27 May

Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling

Vienna

Austria

31 May

2 June

Conference on Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal: Leading Edge

Moscow

Russia

16 Oct

16 OCt

ISWA General Assembly

Daegu

Republic of Korea

17 Oct

20 Oct

ISWA Annual Congress

Daegu

Republic of Korea

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17. Coming Events Calendar

ISWA Event- ISWA Events

ISWA Member Event- ISWA Member Events

September 2010

ISWA Member Event13 - 17 September 2010
Waste & Recycle Conference
Perth, Australia
www.wasteandrecycle.com.au

October 2010

ISWA Member Event13 – 15 October 2010
WasteMINZ Annual Congress

New Zealand
www.wasteminz.org.nz

ISWA Member Event27 - 29 October 2010
Watch your 'Waste' Line Conference
Adelaide, Australia
www.wasteline.com.au

November 2010

ISWA Event15 – 18 November 2010
ISWA 2010 Annual Congress

Hamburg, Germany
www.iswa.org

December 2010

ISWA Event8 - 10 December 2010
ISWA Beacon Conference on Public Private Partnership and Hazardous Waste in Developing Countries in SEE, Middle East and Mediterranean Region
Novi Sad, Serbia

www.iswabeachon.rs

May 2011

ISWA Event3 - 6 May 2011
ARCPE/ISWA International Conference: Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Hong Kong
E:
iswa@iswa.org

ISWA Event26 - 27 May 2011
2nd ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling
Vienna, Austria

ISWA Event31 May - 2 June 2011
Conference on Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal: Leading Edge
Moscow, Russia
www.waste-tech.ru

October 2011

ISWA Event17 October 2011
ISWA 2011 Annual Congress
Daegu, Republic of Korea
E:
iswa@iswa.org

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