Issue 6

November 2010



News from the President


ISWA General Assembly 2010


ISWA World Congress 2010


ISWA Publication Award: Presentation and Member Discount


ISWA Annual Report 2010




"Waste Trafficking" prime target for new ISWA President


ISWA PROFILE: Maarten Goorhuis


ISWA Report on Waste Transfer Stations (Europe)

News from around the Globe


EU Gets Tough on Waste Regulations and Procurement Rules


EUROPE: Recycling policies for selected waste streams in EEA member countries


ITALY: Riots over rubbish dump


ENGLAND & WALES: Controlled waste regulations consultation published


BELGIUM: Why landfill mining could be the next big thing


UK: Gasification and pyrolysis project planned for Bristol


UK: Business group calls for more energy from waste

Coming Events


Overview ISWA Meetings 2010/2011


Coming Events Calendar

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1. News from the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,

It was a great pleasure for me to take over the presidency of ISWA from our first President from the southern hemisphere, Dr Atilio Savino at our Annual Congress in Hamburg. On the ISWA Board we also said farewell to another long-standing southern hemisphere representative, Ian Coles of the Waste Management Association of Australia and welcomed Guah Eng Hock of WMRAS

as the Regional Development Network member for the Asia and Pacific RDN. In addition, John Skinner, a former ISWA President, now CEO of SWANA replaced David Newman as a National Member representative as David became vice-President.

As a former geographer I’m pleased that we now have a MAP to guide our progress for the future. The Multi-Annual Plan was developed to help us progress our ambitions to grow ISWA as an influential player in bettering the global environment through the improvement of waste management in all communities. This influence can principally come about initially from the production and subsequent promotion of research and publications based on sound science.

In the New Year we will be publishing two new position papers, one focussing on waste prevention and the other on waste trafficking. The latter will be a significant issue for our new task force on globalisation which will complete its work by the Firenze Congress in September 2012.

Best wishes

Jeff Cooper
ISWA President

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2. ISWA General Assembly 2010

On 14 November 2010, the ISWA General Assembly was held at the Hotel Grand Elysee in Hamburg. More than 70 ISWA Members were present, among them 37 National Member Representatives. The latter made some future-oriented decisions, elected a new President, a new Vice-President and two new Board Members. Below is the newly constituted ISWA Board:


Jeff Cooper (UK)

Vice President

David Newman (Italy)


Helmut Stadler (Austria)

STC Chair

Antonis Mavropoulos (Greece)

National Member Representative

Erik de Baedts (The Netherlands)

National Member Representative

John Skinner (USA)

Organization Member Representative

Jørgen Haukohl (Denmark)

Organization Member Representative

Jean–Paul Leglise (France)

Regional Development Network Representative

Doron Sapir (Israel)

Regional Development Network Representative

Guah Eng Hock (Singapore)

Regional Development Network Representative

Alberto Bianchini (Brazil)

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

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3. ISWA World Congress 2010

The ISWA World Congress 2010 took place from 15 to 18 November in Hamburg, Germany, and according to the very positive feedback of the participants, was a great success.

Six hundred and thirteen delegates from 54 countries attended the Congress. If attendants of the German National Member special session (which was held within the framework of the Congress) are taken into account, then a total of 739 individuals participated in the event.

The participants were offered a lot during these four congress days: More than 45 sessions with more than 150 high-profile presentations and speeches; 20 meetings; 7 Technical Tours; an atmospheric Town Hall Reception; and an opulent Gala Dinner

– everything organised perfectly by our German National Member VKS im VKU.A very big thank you to Congress President, Berend Krüger, and his organising team!

Presentations from the Congress and a photo gallery will be available on within the next days.

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4. ISWA Publication Award: Presentation and Member Discount

In the last Issue of this Newsletter we reported that Anne Scheinberg, David C. Wilson and Ljiljana Rodic have won the ISWA Publication Award 2010 for the report Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) – 2010 (Published by Earthscan, London – ISBN 978-1-84971-170-8).

The ceremonious presentation of the Award took place during the ISWA World Congress at the senate reception in the Hamburg Town Hall. ISWA’s new President, Jeff Cooper, presented the prize to two of the authors, David Wilson and Anne Scheinberg.

The award-winning book sold out very quickly at the ISWA booth in Hamburg. As a result, a special offer for ISWA members has been arranged:

Get a 20% discount on any Earthscan book at using the voucher code “ISWA”.

For a direct link to Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities, please click here.

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5. ISWA Annual Report 2010

The ISWA Report 2010 was published just in time for this year’s General Assembly and World Congress. This year’s publication has a new name, new design, new lay out and a lot of new contents.

Apart from a description of ISWA’s organisational structure and financial status, the ISWA Report 2010 provides information on Working Groups’ activities, current projects, the International Waste Manager Programme, the results of the ISWA Awards, the development of participation at ISWA events, ISWA’s 40th year Anniversary and much more.

The ISWA Report 2010, a comprehensive, informative, representative ISWA-Image-Brochure, is now ready for download from the ISWA website.

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This week, a document was published on the ISWA website describing the procedures required for selection of projects that will be funded by the ISWA Project Grant. The main objective is to have a transparent, uniform and clear decision-making process for the sound use of the grant.

The document and the attached form must be used by anyone who would like to apply for financial support through the ISWA Project Grant.

Please note that applicants for the grant must be ISWA members (national, individual or organisation members) or ISWA entities (e.g. GS, WGs, STC, Board or RDNs).

The applicants should be project leaders, directly responsible for the preparation and management of the proposed action with their partners, not acting as an intermediary. Partnerships with other non-ISWA entities may be supported only when there is justification of each partner(s) contribution and benefits.

The deadline for submission of project proposals to be funded through the ISWA Project Grant in 2011 is 31 January 2011.

For more information or to download the application documents, please visit the ISWA website

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7. "Waste Trafficking" prime target for new ISWA President

The newly elected President of ISWA, Jeff Cooper, has warned of the potential for "waste trafficking" to get far worse – partly due to increasingly stringent recycling targets.

"We should be ensuring that materials are fit for purpose in receiving countries and that we shouldn't be depositing waste into the Third World", he said.

[ ... ] Cooper cited Germany as an example, where he said 70% of vehicles that are near the end of their life are not actually being treated in Germany as end of life vehicles. He said that they are instead being exported and going across the border to Eastern European countries and to North Africa and West Africa.

To read the full story, please visit Waste Management World

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Maarten Goorhuis
(Chair, Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation)

NVRD, Dutch Solid Waste Association

What is your background:
I was infected with the waste virus when I became a food waste collector at 17 and in desperate need for money and a job. After a couple of years, I returned to school and studied environmental sciences. Since then, I spent 10 years in consultancy; advising municipalities, waste management companies and reuse organisations on waste management. For the last 11 years, I have been working for NVRD.


What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
I did many interesting things in my first job. We invented fridge recycling and set up the first treatment organisation for fridges in the Netherlands. Building on this experience, we started developing projects for dismantling of E-waste. This was all long before anyone had ever heard of E-waste. We were inventing while we were doing. I don’t know if this was my greatest achievement, but it was surely an amazing time.

Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
I wanted to know more about how other people were dealing with the issues that I had at hand.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Modern waste management today, despite the tremendous evolution in the past few decades, is still an end-of-pipe industry. We deal with the waste that arises, in the best possible way, but we have no control over the quality or quantity of waste. In the end, this is not sustainable because we still lose many resources. The biggest challenge is to re-invent the way we produce and consume in such a way that we will be able to recover the resources that we still lose today. This entails cooperation between different sectors in society, and eventually goes beyond waste management. The waste industry, however, has the opportunity to be one of the drivers.

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
The waste industry is very diverse, and it is driven by people with passion. That is already a strength in itself. There is a lot of knowledge, expertise and entrepreneurship. At the same time, the waste industry is conservative and has an inwards focus. The result of this is that the waste industry produces many good and smart ideas, but often prevents them from happening.

What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
I hope it will evolve into the resource industry.

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9. ISWA Report on Waste Transfer Stations (Europe)

ISWA have published a report that provides an overview of the present situation of waste transfer stations in different, mainly European, regions. The report was written and edited by Gernot Kreindl with the support of the ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology. General aspects about the management of transfer stations are included, as well as more detailed information.

Click here to download the report

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10. EU gets tough on waste regulations and procurement rules

The European Union is getting tough on breaches of waste regulations and public procurement rules by member states. Several countries including Germany, Italy and Sweden find themselves at risk of court action over issues concerning the landfilling of hazardous wastes, and failure to comply with competitive tendering regulations for public contracts.

For the full story, please visit Waste Management World

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11. EUROPE: Recycling policies for selected waste streams in EEA member countries

A new report Europe as a Recycling Society – Recycling Policies for Selected Waste Streams in EEA Member Countries is part of the work on EU as a Recycling Society, which the European Topic Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production has carried out for the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The waste streams include: packaging and packaging waste, batteries and accumulators, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELV), construction and demolition waste, biodegradable municipal waste, and municipal solid waste. Thirty-six policy instruments addressing these waste streams are identified in this useful new summary.

Copies of the report Europe as a Recycling Society – Recycling Policies for Selected Waste Streams in EEA Member Countries are available from the EEA's website

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12. ITALY: Riots over rubbish dump

Italy's government has held emergency talks after riots broke out in a Naples suburb over plans to build a huge rubbish dump in a national park on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Al Jazeera reports that Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, promised compensation of $20m for Terzigno,

a Naples municipality, where the new tip is to be built, the AFP news agency reported.

But local officials rejected the offer, saying they were only interested in stopping the site, which is expected to be Europe's largest rubbish dump, from going ahead.

"We're not interested in money ... we have only one objective: to prevent the opening of Cava Vitiello," Guido Bertolaso, the mayor of Terzigno said on Friday.

Days of anger over the tip, said to be escalated on Thursday when protesters blocked garbage lorries being escorted by police on the way to Terzigno, a Naples municipality, setting several on fire.

Clashes erupted between demonstrators and police, leaving 20 officers injured and 16 vehicles damaged, officials said. They gave no word on the number of locals injured.

Waste disposal problems in Naples have been a source of contention for years, and are said to be the result of corruption, poor management and infiltration by the local mafia.

Piles of malodorous garbage have been accumulating in the city of Naples itself, raising fears of a repeat of the impasse in 2007 and 2008 that saw tens of thousands of tonnes of untreated waste accumulate around the city.

For the full story, please visit Al Jazeera

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13. ENGLAND & WALES: Controlled waste regulations consultation published

A consultation on proposals to replace or amend the Controlled Waste Regulations (1992) relating to certain non-domestic properties was today launched by Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government have been working with relevant stakeholders for over two years and have found that the Regulations are causing many problems for local authorities and their customers because they are difficult to interpret and use out of date terminology. It was also felt that the Regulations distort the market by preventing local authorities from making a charge where they feel necessary for the disposal of waste from certain non-domestic properties.

Any changes would affect all premises listed in Schedule 2 of the Controlled Waste Regulations, these include: self catering holiday accommodation/caravan parks; hospitals; schools/colleges; prisons; and care homes.

The consultation, which closes on 14 January 2011, sets out two possible options for further action on these Regulations: either to issue guidance on the existing regulations or to introduce new regulations. The preferred option for the Government is an introduction of new regulations, which would provide a long-term solution to the issues identified by the review.

  • Click here for the consultation document
  • Click here for a full list of Schedule 2 institutions
  • Click here for research on the current management arrangements for Schedule 2 Waste

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14. BELGIUM: Why landfill mining could be the next big thing

A new project that will reuse 16.5m tonnes of rubbish from a Belgian landfill site could help solve a host of environmental problems.

The UK Guardian reports that it might sound like a load of old rubbish, but landfill mining could be the next resources idea

to sweep Britain and the rest of Europe. UK Company, Advanced Plasma, Power (APP) has formed a joint venture to dig up a giant landfill site in Belgium, and will recycle half the rubbish and convert the rest into renewable electricity. Theproject, which will become operational by 2014, is thought to be the first of its kind in the world.

Other companies are also examining the viability of similar projects across the Continent to free up much needed landfill space and because the value of recycled metals which can be recovered has risen.

The 30-year project will reuse 16.5m tonnes of municipal waste dumped since the 1960s at the landfill site near Hasselt in Eastern Belgium. APP will use its plasma technology to convert the methane produced by the rubbish, which is more than 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide, into usable gas. This will fuel a 60MW power plant capable of supplying 60,000 homes.

For the full story, please visit The UK Guardian

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15. UK: Gasification and pyrolysis project planned for Bristol

A large-scale energy-from-waste (EfW) plant is set to be developed in Bristol after its developer managed to secure planning permission for the facility.

Guttridge reports that Dorset-based New Earth Energy has been given the go-ahead from Bristol city council to build a 7.5MW gasification and pyrolysis plant.

It follows the announcement that US firm Covanta Energy plans to construct an EfW plant in Scotland, while The Confederation of British Industry recently claimed the UK could quadruple its EfW output by 2015.

For the full story, please visit Guttridge

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16. UK: Business group calls for more energy from waste

The CBI is calling for the UK Government to encourage the use of non-recyclable waste to meet the UK's energy needs. This is crucial for reducing the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill sites and meeting ambitious climate change targets.

Launching a new report, Going to Waste: Making the Case for Energy from Waste, the leading business group highlighted the important role that

energy from waste could play in a broad-based energy mix, which improves energy security.

Technologies include using anaerobic digestion, where biological processes produce bio-gas from waste, and incineration. These provide consistent and reliable power supplies, unaffected by the weather, and are not imported.

With strong leadership from the Government on planning, financing and procurement, the UK could quadruple the proportion of energy it generates from waste from 1.5% to 6% by 2015.

The CBI warned that unless urgent steps are taken to cut landfill use, the UK will face fines from the European Union of around £182.5m a year.

The report focuses on the family of energy from waste technologies, which can be broadly divided into biological and thermal types. Anaerobic digestion can be used on-site to produce heat and electricity, or injected into the National Grid after being purified.

Copies of Going to Waste: Making the Case for Energy from Waste can be downloaded from the CBI's website

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17. Overview ISWA meetings 2010/2011






8 Dec

10 Dec

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

Novi Sad



23 May

24 May

Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling



31 May

2 June

Conference on Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal: Leading Edge



16 Oct

16 OCt

ISWA General Assembly


Republic of Korea

17 Oct

20 Oct

ISWA Annual Congress


Republic of Korea

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18. Coming Events Calendar

ISWA Event- ISWA Events

ISWA Member Event- ISWA Member Events

December 2010

ISWA Event4 - 9 December 2010
ARCPE/ISWA International Conference: Sustainable Solid Waste Management

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

March 2011

ISWA Member Event23 – 24 March 2011
Americana International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference
Montreal, Canada

May 2011

ISWA Event4 – 7 May 2011
ARCPE/ISWA International Conference: Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

May 2011 cont

ISWA Event23 - 24 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

June 2011

ISWA Member Event6 – 8 June 2011
Success by the Tonne
Achievements in the transition from waste to resource management
Sofitel, Melbourne

August 2011

ISWA Member Event31 Aug - 2 Sep 2011
National Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference & Expo
Stamford Grand, Adelaide SA

October 2011

ISWA Event17 20 October 2011
ISWA 2011 Annual Congress
Daegu, Republic of Korea

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