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ISWA at the Waste Management Expo 2018, 2-3 October, Kiev

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) offered technical support to the Business-Forum company to organize the 3rd International Fair and Conference on technologies and equipment for waste management (Waste Management 2018). ISWA was represented by Mr. Alexei Atudorei, ISWA Board Member, at the event in Kiev.

9 Oct 2018 -

The Association agreement between the EU and Ukraine has been implemented on the 1st of September 2017 and introduces a phased implementation of European environmental legislation in Ukraine and transition to the European standards of collection, treatment and recycling of waste. The Ukrainian National Waste Management Strategy has been approved by the Government of Ukraine on the 8 of November 2017 and provides: i) organization of separate waste collection in 5000 settlements; ii) construction of 240 waste reception centers; iii) construction of 735 waste recycling facilities; iv) construction of 19 plants for thermal waste disposal; v) and construction of 50 modern MSW landfills and closing and reclamation of existing 5700 MSW landfills, all to be executed in the period between 2018-2030.

 

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) offered technical support to the Business-Forum company to organize the 3rd International Fair and Conference on technologies and equipment for waste management (Waste Management 2018). ISWA members from Europe were present at the event with exhibition stands and presentations (companies from Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Finland, Czech Republic and Sweden).

 

Over 800 specialists from 30 countries attended the event including:

 

  • 30 scientific-educational and public institutions, associations;
  • 60 diplomatic missions, state authorities;
  • 70 industrial enterprises;
  • over 120 operators of landfills, municipal utilities and recyclers of secondary raw materials;
  • over 160 suppliers of services, equipment and technologies for waste management

and different topics were discussed: i) separate collection and transportation of waste; ii) sorting and recycling; iii) biological treatment; iv) energy recovery; v) waste disposal; vi) economic instruments.

 

ISWA was represented by Mr. Alexei Atudorei, ISWA Board Member, and who delivered two presentations and many comments during the seminars/workshops, explaining ISWA’s mission, membership, services, programs and events.

 

ISWA RDN SEMEM achievements in the last years are known and appreciated in Ukraine and during the meetings with representatives of companies from Ukraine (central and local administration, public and private companies) some of the most important issues that should be taken into consideration for the implementation of a sustainable MSW management in Ukraine were discussed. These are:

  • local conditions - political, financial and social - should be taken into consideration for planning the implementation of a "sustainable waste management system";
  • population affordability to pay for the services - is the "key" of success because “Technologies may be donor/funded but they will be operated with local waste, maintained, paid and supported by local resources, markets and citizens.”

Preliminary discussions with representatives of central and local administration, public and private companies, NGO's and Universities shows that ISWA experience is needed at Ukraine and a proposal of a long-term collaboration program will be discussed with Mr. Alexei Atudorei in December with the goal to approve it the following January. 

 

On the second day of the event a special session was organized by the"Young Professional Group of the International Solid Waste Association ISWA in Ukraine". The main topic of the session was  "Development of Regional MWM Management System in Ukraine" and the objective "To provide a toolkit for the development of integrated regional systems of MSW management in Ukraine".


During the 2-hour long meeting,themembers of ISWA YPG from ISWA RDN SEMEM (Tetiana Omelianenko, Ekaterina Abashina, Sergiy Volkov, Denis Kutsyj, and Ghinea Mihai-Gabriel) presented the results obtained so far and how ISWA YPG members continue to work in Ukraine with the representatives of central and local administration, public and private companies, and NGO's. Congratulations ISWA YPG from Eastern Europe!


Conclusions of the event


1. Ukraine approved National Waste Management Strategy and the representatives of central and local administration will ask in the future for the support of professional associations, including ISWA members (National, companies, individual).


2. During the discussions of  the ISWA representative, Mr. Alexei Atudorei with important representatives of central administration of Ukraine, some of ISWA planning requirements for the implementation of  a sustainable MSW management were agreed.


Donors and investors will come in Ukraine if the list of minimum risks will eliminated or reduced:

  • Political stability and willingness to improve the actual situation;
  • Legislation - not only the Strategy but also some specific technical norms and quality standards;
  • Institutional arrangements - from municipalities to regional MSW systems;
  • Existing Infrastructure and future needs:
  • Financial risk;
  • Population affordability to pay for the service.

The new ISWA message is very appreciated in Eastern Europe.

Its’ not about waste! It’s about people!

 

The discussions and conclusions show a positive start to ISWA’s future involvement in the implementation of a sustainable waste management system in Ukraine.

 

For more information, contact  Mr. Alexei Atudorei alexei.atudorei [at] yahoo.com

 

About the Waste Management Exhibition

 

Waste Management 2018 Exhibition is the main platform for attracting investments and advanced technologies into the unique developing market of Ukraine, which is going through significant development due to following legislation changes. Visit www.wm-expo.com to learn more.


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