Spring ISWA Working Group Meetings 2018

29 May 2018 -


Working Group on Communication and Social Issues


15 international guests, alongside several local participants got together for a three-day meeting between 2nd and 4th in Tel Aviv, Israel, kindly supported by Dan Association of Region and Towns, at the Hiriya Centre for Environmental Education where 100,000+ guests visit every year to learn about waste minimisation and treatment in Israel. The meeting focused on sharing best-practices and innovations on education and awareness raising in relation to better waste management. The stunning environmental education centre (pictured) was the perfect setting for these fruitful discussions. Guests were also treated to a tour of the state-of-the-art RDF facility which receives 540,000 tons of mixed municipal waste per year, 80% of which is household waste (separated and mixed) and 20% is commercial industrial waste. The meeting also marked the end of the term of Gunilla Carlsson, who served as Chair of the Group for 8 years. Tom De Bruyckere was unanimously voted as the new Chair of the Working Group for the coming four years.


Following two-days of workshops, the guests were treated to a very exciting personalised tour of one of the world’s oldest and most historically fascinating cities – Jerusalem. The group’s next meeting is scheduled for 18-19 September 2018 in Bilbao, to coincide with the congress of CEWEP. Get in touch with Daniel Purchase for more information on how you can join this lively and active group. 


Working Group on Energy Recovery 


As usual, this well-attended group saw 40+ participants from around the world get together in Mallorca, the scenic capital of the Balearic Islands on 18th -19th May. On the first day, guests had the opportunity to look around TIRME’s waste management park – a small region outside of the city where all of the island’s waste management is handled and processed. Specifically, the group were given a tour of the recently renovated waste-to-energy facility. The treatment capacity of the two operating lines is approximately 300,000 tons per year. This facility forms part of a wider, integrated waste management infrastructure which sees Mallorca as one of the cleanest regions in Spain. 


Following the site visit, the group held a communications workshop on how to better promote WtE technologies to the public, specifically focussed on myth-busting and how to counter NIMBY. The following day the meeting took a technical focus where the latest best available technologies were discussed in relation to the latest EU directives on emissions and other best-practices and case-studies were presented. If you are interested in this, ISWA’s most active working group, please contact Daniel Purchase.



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