Global News

Issue 25, October 2013

News from the President

David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,


It would be remiss of me not to open this newsletter with a short report on the ISWA World Congress in Vienna. Well, in one word: fantastic! About 1300 attendees, great speakers, social events and a growing sense of belonging to a community, the ISWA family. And so well organised by the City of Vienna in such memorable locations. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this a wonderful occasion and if you missed it, well, you can catch us in Sao Paolo next September.


From Vienna in October I travel to Chile to attend the national association's first trade fair and annual conference, and then to Brazil to discuss the promotion of organics recovery in Sao Paolo.


A footnote from Vienna- I was quite taken by the differences of questions raised during the closing ceremony. From the developed world questions regarded producer responsibility, design and producing for recycling, prevention; from developing countries the comments regarded finance and collection, the nuts and bolts of waste management. This different world view reflects the diversity of waste systems, and we tend to forget in the first world that the developing world is more interested in consumption than prevention and that up to 70% of waste is organic matter.


And this is a sobering lesson for us to learn because it will mean more waste volumes as populations and wealth grow. How we deal with this is the challenge of the 21st century.


Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

General Assembly adopts new vision and elects new Board Members

On 6 October 2013, the ISWA General Assembly was held at the ballroom of the City Hall in Vienna, Austria – a truly impressive venue.


More than 80 ISWA Members were present, among them 54 National Member Representatives. The latter made some future-oriented decisions, among them the adoption of a new ISWA Vision Paper, and elected three new Board Members.


The new members on the ISWA Board of Directors are:

Rüdiger Siechau, Germany

Bettina Kamuk, Denmark

Alexei Atudorei, Romania


After the General Assembly the City of Antwerp, host of the ISWA World Congress 2015, invited all participants to a cocktail reception. Speeches by Philip Heylen, Vice Mayor of Antwerp, and of H.E. Frank Recker, Belgian Ambassador to Austria, accompanied by chockolate and beer from Belgium, gave a foretaste on the ISWA World Congress in 2 years time...


More photos from the General Assembly 2013

*** ISWA World Congress 2013 ***

Almost 1,300 Waste Management Experts from 84 countries attended the ISWA World Congress 7 - 11 October 2013 in Vienna, Austria, and - not just because of these record attendance figures - but also according to the delegates' very positive feedback it was a huge success.


The participants were offered much during the three congress days, from the inspiring opening to the tropical closing ceremony:


Keynote speakers at the opening ceremony were Prof. Paul H. Brunner from the Vienna University of Technology, Mr Thomas Bubendorfer, Extreme Mountaineer, and Mr Richard David Precht, Philosopher.


More than 250 speeches in 56 sessions, 180 poster presentations, several side events and working group meetings, a cocktail reception and numerous other networking opportunities at the congress venue "Messe Wien".


An exceptional gala dinner and the ISWA Award Presentation Ceremony in the Grand Ball Room of the Vienna City Hall where, for the first time, the exclusivly designed trophy called "The Daisy" was presented to the happy winners.


And a spectacular Brazilian samba intervention at the closing ceremony made the participants look forward with pleasant anticipation to the ISWA World Congress 2014 in Sao Paolo.


To get a more detailed impression of THE ISWA event 2013 please visit the picture galleries below.


Copyright by ISWA - International Solid Waste Association:

ISWA World Congress 2013 Opening

ISWA World Congress 2013 Gala Dinner

ISWA World Congress 2013 Closing

ISWA World Congress 2013 Impressions


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ISWA World Congress Vienna - 07 October 2013:

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ISWA World Congress Vienna - 09 October 2013:

MSW Knowledge Platform launched

The CCAC Secretariat and the Lead Partners of the MSW Initiative: Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector launched the– MSW Knowledge Platform – on Monday 7 October at the ISWA World Congress in Vienna.


As a lead partner in the Initiative and due to the reputation and success of the ISWA Knowledge Base, ISWA was selected to be the implementer of the MSW Knowledge Platform.


The launch of the platform was accompanied by a panel discussion by the CCAC MSW Initiative on Tuesday 8 October with a welcome note by Ms. Helena Molin Valdés, Head of CCAC Secretariat


This first and only knowledge platform focused on SLCPs aims to support cities globally to learn about existing and new best practice strategies for reducing methane and black carbon emissions across the waste sector. The Platform facilitates cities to interact with each other and access specific technical, capacity building, and awareness-raising services offered by the CCAC.


To access the platform see


In addition to the launch of the platform the CCAC MSW Initiative rallied together some 40 representatives from Cities, Ministries and Organisations on the 10-11 October in Vienna, on the margins of the ISWA World Congress to reinforce and scale out activities aimed at improving MSW practices to reduce SLCPs. Some of the Cities participating included Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Cali, Concepcion, Barranquilla, San Diego and San Francisco. One of the support mechanisms available to participating cities in the initiative is a city exchange programme facilitating the sharing of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and know how.

WM&R Special Issue: Leading Congress Papers

This month of October readers are spoilt for choice with two issues of WM&R, a regular issue and an additional special issue containing 11 of the leading papers submitted to the ISWA World Congress. If you missed the Congress and this special issue you can view it at:


Authors can take advantage of a substantially shorter review time by submitting their papers to an ISWA Congress special issue. So if you like the thought of your next Congress paper appearing in a globally read, high quality peer reviewed journal you are encouraged to submit a paper for the 2014 World Congress


For the month of October, WM&R can be accessed for free and also many other journals published by SAGE. You can take advantage of this free access here.


The theme of the October Special Issue Editorial written by Professor Paul Brunner was also a clear message of his key note speech at the very recent ISWA World Congress. The Editorial questions the waste hierarchy and the zero waste paradigm, and stresses that we need clean cycles and safe final sinks more than high recycling rates and contaminated recycling products.

Check out the Editorial at:

Young Professionals Group founded

The ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG) was launched by nearly 30 young enthusiastic professionals at the founding meeting during the ISWA World Congress in Vienna.


ISWA President David Newman opened the discussion by asking why we do what we do, what drives improvements to waste management and what are the challenges and obstables. The thoughtful responses and reflections from the young members would eventually become the founding stone of the Young Professionals Group and guide its future initiatives and actions.


The founding members of the YPG come from 19 countries and every continent. Watch out for the YPG’s debute activity at the 2014 World Congress in Brazil!


Please contact if you are interested to join the group.

ISWA & UNEP GHG & SLCP Emission Quantification Workshop

From the 19-20 September, 30 experts from 14 different countries gathered in Paris to attend the Veolia Sponsored ISWA/UNEP Greenhouse Gas and Short Lived Climate Pollutant Emission Quantification Workshop. The Workshop involved participants from a variety of institutions such as Germany, USA and Canadian Governments; World Bank; UNEP; CCAC; Universities and the private sector.


The objective of the workshop was to bring together experts and practitioners to discuss and evaluate available GHG and SLCP emission quantification methodologies with the aim to provide cities with advice on the various tools available and how to find and work with those best suited to their needs.


The hosts of this event ISWA and UNEP are Lead Partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative. This  Initiative was organized to be  a catalysing force to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants across the municipal solid waste sector by providing and implementing a comprehensive collection of resources for cities, including technical assistance, information exchange, networking, and training.


The CCAC is working with the world’s largest leading cities to undertake a variety of efforts to tackle the largest sources of emissions from waste, including capping and closing open dumps, capturing and utilizing landfill gas, and proper waste handling, organics management and recycling. The output from this workshop will be helpful for input into the CCAC work as well as other city programmes being implemented around the world.

Training Resources Pack for Hazardous Waste Management

After the previous year’s awareness-raising events in Asia, Latin America and Europe, which established the expert network as well as the new chapter structure of the TRP+ (Training Resources Pack for Hazardous Waste Management), the TRP+ project now turns to the second phase, focusing on delivering the content of the TRP+: reviewing original TRP chapters and furnishing new chapters. This expert workshop was therefore the first of its kind that will help achieve the objectives of the project’s second phase.


The three-day expert workshop, organised by ISWA and co-financed by UNEP and UNIDO, was concluded with much success and enthusiasm. A small group of 8 experts participated and had intensive discussions on 14 selected subchapters of the TRP+. The result was a much better understanding of the project TRP+ and a first drafted version of these 14 subchapters of the TRP+. Equally important is the opportunity to express different concerns and understandings among the participants who come from a diverse background of knowledge and experience.


The results of this workshop show the effectiveness of this format of working: bringing experts together to work on and deliver the content of the TRP+. It is therefore foreseeable that this kind of small group expert working workshop will take place again in the coming year. Motivated experts are hence highly encouraged to stay in contact with the secretariat of the project TRP+, stay updated with the progress also through the TRP+ website and its online Forum, and contribute to the reviewing process.




ISWA welcomes three new Gold Members!

ISVAG, Belgium
Amsa S.p.A., Italy
be'ah - Oman Environmental Services Holding Company, Oman

ISWA is happy to welcome and present three new Gold Members!


Please click on the logos to view the company profiles.

ISWA & SWEEP-Net joint seminar on biowaste management 25-27 Nov

The ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste met on 7 October during the World Congress in Vienna. Seven participants joined the meeting, from Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, the UK and Austria.


The Chair, Marco Ricci, gave an update on the progress of this working group, including the published ISWA Key Issue Paper on Food Waste and the to be published Info-sheet on Digestate and Sewage Sludge. The topic of bio-plastics was discussed intensively during the meeting. The group recognised the urgent need to address the on-going confusion about the origin, nature and the treatment of bio-plastics, and hence agreed to construct an ISWA paper to clarify many misconceptions about bio-plastics.


Another development is the up-coming joint seminar organised by this working group with SWEEP-Net, a network in the MENA region on solid waste management. The seminar, to take place in Djerba in Tunisia, is to gather key stakeholders from the MENA region to exchange information and experience with ISWA experts from this working group. ( ).

Beacon Conferences on W-t-E and WEEE: Register now!

Two highly interesting ISWA Beacon Conferences to come in November… Did you register?


The first edition of the ISWA Beacon Conference on optimising the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 14 and 15 November. This event was long overdue in our calendar of activities and will be of interest to all parties involved in collecting, recovering, exporting and importing WEEE.


The bi-annual Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy which will take place on 27 and 28 November in Malmö, Sweden, is now in its 8th edition and is a point of reference for this industry. Participate and meet representatives from the industry, suppliers, authorities and legislators, and get the latest news on topics like EU-ETS, Green certificates and the biogenic content in waste!

For registration please just go directly to the conference websites:

Beacon Conference on WEEE, Dusseldorf

Beacon Conference on Waste-to-Energy, Malmö

Project grant: new call for proposals

The second round of funding through the ISWA Project Grant Programme is now open for proposals.


Applications are invited from ISWA Regional Development Networks; National Members; Working Groups and Task Forces. Cooperation projects are favoured so if your organisation has great ideas for a project then get in touch with one of the above mentioned groups most relevant to your project concept.


Priority themes for Funding include:

Waste and Health
Material Flows and Global Recycling Markets
The Challenge of Climate Change Adaptation for SWM facilities


Deadline for proposals is 30th November 2013

Details of the procedures on how to submit a proposal for the Project Grant are available at:

Profile: Joachim Quoden (Germany)

Joachim Quoden

Name and current position in ISWA

Joachim Quoden – Chair of the Working Group on Legal Issues


Company and current position in your company

EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance) – Managing Director


What is your background?

Independent Lawyer in Germany admitted in Bonn


Did you always work in the waste industry?

November 1992 to February 1993 – assistant of the head of department at the German ministry of environmen.

February 1993 to June 2006 – Syndicus and head of international affairs at DSD – The German Green Dot packaging recovery organisation.

January 2001 to April 2006 – Secretary General at PRO EUROPE – the European umbrella organisation of national Green Dot organisations.

April 2006 to February 2013 – Managing Director at PRO EUROPE

Since Mail 2013 – MD of EXPRA.


Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?

I was very lucky that the former head of the legal department of DSD, also chief representative, took care of my development from a young starting in-house lawyer to later head of international affairs etc.

I believe that it is very important for younger people that more senior people share their experience and knowledge with them.


What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

That should be asked to persons who know me!


Best advice that you ever received?

Believe in what you do! If you don’t, try to change.


When not working, I enjoy …

Travelling and horse riding.


Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

As I believe in the sense and necessity of networking to improve our businesses and societies, it was logical to become a (personal) member of ISWA as this organisation runs not only the biggest network in waste matters but also joins the most skilled and motivated experts in this field.


When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?

In October 2013.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?

To collect the necessary funding to move further to the state-of-the art of waste management; ensuring that all landfills fulfil highest standards, trying to minimise the waste that is going to landfills and trying to ensure that all valuable materials are extracted before and being recycled.


In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths: Very well developed technologies, very competent people.

Weaknesses: Waiting too long for the governments for new legislation instead of moving forward.


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

Everywhere in the world. In many parts of the world a proper waste management is not existing but waste is just dumped and thrown away. A lot of waste has a big value which waits to be used.

Even in the developed countries, a lot more can be recycled and will be recycled in the future, see the current discussions within the European Union to increase recycling targets and to improve waste management. The Commissioner claims that waste is the core of his resource efficiency package that he will publish in the beginning of 2014.


What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?

Bright future with lot of opportunities but also with a lot of work to do!

Proper waste management can save so much CO² that governments will continue and even increase their focus on our sector!

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News from around the Globe

EUROPE: Europe’s electronic waste has become Africa’s burden

The disposal of computers and other electronic and electrical goods, e-waste, is a growing global problem. In 2011, the world threw away 41.5m tonnes of electrical equipment, and this is expected to rise to 93.5m tonnes by 2016. This is a concern because dumped electronic consumer goods are, essentially, toxic waste. Old-style televisions and CRT monitors contain lead and phosphorous pentachloride, printed circuit boards contain arsenic, cadmium, mercury and bromides, and fridges contain CFCs. Buried in landfill, broken up improperly or burnt, these toxins can be exposed to the air or leach out into the soil and into the water table, and this has caused a healthcare crisis.


But e-waste is also comprised of small amounts of valuable metals such as high-quality copper, gold, silver and palladium. This means that despite being thrown away in the West, junk electronics represent a quality raw material for waste processing industries, especially in the developing world.


For the full story, please visit Greenpages

AUSTRALIA: Recycling cooking oil leads to top environmental award

A project that recycles used cooking oil into renewable biodiesel fuel has won this year’s Golden Gecko Award for environmental excellence.


The award is made by the Western Australian Government – through the Department of Mines and Petroleum – to recognise companies that make an outstanding contribution to developing the state’s resources in an environmentally responsible manner.


This year’s award has been won by ESS Support Services Worldwide and AshOil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation.


For the full story, please visit Enviro Info

WORLD: High price of global food waste

The waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, according to a United Nations report.


The report, Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources, is the first study to analyse the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for climate, water and land use, and biodiversity.


One of the key findings of the report is that food produced, but not eaten each year, guzzles a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River and is responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Similarly, 1.4 billion hectares of land – 28 per cent of the world’s agricultural area – is used annually to produce food that is lost or wasted.


For the full story, please visit Enviro Info

WORLD: Scientists Call for World Clean-up

Leading international contamination experts have called for world-wide action to reduce the impact of man-made chemicals on human health and the environment.


Warning of growing disease risks from the many tens of thousands of industrial chemicals now circulating round the planet in air, water, food, wildlife and consumer goods, some of the world’s most eminent contamination scientists have endorsed the launch of a global effort to reduce the scope for harm.


“We the participants of the CleanUp 2013 conference support the formation of an international initiative to define contamination problems that have a serious impact on human health and the environment, identify effective and practical solutions, and share them globally,” reads the statement passed unanimously by attendees at CleanUp 2013, the world’s largest contamination science meeting.


The Global Contamination Initiate (GCI), formed as a result, is a world-wide alliance of scientists, industry and regulators that aims to understand, curb and clean-up chemical emissions, which are having major health effects around the world.


For the full story, please visit Eco Voice

NEW ZEALAND: new product stewardship scheme

Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced the accreditation of a product stewardship scheme which turns nappies and sanitary waste into compost.


Using purpose-built plants, the Kimberly Clark Envirocomp product stewardship scheme breaks down nappies and sanitary waste into a safe, odourless compost, instead of sending them to landfill.


By February 2015, the scheme aims to process three million nappies per year.


For the full story, please visit

UK: Food waste messages for maximum impact

Food waste messages for maximum impact – how to engage your residents in prevention and collections


This new research is aimed at helping local authorities communicate more effectively with their residents about food waste, making it easier for householders to save money by not wasting good food and drink, and use their food waste collection service for any food they cannot use.


WRAP research shows that around £12 billion of good food is thrown away each year by UK households, and 4 million tonnes of household food waste still ends up in landfill every year.


Through our research we know one of the main barriers to people taking action to reduce their food waste, or to effectively participate in their collection service, is a lack of awareness that we waste food, how much we waste and the benefits of reducing and recycling it.


For the full story, please visit WRAP website

WORLD: Half world population lacks waste management (UNEP)

A United Nations report warns that about 3.5 billion people, half the world’s population, lack crucial waste management services, significantly harming environment, health and economies.


The study – Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities – stressed that management was not only a challenge but “a largely untapped opportunity,” with treated waste used as a recoverable resource put to profitable use.


To download the report, please click here.