Global News

Issue 39, February 2016

News from the President

David Newman
David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members


As you will read from the newsletter we are entering the most intense part of the year, the spring conference and trade show season. This annual merry-go-round sees us all involved in ISWA's activities in many parts of the world. I will be in Washington DC followed by Kuala Lumpur in March and then onwards into the months of April and May hardly a week goes by without an ISWA meeting.


The intense three days schedule in DC is interesting because it aims to promote the ISWA 2017 World Congress which will be held there; and KL's Beacon conference also promotes their World Congress event in September 2018.


Both meetings come at particularly interesting times of transformation of our industry. As my ISWA blog has reported several times recently, the downturn in energy and commodity prices is having a devastating effect on recycling in the USA, where the CEO of Waste Inc talks openly about the need to send to landfill waste they would have been previously recycled. Recycling stations are closing nationwide too.


In Malaysia the optimistic and ambitious expansion programmes the Government laid down for all sectors of the economy, including waste management, have hit a budget dead-end as the export value of its petroleum has collapsed.


All this puts pressure on the waste industry to cut costs. This is ironic as the need for environmental protection from poorly treated or untreated waste requires greater investments, not less.  An Australian report shows how contaminated their coastal waters are with plastic waste, whilst the Ellen Macarthur Foundation rather surprisingly declared that by 2050 the oceans will hold more plastics than fish.  How one can measure this is beyond my understanding, but the signal is:  the waste emergency is worsening rapidly and we need massive investments in land-based collection and treatment systems to turn it round.


A hard message in these hard times of budget restrictions, but we must fight to continue to raise the importance of waste management so we receive our fair part of government funding. I will be doing this in all our meetings over the coming weeks. I hope to meet you in one of them.

David Newman
President, ISWA

The ISWA Scholarship Programme #tradingtrashforeducation

Timothy with some of the 'ISWA children' where they used to work before...
Timothy with some of the 'ISWA children' where they used to work before...
ISWA Scholarship kids Roberto and...
ISWA Scholarship kids Roberto and...
...Aracellys receiving their package of school cloths and supplies with the trash recycling in the distance. These photos bring the slogan "trading trash for education" to life!
...Aracellys receiving their package of school cloths and supplies with the trash recycling in the distance. These photos bring the slogan "trading trash for education" to life!
The 'ISWA kids' started with school in February!
The 'ISWA kids' started with school in February!
Who has to get up now at 6 am every day? Timothy is currently also the one who is personally driving some of the the kids to school!
Who has to get up now at 6 am every day? Timothy is currently also the one who is personally driving some of the the kids to school!

We all know that children working and playing inside an active, filthy dumpsite is dangerous, unhealthy and unethical. But yet, it still happens all over the world in developing countries.


ISWA would like to do something about this by preparing and educating next generation youths who would otherwise follow their parent’s footsteps into the trash. The ISWA Scholarship Programme currently targets 25 children who are sorting garbage in dumpsites called Nueva Vida and La Chureca in Nicaragua.


After 4 month of preparation, 15 February was the first day of school for the ‘ISWA kids’ in Private Primary and on 16th the first day for Private Secondary!


For the organization and implementation of this project ISWA has partnered up with Timothy Bouldry, who manages and supervises the ISWA Scholarship Programme on the ground. Timothy is originally a photographer from New York. For the last two years he has been living in Nicaragua, close to the above mentioned dumpsites. He has been photographing and reporting about unregulated waste sites from the informal recycler’s perspective for 8 years. He has explored this topic not just in Nicaragua but also in Haiti, Venezuela, India, Bangladesh and Colombia. His work also acts to present a case about the health risks, environmental factors and economical injustices informal recyclers endure with their hard work and harsh living conditions.


In Nicaragua Timothy developed close personal relations to the families living on ‘his’ dumpsites and helps them wherever he can. He is currently also the one who is personally driving the kids to school at 6 am every day!


Meet Timothy and some of the Kids by clicking on this video link!


Sponsorships and donations

With the 20,000 USD donated by ISWA and some additional donations we already received from from individuals (Thank you very much!!), the scholarship programme can currently be financed for 25 children for two years, including book, uniforms, transportation, family allowances (in some cases, the child is the person working to provide for the family and they are not able to go to school for this reason), administration and psychological counselling.  


If you would like to support the ISWA Scholarship Programme and help to bring more children from the dumpsite to the school desk please then we invite you to make a donation. Your support, no matter what amount, is very much valued.   


As a reference please enter 'ISWA Scholarship Programme'. Thank you!  


Unicredit Bank Austria AG, Schottengasse 6-8

A-1010 Vienna, Austria

Account holder: ISWA - International Solid Waste Association

IBAN: AT83 1200 0515 7400 2593



Find more information on the The ISWA Scholarship Programme here.

ISWA-SWIS Winter School in Arlington, Texas, 18-29 January 2016

In the classroom at the ISWA Winter School
On-site with the waste
The Group also took part in a number of social activities

The Solid Waste Institute of Sustainability (SWIS) together with ISWA organised the first Winter School which was modeled similarly to the well-established ISWA Summer School programmes (2012-2014). The 2016 ISWA-SWIS Winter School was held at the University of Texas at Arlington and the City of Denton.


The objective of the event was to offer an advanced knowledge in the field of waste management and specifically landfill operations to both existing and emerging waste professionals. The exceptionality of the programme lied in the well balanced combination of in-class and hands on training, the latter organised at the landfill site of the City of Denton.


Lectures on various technical topics and case studies were provided by 23 presenters, coming from prestigious institutions, in example the US EPA, Tulane University, SWANA, SCS Engineers, Weaver Consultants or the City of Irving.


According to their feedback, all 36 participants coming from 22 countries found the training course remarkably valuable and greatly enjoyable at the same time. The Winter School was featured through multiple news channels, such as NBC news or the UT Arlington News Center.


Both the lead organiser, Dr. Sahadat Hossein (Director of SWIS) and the host of the practical training events, David Dugger (MSW Facility Manager Solid Waste Department at the City of Denton) are active members of the ISWA Working Group on Landfilling.

International Waste Manager Training Week in Amman, Jordan

27 waste experts from across Jordan gathered for the training
27 waste experts from across Jordan gathered for the training
ISWA Silver Member, JGBC
ISWA Silver Member, JGBC
The trainers Walter Hauer and Martin Steiner awarding the certificates
The trainers Walter Hauer and Martin Steiner awarding the certificates

In cooperation with ISWA Silver Member, Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC), ISWA co-organised a one week workshop in Amman, Jordan during December 2015. ISWA Experts Martin Steiner and Walter Hauer (pictured) conducted a five day Solid Waste Management training course focussing on a range of topics. The course took an interdisciplinary nature with varying focusses such as legal issues, collection & treatment, separation, landfill, infrastructure development, e-waste, waste-to-energy and sustainable development.


The aim was to give the participants a broad knowledge of solid waste management and to offer the platform to begin conducting their own solid waste training in the long-term.


This course brought together 27 participants from a range of backgrounds of both the public and private sector from across Jordan including municipal managers, business leaders, students and academic experts. 


Following the training all of the participants underwent an assessment for the International Waste Manager certification. All of the participants were awarded at least the Technical Status of IWM and the JGBC is looking into setting up an IWM regional network where they will conduct interviews and certify IWM candidates at all levels below International. 


Jordan Green Building Council have signed an MOU with ISWA and will continue to cooperate on projects, knowledge dissemination and trainings over the coming years.

ISWA Workshop "Hazardous Waste and Circular Economy Package"

Antonis Mavropoulos presenting on the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management
Antonis Mavropoulos presenting on the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management

The Working Group on Hazardous Waste meeting
The Working Group on Hazardous Waste meeting

Over 80 professionals from research, decision makers and industry gathered on 28 January 2016 in Brussels to discuss the European Commission's Circular Economy Package and its implications as well as opportunities arising for the hazardous waste management sector.


Circular economy is the catchphrase of the moment and the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste (WGHW) thus decided to hold a one-day workshop to investigate the European Commission's Circular Economy Package from a hazardous waste sector’s perspective.


Madalina Capruso, DG Environment, opened the workshop by providing a first-hand insight to the Circular Economy Package and its links to the hazardous waste sector.


Maximilian Kling, BiPRO, continued with presenting an assessment of the current EU member state hazardous waste management practices including recommendations for improvements. Identified challenges included classification and labelling as well as record keeping of hazardous waste.


Almut Reichel, EEA and Hugues Levasseur, FEAD gave an overview on current EUHW management statistics and discussed the question on how to improve the accuracy of statistics specifically from an operational point of view. The regulatory needs of the hazardous waste management sector to ensure safe and high quality and recycling was strongly debated.


Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA STC Chair, addressed the issue of new materials and products that demand innovative solutions from the HW sector in the future. Paul de Bruycker, Vice Chair of ISWA WGHW, Guido Wauters, ISWA WGHW and Luis Palomino, ASEGRE pointed out the challenges of formulating regulations that fit both the requirements of general waste management and the specific needs of HW management. 


Nicolas Humez, HWE and Auli Westerholm, WGHW, raised the issues of chemicals in waste and decontamination via two case studies, the first being on packaging waste and the second on construction and demolition waste.


Jean-Paul Léglise, Chair of the WGHW, moderated the workshop.


The workshop presentations are available for download on the ISWA Knowledge Base.

ISWA Assisting the city of Sao Paulo Further on Work Plan

Meeting with the Sao Paulo city Secretaries
Communications Workshop in Sao Paulo

Following the City Assessment and the making of an Action Plan for the Municipality of Sao Paulo, ISWA started implementing the 2nd phase City Assistance Project under the CCAC Framework: the making of work plans for Sao Paulo. The first stakeholders meeting took place in October 2015 and in January all activities under 6 Actions started their motion. The Project Manager, Jiao Tang, and the Lead Technical Expert, Marco Ricci, visited Sao Paulo in the week of 18-22 January and held a number of meetings with municipal secretaries, local activity leads and stakeholders. With the local support of ISWA’s National Member Abrelpe represented by Carlos Silva Filho and Gabriela Otero, the project is well communicated and supported by the City and the ministry.


Sao Paulo has a population of 11.8 million by 2014 and produces 4.7 million tonnes of MSW a year of which the organic fraction comprises about 50%. The goal of the City Assistance is to help the city reduce its short lived climate pollutants such as black carbon and methane from the waste sector, therefore the management of organics is the primary focus. The current Work Plan project consists of 7 Actions, ranging from setting up a bio-waste management strategy and plants operation guidelines, raising awareness in the education sector, evaluating a pilot composting plant, designing a pilot scheme of household separate collection of organic waste, establishing a public communication strategy to capacity building on communication and plant operation.


In the January visit, besides the project meetings, a communication training workshop was provided by ISWA to the municipal leaders, state and national level officials as well as NGOs and the private sector. ISWA’s communication expert, Ana Loureiro, led this inspiring workshop with frequent participant interaction, stimulating them to brainstorm on what Sao Paulo needs to improve its public communication. The workshop was visited by over 30 participants and is still being talked about till now.


The Work Plan project is scheduled to last for one year, completing in September this year. For more information about this project, please contact the Project Manager, Jiao Tang at: 

ISWA’s assistance for more efficient waste management in Colombia

CTCN Meeting with the Stakeholders

Colombia requested the technical assistance from the CTCN in 2015 for the development of a mechanical biological treatment pilot project. ISWA, as a CTCN Network member with experts from the Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC), is helping the City of Cali deploy an alternative MSW treatment plant that will contribute to reducing GHG emissions since September 2015.


The technical assistance being provided will help to verify the feasibility of the application of Mechanical-Biological Treatment (MBT) technology in Cali, develop a deployment structure for the selected alternative MSW management plant for Cali that takes into consideration the needs of key stakeholder groups, and develop a business model and a plan to access financing. ISWA is carrying out its activities in close cooperation with DAGMA, the Administrative Department of Environmental Management of Cali. Final meeting to present the results is planned in April 2016.


The Colombian government has reformed its solid waste management regulations to enable the use of alternative treatment technologies. Current tariff structures do not recognize alternative treatment methods (recycling, compost, RDF, etc.) as part of waste management public service delivery. In addition, the absence of a coordinated, national solid waste management policy, and a city-level action plan for integrated waste management policies, hampers the implementation of the project. Colombia is proposing the implementation of this Solid Waste Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) pilot project, to shift the view of conventional waste management and to promote alternative treatment methods, between public and private stakeholders and policymakers in the country.


For more information about this project, please contact the Project Manager, Jiao Tang at:



Ewit Expert Modelling Workshop Plenary Session

The various partners present at the Vienna Workshop
Presentation from one of the city representatives
The group taking a break

The EWIT project- Developing an e-waste implementation toolkit to support the recycling and the secondary raw material recovery strategies in metropolitan areas in Africa, a Horizon 2020 project, held its plenary session to conclude the results of the expert modelling workshops on 25 & 26th January in Vienna, Austria.


Four expert modelling workshops on the thematic pillars: Collection, Technology, Closing the Loop and Finance & Legislation, were held in Johannesburg, Vienna and Rome from October to December 2015. The aim of these workshops was to work out a set of recommendations on each thematic pillar to develop a sound e-waste management system in the four African partner cities Choma (Zambia), Johannesburg (South Africa), Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Kisii (Kenya). 


EWIT partners and the expert leaders of the four thematic expert modelling workshops consolidated the outcome of each workshop in a two day Plenary Session hosted by BOKU University in Vienna, 25th-26th January 2016. The consolidated recommendations on collection, technology, closing the loop and finance & legislation build the bases for the EWIT toolkit, one of the main outputs of the project. The toolkit will provide guidance on how to set up or improve an E-waste management system according to the input characteristics of a city by the user.


The next steps of the EWIT project are the second round of the Twin City workshops in the four European cities (Vienna, Rome, Porto and Antwerp), the completion of the EWIT toolkit, the launch of the EWIT portal and dissemination activities. For any further information about the EWIT project, please contact Jiao Tang at and Julia Schönherr at .

Let’s Do It! World Conference in Bursa, Turkey

Rainer Nõlvak, founder of the Let’s Do It! movement
Rainer Nõlvak, founder of the Let’s Do It! movement
Kadi Kenk, Let’s Do It!, presenting the 'road' to the World Cleanup Day 2018
Kadi Kenk, Let’s Do It!, presenting the 'road' to the World Cleanup Day 2018
ISWA representative G. Habenicht having a break...
ISWA representative G. Habenicht having a break...
...and more Brainstorming.
...and more Brainstorming.
Cozy trip back to Istanbul: 11 People with a lot of luggage in a bus registered for 8 :)
Cozy trip back to Istanbul: 11 People with a lot of luggage in a bus registered for 8 :)

At the Clean World Conference held 28 to 31 January in Turkey, Bursa, the international network of Let’s Do It! activists decided that instead of running and coordinating a series of big country-wide cleanup actions on separate dates, a new approach is needed. The participants agreed that it is essential to increasingly cooperate to raise awareness of the massive waste problem internationally.


ISWA was represented at this conference by Gerfried Habenicht, Head of the Communications and Marketing Department.


Let’s Do It! World is a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model—one country in one day—around the world. To date, 112 countries and 14,5 million people have joined Let’s Do It! to clean up illegally dumped waste. In 2015 as part of the Let’s Do It! World Cleanup 2015 project. 3,4 million people in 34 countries collected about 45,000 tonnes waste.


World Cleanup Day 2018 


In 2018, Let’s Do It! intends to engage 150 countries and 5% of the world’s population — that’s 380 million people — for one big World Cleanup Day: starting in Japan and ending in Hawaii with hundreds of millions of people taking positive action together on the very same day.


However, Let’s Do It! is not just about dealing with the consequences of poor waste management and low awareness. “We are not only a movement of cleaning up – we want to create a lasting change,” explained Rainer Nõlvak, founder of the Let’s Do It! movement. “People have learned to ignore the problem so successfully, that they don’t even notice it anymore. This is why we need a global cooperation and action to really address the issue to start living responsibly, because this is the only planet we have,” he added.


The international network of Let’s Do It! aims to solve the illegal dumping problem on a local and global level both short and long term – by engaging a large part of the society in the cleanup activity on an action day, raising the issues related to illegal dumping, and engaging both experts, political and local leaders to find more sustainable systemic solutions.


In Bursa ISWA and Let’s Do It! discussed potential fields of future cooperation and partnership, e.g. regarding the treatment of the collected material. We will keep you updated on this in the upcoming issues of this Newsletter.


More detailed information on Let’s Do It! World can be found here



Free Day Passes to IFAT 2016

The ISWA booth at IFAT 2014

We have a number of free day passes available for this year’s IFAT!


IFAT is the world’s leading trade fare focussing on waste management and will take place this year between May 30th and June 3rd 2016 at Messe München, Munich, Germany.


If you are planning to attend this year’s IFAT and would like free day passes, please contact the ISWA General Secretariat at with the subject line “IFAT Day Passes” stating how many you require (up to five).


We also have a number of promotional opportunities available for your company through ISWA’s industry magazine, Waste Management World. Please download the brochure here for more information on how we can help with promoting your products and exhibition space at the fare.


You can find out more about IFAT, the programme and the various exhibitors hereWe are looking forward to meeting you at the ISWA stand 339/428 in exhibition Hall B2 this spring!

Play and win a free trip to the 2016 World Congress!


We are offering one lucky individual the chance to win a free trip to the ISWA 2016 World Congress, which takes place in Novi Sad, Serbia between the 19th and 21st September 2016.


The following costs will be covered: Registration fee to the ISWA World Congress 2016, travel costs (flights: economy class, train: second class) & accommodation from 19 – 21 September 2016


Depending on where the winner will come from this package may be worth up to € 4,000.-!


Correctly answer all questions to enter our prize draw – the winner will have their flights, train connections, hotel AND congress entrance paid for. (Please see the quiz terms & conditions).


For more information on this year’s congress visit


You can enter the quiz on-line here: 

ISWA Young Professionals Goes Regional

The most recent YPG Regional Meeting from Hamburg, Germany

After two years’ centralised international operation since its inception, the ISWA growing Young Professionals Group (YPG) started to develop local networks of young professionals since November 2015 in cooperation with ISWA’s National Members. So far four National Members are involved in its local YP network development, namely Germany, Brazil, Portugal and Sweden, of which Germany has already a development plan and Brazil is organising its first get-together meeting at the beginning of Apirl, while Portugal and Sweden have started the dialogue with the YPG.


Germany was the first to start the process, with the support of ISWA Board Member Rüdiger Siechau who facilitated the organisation of the 1st local YPs gathering in Hamburg hosted by the Stadtreinigung Hamburg. Twenty seven participants attended the meeting with high ethusiasm and discussed about their vision of a local YP network and the type of activities to carry out. The participants decided that the local network would carry out activities such as regular in-person and online meeting with thematic topics, outreach to companies and policy makers and networking at important events. For more information about the development in Germany, please contact YPG’s focal point Andrea Winterstetter at: 


In Sao Paulo, Brazil, supported by ISWA Board Member Carlos Silva Filho, President of ISWA’s National Member in Brazil (ABRELPE), the 1st gathering of local YPs will take place at the beginning of April, where ideas on how to develop a local network and what it will carry out will be discussed among attendees. For more information about the development in Brazil, please contact YPG’s focal point Nathalia Lima: 


If you are interested to develop a local Young Professionals network in your country or city, please get in touch with the leader on global strategy for local YP network development, Jiao Tang at: 

ISWA knows How to COP

Beginning of this year the UNFCCC published “How to COP” - A handbook for hosting United Nations Climate Change Conferences. And ISWA contributed to it with a chapter on waste management.


The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat has developed this handbook on conference management to assist governments in hosting United Nations climate change conferences—with the negotiating sessions of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) one of the biggest and most noted and publicly discussed annual conferences in the world. In other words, the handbook provides a practical introduction for host countries on “How to COP”. It presents extensive information on a range of organizational and managerial issues, and reflects many of the lessons learned and best practices from previous host countries.


ISWA Board member Atilio Savino and ISWA Technical Manager Jiao Tang were asked to write a chapter on sustainable management of waste for such an event. Well done Atilio and Jiao, congratulations!


“How to COP” - A handbook for hosting United Nations Climate Change Conferences (English and Arabic version) is available for download on the secretariat's UNFCCC website:

The handbook will become available in French and Spanish shortly followed by other languages when resources become available. The site also features a link for viewing the 20-minute documentary film that accompanies and compliments the handbook. Subtitles in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Keep up to date with the latest blogs

The Weekly Waste Briefing is ISWA's latest blog for 2016

We now have two thought-provoking blogs on the ISWA website which are regularly updated to keep you in the loop on all of the latest waste and resource management trends and developments.


President's Blog

Here you will find ISWA President, David Newman's thoughts on the latest topics in waste and resource management featuring regular discussions on the latest trends and ideas from the circular economy, market trends and wider issues of global health and the environment. This blog is updated several times each month, so keep checking back for his latest comments.


Weekly Waste Briefing 

A new feature for 2016, ISWA’s Weekly Waste Briefing aims to bring you a brief roundup of the week’s waste related stories from across the world’s media. This blog is released every Friday, updating you with a spotlight on the waste-related stories featured in the week's news.


You can enjoy reading both of these blogs on the ISWA Media section here. 

New National Member in Colombia

Colombia becomes the 4th country in Latin America to join as an ISWA National Member

We are delighted to confirm that, following the agreement of the Board and General Assembly, we now have a new National Member representing Colombia. 


The new National Member, Asociación Andina de Residuos, is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting, developing and improving waste management in the area. They will work to ensure a sustainable use of resources and waste in Colombia and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  


The entity was established in March 2013 in Bogotá and also aims to disseminate waste management knowledge by national and international networking, though academic journals, the establishing of working groups and supporting public and private entities on design and implementation of programmes, plans and projects.


The new National Member will also assist ISWA with its activities in the region, translating our newsletters and publications into Spanish to allow a stronger cooperation in the region. 


We look forward to work with our new National Member and extending our activities within the Latin America region. Welcome to ISWA!

New Gold Member: Ladurner, Italy

We are pleased to welcome a new Gold Member of ISWA!


Ladurner Ambiente Spa is a major international player in the environmental sector. With its operating subsidiaries, it is active in the design, construction and management of municipal solid waste treatment plants and the production of renewable energy from solid and liquid waste and from agricultural biomass.


It is also active in the plant and machinery industry for the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, the reclamation of contaminated sites and specialized environmental consulting.


Ladurner Ambiente was founded in 1990 and today offers all-encompassing solutions in the environmental industry and the production of renewable energy.


For more information, please contact us at:



New Gold Member: Ancitel, Italy

We are pleased to welcome another new Gold Member of ISWA!


Ancitel Energy and Environment is a leading consulting firm in the field of environmental sustainability. It was established in 2007 with the core mission of providing Italian municipalities and local authorities with technical assistance in the planning and implementation of environmentally sustainable solutions.


The company has grown steadily, expanding both in size and in variety of services offered, becoming an important reference point for Italian municipalities, for the National Association of Italian Municipalities, for Italian Regions, for the Ministry of Environment and for national packaging and industry associations.


Our services include the areas of development and review of waste management strategies, communication and education campaigns, energy efficiency, sustainable public procurement and drafting specifications for public tenders.


We are unique in our ability to successfully navigate the public and the private spectrums, in our knowledge of norms and legislations and how to implement them, and in our innovative approach in developing solutions. Our team comes from a variety of academic backgrounds – engineering, economics, information technology and political science – all bringing to the table different expertise and perspectives, allowing us to cover all bases and have a truly multidisciplinary approach in our work.


For more information, please contact us at:



The ISWA GS Team is growing - welcome to three new staff members

The three new members of the ISWA team from right to left: Aditi Ramola, Ankur Ahluwalia & Paul Stegmann
The three new members of the ISWA team from right to left: Aditi Ramola, Ankur Ahluwalia & Paul Stegmann

The ISWA Team continues to grow - welcome to three new staff members! 


Following a restructuring of the General Secretariat, the ISWA team has grown further and we are delighted to welcome three colleagues who joined in January and February 2016.


Our new Office Manager, Ankur Ahluwalia, will be supporting the Secretariat in the areas of finance administration, member services and back office administration.


Project Coordinator Paul Stegmann will be coordinating ISWA’s technical projects and providing support to our working groups.


Aditi Ramola, our new Technical Manager will be managing projects and further strengthening cooperation with ISWA’s partners and international organizations.


The new team members come from Austria, Germany and India respectively. We are delighted to have them all on board the ISWA team, enabling us to achieve our ambitious targets for the coming years and strengthening our position as the world’s leading network to facilitating and driving sustainable resource & waste management globally.

Deadline Extended - WM&R is seeking an Associate Editor

Appointment of Associate Editor for ISWA's scientific Journal WM&R


Waste Management & Research (WM&R), a dynamic journal disseminating quality information on Solid Waste Management, is seeking a Solid Waste expert with a particular focus on Hazardous Waste including eWaste to serve as Associate Editor (AE) for WM&R.


The candidate must be preferably an academic with high motivation to enhance the ideals of the journal in terms of quality publication and citations.


An excellent track record in journal publication (especially in WM&R) is expected.

More information can be obtained from the EIC at or contact any Editorial Group (EG) members.


Interested candidates should submit their full CV to the EiC by 31 March 2016


Selected candidates will commence the function from 2016, most likely for a term of three years initially (and is extendable based on performance).


AEs will be expected to attend one EG meeting yearly along with ISWA World Congress venue and ISWA will pay all expenses.


Thank you.


Prof Agamuthu

Editor in Chief, WM&R



ISWA Profile: Jos Artois (Belgium)

H. James Law, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Landfill
Jos Artois, Vice-chair of the ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues

Name and current position in ISWA

Jos Artois, Vice chair of Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (WGCS), member of EU working group, member of STC.


Company and current position in your company 

Indaver, corporate communications manager, responsible for corporate communications, reputation management, corporate identity/branding, media contacts at Belgian/European/international level, crisis communication, expanding networks in international federations like CEWEP and ISWA


What is your background?

More than 30 years of experience in all communication activities: public campaigns, education, communication to get and to obtain license to operate, lobbying, internal communications, external communications, media relations, crisis communication, relations with shareholders, stakeholders engagement, organizing events.


Did you always work in the waste industry?

I work since 1982 in the waste management sector and have a broad experience in all aspects on corporate communications: eleven years for OVAM (Public waste Society for the Flemish Region), 6 years for VLAR (Flemish Society for the Recycling of Waste). Since 1999 I work for Indaver as corporate communications manager for Belgian and the Indaver Group. I’m proud on my career.


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

I have different inspirational managers. I’ve learned from Frank Van Sevencoten, OVAM: come to me with solutions, not with problems, try to find your own solution. I’ve learned from Paul De Bruycker: look to the broader picture, see communication as a way to support the objectives of the company and evaluate this continuously.


What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

Helping to organise a campaigns for prevention, sorting and recycling on a regional level (Flemish region), putting VLAR on the scene, helping to build on the good reputation of Indaver, helping and coaching people from my experience.


Best advice that you ever received?

Be prepared, searching for solutions for problems. Put communication in a broader perspective.


When not working, I enjoy...

Nordic walking, playing badminton, cycling and more and more reading a good book. I really enjoy cooking. I enjoy when as a father, being together with my wive and children.


Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

ISWA is an organisation with a good reputation, giving the opportunity to meet a lot of people, and giving a broader perspective. Always very inspirational. 


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

I’m an active member of the working group on communications and social issues since more than 20 years. Since 2 years I’m the vice chair of this working group. By my election I’ve stated that I really want to support Gunilla Carlson, chair of the working group, and help her to develop activities and projects.


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

Being a partner in the evolution towards circular economy, developing new business models.


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

There will be no circular economy without the waste industry. We play a crucial role making a safe recycling and closing the loops.

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News from around the Globe

AUSTRALIA: Food waste recycling trial aims to reduce tonnes of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games landfill

A food waste recycling trial by Gold Coast restaurants is aimed at reducing landfill created by the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


The six-month trial aims to identify the types and amount of waste produced by about 10 local food businesses and how it might be processed.


The Gold Coast Council estimates 39,000 tonnes of food waste ends up in the city's landfill every year.


That number is expected to soar during the 2018 Games, with 1.5 million ticket holders to events across the city and 6,500 athletes and officials to be housed at the village in Parklands.


Investigations have shown the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games created 900 tonnes of food waste just from venues and the village.


Cafe Catalina at the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is one of the businesses taking part in the trial.


The cafe creates up to 50kg of coffee grinds per week and up to 70kg of food preparation scraps, half-eaten food and other green waste.


For the full story, please visit the ABC

BRAZIL: Funding problems hit plan to clean Rio's polluted waterways ahead of Olympics

With the Olympic Games just months away, Rio de Janeiro has a problem: rubbish. Hundreds of tonnes of unprocessed waste flow into the Guanabara Bay every year. The problem isn’t new but the prospect of Olympic swimmers and sailors taking to Rio’s contaminated waters have put the issue in the spotlight.


Previous promises from Rio officials to “regenerate Rio’s magnificent waterways” through investment in sanitation have not delivered results. Could the Dutch environment ministry have better luck? In an ambitious and diplomatically unorthodox move it has pulled together some of the country’s leading waste experts, including businesses and NGOs, to propose a variety of innovative solutions under the name Clean Urban Delta Initiative.


“Guanabara Bay is so polluted that we need all hands on deck to solve this sooner rather than later,” says Yvon Wolthuis, a sustainability expert and co-developer of the Clean Urban Delta Initiative. “Plus, there’s so much happening in an urban bay environment like Rio that you can’t just rely on one governance model or technology to fix it.”


The initiative has backing from the World Bank and the Dutch Development Bank and aims to showcase Dutch water management expertise. It lays out 20 separate proposals to deal with Guanabara Bay’s water pollution and solid waste challenges.


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EUROPEAN UNION: New initiative to capture critical raw materials from waste electronics

Each year around 9.9 million tonnes of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is generated in the EU. WEEE is a rich potential source of recovered materials. Due to poor collection and recycling rates and processes that can only recover a small number of materials, many critical and valuable materials are lost from the system.


The Critical Raw Material Recovery project is working to ensure that a wider range of minerals and metals are recovered during recycling of WEEE.

Funding available

The project will commission a series of WEEE collection and recovery trials. This is to better understand the impact collection methods can have on material recovery potential. The recovery trials will focus on maximising material recovery using new or established processes. The trials are to be delivered in the UK (with a preference for Welsh activity), Germany, Italy and Turkey. They will focus on the collection of Display, ICT, Consumer Electronics and small mixed WEEE as these are rich in the target materials for recovery. The target materials are graphite, cobalt, antimony, tantalum, rare earths, silver, gold and platinum group metals.


Register your interest

To be kept up-to-date about the tender opportunity, please register your interest via the project website and follow @CRMRecovery on twitter.

UNITED KINGDOM: McDonald's turns used coffee cups into brochures and luxury packaging

McDonald's paper cups are being recycled at scale for the first time in the UK thanks to a new partnership with British papermaker James Cropper and recycling firm Simply Cups, the trio announced on Thursday.


Paper cups are collected from McDonald’s and then baled by Simply Cups - the UK’s only paper cup recovery and recycling scheme - before being delivered to James Cropper for reprocessing. The reclaimed fibre can then be used in everything from brochures and stationery to designer gift boxes.


The recycling scheme – a UK first – has been rolled out across 150 of McDonald’s 1,250 UK restaurants so far.

McDonald’s UK sustainability consultant Helen McFarlane said: “Paper cups constitute about 30% of our packaging waste and this is a great opportunity to ensure that the quality fibre used in making those cups gets another life.

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INDIA: Coimbatore airport – Zero waste management

Coimbatore International Airport, Coimbatore Corporation and Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC) have initiated zero waste management at the airport premises from [January 2016].


“About 900 kilograms of garbage is generated at the airport here daily. More than 85 per cent of it comes from 25 domestic and two international flights that land here every day. The rest is the waste produced by eateries, etc at the airport,” says Airport Director G. Prakash Reddy.


The waste is in huge volumes and comprises mostly of plastic bottles, cartons and carry bags, and food waste. It is dumped in an open yard close to the cargo section. Corporation trucks collect the garbage from there once a day in the morning or afternoon.


As it is just once a day, the garbage is accessible to stray animals, vermin and birds that scatter the litter across the nearby areas. This attracts the bigger birds posing a danger of bird hits.


“We realised that stopping the food chain would put an end to entry of stray animals to the airport,” adds the airport director.


The initiative was inaugurated by the Corporation Commissioner K.Vijayakarthikeyan. Now, the airlines will collect the waste from the aircraft and deposit it into a kiosk near the terminal building. Persons deployed by RAAC will collect the garbage twice a day from the kiosk and take it to a segregation unit that has been lying unused for eight months since it was established. There, the waste will be segregated into degradable, non-degradable, recyclable and non-recyclable wastes.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Hubbub launches upcycling workshops to 'reinvent' unused clothes

Hubbub is launching a new series of low-cost upcycling events that allow people to 're-fashion' their wardrobes, in an effort to reinvigorate the £30bn of underused clothes that lay dormant in wardrobes in the UK.


The leading behaviour change charity [teamed] up with the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to host the upcycling events across the weekends of 23/24 and 30/31 January. The events saw old clothes ‘re-invented’ and repaired as well as offered a clothes swap option with other people.


If these initial trials proved a success, the re-fashion events will be rolled out nationally.


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