Global News

Issue 44, December 2016

News from the President

Antonis Mavropoulos
Antonis Mavropoulos
FLTR: Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Climate Works; London Deputy Mayor Rodrigues; Amsterdam Deputy Mayor Choho; ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos; Auckland Councillor Hulse and Phoenix Mayor Stanton
FLTR: Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Climate Works; London Deputy Mayor Rodrigues; Amsterdam Deputy Mayor Choho; ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos; Auckland Councillor Hulse and Phoenix Mayor Stanton
Representing ISWA at C40: President Antonis Mavropoulos and Board Member Gary Crawford
Representing ISWA at C40: President Antonis Mavropoulos and Board Member Gary Crawford

Dear friends, colleagues and ISWA members,


Let's Remove 5 Million Cars from the Roads!


I wrote this piece in Mexico City, in between the breaks of the C40 biennial Mayors Summit, where I was invited to open the session on “Cities in the Circular Economy: New Models for Managing Materials and Driving Green Growth”. C40 is probably the most powerful and emblematic initiative that drives climate change solutions in cities. It connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 600 million people and 25% of the global economy. 


C40 presented its new report Deadline 2020 (the report can be found at ), a very interesting roadmap for the contribution of cities towards the implementation of the Paris Accord on climate change. The key-message is simple and powerful. Climate change is the biggest challenge ever faced by humanity. But humanity is more capable than ever to face it, as long as it understands the urgency and acts according specific, very tight deadlines. C40 cities must undertake an unprecedented increase in the pace and scale of climate action, doing 125% more than they have in the last decade by 2020. 


The alarm rings louder and louder: the next 4 years will determine whether or not the world’s megacities can deliver their part of the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Without action by cities, the Paris Agreement will not be delivered. A dramatic “bending of the curve” is required now to ensure that in the coming decades the necessary reductions remain feasible, given that actions can take many years to mature and reach full scale. 


I was really happy to see that waste management is considered one of the 5 key paths towards substantial reduction of GHGs. I felt enthusiasm when the mayors of Copenhagen, Sydney and Beijing described how important it is to move towards advanced recycling and recovery systems in order to achieve the Paris Accord targets. The most important aspect is that waste management improvements and the shift towards the circular economy are considered one of the most “low hanging fruits”, comparing to other activities (like changing the buildings CO2 footprint) that require decades to be prepared and implemented. ISWA must certainly be proud of its contribution: after several years and a lot of efforts, waste management starts to be recognized as a key-contributor for the reduction of GHGs in the short to medium term.


This is where ISWA’s campaign for closing the world’s biggest dumpsites perfectly fits (by the way you can sign the declaration right now at this link) - we need each and everyone’s help to collect thousands of supporters, please push this cause in every possible channel, including your social media too). Besides the substantial health and environmental benefits for 65 million people, just closing the 50 biggest dumpsites (and substituting them with a sanitary landfill with biogas recovery) will result in climate benefits in the order of 20-22 million CO2eq annually! According to the USA EPA GHGs calculator, this is equal to removing 5 million cars from the USA roads! 


Closing the world’s biggest dumpsites is a very difficult challenge. But, the world is more capable than ever to do it. Let’s start by picking battles small enough to win, but big enough to matter… 


Antonis Mavropoulos

President ISWA

ISWA at COP 22 in Marrakech

ISWA Side Event at COP22
ISWA Side Event at COP22
The panelists from ISWA, The World Bank, GIZ, CDP, IWA and OECD
The panelists from ISWA, The World Bank, GIZ, CDP, IWA and OECD
ISWA Board Member Gary Crawford addresses the audience
ISWA Board Member Gary Crawford addresses the audience

This year again, ISWA has closely followed the climate negotiations of the Conference to the Parties (COP) 22 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), organised during 7-18 November in Marrakech, Morocco.


The COP 22 built on the momentum the Paris Agreement has set at the COP 21 in Paris last year and focused on the transitioning from the Agreement to the implementation of the specific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Despite the US election results during the first week of the event, the parties had continued the intense discussions on a number of topics, such as mitigation, adaptation, market mechanisms, implementation, compliance, transparency, or finance.


ISWA partnered with the International Water Association (IWA) and OECD to organise a side event on “Unlocking & financing the water and waste & resource potential for climate resilient, low -carbon emerging cities” on 17 November. Other participants were World Bank, GIZ, CDP, The Mexican Federal Government and Nature Conservancy representatives.


This side event addressed the current bottlenecks and opportunities for cities to deliver climate-resilient, low-carbon water and waste services in emerging economies. It was highlighted that both the water and waste sector provide attractive opportunities for cities to take action in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to help meet the UN Climate targets and other sustainable development goals.


It was reinforced that to make the most of these opportunities, and of the synergies of the two sectors, requires a shift in policies, regulations, financing and planning approaches that fully embrace their positive contribution to low-carbon cities. The development of a project pipeline for investments will require creditworthy cities and service providers to make informed decisions about financing options, preparing bankable projects that deliver value and contribute towards emissions reductions and resiliency measures that enable the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The session kicked off with four short presentations framing the above messages. A panel discussion followed with a group of experts from the World Bank, GIZ, CDP, and the Nature Conservancy.


ISWA was also involved in a number of panel discussions and side events across the 2-week conference including panel discussions on "Sustainable Solid Waste Solutions for Communities and Climate Change" and "Business & Industry Showcase event at COP22 - CDP Business & Industry".

ISWA at HABITAT III: Putting Waste on the New Urban Agenda

The Vice-Minister of Ecuador signs ISWA's Declaration 'Let's Close the World's 50 biggest Dumpsites'
The Vice-Minister of Ecuador signs ISWA's Declaration 'Let's Close the World's 50 biggest Dumpsites'
FLTR: Johannes Frommann (GIZ), Franz-Birger Marre (BMZ), Luís Marinheiro (ISWA Working Group on Landfill), Sandra M. Mazo-Nix (UNEP), Juan-Carlos Soria (Ecuador Ministry of Environment), Jiao Tang (ISWA), Peter Kurz (City of Mannheim)
FLTR: Johannes Frommann (GIZ), Franz-Birger Marre (BMZ), Luís Marinheiro (ISWA Working Group on Landfill), Sandra M. Mazo-Nix (UNEP), Juan-Carlos Soria (Ecuador Ministry of Environment), Jiao Tang (ISWA), Peter Kurz (City of Mannheim)
ISWA's Side Event at HABITAT III attracted a packed crowd
ISWA's Side Event at HABITAT III attracted a packed crowd

You may have already read about ISWA's Declaration calling for a commitment to action on closing the world’s 50 biggest open dumpsites. It was in October at the UN's HABITAT III conference that the declaration was first announced and signed.


ISWA organised a side event at the UN's largest gathering on sustainable urban growth, which takes place every 20 years. UN HABITAT and the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development convenes to discuss the New Urban Agenda. More than 45,000 were gathered in Quito, Ecuador to discuss these challenges. 


ISWA's side event addressed the issue of waste and stressed the importance of effective and sustainable waste management infrastructures in a world where more than half the population now live in dense urban areas, with a specific focus on closing open dumpsites. 


The opening address came from Mr Juan-Carlos Soria, Vice-Minister for the environment of Ecuardor who discussed the overall situation in Ecuador and how the ministry has developed an action plan to close all dumpsites in Ecuador as quickly as possible with sustainable alternatives being established. We are also very proud that Mr Juan-Carlos Soria was the very first signatory of our declaration and the first of many to come. 


The other high level panel members were Johannes Frommann (GIZ), Franz-Birger Marré (BMZ), Luís Marinheiro (ISWA Working Group Landfill), Sandra M. Mazo-Nix (UNEP), Juan-Carlos Soria (Ecuador Ministry of Environment) Peter Kurz (City of Mannheim) and was moderated by Jiao Tang (ISWA General Secretariat). 


ISWA's presence, and the completely packed audience, proves that solving the global waste crisis by addressing the issue of dumpsites is an important issue being considered at the highest level and it is recognised as being fundamental to global sustainability. This will be one of our key missions over the coming years and we urge you to sign our declaration and show your support.


Your support counts! Click the link above and sign ISWA's Declaration 'Let's Close the World's 50 biggest Dumpsites'!

WasteMET Asia 2016: Focusing on a Greener Tomorrow

ISWA MD Hermann Koller (second left) gave a presentation and led a panel discussion
ISWA MD Hermann Koller (second left) gave a presentation and led a panel discussion
200 experts from 11 countries attended the event
200 experts from 11 countries attended the event

ISWA Managing Director, Hermann Koller was in China earlier this month for WasteMET Asia 2016, alongside ISWA's National Members from China, Singapore, New Zealand and Korea. 


WasteMET Asia 2016, a two-day international waste management conference co-organised by ISWA's National Member in Singapore (WMRAS), themed as “Innovate and Collaborate for a Greener Tomorrow” concluded at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China on 25th November 2016 with approximately 200 attendees from 11 countries.


Hermann Koller gave a presentation on improving waste management: a global perspective – developments and best practices, and also moderated a panel discussion. ISWA’s Board representative of the Regional Development Network for the Asia Pacific Region, Mr Ho de Leong presented on business owner's perspective on fleet management in Malaysia.


Distinguished guests included Madam Fan Ming Zhi, Deputy Secretary General, China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation, Madam Hong Bing, Chief Economist, Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Guangdong and Mr Chua Teng Hoe, Consul-General of the Republic of Singapore in Guangzhou.


The event aimed to strengthen industry players’ capabilities and tackling the country’s waste management challenges and needs. Organised by SingEx Exhibitions and Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS), co-organised by Guangdong Environmental Sanitation Association (GDESA) and supported by the Asia Pacific Waste and Environment Alliance (APWEA), the event facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony to welcome four more associations including a number of ISWA National Members - China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAUES), Hong Kong Waste Management Association (HKWMA), Waste Management Institute of New Zealand Inc. (WasteMINZ) and Korea Waste Association (KWA). 

ISWA European Group Meeting in Brussels

On November 14th, 2016, the latest ISWA European Group Meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium, with the focus on a Circular Economy - The Role of Biowaste and Plastics. With over 90 participants, and 15 speakers, the event was a great success.


The meeting was divided into two sessions: Biowaste and Plastics and captured some of the most important developments in these fields around the circular economy package, focusing on the realities on the ground, the emerging EC policy framework and the emerging technologies that could play a key role in delivering the new priorities.


Dr Costas Velis, ISWA EU Group Vice Chair, welcomed the invited and keynote speakers and explained that the aspiration of the event series is to facilitate the cross-sector debate in Europe around the resource recovery matters. Speakers included Mr. Sadauskas, Head of Green Economy at the DG Environment, Ms. Bettina Kamuk, newly elected STC Chair, and Marco Ricci, Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste.


The meeting received some very positive feedback and the speakers stressed the core importance of both topics, bio-waste and plastics in the forthcoming implementation of the European policies and not least the Circular Economy Package, noting that in the next year, EC has to come up with a new plastics strategy that will work across sectors, which is a major challenge, including the hot issue of plastics marine litter. ISWA has just established a new Marine Litter Task Force and has also stressed that biowaste matters will be receiving high attention this time. 


ISWA’s European Group meet 2-3 times per year and we always welcome guests to participate in the talks and discussions. We encourage all of our European members to participate – dates for the next meeting will appear in the ISWA Calendar.  


President Antonis Mavropoulos addresses the audience at ISWA's booth at ECOMONDO
President Antonis Mavropoulos addresses the audience at ISWA's booth at ECOMONDO
Guests networking at the ISWA booth at ECOMONDO
Guests networking at the ISWA booth at ECOMONDO

Over the course of this year and throughout the upcoming years ISWA has made it a priority to reach out to it's members, one of the best ways to do this is by strengthening its presence at the various trade fairs and exhibitions alongside many of our members. 


This November, for the second year, ISWA (and Waste Management World, ISWA's Official Industry Magazine) were invited to be present at ECOMONDO, in the seaside town of Rimini, Italy. ECOMONDO is one of Europe's biggest trade fares on green technology, bringing together more than 100,000 professionals from the fields of circular and green economy, offering the ideal location for business meetings, knowledge sharing and networking. 


Present from ISWA are Managing Director Hermann Koller and our Communications and Marketing team Gerfried Habenicht and Daniel Purchase as well as the full Waste Management World Team. They visited several ISWA members and met a lot of people and companies who were strongly interested in ISWA’s work and activities. 


President Antonis Mavropoulos introduces ISWA's 'Close the World's biggest Dumpites' Campaign...


At our booth in the hall of associations, ISWA hosted a well-attended "Meet the President" session with new ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos, pictured. Here guests were introduced to ISWA's latest campaign, "Let's Close the World's 50 Biggest Dumpsites". We urge you all to review and sign our declaration on the link above.


...and ISWA's 4th Industrial Revolution Survey


Antonis answered questions both on the issue of dumpsites, but wider matters on the future of developing countries in regards to waste infrastructure. Visitors to ISWA's booth were also invited to answer our latest survey on the future of waste management, you can read Antonis' foreword to this survey in his latest blog here.


You can also find the survey directly here. Please click the link and complete it - it just takes 10 minutes!


ISWA has already began planning for next year's ECOMONDO 07-10 November 2017, see you there!

ISWA Scholarship Programme: A big thank you!

The ISWA Scholarship Programme currently targets 40 children who sorted garbage in dumpsites called Nueva Vida and La Chureca in Nicaragua
Christof Delatter (right) especially came to visit the ISWA headquarters to hand over a 'huge' check from Interafval, Belgium, to support the programme. Thank you!
ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos visited the ISWA children, their families and all those working with the programme in Nicaragua...
...and obviously both he and the kids had a lot of fun:-)
Season's greetings from the ISWA kids

In 2016 the ISWA Scholarship Programme expanded greatly through sponsorships, and because of this the programme in a first step accepted 10 more kids. This also allowed the programme to work with children at a second trash dump location known as Nueva Vida (New Life) in Ciudad Sandino. Later in the year, a very generous donation from Luca Barilla brought the programme up to the current count of 40 ISWA kids total.


A new tutoring programme strengthened the already existing English programme. The children who were struggling the most in the programme all receive three tutoring classes every week and two English classes during the weekend.


In 2016, we had only three kids who did not pass into 2017. Other kids are shifting between Private and Public Schooling. For 2017, we will have 20 kids in Public School, 18 in Private School and two toddler additions going to Private Pre-School. The 2017 programme will start with 40 ISWA kids and thanks to additional donations potentially grow again.


A big thank you to our donors

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to everyone who has donated to the scholarship programme so far. Up until now we have more than tripled the money available to support the children thanks to the generosity of several donors.

We recently received 1,400 Euros from IOK Afvalbeheer, 4,500 Euros from Interafval, both Belgium, and 15,000 Euros from Polyeco Group, Greece. A big thank you to these companies for their generous support!


If you would like to support the ISWA Scholarship Programme and help to bring more children from the dumpsite to the school desk, then we invite you to make a donation. Your support, no matter what amount, is very much valued. If you would like to make a donation through bank transaction, please click on the green "donate now" button on the Scholarship webpage.


ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos met the ISWA kids

Beginning of October, ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos went to Nicaragua to visit the kids, their families and all those working with the programme.


Timothy, the director of the ISWA Scholarship Programme, organised a special event where Antonis gave an inspiring speech to the community regarding their importance in the world as people who are organizing, cleaning and protecting the environment. He also pointed out the health risks and dangers that are present, especially for the children. He encouraged them to follow the programme, their dreams and stay in school for perhaps one day the dump may not be there anymore and they need to be prepared to plan a future with richer opportunities.


Afterwards, Antonis handed out sweets from Greece, and a piñata was played, as well as other games. There also was an art contest with four winners. The winners were taken on a canopy tour zip lining. For more details please read Antonis’ blog post dated October 11 here.

ISWA World Congres 2017 - Call for Abstracts

25th - 27th September 2017
25th - 27th September 2017
Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Host city of ISWA 2017
Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Host city of ISWA 2017

For the first time in nearly two decades, ISWA's World Congress is to be hosted by our National Member in the the United States, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).


Taking place 25th - 27th September 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the theme of the congress "no time to waste" will cover a number of issues which ISWA is currently focusing on, including: closing dumpsites, climate change, circular economy, resource management and smart technologies.


The ISWA World Congress 2017 organizing committee and ISWA's scientifc Journal Waste Management & Research (WM&R) jointly invite authors to both submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations during the ISWA World Congress 2017, and to additionally submit a full paper of the abstract for the ISWA World Congress WM&R Special Issue, containing the best papers of this world-leading Congress.


Introduce the results of your academic or scientific research to an international audience!


**The deadline for both submissions is 15 January 2017**


The call for speakers for the World Congress & WASTECON can be viewed here 


The call for WM&R abstract submissions and information on how to submit can be found here. 

ISWA Young Professionals Brazil Chapter: A Profile

The YPGs at ECOMONDO Brazil
The YPGs at ECOMONDO Brazil
Meeting of the Brazil Chapter of the YPG
Meeting of the Brazil Chapter of the YPG
The YPGs session at ECOMONDO Brazil
The YPGs session at ECOMONDO Brazil
The YPGs at Hazardous Waste Expo
The YPGs at Hazardous Waste Expo
ISWA YPG Founding Member, Nathalia Lima
ISWA YPG Founding Member, Nathalia Lima
Gabriela Otero, Technical Coordinator at Abrelpe
Gabriela Otero, Technical Coordinator at Abrelpe

Founded in 2013, ISWA's YPG is now made up of 50 young professionals from 25 countries. The local group in Brazil, was created in June 2016 in Sao Paulo with Abrelpe’s (ISWA's Brazilian National Member) and Giral’s support with infrastructure for monthly meetings. 


Here is a report from one of ISWA's founding YPG Members, Nathalia Lima:


Our Goal

Our goal is to bring young people together to deal with challenges in solid waste management, by engaging with wider society.



The group has come together monthly to promote integration between young professionals. Since June, the group has contacted 80 young professionals, currently has 20 active members, created a facebook page and organized some events. At our Facebook page, regular posts about waste management and environmental education are published and it has a total of 88 likes (29-11-16).


The first event was a Workshop for Business Ideas during the FIMAI fair in Sao Paulo. On October 6th, our team of 12 most active people has done a great job organizing a workshop for brainstorming on new business ideas for waste management. There were more than 40 participants who came up with ideas for prevention, transport, planning, treatment and disposal! The ideas were presented to 4 senior professionals from Abrelpe, Giral | viveiro de projetos, Sebrae and Cetesb who complimented and suggested next steps.


The second event was organizing an information station at the Domestic Hazardous Waste Expo on October 28th, during the Zero Waste Week of Sao Paulo, organized by the Zero Waste Street Project (“Rua Lixo Zero”, created by Giral, consulting firm in Brazil for innovative waste management solutions). For future activities, the group has talked about doing online campaigns on waste dumpsites, hazardous waste and organic waste; giving talks at schools on composting and organizing some technical visits. 


Gabriela Otero is a geographer and has a master in Sciences. Since 2014, participates in the ISWA YPG and assisting the creation and development of local network in Brazil. She has been a technical coordinator at Abrelpe, ISWA national member representing Brazil for 3 years, coordinating national and international projects, also being responsible for the publication Solid Waste in Brazil (Panorama dos Resíduos Sólidos no Brasil). (Email


Nathalia Lima is a founding member of the ISWA YPG and ISWA YPG Brasil, environmental engineer and project analyst at Giral viveiro de projetos. Since 2010, she has worked in the waste management field, focusing on the integration of informal recycling actors in Brazil. (E-mail:

ISWA Young Professionals India Chapter: Workshop in Bangalore

ISWA Young Professionals in Bangalore, India
ISWA Young Professionals in Bangalore, India
The group was first proposed at IFAT India earlier this year
The group was first proposed at IFAT India earlier this year

The ISWA YPG India chapter was launched in Bangalore on 26th Nov 2016.


The event was combined with a workshop on CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) and HID (High-intensity discharge) lamps recycling in Bangalore. This topic was chosen for the workshop as there is currently no appropriate policy framework, collection or disposal system for this category of waste in Bangalore. The latest E-waste regulation in India has incorporated the extended producer responsibility for the manufacturers which is expected to improve the e-waste recycling in general in the country.

15 enthusiastic young professionals participated from different areas of waste management. The group had representations from the informal sector, NGOs, industry and academia. The objective of this workshop was to create specific working groups who can work on policy, collection and outreach guidelines for the city over the next 6 months that will be vetted by experts and later propose a solution to the government.

The outcome of this workshop was a roadmap for this project. The policy group listed EPR, manufacturing standards and limit values for mercury in lamps, health & safety, licensing & certifications, import restrictions to avoid unregulated CFLs and HID lamps from entering the market. The working group on collection is planning on designing the logistics, collection bins, reverse vending machines, decentralized collection, special vehicle for transportation and reverse logistics using retail shops in the city. The outreach program will include data collection of CFL usage in a pilot area using apps, campaigns in schools and consumer incentives. The draft proposals will be evaluated by experts from ISWA and the first proposal is expected to be ready by March 2017.

The YPs are all excited and are hoping to implement this project in Bangalore.

Final Meeting of the EU Healthcare Waste Management Project

FLTR: Aditi Ramola, Project Lead Scott Crossett, Georgina Nitzsche
FLTR: Aditi Ramola, Project Lead Scott Crossett, Georgina Nitzsche
The final conference of the project
The final conference of the project
The EUHCW Project Logo
The EUHCW Project Logo
The EACEA Logo
The EACEA Logo

The final conference and partner meeting for the EU Healthcare Waste Management Project "Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management" took place between the 9th and 11th of November 2016 in Birmingham, UK


The EU Lifelong Learning Programme funded “Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management” (EU-HCWM) project aims to provide a unified approach to the development of National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training (VET) Programmes for Healthcare Waste Management across the EU Member States. This will be achieved through a new healthcare waste management qualification framework and an e-learning platform. 


ISWA was represented at the meeting by Ms. Aditi Ramola, Project Manager, Ms. Georgina Nitzsche, Event Coordinator and Dr. Anne Woolridge, Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Healthcare Waste. It was an excellent event with an international speaker programme and a high quality of delegates who all are involved in the field of healthcare waste management. The speaker programme reflected the scope of the project itself and there were contributions from strategic as well as operational perspectives. It was particularly pleasing to be able to showcase best practices from around the UK and the EU with excellent presentations from project team members in this regard.


The conference concluded with project partners delivering three presentations on the future development of a Pan-European Professional Network of healthcare waste management professionals and vocational qualification providers; an overview of the new e-learning portal based on the Moodle programme and lastly an overview of the projects actions in regard to implementation of the project outputs.


At the partner meeting members discussed the establishment of an EU wide network of healthcare waste management professionals and the relevant networks to uptake the VET qualifications. This latter process is being led by ISWA in close cooperation with the pan European industry associations which will try to bring in their respective experiences to collectively further strengthen this process. The network will be a platform for like-minded people to meet, and discuss current issues in the healthcare waste management sector. Lead partner ICERMS and ISWA have held two successful webinars on the professional network development and project outcomes. Currently the project partners are in discussion with ISWA about an agreement to take forward a formal training agenda across the EU for healthcare waste managers.


Expressions of interest from accredited vocational training centers, healthcare institutions, qualification authorities and respective healthcare waste managers in and across all European countries, who would be interested in the implementation of these VET programmes in their national context, are invited to contact: or 


For more information, please see the project website: 

Calling all Women and their Supporters!

Women at the ISWA booth at IFAT, where the idea was first established
Women at the ISWA booth at IFAT, where the idea was first established
FLTR: Maria Tsakona, Georgina Nitzsche, Gali Feldboy-Klinger at ISWA 2017 World Congress
FLTR: Maria Tsakona, Georgina Nitzsche, Gali Feldboy-Klinger at ISWA 2017 World Congress
High proportion of females among the ISWA Young Professionals
High proportion of females among the ISWA Young Professionals
Gunilla Carlsson (left), newly elected in November, will increase the proportion of females on the ISWA Board
Gunilla Carlsson (left), newly elected in November, will increase the proportion of females on the ISWA Board

ISWA will launch a new initiative dedicated to women in the waste sector in 2017.


After requests from members to promote and support women in the waste sector at the ISWA World Congress in September 2016, ISWA organised a first virtual meeting held by Skype on 10 October 2016 with participants from Austria, Greece, Israel, Peru, Sweden, UK – women and man by the way!


The outcome was a list of requests and suggestions to: 

  1. create an ISWA communication platform for women in the waste sector 
  2. develop international network for women and their supporters 
  3. develop goals to invest in, involve and inform women
  4. increase visibility of women at national, regional and local levels
  5. gather statistics on women

ISWA is delighted to be involved in this initiative and we propose to launch a dedicated webpage, and to create specific content and outreach / support communication activities in 2017.


What do you want to see on the new ISWA webpage for women?


With this in mind, we would like to invite all our women readers and their supporters to tell us what you would like to see on the new webpage dedicated to you! Ideas so far include a regular interview feature with women in the waste management sector, career case studies on women, as well as research and advice to help build self-confidence in women for a professional setting. We could include photographs of women working worldwide, in the formal and informal sector, as well as inspiring news and views. What would you like to read about?


We welcome contributions from our readers and members as well – so please send your suggestions and ideas to our Events Manger Georgina Nitzsche, by January 15th 2017!


We hope to launch the page in February 2017! 

Farewell and Good Luck!

Alfred Holzschuster
Alfred Holzschuster
Kim Winternitz
Kim Winternitz
Julia Schönherr
Julia Schönherr

We will soon be saying goodbye to some dear members of the ISWA General Secretariat staff who will be leaving us for new challenges and horizons. 


As Finance and Member Services Manager, Alfred Holzschuster served ISWA for over six years as part of the small core team that built up the membership and services substantially.  Many of you will have dealt with Alfred per email or in person at many ISWA events and meetings.  A most personable fellow, it was always a great pleasure for him to meet dedicated people from all over the world and in particular the amazing family of ISWA Members who voluntarily contribute their time and energy to a greater cause.


Alfred will be moving on to Altstoff Recycling Austria GmBH, based in Vienna – they will be lucky to have him. Since he will stay in the sector I am sure our paths will cross again!


Kim Winternitz, Events and Project Manager, will also stay in the sector. Kim, who joined ISWA five years ago, has slowly been falling in love with sustainable waste management. Since she has helped to organise five ISWA World Congresses, many conferences and study tours on waste to energy, recycling and summer schools on material flow, she has decided to consolidate her growing experience in a Master’s Degree. Perhaps the decisive moment for her was the opportunity to operate an excavator for a few moments at Denton Landfill during the winter school in Texas 2016. 


Organising events is hard work but very rewarding, Kim particular appreciated personal feedback, for example at the 2012 Summer School when an Iranian student said that the experience changed his life or at the Antwerp World Congress in 2015, when a member from Kazakhstan told her: "So many ideas! Where to start when I get back?" 


Last but not least, Julia Schönherr left ISWA in October, to explore distant shores. Julia joined ISWA at the very beginning when the General Secretariat moved to Vienna in 2009. Whilst still a student, she provided administrative support and over the years she could grow her position to Project Coordinator in the Technical Cooperation Department. Julia will be remembered for her attention to the Waste Management and Research Journal in particular and could often be found in her office surrounded by piles of papers, with her nose in an article! 


Julia’s studies are now coming to an end and it is time to decide what direction her future will take. For now, the direction will be towards Latin America -  any ISWA members out there offering bed and breakfast for a single traveler?!


Alfred, Kim and Julia will be missed at the Vienna offices and beyond in the ISWA family. We thank them for years of professionalism and dedication and wish them the very best of luck with the next chapter of their lives. 

All Change at the ISWA Headquarters

FLTR: New ISWA staff members Yves Reynaud, Heather Treven, Sheri Petrau, Jennifer MacDonald and Jose Uribe
FLTR: New ISWA staff members Yves Reynaud, Heather Treven, Sheri Petrau, Jennifer MacDonald and Jose Uribe

As you may have read, we have said a fond farewell to some long-standing ISWA colleagues this year.  We are also delighted to introduce you to some fresh faces and new members of the ISWA family! The new team members are:


Yves Reynaud (Project Manager)

Yves has worked in various UN organizations working mostly in the areas of energy assessments, resource efficiency and sustainable development.  At ISWA, he is now responsible for CCAC/UNEP funded projects in Sub-Saharan Africa to support capacity development in the waste sector.  In the future, he will manage projects in the South American region. 



Heather Treven (Office Manager)

Heather comes from Florida in the US and will be responsible for the smooth running of the ISWA office and in charge of the administrative functions. 



Sheri Petrau (Member Service & Finance Manager)

Sheri is originally from Connecticut in the United States but spent the last 7 years of her career in Washington, D.C. She was formally a manager in Financial Consulting at Deloitte and Touche.  She will now be taking over the role as ISWA Financial and Member Services Manager supporting our members and all financial matters.



Jennifer MacDonald (Project Coordinator)

Jennifer “Faa” MacDonald is our new Project Coordinator.  She has an MSc in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Technical University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.  Her thesis was a feasibility study of energy recovery potential from industrial palm oil biomass residues in the Sumatra Utara province. She is the new Editorial Assistant for ISWA’s academic journal, Waste Management and Research, Secretary of two working groups (Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation and Working Group on Landfill), and Coordinator for internal and external projects. 


Jose Uribe (IT Manager)

Jose is joining the ISWA as the new IT manager. He has previously worked as a consultant on IT, process improvement and innovation issues for a number of international organizations. He is committed to providing ISWA and its members modern and effective information services.  

Welcome to Our two Latest Gold Members!

Ineco (Spain)
Cenviro (Malaysia)

We are pleased to welcome two new Gold Members of ISWA!


Ineco is a global leader in infrastructure engineering and consultancy. With over 45 years of experience, its expert team of around 2,500 professionals offers comprehensive solutions to complex challenges in the aviation, railways, roads, urban transport, ports, environment and architecture sectors in more than 50 countries around the world.


Our high-level technological capability allows us to offer the most advanced and cost effective solutions to the projects we work in, during the whole life cycle of the process, from its conception to the operation and maintenance stages, and for both private and public clients.


Infrastructure consultancy and engineering necessarily include environmental, water, and waste solutions. Ineco provides sustainability and environmental impact studies, consultancy services for waste management, the implementation, maintenance, and auditing of environmental management systems, acoustic insulation and air pollution reduction plans and projects, landscaping, environmental and geographic information systems, environmental engineering and management, environmental follow-up and surveillance in works, as well as environmental management.


For more details on Ineco, please visit 


Cenviro Sdn Bhd (Cenviro) is an investee of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia. Cenviro stands for Clean Environment and leverages on its established capability to provide innovative and sustainable waste management and renewable energy solutions. Promising on its expertise in scheduled waste management, involving treatment, recycling and recovery to final disposal, Cenviro owns and operates Malaysia’s first integrated Waste Management Centre in Negeri Sembilan since 1998. The Centre hold the license to handle 76 categories of 77 scheduled wastes listed under Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005.

With adoption of cradle to cradle concept, Cenviro offers one-stop solution services with the state-of-the-art facilities to meet stringent international and local standards. Through Cenviro Group of Companies, we offer an array of innovative environmental services products and services ranging from downstream, midstream and upstream of hazardous waste management to integrated solid waste management. This includes treatment and disposal, packaging and labelling, logistics and transportation, operation and maintenance services, research and technology development, integrated sludge management and tank cleaning services, and technical and consultancy services. Cenviro also involved in municipal solid waste management and public cleansing in Northern Peninsular Malaysia through its joint-venture company, E-Idman Sdn Bhd.

Committed to continuously care for a cleaner and livable environment, Cenviro is consistently developing and commercialising leading edge technologies in waste management, renewable energy and human capital development for future sustainability.


For more details on Cenviro, please visit

Waste Management World: Reach a global Audience

Just over one year ago ISWA took over at Waste Management World magazine.


It’s been a busy year and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to improve the magazine for both our readers and our advertisers with some significant improvements, including a new, modern layout, with an increase in readership by more than 20%.


Furthermore, there will be an additional Collection & Handling Section in 2017. “The magazine inside a magazine” – after three years of reduced coverage, will put collection vehicles, sweepers, material handling, container systems and much more back into the spotlight. The section editor, Malcolm Bates, is back at WMW and will personally test drive and analyse the latest machinery often before it is released!


We have some exciting advertisement opportunities to go along with our increased reach. Please see the Media Planner here.


These prices are flexible depending on the number of advertisements booked. There are also very special reductions for ISWA Members. For more information, contact ISWA’s Communication & Marketing Manager, Daniel Purchase. 

ISWA Profile: Kathrine Heinrich, Australia

Kat Heinrich, Chair of ISWA Young Professionals Group
Kat Heinrich, Chair of ISWA Young Professionals Group

Name and current position in ISWA

Kat Heinrich, Chair of ISWA Young Professionals Group


Company and current position in your company

Senior Consultant, Rawtec 

Rawtec is an Australian consultancy that provides independent waste and resource management advice to industry and governments.


What is your background?

I grew up and live in Adelaide, South Australia. I have a qualification in economics and have worked in the waste and resource recovery industry for the past 5 years. My areas of work include design of waste systems in high density environments, audits and program/service reviews, business case development, procurement advice, development of strategy, better practice guidelines, infrastructure planning and input into government programs and policies.


When not working, I enjoy …

The beach! (Australian stereotype I know..) I also enjoy travelling the world, meeting new people, trying different food and experiences. 


Did you always work in the waste industry?

My first professional job was working as a business consultant facilitating training sessions and workshops to help municipalities develop strategic plans and improve the performance of their organisation. I started in the waste and resources industry in 2011 and have grown more passionate about the industry every year. There is so much challenging and meaningful work to do.


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

In November. Over the next 12 months, I will lead a group of 60 young professionals from around the globe  together with Vice Chair, Andrea Wen. We are supported by a talented leadership team who are heading up the group’s initiatives. This includes Jiao Tang, Gijs Langeveld, Nathalia Lima, Kristyn Oldendorf, Vishwas Vidyaranya, Ramy Salemdeeb, Nina Tsydenova, Paul Stegmann and Aditi Ramola.



What is planned for the ISWA Young Professionals over the next year?

The young professionals group has formed eight internal working groups (three new and five continuing) to deliver a range of exciting initiatives over the coming year. This includes:

  • Regional networks: developing young professionals networks across the globe (building on our previous successes in setting up networks in Germany, India and Brazil).

  • ISWA World Congress/WASTECON: working together with SWANA to help shape the 2017 congress.

  • Online Thematic Discussions: hosting guest speakers and sharing expertise, experience and ideas.

  • Research: helping increase accessibility to research opportunities.

  • Education: working towards improving waste education across the globe.

  • Communications: connecting YPs to external stakeholders.

  • Mentorship: delivering a mentorship program between YPs and industry leaders.

  • Alumni: for ‘retired’ members who wish to keep contributing to the group’s successes through providing mentorship and support to the YP team.

To keep up-to-date on our activities, visit our Facebook page:


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

I think the industry’s greatest strength is its people. Throughout my work and travels I have met many people who are keen to share their experiences, knowledge and ideas with a genuine passion to improve waste and resource management practices.


A continuing weakness of the industry is that waste and resource management is not regarded as an essential service by many governments and decision makers across the world. As pointed out by the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO), poor waste management practices are having detrimental impacts to human health, the environment, resource depletion, climate change, food security and the economy. I am pleased that ISWA has taken up this cause through its work on the GWMO and recent campaign to close open dumpsites.​


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

I predict the biggest growth markets will be compost (driven by the need to feed the world’s growing population) and resource recovery of rare earths and minor metals (driven by our insatiable appetite for the latest gadgets).


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

Vested interests. We need to move towards sustainable production and consumption, which requires changing existing business models that people have invested in. The challenge (or exciting opportunity, depending on how you look at it) is helping these stakeholders realise opportunities to establish sustainable business models that create wealth and employment. We have already seen some of these business models emerge. For example, Uber and AirBnb have built businesses around enabling people to access underused assets (cars that sit parked for most of the day and spare bedrooms). Exciting times are ahead!

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News from around the Globe

WORLD: Smart Litter Bins Transform the Waste Industry

A number of technology companies are developing smart technologies to help make waste collection more efficient. Over the last few years, Enevo, a Finnish company have been fitting waste bins with sensors to determine when they need to be emptied.


Implementing these sensors into bins allows the waste management companies to operate far more efficiently and only empty the bins when they need to be emptied - the fleet managers can plan their routes based on the information received from these sensors. 


Enevo's sensors are already in waste bins across Belgium and The Netherlands and are currently being installed in Washington DC. In such congested cities, it is vital that the waste collection services are operated as efficiently as possible and the technological transformation of waste collection will allow for this better operation. 


Another benefit for these cities is that they will be able to better trace the amount of waste created and ultimately this will help governments plan waste reduction strategies with more precision.


This is just one example of technology transforming the waste industry, another software- Rubicon - is offering a similar service for garbage trucks.


Read more about both of these technologies in CNN here.


ISWA recognises that technology will play a vital role in the future of the waste industry and we are currently reaching out to the waste management and recycling sector, professionals and academics, to participate in the first global survey about the fourth industrial revolution and the future of waste management.


Read more about it and complete the survey here.

AUSTRALIA: A shot at coffee cup recycling

An Australian company has just completed a trial that could eventually lead to the country's first coffee cup recycling facility.


Australians love their coffee, but their caffeine habit comes with a high environmental price as every discarded takeaway cup ends up in the country’s landfills and stays there for decades.


The University of Queensland estimates that more than 1 billion paper coffee cups are produced every year in Australia, but they are not suitable for recycling as cardboard since the liquid-proof liner found in most cups causes them to be treated as contaminants in the paper recycling stream.


As a result, they are landfilled and take about 50 years to decompose.


Closed Loop Environmental Solutions has taken a successful first step towards opening a dedicated takeaway coffee cup recycling facility in the country after a four-week pilot to provide bins where office workers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane could toss their used coffee cups.


Closed Loop Environmental Solutions has collaborated with researchers in the United Kingdom to develop a technology that can recycle the cups. Called ‘Simply Cups’, the technology can turn used paper cups into new plastic compounds without having to separate the paper and plastic components.


For the full story, visit Eco Business

AUSTRALIA: From old tyres to biofuel

A green start-up technology company has surprised scientists by producing a biofuel from old rubber tyres that can run turbo-charged diesel engines while reducing emissions by 30 per cent.


Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) can produce 3,000 litres of bio-oil from one seven-tonne mining truck tyre. It hopes to increase production to more than 8 million litres annually by mid-2017.


Director Trevor Bayley said the company used a technique known as destructive distillation to convert wasted, old rubber into renewable energy.


He said the idea was driven by a desire to reduce massive stockpiles around the world which are growing at a rate of over a billion tyres a year.


The oil underwent rigorous testing at the Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Biofuel Engine Research facility. Initially, scientists admitted that they were a little sceptical at first, "So we thought maybe it would be bad, but we got very good results," researcher Farhad Hossain said.


The team tested the tyre-oil blends in a six-cylinder diesel engine.



For the full story, visit ABC

DENMARK: Supermarket selling expired food opens second branch

It may be past its sell-by date, but for many Danes it’s a tasty proposition: surplus food being sold in a Copenhagen supermarket has proved so popular that a second store has been opened.


After launching in the district of Amager earlier this year, the Wefood project attracted a long queue as it opened a second branch in the trendy neighbourhood of Nørrebro, this month.


[...]Selling expired food is legal in Denmark as long as it is clearly advertised and there is no immediate danger to consuming it. “We look, we smell, we feel the product and see if it’s still consumable,” project leader Bassel Hmeidan said.


All products are donated by producers, import and export companies and local supermarkets, and are collected by Wefood’s staff, all of whom are volunteers. The store’s profit goes to charity.


Prices are about half of what they would be elsewhere, but even its biggest fans would struggle to do their weekly shop here. The products available depend on what is available from donors, resulting in an eclectic mix that changes from day to day.


Food waste has become a hot topic in recent years, with initiatives ranging from a French ban last year on destroying unsold food, to a global network of cafes serving dishes with ingredients destined for the scrapheap.


British-based The Real Junk Food Project opened the country’s first food waste supermarket in a warehouse near Leeds in September.


With a greater focus than its Danish peer on feeding the poor, the UK project urges customers to simply “pay as they feel”.



For the full story, visit The Guardian

SINGAPORE: Turning trash bins into hotspots for info and money

Ten solar-powered, Internet-of-Things (IoT) enabled, revenue-generating trash bins have been rolled out in a new pilot project on Orchard Road in Singapore.


Known as Bigbelly bins for their ability to compact and hold up to eight times more trash than regular bins, the ones deployed in the pilot project have been customised to include solar panels on their tops to power their operations.


The bins are also fitted with sensors that can measure the amount of resistance from trash when compacting, calculating how much extra rubbish it can hold. Once full, they are able to send a message to cleaners or operators that they need to be emptied.


The bins also come with an odour-masking function and block out rain and air from entering, making the trash less unpleasant.


Jason Kumar, co-founder of Terra Sol which holds the exclusive distribution rights to the bins for Southeast Asia and deals with outdoor IoT solutions, said that these upgraded bins are a more sustainable answer to the regular dustbins because they have a greater capacity and only need to be emptied when full, thus saving on manpower and emissions from garbage collection trucks.


Another key highlight of the Bigbelly bins and a boon to local merchants is the receptacles functioning as free Wi-Fi hotspots and advertising platforms.


Users within a 30m radius of a bin can connect to the Wi-Fi network and log in by following the provided instructions. On top of being able to surf the Internet, users will also be able to see special offers and discounts offered by Orchard Road retailers, which pay to have their promotions featured.



For the full story, visit Eco Business

UK: AD generates more energy than landfill gas, reports ADBA

The latest figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), show that UK’s 540 anaerobic digestion plants now generate more energy than the landfill gas sector and represent two per cent of UK gas production.


ADBA said the AD industry’s success in the past 12 months – during which time over 100 new plants have come on stream – can be largely attributed to the growth of the biomethane sector.


With a total of 86 biomethane plants having applied for support under the RHI, the biomethane sector is reported to currently generate 2.6 TWh of energy, enough to heat 167,000 homes or the whole of Cardiff.


The ADBA believes that with the right support, biomethane, or ‘green gas’, can deliver as much as 80 TWh – 30% of household gas demand or sufficient fuel to power 80% of trucks by 2030.


Following the KPMG report on 2050 UK energy scenarios, and the integration of energy and industrial strategy into one government department, ADBA said that moving green gas up the political agenda to ensure this potential becomes reality is high on its schedule.



Source: Recycling and Waste World