The objective of the ISWA-SWIS Winter School is to provide advanced knowledge in the field of waste management to an international audience of existing and emerging solid waste experts.

 

At the joint ISWA and SWIS (Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability) Winter School at the University of Texas at Arlington, together with the cities of Irving, Garland, and Grand Prairie Texas, USA, the participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on the challenges of solid waste management in developing economies. However, the unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced – with one week dedicated to each.

Participants will learn to understand:

  • Landfill siting, design and construction, and operation
  • Landfill leachate and gas management and utilization (LFGTE)
  • Sustainable waste management (including recycling, composting and waste to energy)
  • Waste Economics including waste business development

Specialty areas such as perpetual or sustainable landfill, landfill design and operation and the landfill mining including feasibility, preliminary investigation, operation and management of landfill mining, and impact of landfill mining of sustainable waste management system will be extensively covered. Selected project case studies will be presented and discussed to enhance learning experience.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

THE PROGRAMME

The unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands-on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced – with one week dedicated to each. See what that looks like by clicking on week 1 and week 2 and find out what we have in store for you on each day.

 

The unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands-on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced – with one week dedicated to ach day.

Programme Week 1

Monday. Introduction to Sustainable Waste Management; Landfill basics, Special Case Studies and Waste Characteristics

Tuesday. Landfill Operation, Working Face, Leachate Basics, Leachate Management, Bottom Liner and Drainage

Wednesday. Field Visit (City of Irving Landfill): Landfill Operations Working Face and Equipment Demonstration

Thursday. Leachate Generation Modelling, Landfill Gas Basics, Landfill Gas Generation Model and Landfill Gas to Energy

Friday. Field Visit (City of Grand Prairie): Landfill Operation, Landfill Gas to Energy Facility Visit, and Tour of Grand Prairie Landfill

Saturday. Social Excursion

Programme Week 2

Monday. Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling

Tuesday. DFW Airport Waste Management Field Visit

Wednesday. Waste Economics and Operational Finance, Dumpsite closure

Thursday. Republic Service MRF Visit

Friday. Panel Discussion: Global Waste Management Perspective Participants Project Presentation

Friday Night. Gala Dinner

Note: although we do not expect changes to the programme, it can be subject to change.

Programme Week 1

Programme Week 1

Monday. Introduction to Sustainable Waste Management; Landfill basics, Special Case Studies and Waste Characteristics

Tuesday. Landfill Operation, Working Face, Leachate Basics, Leachate Management, Bottom Liner and Drainage

Wednesday. Field Visit (City of Irving Landfill): Landfill Operations Working Face and Equipment Demonstration

Thursday. Leachate Generation Modelling, Landfill Gas Basics, Landfill Gas Generation Model and Landfill Gas to Energy

Friday. Field Visit (City of Arlington): Public Private Partnership, Waste Collection, Land Operation and Tour to Arlington Landfill

Saturday. Social Excursion

Note: although we do not expect changes to the programme, it is subject to change.

 

Programme Week 2

Programme Week 2

Monday. Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling

Tuesday. Field Visit (City of Grand Prairie Landfill): Landfill Operations – Working Face and MRF (Fort Worth) Visit

Wednesday. Waste Economics and Operational Finance, Dumpsite closure

Thursday. City of Garland Landfill and Gas collection System Visit

Friday. Panel Discussion: Global Waste Management Perspective Participants Project Presentation

Friday Night. Gala Dinner

Note: although we do not expect changes to the programme, it can be subject to change.

LOGISTICS

Date: 13-24 January 2025

Venue:

  • The University of Texas at
    Arlington, Texas, USA
    (www.uta.edu)
  • City of Irving Landfill, Texas, USA
  • City of Garland, Texas, USA
  • City of Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
University of Texas at Arlington
Location and Infrastructure

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) is housed at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA. The center is located close to Dallas ‐ Fort Worth (DFW) Airport in Texas with easy and direct access to national and international destinations. Solid waste personnel from different developing countries can easily access SWIS because most of the major cities have direct flights to DFW airport.

The city of Arlington is in the middle of Dallas – Fort Worth (12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles west of downtown Dallas). Arlington is home to the American League West Texas Rangers baseball team (playing out of Global Life Park), home to the NFC East Dallas Cowboys football team (playing out of AT&T stadium), and Six Flags (the biggest regional theme park in the world – www.sixflags.com).

The major facilities that are part of the SWIS for research and training are: (i) Civil Engineering Building (CELB), (ii) Engineering Research Building (ERB), (iii) University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

The city of Fort Worth’s Annual Stock Show and Rodeo will take place during the winter school. The SWIS Winter School organizers are planning to take all the participants to this year’s Rodeo Show. The details can be found at www.fwssr.com.

NBA Basketball Team Dallas Mavericks regular season will be going on during the winter school program and the participants will have the opportunity to watch live NBA Games.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“ISWA-SWIS offered me the opportunity to participate in the winter school held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. The participants were made up of professionals in waste management from 26 different countries. The diversity of the participants and the common interest in waste management made us connect immediately. Different realities with a common problem, inadequate waste management.

The program included theoretical classes by leading professionals, experts in the area. As well as group work in specific cases to land the concepts learned throughout the classes.

My group was formed by Abraham from the United Kingdom, Daniana from Colombia, Daniel from the United Kingdom, Eshetu from Ethiopia, Maria from Bangladesh, Mohammed from India, Nasser from Oman, me from Peru and our group leader Mumtahina from Bangladesh. We were in charge of waste management for the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

The program also included technical visits to various waste management facilities including City of Irving Landfill, City of Grand Prairie Landfill, City of Garland Landfill, City of Fort Worth-Republic Service.

The program concluded with the presentation of waste management projects for the cities assigned per group and the certificate giving from Dr. Sahadat Hossain and Mr. Vance Kemler in the representation of SWIS, and Mr. Law James in the representation of ISWA.

Beyond the professional and academic learning I received, I must highlight the work of the organizers to help us form bonds of friendship. I consider it an important factor to stay in touch for a longer time and collaborate more easily on future projects that help improve the waste management system around the world.

I finished the two weeks of winter school with optimism for the innovative projects that are being carried out. I also end up with new friends who feel the same passion for waste management and understand the importance it has in an increasingly populated society. My “pack of wolves” as Dr. Hossain would say.

I am very grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Winter School, a unique experience that I definitely recommend to all those interested in waste management.

Paola Nathali Meza Ramos

Originally from Peru, studying at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

“ISWA-SWIS offered me the opportunity to participate in the winter school held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. The participants were made up of professionals in waste management from 26 different countries. The diversity of the participants and the common interest in waste management made us connect immediately. Different realities with a common problem, inadequate waste management.

The program included theoretical classes by leading professionals, experts in the area. As well as group work in specific cases to land the concepts learned throughout the classes. Beyond the professional and academic learning I received, I must highlight the work of the organizers to help us form bonds of friendship. I consider it an important factor to stay in touch for a longer time and collaborate more easily on future projects that help improve the waste management system around the world.

I am very grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Winter School, a unique experience that I definitely recommend to all those interested in waste management.

Paola Nathali Meza Ramos

Originally from Peru, studying at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

ISWA-SWIS Winter School 2022

 

PRICING & REGISTRATION

Online Registration

Registration fees include course participation, course material, coffee/tea breaks and lunch as well as transfers to and from the university for the technical site visits during teaching days.

Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA and SWIS. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical visits. Travel health insurance is advisable. The programme may be subject to change.

Deadline for Winter School Registration is 1st January 2025.

Recommended accommodation

La Quinta Inn & Suites
825 North Watson Road, Arlington, Texas 76011,
US Phone: (888) 312-2399

(Please mention at booking that you are reserving the room for ISWA-SWIS Winter School to get a discounted rate.)

 

Cancellation Policy

ISWA-SWIS reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not reached.
Minimum number of participants: 20
Maximum number of participants: 55

Registration may be transferred to a nominated representative.
Any cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to ISWA by e-mail: events@iswa.org

Cancellation and refund will be subject to the following conditions:
• Cancellation until 3rd December 2024: 50% refund
• Cancellation between 3rd December 2024 and 18th December 2024: 10% refund
• Cancellation from 18th December 2024 on or “no show”: No refund

In case of cancellation of the Winter School due to unforeseeable events including pandemic regulations. ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation. In case of cancellation of a registrant the above rules apply. If there are bank transfer costs, these will be deducted from any refund.

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2025 SWIS-ISWA Winter School Scholarship

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA is pleased to announce the 2025 SWIS-ISWA Scholarships, mainly for students. However, the professionals can also apply. The submission required for consideration of scholarships are:

1. Submit one page paragraph on why you want to participate in ISWA-SWIS Winter School and how it may help your professional life.

2. A short bio (not more than 300 words)

3. List the names of two references (one reference must be from ISWA or ISWA YPG Members)

4. Use this cover page for your application

Submit your application to hossain@uta.edu

 

After reviewing this information, full and partial scholarships will be awarded to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School 2025 (to be held at UTA from January 13-24, 2025). However, full time students will be given preference for scholarship. SWIS has introduced these scholarships to promote the importance of sustainable waste management for developing healthy and sustainable urban cities.

 

Scholarships cover the following:

  • Free registration to attend the 2025 ISWA-SWIS Winter School at UTA
  • Free lodging during their stay for the winter school (only for full scholarship winners)
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Free transportation during their stay for the winter school

 

Deadline of Scholarship Application: 15th June 2024 (Texas local time)

Eligibility for Scholarship

A. Currently enrolled as full-time students in the following (or similar) programs with a strong interest in sustainability/environmental issues:

1. Civil/Environmental Engineering;

2. Urban and Regional Planning;

3. Social Science or Environmental/International Policy Studies;

4. Business – with a strong connection/interest in environmental issues;

5. Any other background with Sustainable Waste/Material Management.

 

B. Young solid waste management and business professionals (less than five years in their professional jobs).

 

For scholarship news, please visit SWIS on Facebook: swis_uta

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I receive a letter of invitation?

If you require a VISA to enter the United States we can provide you with a letter of invitation confirming your registration for the Winter School. Please send an email to events@iswa.org to request a letter of invitation after your registration. Please note that we do not provide letters of invitation before a confirmed registration and we advise to check with the US embassy in your country for how much time you need to apply, proceed and obtain your visa.

Will I receive a certificate of participation?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the two weeks.

How can I apply for a scholarship?

5he Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA is pleased to announce the 2025 SWIS-ISWA Scholarships, mainly for students. However, the professionals can also apply. The submission required for consideration of scholarships are:  

1. Submit one page paragraph on why you want to participate in ISWA-SWIS Winter School and how it may help your professional life.

2. A short bio (not more than 300 words)

3. List the names of two references (one reference must be from ISWA or ISWA YPG Members)

 After reviewing this information, full and partial scholarships will be awarded to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School 2025 (to be held at UTA from January 13-24, 2025). However, full time students will be given preference for scholarship. SWIS has introduced these scholarships to promote the importance of sustainable waste management for developing healthy and sustainable urban cities.

Scholarships cover the following:

  • Free registration to attend the 2025 ISWA-SWIS Winter School at UTA
  • Free lodging during their stay for the winter school (only for full scholarship winners)
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Free transportation during their stay for the winter school

 

Deadline of Application: 15 September 2023 (Texas local time)

How can I indicate my dietary requirements?

The registration form has the option to provide us with your dietary requirements, please indicate them there or send and email to events@iswa.org.

ORGANISERS

Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at UT Arlington will combine science, engineering, and social science expertise in developing new methodologies and solutions in order to explore international paths to sustainable waste management. Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, SWIS has goal to work for better future by developing sustainable solid waste management that incorporate the economy, people and environment which will be beneficial to all cities in Texas, USA, and other countries.

International Solid Waste Association

The International Solid Waste Association is an international network of waste professionals and experts from around the world whose mission is “To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide and the transition to a circular economy.”

We hope to achieve this by bringing together waste experts from around the world to network, create best practices, produce industry reports, as well publishing our own scientific journal Waste Management and Research. We are the platform that allows our members to share and curate knowledge among their peers.

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Grand Prairie Texas

CONTACT US

Get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

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Zhiren Ye

Zhiren Ye

Event Manager ISWA

 

Contact Zhiren for registration matters or to cancel registration

Email: events@iswa.org
Phone number: +31 (0)10 808 3990

MD. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E

MD. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E

Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS). Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington,

 

Contact Professor Hossain for questions on the program, location & infrastructure.

Email: hossain@uta.edu

 

 

DIRECT REGISTRATION

Tickets

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Student (regular fee) WS 2025
ISWA-SWIS reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Minimum number of participants: 20 Maximum number of participants: 55 Registration may be transferred to a nominated representative. Any cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to ISWA by e-mail: events@iswa.org Cancellation and refund will be subject to the following conditions: • Cancellation until 3rd December 2024: 50% refund • Cancellation between 3rd December 2024 and 18th December 2024: 10% refund • Cancellation from 18th December 2024 on or “no show”: No refund In case of cancellation of the Winter School due to unforeseeable events including pandemic regulations. ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation. In case of cancellation of a registrant the above rules apply. If there are bank transfer costs, these will be deducted from any refund.
445,00
Professional (Regular fee) WS 2025
ISWA-SWIS reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Minimum number of participants: 20 Maximum number of participants: 55 Registration may be transferred to a nominated representative. Any cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to ISWA by e-mail: events@iswa.org Cancellation and refund will be subject to the following conditions: • Cancellation until 3rd December 2024: 50% refund • Cancellation between 3rd December 2024 and 18th December 2024: 10% refund • Cancellation from 18th December 2024 on or “no show”: No refund In case of cancellation of the Winter School due to unforeseeable events including pandemic regulations. ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation. In case of cancellation of a registrant the above rules apply. If there are bank transfer costs, these will be deducted from any refund.
1.070,00
Student (ISWA Member fee or low-/low-middle income economies) WS 2025
ISWA-SWIS reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Minimum number of participants: 20 Maximum number of participants: 55 Registration may be transferred to a nominated representative. Any cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to ISWA by e-mail: events@iswa.org Cancellation and refund will be subject to the following conditions: • Cancellation until 3rd December 2024: 50% refund • Cancellation between 3rd December 2024 and 18th December 2024: 10% refund • Cancellation from 18th December 2024 on or “no show”: No refund In case of cancellation of the Winter School due to unforeseeable events including pandemic regulations. ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation. In case of cancellation of a registrant the above rules apply. If there are bank transfer costs, these will be deducted from any refund.
270,00
Professional (ISWA Member Fee or low-/lower-middle income economies) WS 2025
ISWA-SWIS reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Minimum number of participants: 20 Maximum number of participants: 55 Registration may be transferred to a nominated representative. Any cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to ISWA by e-mail: events@iswa.org Cancellation and refund will be subject to the following conditions: • Cancellation until 3rd December 2024: 50% refund • Cancellation between 3rd December 2024 and 18th December 2024: 10% refund • Cancellation from 18th December 2024 on or “no show”: No refund In case of cancellation of the Winter School due to unforeseeable events including pandemic regulations. ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation. In case of cancellation of a registrant the above rules apply. If there are bank transfer costs, these will be deducted from any refund.
800,00