News from the President
Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members
Why do the EPR letters keep me awake at night?
The debate rages in many countries around the world on how or if even to apply the Producer Pays Principle to several waste streams. We've mentioned this before on these same pages. But everywhere I travel to the question I am asked is "how do we make an EPR system pay for our waste recycling?" The question will be raised in ISWAs' meetings in Hungary in March where the Government radically changed a previous EPR scheme, in Jordan in May during the Sweepnet-ISWA conference, in Singapore in June at Wastemet and in Sao Paulo next September at the ISWA World Congress.
Clearly without some form of taxation either of citizens or of producers putting products into the environment as waste, we are not going to be able to finance quality waste collection schemes. Governments that think that the recycling value streams alone will pay for collection without taxation are deluding themselves (with the exception of a few specialised streams such as oils, metals, tyres). This is why EPR is critical. Yet the resistance is immense. In the USA the electronic industry is fighting every inch of the battlefield to avoid the introduction of EPR.
We as waste experts must get involved in this debate because without these financial resources, our industry will fail to expand in many parts of the world.
I look forward to sharing the debate with you in these forthcoming ISWA events.
ISWA approved as an accredited observer of the Green Climate Fund
ISWA has been recently approved as an accredited observer organisation of the Green Climate Fund allowing ISWA to attend upcoming meetings and keep abreast of the activities of the GCF Board.
The purpose of the Green Climate Fund is to make a significant and ambitious contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change. The Fund aims to play a key role in channelling new, additional, adequate and predictable financial resources to developing countries to catalyse climate finance, both public and private, and at the international and national levels.
To find out more about the GCF see http://gcfund.net/home.html
ISWA joins CCAC scoping mission in Addis Ababa
Jiao Tang, ISWA's technical project manager, joined a scoping mission in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia, 3.2 million inhabitants) with individual representatives of both the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and C40 (C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions). This scoping mission is under the City Assessment & Action Plan pillar of the Waste Initiative of the CCAC (Climate and Clean Air Coalition).
During this mission, the city of Addis Ababa signed the formal Expression of Interest and arranged various meetings at the city, sub-city and technical level for the scoping team to understand the current waste management situation. Subsequently, the team visited the controlled dump site, the secondary collection sites and the local food market. A baseline scenario can be established soon after this mission trip, when more data is provided by the city. Based on the this, the CCAC City Assessment team is able to work together with the city government to identify priority areas for actions.
Capacity gap was identified for ISWA to provide technical assistance as well as tailored training to the operation staff in the years to come.
Waste Management & Research gets a new look
The new year brings a new look to the cover design of ISWA's scientific journal, Waste Management & Research.
ISWA and the WM&R Editorial Team hope that you enjoy the fresh new appearance of the journal. Not only does the journal get a new look but also hard work continues in the background to improve the quality and readership of the articles published in the journal.
Editor’s Pick for the February issue of WM&R:
Each month the editor in chief (EIC) of WM&R will be hand-selecting a leading paper from WM&R which is available to download for free. The chosen article for February is:
“An overview of waste crime, its characteristics, and the vulnerability of the EU waste sector” written by J Baird, R Curry, and P Cruz. The article is available at: http://bit.ly/1m6mpZW
A listing of previous Editors picks are available at:
The Febraury issue includes 11 papers covering a range of topics from the treatment of specific waste types to municipal solid waste in various regions of the world. The editor's pick article addresses waste crime as an important issue as it not only causes environmental damage but also inhibits the breakthrough for sound waste practices.
The Table of Contents of the February issue is available at: wmr.sagepub.com/content/vol31/issue12/?etoc
The Editorial “‘Future waste – waste future Roland Pomberger and Arne Ragossnig” written by Roland Pomberger and Arne Ragossnig is available at: http://bit.ly/1j2aeYN
There is a rare opportunity to have your article published in a shorter time than normal and to receive incredible promotion by submitting a full paper the ISWA World Congress Special Issue. The call for papers is now open but closes 28 February, so you need to be quick!
For more details see http://iswa2014.org/abstracts/
If you are interested in being published in WM&R, very helpful and valuable information on how to make your work publishable is available here
To find out more about the Editorial team and the Journal see http://www.iswa.org/publications/waste-management-research/
ISWA Rubbish RoundUp members edition
The ISWA Rubbish RoundUp members edition is a new complementary information service for ISWA members produced in association with AcuComm Waste Futures.
The ISWA Rubbish RoundUp members edition is a monthly look at the current state of play in the world's market for waste technology. The information here is taken from Rubbish RoundUp, a newly founded newsletter and database of waste projects around the world.
Rubbish RoundUp provides a snapshot of the latest month's projects, and puts them in the context of the year-to-date. Rubbish RoundUp looks at all types of waste projects. So you can expect to see information on not just municipal waste but other fast-growing areas such as agricultural, biomass or specialist sectors such as health care or hazardous waste.
Video ISWA World Congress 2013 – New subtitled version
The new version of the video is subtitled, as the statements of the participants are partly in German.
This official Video of the ISWA World Congress 2013 gives you a good impression on THE Waste Management event of last year. As already reported, almost 1,300 delegates from 84 countries gathered in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria, which constituted once again a new record participation for the ISWA World Congress.
The participants were offered a lot during the 3 congress days, from the inspiring opening to the tropical closing ceremony, e.g. 250 speeches in 56 sessions, 180 poster presentations, an exceptional gala dinner and the ISWA Award Presentation Ceremony in the Vienna City Hall…
ISWA World Congress 2014: Call for abstracts
The ISWA 2014 Solid Waste World Congress will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 8-11 September 2014 and will present the most recent and relevant studies relating to the waste management sector during its three full days programme.
With the general theme (Re)Discovering a New World – Sustainable Solutions for a Healthy Future, the congress aims to highlight the perspectives and trends for future waste management practices to be applied in a newly shaped world leading to a healthy future.
Authors may submit their abstracts through the Congress online tool and register as many papers as desired.
Selected abstracts will be published in the Congress proceedings (ISBN classification) and a selection of the best submissions will be published in a special edition of the journal Waste Management & Research.
Abstract submission deadline is 28 February 2014.
We look forward to receiving your abstract! Click here to enter the online abstract submission tool.
WM&R ISWA World Congress Special Issue :: Call for papers
A special edition of WM&R will be issued for the ISWA 2014 Solid Waste World Congress with the leading papers from the Congress. A rare opportunity to have your article published in a shorter time than normal and to receive incredible promotion.
If you wish to be considered for peer review in the WM&R scientific journal it is necessary to submit a full paper in English by February 28th, 2014.
ISWA Project Grant
The new round of projects to be funded under the ISWA Project Grant has been selected. Congratulations to all of the successful applicants!
It has been a tough job for the evaluation committee to make the selection with a large number of very good applications. This year the project funds go to:
Title: Sorting Plants Project
Applicant: The Netherlands National Member, NVRD together with Working Group -Recycling & Waste Minimisation and the Regional Development Network (RDN) Southeast Europe Mediterranean and Middle East
Title: Training Resource Package on Hazardous Waste
Applicant: Working Group –Hazardous Waste
Title: Panel Discussion & Art Exhibition –“New Vision and Innovations on Old Themes”
Applicant: The Brazilian National Member, ABRELPE and the Young Professionals Group
Awarded: 5,000 €
Title: Communication Media Kit for World Congresses
Applicant: Working Group - Communication
Awarded: 10,000 €
For more details about the ISWA Project Grant see
Handshake on Waste and PPP
ISWA members and officials Jeff Cooper, Carlos Silva Filho, Antonis Mavropoulos and Atilio Savino were invited to contribute articles to “handshake”, IFC’s (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) journal on public private partnership (PPP).
Read their interesting contributions on the topic waste and PPP here http://wrld.bg/t4LkV
ISWA at IFAT 2014
Once again ISWA has partnered up with IFAT, the world’s leading waste management exhibition. This year with the theme: resources.innovations.solutions.
Do not miss out on the great technical programme and exhibitors lined up for you at IFAT and visit us at the ISWA booth at this year’s IFAT in Munich, Germany, from 5th – 9th May 2014.
You are more than welcome to show up at our booth any time. If you would like to discuss specific topics with the ISWA staff or ISWA officials we kindly ask you to inform the General Secretariat in advance to arrange a meeting.
As a special treat we can provide all ISWA members with free day passes for the IFAT. If you are interested please contact us by e-mail: iswa@ iswa.org
We are looking forward to meeting you at our booth at IFAT 2014!
ISWA Hungary: Organisational Changes
Being one of the founding members of ISWA, the Hungarian National Member prioritises the following: domestic utilisation of knowledge gained in the development of municipal services, domestic usage of modern waste disposal technologies and equipment; acquisition of information on municipal solid waste management, street cleansing and de-icing; coordination of research and adaptation of certain technologies.
The leadership of ISWA Hungary held a renewal in its general meeting and decided to appoint Mr. Tamás Szepessy, Deputy Director for Strategic and Business Development (FKF Zrt.), as the new President of the ISWA Hungary. Further to this, a decision was made on the organisational restructuring of ISWA Hungary. One important aim is to nominate more active members to the ISWA Working Groups to ensure that Hungary would play a more active role in the international activities and the professional life of ISWA.
President Szepessy defined the following targets for ISWA Hungary:
· continuous expansion
· professional growth at national level
· professional growth at the international level
· Advancement of their professional life
· Proactive behaviour in the field of professional organisation
Fostering the practical use of professional knowledge and experience related to municipal service and street cleansing.
· spreading technologies applied to reduce environmental hazards
· developing waste treatment processes
· preparing the practical implementation of modern waste management technologies
· coordinating the international technical and scientific information flow, organising educational programmes
· developing sustainable waste management systems based on synergy
A few words on the professional milestones of the new President Tamás Szepessy:
· Graduated Urban Systems Engineer
· Leader of the Building Department of Budapest District III.
· Deputy Mayor of Budapest District III. responsible for Urban Development, Investments and Education
· Deputy Director for Strategic and Business Development, FKF Zrt.
ISWA would like to express our gratitude to the past ISWA Hungary President, Dr. György Hajdu and the past Secretary, Dr. Zsuzsanna Koltainé Pfeiffer for their great co-operation and support over the past years/decades. We are very much looking forward to continuing the successful relationship with the new team at ISWA Hungary.
New staff member at the General Secretariat
The ISWA General Secretariat is pleased to introduce a new staff member who joined the team in February.
Daniel Purchase, our new Office Manager and Project Assistant will offer administrative and project support to the General Secretariat. Daniel, originally from the UK, has a multidisciplinary role and will be providing the General Secretariat with assistance in the organisation and administration of projects, events, meetings and communication issues.
ISWA welcomes two new website sponsors!
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ISWA welcomes two new Gold Members!
Profile: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Siechau (Germany)
Name and current position in ISWA
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Siechau; National Member Representative on the ISWA Board
Company and current position in your company
Stadtreinigung Hamburg, public company, CEO
Did you always work in the waste industry?
No, I started my career at Uhde (an engineering company, worldwide engaged in technical projects). I was responsible for the realization of various plant constructions in Asia, Europe and the States. I joined Thyssen Engineering at a young age and was responsible for over 100 engineers. Both positions were great - not only in terms of the specific jobs but as well the opportunity they gave me to work on and improve my softskills which have greatly helped me in my career.
In 1995, I joined the public waste sector as managing director of the Stadtreinigung Hamburg. I have been the CEO since 2007.
From 2001 to 2011 I was nominated president of the German Association of Municipal waste management and street cleaning; and after integration of this organisation VKS, Vice President and Board-member of VKU, which is the biggest German Association for public companies working in electricity, heat, gas, fresh water, sewage water and waste.
In 2009 I started as a honorary lecturer at Hamburg University of Technology with a regular semester class. Since then I have been teaching students from all around the world about waste management. In February 2013, I was appointed honorary professor.
Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
My doctoral supervisor Prof. Nickel from Jülich prepared me excellently for the challenges of professional life. My first professional steps and successes in the private sector were strongly influenced by my first boss, Mr. Lorenz, who gave me confidence and creative space. My family, especially my parents, have always accompanied and supported me during my studies and professional life.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
As President of VKS I tried to change the culture into a more public serving altitude with new structures in the waste management and it’s association's work. On the other hand I achieved a change in the publics’ perception towards the waste industry with more respect for public companies. I designed the “Citizen Value”, the idea of waste management for the common welfare, the service for the public, as opposite pole to “Shareholders Value”.
I took major influences on the implementation of the landfill directive (end of landfilling in 2005) and on the guarantee of safe disposal after 2005 (end of landfilling in Germany). We support the implementation of a minimum wage in the waste industry and we published a strategy paper with focus on climate and resource protection in 2005. And last but not least we were present in Brussels with an own office.
Best advice that you ever received?
Prof. Gerhard Vogel, Vienna, once told me: “You have the gift to quickly put yourself in the shoes of others and this will always play an essential role in understanding, empathizing and successfully working with others.”
Another important piece of advice I received that has proven itself during my career again and again true is,: Never go to an important meeting unprepared and without a strategy.
When not working, I enjoy…
... doing sports and especially spending time with my wife and family, in particular with my two sons.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
During the past years there have been some points of contact between the ISWA and Stadtreinigung Hamburg as long time ISWA member – just a couple of years ago Stadtreinigung Hamburg was honored to participate in the organization of the ISWA World Congress 2010 in Hamburg.
In 2013 my former colleague, Dr. Berend Krüger, asked me if I would be interested in joining the ISWA Board as National Member Representative for Germany.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
At ISWA Congress 2013 in Vienna, Austria.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Paradigm change from “waste disposal management” to “resource and recycling management”; climate- and resource protection; solutions for international standards for waste treatment (for example in landfilling) and further environmental questions (maritime pollution by plastic-waste, waste tourism, electronic waste shipment to Africa or Asia etc.); demographic change (not in all countries, but e.g. in Germany).
In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Waste management systems are very different in each country. As a result strengths and weaknesses are not the same in all countries. There are many national differences.
German weaknesses: Above mentioned paradigm change has not been fully completed yet; conflicts between private and public companies (private companies want to join household waste market; conflicts require a lot of work, money etc.), legislation has to be specified to solve the conflicts; market for secondary resources is not fully constituted yet (recycling process for waste paper or glass are already established; recycling processes for various other products, e.g. the mobile phone and its different components have not yet been developed).
German strengths: Strict environmental standards by law; already good and sustainable processes and technologies for a number of waste fractions; a lot of projects and studies to improve resource management (cooperation between industry, public companies, institutes and universities); citizens are well educated in waste separation.
Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
Main task of the public waste management is to guarantee safe disposal of household waste for the citizens of their municipality. For the activity on the global resource market a "global player" from the private sector is required. These companies compete with each other and due to their entrepreneurial construction they have the possibility to act on the world markets and to realize profits - with the usual business risks. Public companies are not able to act like this as they are financed by fees which belong to the citizens and as they are not constructed to act globally.
Public waste companies can support the market opportunities by ensuring that the fractions are collected separately. Subsequent first steps to improve the quality of a fraction or to prepare waste product for direct reuse (e.g. repairing of a bicycle and then selling it) can be made. Everything else needs to be done by private sector (sorting, processing, marketing, reuse in production etc.).
Development of market opportunities for secondary resources from waste is dependent on development of primary resource markets. Once the resource scarcity becomes more apparent for one or more resources, this will also lead to a significant drive in the markets for secondary raw materials.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
Change of waste management to waste and resource protection!
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News from around the Globe
Resource Revolution: Circular economy blueprint for action
The practical guide Making circular relevant: a business blueprint, published in association with sponsor FCC Environment and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling magazine, outlines step-by-step how any organisation, regardless of size or business activity, can start incorporating closed loop thinking into its operations in a realistic way.
The blueprint has been informed by extensive research within the business community and collaboration with a panel of 25 circular economy experts to identify the top-level barriers that are preventing companies from going more circular.
The research found that despite a strong business appetite for the circular economy agenda, several obstacles are preventing the principles being applied in practice. These barriers are predominantly centred on engagement, procurement and access to supply chain data.
The blueprint not only sets out to explore these challenges in more depth, but suggests strategic ways in which businesses can overcome them by implementing a series of guiding principles. Various tools are also included within the report, such as checklists for action and case study examples.
To download the report, please click here (requires registration)
EU: A Call for Bioenergy Demonstration Proposals
A consortium of European funding agencies (likely to include the UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Switzerland), supported by the European Commission, are planning to launch a joint call for Bioenergy Demonstrator projects.
The call aims to encourage the commercialisation of bioenergy projects and thereby increase renewable energy production across the EU.
Closes: March 2014
For more information, please click here.
AFRICA: Waste-to-energy gaining traction in Africa
Biomass power plant firm DP CleanTech has secured a partnership with Cambridge Industries that will enable a series of biomass plants to be built throughout the continent
A sign that the biomass sector is growing in Africa, biomass power plant builder DP CleanTech has announced that it is teaming up with Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) to bring its advanced waste-to-energy technology to the vast continent.
The company said in a statement on Monday that projects are in the pipeline in several countries including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Senegal, Uganda and Kenya. Through CIL, DP CleanTech has secured its first project in the region to supply a turnkey waste-to-energy power plant for the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) in Addis Ababa.
CIL, which provides waste management services in Ethiopia, has earlier signed the US$120 million agreement with EEPCo.
For the full story, please visit Eco Business
GREECE: Waste mounds of filth on an island paradise
A putrid mix of stale waste and methane engulfing the air - that is the stench that hits you as you approach the Fyli landfill just outside Athens.
Six thousand tonnes of rubbish arrive here every day from the capital and neighbouring regions. As trucks unload what they have collected that day, thousands of seagulls swirl above, ready to dart down on to the stinking pile. But there are other scavengers too - local Roma, who wade through the mountain of waste to pick out what they need.
Most is covered by gravel and then buried into a growing mound. But it is a ticking time bomb - Greece's largest landfill site is almost 90% full and has a year left until it is totally saturated. The country's economy may be rotten but other problems are piling up too - and waste management is among the most serious.
Greece buries 80% of its rubbish - over twice the EU average. At Fyli, there is a recycling plant but it only deals with a sixth of the waste that arrives here. Metal is removed for reuse, food is made into compost and some other items are converted into alternative fuel, mainly for the cement industry. But recycling is still in its infancy here.
For the full story, please visit BBC
INDIA: Put a plastic bag in your tank
Researchers in India have developed a relatively low-temperature process to convert certain kinds of plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products. They report full details next month in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management.
Many pundits describe the present time as the "plastic age" for good reason and as such we generate a lot plastic waste. Among that waste is the common polymer, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is used to make many types of container, medical and laboratory equipment, computer components and, of course, plastic bags. Recycling initiatives are in place in many parts of the world, but much of the polyethylene waste ends up in landfill, dispersed in the environment or in the sea.
For the full story, please visit Science Daily
NIGERIA: Clean it up
The roughly 170 million Nigerians, who inhabit Africa’s most populous country, are producing far more waste than their creaking infrastructure can manage. Aminu Omar is one of thousands of unofficial waste-pickers who see this as an opportunity to make some cash. Half-immersed in a large bin outside a smart housing compound in the capital, Abuja, he pulls out beer cans, water bottles and empty jam jars, and stuffs them into his patchwork plastic sack. He then sells his haul for 700 naira ($4). “I take the rubbish, give it to a middleman and he sells it for much more,” he says, leafing through a discarded women’s magazine.
Nigeria’s sprawling megacity, Lagos, with a population of 21 million or so, disgorges 10,000 metric tonnes of waste a day. Overburdened municipal governments are reckoned to collect barely 40% of this rubbish. Only 13% of recyclable materials are salvaged from the city’s landfills, according to Wecyclers, a young company keen to promote recycling and reduce waste.
For the full story, please visit The Economist
UK: Retailers launch campaign to keep old clothes out of landfill
Britons are being urged to extend the life of their clothing to avoid 350,000 tonnes of garments worth an estimated £140m ending up in landfill.
High street fashion outlets including Tesco, M&S and Next, fashion designer Stella McCartney, recyclers and charities have joined forces to pledge a 15% reduction in carbon, water and waste going to landfill by 2020.
In the tradition of the wartime Make Do and Mend campaign, the Love Your Clothes campaign will open up consumers' wardrobes to see what is lurking in them and how people can extend the life of their clothes, save money and keep them out of landfill.
The campaign's research showed that British households were hanging on to £30bn worth of clothes which have not been worn in the last year, while 350,000 tonnes of clothing worth £140m is binned annually. The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothing and buys around £1,700 of clothes each year.
The campaign has been developed by Wrap, the organisation behind Love Food Hate Waste, which helps consumers waste less food.
For the full story, please visit The Guardian
UK: Recycling reward schemes ‘not a quick fix’
Reward and recognition schemes to encourage recycling and waste reduction ‘cannot be seen as a quick fix’, according to a report commissioned by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
The report – ‘Evaluation of the Waste Reward and Recognition Scheme: Emerging findings’ – states that reward schemes ‘require careful consideration, time and investment, especially if they are not only meant to be successful, but also to demonstrate their success and impact’.
The Defra-commissioned report evaluates eight pilot recycling reward projects funded by the Department.
The aim of the interim report, carried out by consultancy Brooke Lyndhurst and published last month, was to evaluate the success and cost efficiency of the eight reward and recognition projects funded by Defra’s Reward and Recognition Scheme.
Up to £2 million was made available to 28 pilot projects between 2011 and 2013, with Brooke Lyndhurst commissioned as the scheme’s research and evaluation partner.
For the full story, please visit letsrecycle.com
UK: Bioenergy hub created at Cranfield
As part of a regional drive to encourage the growth of businesses involved in renewable energy in the East of England, Cranfield University has developed a bioenergy knowledge and networking hub.
The knowledge hub has been created to help bioenergy and renewable energy organisations in the region identify new opportunities and develop innovative products, while at the same time future-proof their business. The hub, developed through the ‘Bio-Thermal RED’ (Renewable Energy Demonstrator) project, will facilitate innovation in design, integration, operation and maintenance of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and thermal processes.
Through the knowledge hub, businesses will have access to demonstration facilities for biological and thermal technologies, based at Cranfield University. The unique test facilities are able to de-risk key technologies and will be available to support businesses in integrating new products, processes or services.
For the full story, please visit Cranfield University
US: Developing world overtakes the U.S. in e-waste
Now that the holidays are over and so many gadgets have been replaced with the newest versions of TVs, cell phones and tablets, a story on e-waste in the U.S. was inevitable.
This year is different, however, because for the first time, emerging countries are throwing out even more electronics than we are in the U.S. Actually, the trend started in 2012.
When it comes to e-waste, countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa are making up for lost time. E-waste is expected to surge 33 percent between 2012 and 2017, led by the developing world.
For the full story, please visit greenbiz.com