Global News

Issue 29, June 2014

News from the President

David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Member


Europe heads towards the election of its Parliament in May, a Parliament which will have new and greater powers over EU policy. EU policy has long been a totem for the rest of the world as Europe has focussed on environmental quality, public health and resource/energy recovery when dealing with waste. Now the focus is on prevention, greater resource recovery and policy implementation - see the recently approved 7th Environmental Action Plan.


Something worries me about all this: I think at times that we in Europe are detached from the realities of the rest of the world. While our policies are admired, our models cannot be copied, even within Europe's emerging economies. Why? Simply, high levels of environmental protection, resource recovery, (the circular economy) are very expensive to undertake and 75% of the world's population cannot afford it.


In Budapest last March we discussed this: Hungarians spend €60/capita/annum on waste management and get around 15% recycling rates, Serbians €30 and get 5% recycling rates, Belgians spend €185 and get 75%+ recycling rates.


My worry is : are we asking too much of emerging economies without taking into account the costs? What can we do to help them catch up using the limited financial resources they have?


It is a debate we will continue into the next Parliament and it really needs discussion otherwise we will carry on transmitting to the developing world ( ie the other 75% of the world) happy messages about virtuous Europe without explaining the investments over decades needed to make such progress.


Best of luck to all the candidates in this election.


Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

ISWA signs Memorandum of Understanding with UNIDO

In March 2014, the President of ISWA, David Newman, and the Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Li Yong, officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between these two organisations, which paves the road for collaboration in promoting sustainable solid waste management.


As waste is becoming an increasingly challenging problem in developing regions, hindering the development of countries in concern, UNIDO is also putting increasing focus on promoting sustainable waste manangement on its agenda. In particular, UNIDO’s agenda on resource efficiency and cleaner production has direct involvement with the waste management stakeholders in lower-income countries. As a result, this MoU provides a framework for future cooperation between UNIDO and ISWA aiming to effectively and efficiently draw all efforts together in order to realise desired level of impact.

ISWA World Congress São Paulo: Early Bird Fee until 30 May!

Ponte Octavio Frias de Oliveira, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ponte Octavio Frias de Oliveira, Sao Paulo, Brazil

This September, the city of São Paulo, Brazil, will host the ISWA 2014 Solid Waste World Congress, one of the world’s most important congresses in the field of waste management.


It offers the opportunity to update your knowledge on the latest trends, development and perspectives for the waste sector.


The ISWA 2014 World Congress has currently received 668 abstracts from many authors around the world. The ISWA 2014 program highlights will include sessions such as Waste Planning; Organic Waste Treatment; Recycling; EPR and Reverse Logistics; Collection and Transportation Technologies; Sustainable Cities; Climate Change and Zero Waste and Design.


The Congress will be the meeting point for the waste industry, attracting professionals from all over the world to discuss advancements, challenges, trends and solutions for the different types of waste. However it is not only about waste, It is also networking, exchanging knowledge, culture, social entertainment and business.


With the general theme “[Re] Discovering a New World: Sustainable Solutions for a Healthy Future” the congress will be held in São Paulo, form September 8th to 11th , 2014 and early the bird fee will be available until May 30th  through the website

Global Waste Management Outlook: Dedicated Work Continues

The GWMO project and editorial team at work
The GWMO project and editorial team at work

The GWMO Editorial and Project Management Team met at the headquarters of UNEP-IETC in Osaka from the 10th to 13th of March to work on integrating the extensive comments (close to 100) that had been received on the annotated outline of the GWMO during the e-consultation conducted in late January. The Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Government, NGO and the Private Sector have subsequently met for a web-conference meeting and have given approval to the re-worked annotated outline


The editorial team are now working on developing the 1st draft. The next round of regional consultations on the publication will take place in mid-September.


In case you missed the earlier threads on the GWMO, the GWMO aims to be the first of its kind, authoritative reference document succinctly addressing the global challenges, trends, financial models and policies across the waste sector.

TRP+ Workshop at UNEP/IETC, Osaka, Japan

ISWA held its TRP+ expert working workshop at the UNEP/IETC's Osaka office 12-14 March 2014, in parallel with other workshops held by the IETC on the topic of waste management.

With 9 experts coming from Norway, France, Australia, Japan, the UK and the Caribbeans, the workshop went through interesting and intensive discussion on hazardous waste management. Topics discussed include „Marine Waste“, „Mercury Waste“, „E-waste“, „Batteries“, „Disaster Waste“ and many others.


The TRP+ project is led by ISWA, in partnership with UNEP and UNIDO. For more information about the TRP+ project, please visit:

CCAC MSW Initiative lead partners ISWA and US EPA visit Lima, Peru

CCAC MSW Initiative team visits Lima's landfills
CCAC MSW Initiative team visits Lima's landfills

Rachael Williams Gaul, Technical Manager of ISWA and Thomas Frankiewicz from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, together with two experts from Tetra Tech were warmly welcomed by the Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima on a visit in mid-March to discuss and identify potential opportunities for participation in the CCAC MSW Initiative.


The visit involved meetings with officials at the Municipality of Lima, together with site visits to one of the city’s main landfills, a transfer station and a major market kindly arranged by Mr Rodolfo Castromonte Luna.  Meetings with other stakeholders involved in waste projects in Lima and Peru were also conducted.


The Municipality of Lima are responsible for the management of the cities landfills and for waste collection in their jurisdiction. The greater metropolitan area of Lima is made up of 43 districts, each with their own responsibilities. Currently the MSW of Lima is disposed of at four landfills (two of which are privately managed) the two municipality managed landfills, with some informal collection of materials for recycling taking place around the city.


The concessions for the management of the cities landfills are coming up for renewal which allows opportunity for the waste management system of Lima to be upgraded. Therefore the city is currently looking into options for improving their waste management system, which is where the CCAC MSW Initiative could potentially offer some technical support.

ISWA Report 2013 out now!

ISWA’s mission is to promote sustainable waste management. The ISWA Report 2013 provides a comprehensive summary of the association’s activities made towards fulfilling its mission during the year 2013.


Many of the indicators given in this report cover a time span of at least three years in order to allow the interpretation of trends. Furthermore the report gives an overview on the organisational structure, current projects and on financial aspects.


ISWA publishes such a report each year. The hot off the press hard copy of the 2013 ISWA Report will be available for the first time at ISWA's booth at IFAT (5-9 May), and then of course at all succeeding ISWA events.


The electronic version is already available here. Enjoy the reading!

ISWA Website: New Video- and Photo Galleries

The ISWA website has just been restructured and a new 'Media'-section has been introduced.


The new 'Media'-section is split into the former 'Publications'-section (including the Knowledge Base) and a new section called 'Galleries'. This new section contains an

ISWA Video Gallery and an ISWA Photo Gallery.


We already started to fill both galleries with contents and invite you to check it out.


Enjoy the viewing!

ISWA Awards now open for submissions

The ISWA Award Trophy called 'The Daisy'
The ISWA Award Trophy called 'The Daisy'

Each year ISWA honours excellent efforts and creative ideas that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste management.


It is already a tradition that each year ISWA gives two prizes to award the best communication campaigns and the best publications in waste management. Last year a third award has been added for the most original short video exploring the theme ‘Waste’ as one of the major global problems of our society.


All three ISWA awards are now open for entries. Deadlines for submission are 15 May 2014 for the Communication- and the Publication Award, and 15 June 2014 for the Video Award.


For more detailled information please go to the ISWA Awards Section on the ISWA website.

ISWA at IFAT 2014 (5-9 May, Munich)

The ISWA booth at IFAT 2012
ISWA booth at IFAT 2012

Once again ISWA has partnered up with IFAT, the world’s leading waste management exhibition. This year with the theme:


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.

ISWA is happy to provide ISWA Members with free day passes to the IFAT ENTSORGA! Hurry to get your free day passes, as there is not many left! Please write an e-mail containing the amount of day passes you will need to (amount of tickets is limited).

Do not miss out on ISWA’s many activities at IFAT. Choose from the many activities we will participate in:

Join ISWA's STC Chair, Antonis Mavropoulos, when he rethinks urbanization and crowdsourcing in waste management at the IFAT Forum in hall A5 on Intelligent Urbanization.

Or join ISWA's Regional Development Network Latin America Representative, Carlos Silva Filho, at the IFAT Forum in hall B1 on Waste/Secondary raw materials.

Come visit the IPLA Europe Forum during IFAT on: Enabling Conditions for Developing Effective Business Models and PPP in Waste Management Sector in Developing Countries

And many more. For details visit the ISWA online calendar.

We would be thrilled to welcome you at the ISWA booth B2 329/428 where you will be able to get up-to-date information on Waste Management & Research, Waste Management World, the ISWA World Congress 2014 in Sao Paulo, the International Waste Manager Programme, ISWA Study Tours, etc.

Need help booking a hotel during IFAT? Just send an e-mail indicating you are from ISWA and you will receive top rates.

We are looking forward to meeting you at IFAT!

ISWA European Group Meeting (16-17 June, Brussels)

ISWA Members are invited to the next meeting of the ISWA European Group. It is to take place in Brussels on 16 and 17 June supported by the European Economic and Social Committee with two main themes:


The first day focuses on the proposed changes to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. We are happy to inform you that day one will be opened by representatives from the European Commission and Dr Dominic Hogg of the research consultancy, Eunomia, which was responsible for the EU Commission’s consultation on the revision to the targets on the Waste Framework Directive, Landfill Directive and Packaging Directive in 2013.


Day two brings together all ISWA Working Groups in order to tackle the range of issues raised by the concept of the Waste Hierarchy and its implementation in practice. The points raised during this meeting shall serve as a kick-off for an ISWA key issue paper on the waste hierarchy.


In order to find out more on this meeting and register, please click here.

CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (1-4 June, Singapore)

Waste Management and Climate Change Forum Incheon, Korea

CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) is the global platform for government leaders, policy makers, regulators and industry captains to connect, examine and discover practical solutions to address environmental challenges for tomorrow’s cities.


CESS 2014 will facilitate the sharing of insights on the latest environmental market trends through a myriad of activities including the Clean Environment Leaders Plenary (CELP), Clean Environment Regulators Roundtable (CERR) and Clean Environment Convention (CEC) that will showcase the latest innovations in waste management, clean management, environmental technology and recycling solutions.


ISWA is a Strategic Partner of CESS, and several ISWA Members will be speaking at the CEC, including Mr David Newman, Mr Antonis Mavropoulos, Mr Carlos Silva Filho, and others. 


For more information, visit


ISWA Members receive an early bird discount of 30% until 30th April 2014!  From 1 May, ISWA Members are entitled to a 20% discount off all CESS passes. 


Log on to your ISWA Member Area to get your promotion code.

WM&R: Editor’s Pick for the April Issue

Each month the Editor of WM&R hand-selects a leading paper from the latest publication, which is available to download for free. The chosen article for April is:

The status and development of treatment techniques of typical waste electrical and electronic equipment in China: A review by Yunxia He and Zhenming Xu


“The April 2014 issue of WM&R includes important contributions on a wide range of hot topics in today’s waste and resources management, such as landfill siting (review of GIS-based multi-criteria), greenhouse gasses mitigation by using more biogenic packaging, recycling innovation on Tetra Pack packaging (aluminium-plastic laminates), thermal processing optimisation such as performance of poultry manure gasification and biochar production via rice husk pyrolysis; along with socioeconomic systems analysis for waste oil management, and for the financial sustainability of waste management services in China (cost recovery). The editor`s pick article reviews the advances on technical capabilities for e-waste (WEEE) resource recovery in China – a topic of huge implications for value recovery and public / occupational health in fast developing nations, that also often process imported used e-waste.”


Read the Editor’s Choice article for free here


The Table of Contents of the April issue is available at:


Read the Editorial from the April issue for free: Plastic waste in marine litter: Action now and at the source by Costas A. Velis.

New ISWA National Member Organisation in Finland

Auli Westerholm, President of Jätehuoltoyhdistys JHY
Auli Westerholm, President of Jätehuoltoyhdistys JHY

As of 1 January 2014 Jätehuoltoyhdistys ry JHY (Waste Management Association JHY) became the ISWA National Member Finland.


A personal message from JHY’s President, Ms Auli Westerholm:


Hello from Finland!


JHY was founded in 1987 by representatives of the State, municipalities, industry, waste management firms and consultants, research and training centers, and citizens' organisations. The Waste Management Association aims to cooperate extensively with environment authorities and organisations. The purpose of the JHY was, and still is to connect all the actors in the field to share information and experiences.


JHY is an organisation open to all persons and organizations involved in waste management and related matters. Our way of action is voluntary based. During nearly 30 years this way of action is well established. The activities are realised by people enthusiastic and dedicated to waste management. There are about 600 members in JHY. This includes about 100 companies or other organisation members.


JHY publishes own member magazine “JätePlus” and organizes an annual conference, which has reached top waste management event status in Finland.


I have been the President of JHY since 2009. I am M.Sc. of Chemistry and have been working in Ekokem, a Finnish waste and environmental private company, from 1986. My career has included tasks in waste processing, information services and communication. Currently I am working with sustainability and public relations.


The membership of ISWA is a pleasant and encouraging task for JHY. We try to find ways to give our contribution to ISWA and work with this international net of waste professionals.


Auli Westerholm

President of Jätehuoltoyhdistys JHY


ISWA would like to express our gratitude to the former Finnish ISWA National Member Organisation, YYL, The Association of Environmental Enterprises for their great co-operation and support over the past years. We are very much looking forward to continuing the successful relationship with JHY, the new ISWA National Member from Finland.



Profile: Björn Appelqvist (Denmark)

Björn Appelqvist
Björn Appelqvist

Name and current position in ISWA

Björn Appelqvist, Chair of the Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation


Company and current position in your company

Waste Management Department in the Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen, Denmark. Project manager.


What is your background?

Raised in the coastal village of Åhus in Northeastern Scania in southern Sweden, I went on to study at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, receiving an MSc degree in Process Chemical Engineering (which later has been supplemented with a BSc in Intelligence Analysis and a Diploma in Business Controlling). Following my degree I have worked as Project Manager with the Swedish Waste Management company Ragn-Sells, Development Engineer at the Waste Management Department at the Water and Wastewater Works of the City of Malmö and Department Manager for the Development and Project Department at the Danish Waste Management company R98 in Copenhagen before joining my current position at the City of Copenhagen in 2007.


Did you always work in the waste industry?

Yes, pretty much. My first summer job while in School was for the Municipality of Kristianstad close to my hometown. Equipped with a flatbed moped, I emptied litter bins and hand swept pavements in the city centre of Kristianstad and so it went on… Whilst studying Chemical Engineering at the Lund Institute of Technology (and by the way was totally convinced that I never would work for a municipality…), I spent my summers working at a paper mill, which has been my only deviation from the world of waste management. Terrifying or fantastic, I really don’t know…


What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

Just returning to work from parental leave, having taken care of my one year old son for the last 6 months probably beats everything right now.


Professionally, I would say it’s a draw between getting the Development and Project Department at R98 up and running and afterwards, at the City of Copenhagen, together with my colleagues, terminating the more than 100-year long concession of R98 and tendering all their collection services to private contractors, without any major service failures for the citizens of Copenhagen during the transition.


Best advice that you ever received?

It’s never too late to give up! (So why not keep trying?)


When not working, I enjoy...

A good glass of wine, a three-course dinner, a good movie (in a cinema, of course), visiting new places, cultivating our 12-sqm large plot of land or a sunny Sunday with my wife and son.


Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

Working for public authorities, you are quite much geographically restricted to one place, i.e, the municipality and region you work in. Therefore, I joined ISWA to establish a more broad and international insight into, and understanding of, waste management. When visiting international conferences before being a member of ISWA and its Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation I was lacking the networking opportunity, the meeting of new people and being able to interact with them at conferences. All that changed as soon as I became a member of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation. And I must say, attending ISWA events is so much more fun and rewarding once you are an active member of a Working Group.


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

In 2012.


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

Half of the world’s population does not have access to basic waste management services. The effects on the environment, human health and quality of life are huge and so is the challenge in finding ways to provide sustainable waste management to as many as possible of our planets inhabitants.


In addition, the waste management industry has not fully embraced the resource agenda and the transition from waste management to resource management. We need to make our mind up, get a strong and clear voice and clearly demonstrate how it can contribute. If not, the industry will be overlooked and left behind. There are already several examples where manufacturing industries and policy makers do not regard the waste management industry to be a significant player when it comes to resource management and therefore, are not invited to participate and contribute in this field.


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

Our greatest strengths are that we are a truly international industry with many very knowledgeable and dedicated persons, committed to making an extra effort, ensuring waste management becomes more effective and sustainable. We are represented in all continents and there is an ever increasing need for our services worldwide. Where there are people, waste in being generated.


What might weaken us, is that we are lacking the “sex appeal” that some other industries have, which can make it harder to attract investments to the sector and to recruit the people needed for managing and developing the industry in the future. (That’s also why I think the ISWA Young Professionals Group is such a great initiative – it provides networking opportunities for young professionals in waste management and raises the attractiveness of the industry). We also sometimes tend to focus too much on the choice between different waste management technologies, instead of going after the effect wanted. We need to get out of our “technology trenches”  and instead join forces to achieve outstanding sustainable waste management solutions.


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

With a growing population and economic growth, especially in the developing economies, the demand for waste management will be ever larger in the future. We need to find the solutions to fit these new growing markets. Furthermore, more focus on resources and resource management allows for a whole new line of products and services to deliver, if the industry dares to go through the transition from waste management to resource management.


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

Enormous pressure on the environment and human health due to lacking waste management services globally.  New markets rising in the developing countries and a shift from waste management to resource management, especially in the industrialised countries.

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   News from around the Globe

EU predicts ‘waste tsunami’ if world fails to cut down trash

The European Commission is preparing new policy proposals to reduce waste and reach greater recycling rates, in order to move towards a zero-refuse economy.


“The way in which our society has produced and consumed so far is simply not sustainable any longer,” said Karl Falkenberg, who heads the European Commission’s environment directorate.


Speaking at a EurActiv event last Tuesday (18 March), the Commission director-general warned that with a global population set to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050, the world had no choice but to dramatically cut down on waste or face a severe environmental backlash.


“We are going to be hit by a tsunami of waste if all of those additional people coming to this planet – essentially in the developing world – start consuming like we do in Europe,” he warned.


“But it requires a fairly fundamental change in our attitude. We need to ensure that waste is not a dirty marginal activity of our economies but that we put waste at the centre of a circular economy.”


Read the full article here

EU decides to bag the plastic shopping bag

The European Parliament has voted in favour of curbing the use of thin plastic bags in the European Union by 50 per cent by 2017 and 80 per cent by 2019.


The new law will apply to lightweight plastic bags that are thinner than 50 microns, which are deemed the most polluting form of bag.


They are the type of bag most prone to littering and easily break apart, causing damage to the environment, in particular ocean wildlife.


The draft laws call for EU countries to first reduce their consumption of the bags by 50 per cent by 2017, compared to 2010 figures.


EU politicians recommended using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions and bans to curb their use, preventing shops from giving bags out for free.


For the full story, please visit Eco News

ERA-NET Bioenergy 8th joint call

The coordination and cooperation of national/regional research activities in the area of integrated biorefinery concepts will be promoted. Funding for the call will be provided by the four participating national funding organisations from Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


Biorefining is defined as the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable products (food, feed, materials, chemicals) and energy (fuels, power, heat). An integrated biorefinery concept maximises the overall added value of one plant system by way of fractionation of the raw materials, integration of mass and energy flows and of processes, by (ideally) using all components of a raw material for a range of different products/intermediates, and by working with closed loops.


Pre-proposals and full proposals are submitted via the ERA-NET Bioenergy submission website.


Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting the pre-proposals: 28 April 2014, 1 pm (CET)
  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 1 September 2014, 1 pm (CET) 
  • Earliest project start date: Jan/Feb 2015

NEW ZEALAND: Check on child car restraints


A project has been launched to reduce the number of car restraints for children going to landfill sites and improving road safety through properly disposing old ones.


About 40,000 units will expire this year with landfill being the main destination for them. But funding has now come from Auckland Council, The Baby Factory, Baby on the Move, The Warehouse and project leader 3R Group – with Plunket, the NZTA, a plastics processor and other importers getting involved.


3R Group has initiated the project as part of its work in designing ways for businesses to help customers responsibly dispose of used products and packaging. It’s also involved in the product stewardship scheme for end-of-life tyres.


For the full story, please visit


UK: British Airways gives green light to use waste for jet fuel

The British airline is partnering with US bioenergy firm Solena Fuels to create the world's first facility in Essex to produce sustainable aviation fuel. According to BA, the sustainable jet fuel "produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over, with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road".


A BA spokesman told "The plant will use refuse derived fuel (RDF), produced from municipal solid waste (MSW). The RDF is produced by sorting out the recyclable materials such as plastics, metal cans and glass, and shredding the remaining residue, which is high in biogenic and organic content. This material would otherwise be sent to landfill ... "


For the full story, please visit edie

UK: Call to launch landfill bans to create 47,500 jobs in the UK

The UK could create 47,500 skilled jobs if it kept five key waste materials out of landfill, according to new research by think tank Green Alliance.


New analysis by Green Alliance urges the Government to ban wood, textiles, electronics, food and plastics. It states that banning wood could create 3,200 jobs; banning textiles could create 6,600 jobs, banning electronics 9,500 jobs, food 12,100 jobs and plastics 16,100 jobs.


According to the report, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling creates new and valuable products. Selling these generates profit which supports skilled jobs.


The analysis highlights examples of jobs that could be created. For example, a role could be created for a plant manager working at an anaerobic digestion plant or a driver working for a textile recycling company.


For the full story, visit edie