Global News

Issue 33, February 2015

News from the President

David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members,


Each month ISWA publishes a Waste Business Monitor developed by Acuccom Ltd of the UK. You can find November's here.


Here is an extract from the latest issue regarding November's data:

"This issue analyses 109 waste projects worldwide with an estimated value of US$10.26 billion. Looking at the types of facilities, 31 (28%) of the projects were for waste incineration with energy recovery followed by recycling (24) and anaerobic digestion (10).

In financial investment terms, incineration with energy recovery accounted for US$3.49 billion of the month’s total where figures were given, followed by recycling (US$1.34 billion) and gasification. (US$1.2 billion).

Gasification also played a leading role in adding capacity.  Figures available indicate that 2.5 million tonnes per annum were added or planned, gasification plants accounting for 1.16 million tonnes, 46.9% of the total."

Now, every time we publish these data we have to specify that these are planned projects and not what has been executed in this month- announced projects may never even be started, let alone finished. And if finished ( as we know) they may be completed in five or ten years time. The Monitor also gives timelines for these announced investments.

Nevertheless I want to underline the significant investments being made in the waste sector worldwide. I recall, over two years ago when beginning my Presidency, saying how we needed (according to the World Bank report of 2012) around $30bn a year in spending to achieve global coverage of collection systems and treatment plants of the most basic type ( good landfills, for example). 

Evidently we are far in excess of this figure in terms of annual, global waste investments. But where is the catch ? Well, spending is still predominantly oriented to developed markets and not to developing countries. Of the total spending reported the UK alone accounted for one third and China another 17%. Once again, Africa was not even on the chart but more shockingly, nor was Russia where over 95% of waste is landfilled or dumped.

A recent IFC report showed that Russia now has landfills and dumps accounting for 4 million hectares of space, more than the areas of The Netherlands and Switzerland combined. And each year another 400.000 hectares are taken over for landfilling, mostly with few controls and safeguards. This is really disturbing data. A country the size of Luxembourg (more or less) is covered in waste each year in Russia. 

India appears on the chart for the number of projects announced but experience tells us that few of these will ever be delivered. Maybe the Government of PM Modi will change this, but we still need to see to believe.

So while many economically developed countries are trying to raise their recycling levels to 50 or more percent, to achieve EU targets for example, or to reduce their CO2 emissions, these huge landmasses which are Russia and India, have still no control over their waste management.

It is a great opportunity for our sector when Russia as well as India open up to investments but meanwhile, this situation begs the question : from the environmental point of view, wouldn't it make sense to invest our money in these countries rather than in raising recycling a few percent in those countries already with high recycling levels?  Will, on a global scale, it make any real environmental difference if for example Belgium, Austria or the Netherlands recycle 80% of their waste rather than 70%? Would it not be money better spent to use those financial resources to build good, sanitary landfills with biogas captation in Africa, India and Russia? This is not to criticise the high recycling targets many countries have set; rather, it is to ask where, on a global scale, are our priorities ?

I welcome your opinions to questions to which I certainly do not have all the answers.

Best wishes

David Newman
President, ISWA

UNIDO meeting in Panama concerning e-waste Management

Hermann Koller joined the meeting

ISWA Managing Director, Hermann Koller, was invited to participate in a UNIDO meeting in Panama, 09-12 December 2014.


UNIDO is currently preparing a GEF financed e-waste management project in cooperation with 13 Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela). The project focuses on two main components: (1) Strengthening of national e-waste management initiatives (policies, capacities and awareness) and upgrading or up-scaling of related infrastructure, and (2) Enhancing regional cooperation among the participating countries.


The meeting in Panama was organized by UNIDO with the main objective to discuss details of the project document with the participating countries and approve it.


Further, the meeting gave the opportunity to other parties involved in e-waste management in the region to present their ongoing and planned activities and to discuss potential cooperation with the upcoming UNIDO project. Among others the Stockholm Convention (SC) and Basel Convention (BC) Regional Centres, RELAC, UNU, HP and BOKU University joined the meeting. ISWA was represented by its Managing Director, Hermann Koller. The role of ISWA within this project should be particularly on capacity building measures and event management.


Through active involvement of the participants the meeting achieved its objective to validate the project document and strengthen cooperation with international stakeholders. Based on the outcome of the meeting the project document will be finalized within the next 3 month and be submitted to the GEF for its final approval. It is expected that the implementation of the project will start at the end of 2015.

ISWA / CCAC City Assesment in Dar es Salaam

Waste Collection Vehicle in Dar es Salaam
Dump site in Dar es Salaam

The Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) of the Climate Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), more specifically mainly methane and black carbon emissions across the MSW sector by engaging cities and countries globally to commit to the use of best practice policies and strategies for waste management.


ISWA is not only one of the Lead Partners of the Initiative providing professional insights and linking a number of experts to CCAC, but is also an on-the-ground implementer for the MSW Initiative.


In December 2014 and January 2015 Michele Giavini (ISWA expert, Member of WG on Biological Treatment of Waste), and representatives of the ISWA General Secretariat conducted two visits to the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The goal of the visits was to complete a city assessment through gathering data on the city’s waste management and sight visits and to finally create a comprehensive Action Plan to improve the city’s waste collection and treatment schemes.


After the compilation of the Action Plan ISWA will continue to work with local authorities and other stakeholders in Dar es Salaam to improve MSW related regulations and effectively reduce climate pollutants resulting from inappropriate waste management technologies such as dumping or open burning. 

UNESCO-IHE: Hazardous Waste Management Short Course

We are pleased to announce that from August 31 - September 11, 2015 a Hazardous Waste Management (HWM) short course, organized by a consortium consisting of ISWA, UNESCO-IHE, UNIDO, UNEP and the University of Technology of Berlin, Dept of Waste Management will take place.


This two week course, taking place in the first week at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, The Netherlands, occurs partly before and partly after the 2015 ISWA World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium and is organized in conjunction with the Congress organisers. Attendance of the Congress is, therefore, an integral part of the two week HWM course.


In fact, the special session on hazardous waste at the ISWA World Congress 2015 will present case studies from selected cases that were submitted and discussed by the course participants. Please follow this link to register: Hazardous Waste Management. Applications will close on 15 March 2015 at 23:59 (CET).


Please see the brochure for more details. 

3R International Conference, Korea, May 21-23 Call for Abstracts

The 2nd 3R International Conference (3RINCs) will be held in Daejeon, Republic of Korea from 21st to 23rd May, 2015. The 1st conference was held in Kyoto, 2014 with about 150 presentations and 400 attendees from 28 countries.


The second conference will be hosted by Korean Society of Waste Management (KSWM, ISWA National Member) and supported by Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM), Society for Solid Waste of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences (SSW-CSES) and other international and domestic institutions as co-organizers. ISWA President David Newman will be in attendance and deliver a keynote speech.


3RINCs covers various subjects and themes in the waste management field including 3R (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling) challenges, waste characterization and management, waste-to-energy, biomass utilization, E-waste recycling and management, ELV (end-of-life vehicle) recycling, construction and demolition wastes, disaster wastes, life cycle analysis, waste management policies, and so on.


All experts including engineers, scholars, students, policy makers are invited and welcomed by the organizers. Papers presented at the conference may be reviewed for possible publication in the Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management. More information for the event such as abstract submissions and registrations is available on the website (



WGER Meeting in Paris brings together 41 participants

CCAC MSW webinar series. FLTR: Rachael Williams, Derek Greedy, Luis Marinheiro
Participants of the meeting
Technical Tour of a WtE plant

ISWA's Working Group on Energy Recovery came together in January for the first meeting of 2015 in Paris. The meeting, hosted by ISWA's Gold Member, Suez Environment, took place over two days, incorporating a technical tour of the Créteil Incinération Energie (CIE) Plant. The plant handles 225,000 tonnes of waste per year, providing heating to 25,000 homes in Paris.


The meeting brought together 41 Waste-to-Energy experts from 19 different countries across the world and a number of topics were discussed. The participants shared knowledge and exchanged experiences by offering updates on the Waste-to-Energy situation within their respective countries.


One of the key points on the agenda of the meeting was bottom ash from WtE plants. Participants discussed a work-in-progress technical paper focusing on Bottom Ash and how it can be better utilized to integrate Waste-to-Energy technology into the circular economy. 


Other items on the agenda included a proposed Study Tour of plants in China and Japan and an ISWA Beacon Conference in Malmö in Autumn 2015.


Furthermore, the current Chair (Bettina Kamuk, Rambøll) and Vice Chair (Jørgen Haukohl, Rambøll) were both re-elected for further four-year terms. The Group's next meeting will take place in April in Vienna, hosted by Wien Energie, including a trip to the famous Spittelau facility. For information on this Working Group, please contact the ISWA General Secretariat. 

Become the new sponsor of the WM&R ISWA2015 Special Edition!

We are pleased to announce that we are searching for a sponsor for the Special World Congress edition of our scientific journal, Waste Management & Research. This special issue is a staple of the ISWA World Congress and is a highlight for many of those attending.


It is distributed to around 1,000 participants at the World Congress and also to 1,400 ISWA Members.


The benefits of sponsorship include:

  • Your company name in the title of the issue.
  • A dedication on the front of the special issue.
  • A full page advert inside the journal and on the ISWA website.
  • A banner at the World Congress promoting your company.
  • The opportunity to contribute to the editorial.

This is an opportunity to receive exposure to 1,000s of waste management professionals across 96 different countries worldwide. For more information on the pricing of the sponsorship package please contact Julia Schönherr (

MaSWA - The new ISWA National Member for for Macedonia

The Macedonian Association for Solid Waste Management (MaSWA) is a consortium of legal entities and individuals that promote sustainable development and realization of sustainable waste management.


The consortium consists of professional recyclers of waste plastics, electronic and electrical waste, waste batteries, waste handlers, and collective handlers for waste batteries, collective handlers for packaging waste, researchers and professionals in the field of waste management, and non-governmental organizations that deals with various aspects of waste management. They are also open to all interested organizations and individuals who wish to develop their business and have positive impact on the wider community.


The Macedonian Association for Solid Waste Management (MaSWA) was established in December 2013. MaSWA is the official ISWA National Member of Macedonia since 1 January 2015.



The main goal of MaSWA is – promotion of modern principles of waste management that are economically sustainable for the Republic of Macedonia, as well as development of legal and institutional framework to support the advancement of the waste management sector in the country.


The main goal will be achieved through the establishment of a strong, professional structure which will develop cooperation with national and local institutions, participate in the preparation of new laws in the field of waste management, participate in the concession process with local governments, prepare and conduct targeted trainings and seminars in the field of sustainable waste management for all relevant stakeholders relying on worldly renown practices and techniques.


MOLDSWA- The new ISWA National Member for Moldova

The Moldovan National Association of Solid Waste (MOLDSWA) is a professional association in the field of integrated waste management, recognized nationally by the members and the population served by them, and internationally through being the National Member representative for Moldova of ISWA since January 2015.


MOLDSWA, established in 2014, is the only association in Moldova whose main activity is the promotion of an integrated waste management infrastructure in the country, advocating the same time for recovery and recycling. 

MOLDSWA main activities are:

  • Cooperation in the field of integrated waste management (collection, sorting, transfer, storage, disposal and recovery of waste) and, of course, the environment;
  • Specialized collaboration with similar bodies in the country and internationally;
  • Symposiums, conferences, seminars, exhibitions;
  • Advisory partner in issuing certification in the field of integrated waste management within Moldova.
  • Providing training services and expert advice;
  • Publication of materials, studies and research.

New ISWA Main Sponsor: ECOMONDO (Rimini Fiera)

ISWA is pleased to welcome its latest main sponsor: ECOMONDO (Rimini Fiera).


Ecomondo is the most accredited platform for southern Europe and the Mediterranean basin, for the exploitation and recycling of materials and for the large industry of the future, also called Green Economy, which owes its success to a weighted and rewarding balance between sales dimension and technical-scientific dimension, with considerable space dedicated to INNOVATION in the Green Economy sector.


Areas of particular interest at the 2015 event:

  • Waste characterisation, management, recycling and exploitation
  • Monitoring, management and treatment/exploitation of industrial and civil wastewaters (blue gold)
  • The biomass chemical industry, dedicated non-food biomass bio-refineries and residues ("Biobased Industry")
  • The monitoring and clean-up of contaminated sites, soils and sediments (Reclaim Expo)
  • Monitoring and treatment of air pollution (Air)
  • Smart cities and communities (the sustainable City)
  • These areas, already successfully present in Ecomondo, are those to be supported by funds from the recent national industrial research tenders "Cluster" and "Smart City" and those promoted by the European initiatives (PPPs, JPI, KIC, etc) which direct the contents of Horizon 2020, funding EU industrial research from 2014 to 2020 with about 80 billion euro

19th International Trade Fair of Material and Energy  Recovery and Sustainable Development


3-6 November 2015 Rimini, Italy


With its wide offer Ecomondo covers the whole waste cycle from collection and transport, to  treatment, disposal and recycling. Advanced technology and several solutions for the treatment of various kinds of waste (infectious medical waste, special and hazardous waste, paper and carton, ferrous and non ferrous metal salvage, plastics, batteries, oils, solvents, rubbers, etc.) make Ecomondo a comprehensive exhibition and the leading exhibition in Italy in the waste management sector.


For further information please visit:

NEW ISWA Platinum Member: REMONDIS

ISWA is happy to welcome and present a new Platinum Member!


REMONDIS Electrorecycling GmbH, the division specialized in Electrorecycling of the REMONDIS-group, operates 7 recycling and dismantling centres in central Europe. The pan-European activities are directly operated by the headquarters in Luenen, North Rhine-Westphalia, where the largest recycling and dismantling centre of REMONDIS Electrorecycling is located. As internationally acting Electrorecycling specialist REMONDIS Electrorecycling consider itself as market and opinion leader, especially according to quality requirements.


With its international activities in Germany, France, Poland and Austria, REMONDIS Electrorecycling is one of very few providers of cross-border Electrorecycling services.


REMONDIS Electrorecycling has implemented recycling solutions for all WEEE categories to provide manufacturers, producers, importers, etc. with individual and custom-fitted recycling services.    


For further information please contact:


Phone: +49 2306 106-0


Waste Management & Research Editorial Board Changes

Jinhui Li

The turn of the year has brought many changes for Waste Management & Research, the official journal of ISWA.


We’d like to thank the outgoing Associate Editor Tjalfe G. Poulsen and the Editorial Board members who have retired from their terms at the end of 2014 for their great dedication and support of WM&R over the past year: Geoffrey Blight; Alfons Buekens; Helene Hilger; Gunay Kocasoy and Karl Lorber.


WM&R is delighted to welcome its newest member Jinhui Li (pictured right) as Associate Editor to the Editorial Board. Jinhui Li, Ph. D, is researcher in the field of environmental sciences since 1983 and currently holds a full time position at Tsinghua University, School of Environment and acts as the executive director of Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific hosting the Regional Centre of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. He has published more than 70 full papers in international academic journals. His research areas include the recycling and disposal technology of e-waste and hazardous waste, recyclable and chemical management, circular economy, and site remediation.


Furthermore, WM&R set up a brand new International Advisory Board and has the pleasure to introduce its newest members: Derek Greedy, Simo Isoaho, Atilio A Savino, David C Wilson, Carlos RV Silva Filho and David Newman.


Last but not least we have the honor to congratulate the WM&R reviewer of the year awardees Alberto Bezama, Robert Wenger and Albert Konig. Thank you for your great commitment!

WM&R Editor’s Pick & Editorial: Open Access

Article Author Christian Riuji Lohri

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 February is:


Urban biowaste for solid fuel production: Waste suitability assessment and experimental carbonization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Authored by Christian Riuji Lohri, Adam Faraji, Elia Ephata, Hassan Mtoro Rajabu, and Christian Zurbrügg

Dealing with waste in developing countries and finding of environmentally sound and affordable and socially acceptable waste management solutions is a major challenge for the present and the future. This article highlights the results of a successful cooperation between Swiss researchers and local scientists from Dar es Salaam. While using a technologically rather simple and therefore in the environment of a developing country realizable treatment method the approach suggested allows for broader implementation of separate collection and energetic utilization taking into consideration the local needs.


The Table of Contents of the February issue is available here.


The Editorial “‘Challenges in technology transfer from developed to developing countries” written by Arne Ragossnig and Goran Vujić is available at:

Waste Management & Research is Seeking an Associate Editor

Waste Management and Research (WM&R) ISWA's dynamic, single-blind, peer-reviewed journal disseminating quality information on solid waste management. WM&R is seeking an expert to serve as Associate Editor (AE) on the WM&R Editorial Group. WM&R is seeking a specialist in the field of:


1. Environmental Chemistry / POPs in Solid waste

2. Modeling (LCA, MFA etc)


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



  • At minimum, presently pursuing a PhD degree
  • Proficiency in English
  • Experience in publishing scientific work

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


Interested candidates should submit their full CV to the EIC by 30th March 2015.

Selected candidates will commence the function from June 2015, for a term of two years initially.


The WM&R Editorial Group have an annual meeting alongside the ISWA World Congress. 

ISWA 3 Months Trial Membership

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World Engineers Summit 2015 - Call for abstracts

ISWA President, David Newman will be speaking at this year's World Engineers Summit in Singapore 21 - 24 July 2015.


The WES 2015 Organising Committee invites the submissions of technical papers on the following topics:


  • Clean Environment & Water Resources
  • Sustainable Development & Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Resilience & Adaptation Against Climate Change


For more information on how to submit an abstract, please follow this link.


The deadline is 27 February 2015!

   News from around the Globe

WORLD: E-waste management market expected to reach $49.4 billion

According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, "Global E-Waste Management Market - Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 - 2020", the global E-Waste Management Market would reach an amount of $49.4 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 23.5% during 2014 - 2020.  


The ever-growing need for adapting the latest technology is the prime factor for a large volume of E-Waste generated across the globe. The Asia Pacific region contributes to the largest revenue share in the global E-Waste management market, followed by European countries. Analysis of the market indicates that the global volume of e-waste accounted for 57.7 million tonnes in 2013.  


For the full story, please visit Eco Business.

AUSTRALIA: Australian first will turn waste into electricity

The Western Australian Government has given environmental approval for Australia's first metropolitan waste-to-energy facility at East Rockingham south of Perth.


East Rockingham is an industrial suburb within the Kwinana Industrial Area and the planned facility could process household waste into enough electricity to power 23,000 homes a year. This facility is planned for 2017.


State Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, said his decision to approve New Energy's Waste-to-Energy and Material Recovery Facility was based on consideration of advice from the Environmental Protection Authority.


"This development marks an important step in establishing the first large-scale, waste-to-energy facility to process non-hazardous residual waste from mixed waste sources in an Australian capital city," Mr Jacob said.


Waste-to-energy technology recovers materials and energy from residual waste, rather than material being disposed to landfill. Residual waste is material with no available preferred recycling option.


For the full story, please visit Enviro Info.

CHINA: China is ‘global backyard for trash’

China’s trash problem is so bad that regime mouthpiece Xinhua published an article on January 6, 2015 headlined “Not a Rumor, China is the Global Backyard for Trash.”


Xinhua makes the case that the mounds of trash are imported from the West, but others in China leapt to point out that the fault lay with the Chinese regime, not Western countries.


“Even if we are poor, we cannot make a living by processing imported Western trash. However hard it might be, we cannot treat Western trash like adorable babies, allowing beautiful China to become a global dumping ground,” Xinhua said.



As China has become the world’s second-largest economy, reports and images of environmental problems, including air and water pollution and waste problems, are abundant in the media.


For the full story, please visit Epoch Times.

MEXICO: Mixing plant waste and plastic to obtain building materials

A new company PLASTINOVA has intertwined the science of chemical engineering and technology to recycle all kinds of useless plastics and tequila agave bagasse similar to wood, but with greater resistance used as formwork in the construction industry or in the manufacture of benches, tables and chairs.


Generally the falsework used to build roofs, arches or any structure is made of wood or aluminium. However, the offer of the young entrepreneurs in Jalisco, west coast state of Mexico, aims to achieve a medium point between both materials in terms of physical properties while reducing the cost, as well as recycling organic and inorganic waste.



The composition of the tabloid goes from 10 to 35 percent of agave fibre, completed with recycled plastic, as the latter is the matrix of this building material, said Alberto Medina-Mora Urquiza one of four partners of PLASTINOVA, together with Eloy Aquino Herrán, Milton Vázquez Lepe and Ignacio Reyes González.


For the full story, please visit Science Daily.

UK: Circular economy: business models

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.


Projects that explore commercial models for a circular economy of goods in which resources are kept in productive use for longer following primary production – ideally at the same value/use – are being currently sought. Projects will be expected to design a pilot to demonstrate how the model could become part of normal business.


Registration closes: 08 April 2015


For more information, please visit Innovate UK.

UK: Green light for ground-breaking waste treatment plant

A new waste treatment plant capable of turning flue gas treatment residues (FGT) into carbon-negative building products has been granted planning permission to be built in Bristol.


The plant, managed by waste treatment firm Carbon8, uses patented technology to recycle FGT residues from Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities, converting it into a secondary aggregate which can be made into lightweight building blocks.


The new plant will produce around 100,000 tonnes of aggregate per year, capturing around 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in that period. The process permanently captures more carbon dioxide in the aggregate than is generated during its manufacture, making it uniquely carbon-negative.



It follows a similar facility built in Suffolk in 2012, which was billed as the world's first to carry out this specific recycling process.


For more information, please visit Edie.