Global News

Issue 38, December 2015

News from the President

David Newman
David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members


As I write this piece for our year-end newsletter I feel overwhelmed by the events happening over the last month and to happen over the next weeks.  We were all horrified by the dreadful killings in Paris and an atmosphere of fear, at times panic, has spread over Europe. Yet it is here, in Paris, where leaders of our Governments from every corner of the planet will meet to try to forge a climate agreement.  Such an agreement would be difficult in the most serene and peaceful surroundings. I wonder how much more nervous will our diplomats and politicians be and how much more intractable and unwilling to compromise as a result of the events of Paris, the tension between Turkey and Russia, the disturbing and vicious debate between Republican candidates for the Presidency of the USA, the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. How much more difficult will it be for oil producing nations to compromise with an oil price of $40 a barrel, which means bankruptcy for many of them.  No wonder they are fighting tooth and nail against renewables and shale gas from the USA.


In this maelstrom of emotions and conflicting interests, ISWA will be participating trying to tell the story of how we are today, we, the waste industry, already long down the road to reducing emissions and keeping our planet healthy. But we know we have an enormous task ahead to complete our mission to bring sustainable waste management to all countries, and we will continue to push for that mission in Paris. After the COP21 ends we will inform you of the outcome.


Against this background the EU proposals for a new Waste Directive, which will be published on December 2nd, seem mild stuff indeed. Again ISWA will be at the centre of the debate as we were during the last month,  illustrating to the European Commission how the waste industry can help develop a more circular and resource effecient economy.  From the draft text I have read, the targets for waste recycling will still be very ambitious especially for the eastern European countries.  And a target of 10% landfill by 2030 will be hard to meet in those nations. I think the watered down approach to organic waste collection is a mistake, this is really the waste stream to target with great force for climate reasons, as well as for soil fertility issues. Still, we have time over the next months to improve the proposal through negotiation and we should all push in the same direction to get a long-term, ambitious and enforceable Directive.


No time is left for the climate change negotiations in Paris. This is the last chance to make an agreement, and let's hope good sense, a wider view of humanitys' needs and a little less selfishness, manage to prevail. 


In these times it is hard to be an optimist. But Christmas and New Year will give us all time to be with our families and reflect upon what is most important in our lives- waste can take second place for a few days !  And then we will begin again the merry-go-round of normal life in January.


Thank you for your support and thanks to all those volunteers, staff and colleagues on the Board who have helped make 2015 a memorable year. This has been an exceptionally successful period for ISWA and this is thanks to the efforts of everyone.


I wish you all the very best for the upcoming holidays and for a prosperous New Year.

David Newman
President, ISWA

TF Resource Management finishes its mission and presents 6 reports

Task Force video „The Golden Resource“, see link at the bottom!
TFRM video „The Golden Resource“, see link at the bottom!
TFRM authors and members Tore Hulgaard, Jane Gilbert, Bettina Kamuk, Costas Velis; STC Chair Antonis Mavropoulos; Julia Schoenherr (ISWA GS) and President David Newman
FLTR: TFRM authors and members Tore Hulgaard, Jane Gilbert, Bettina Kamuk, Costas Velis; STC Chair Antonis Mavropoulos; Julia Schoenherr (ISWA GS) and President David Newman
Kata Tisza (ISWA GS); TFRM members Björn Appelqvist, Bettina Kamuk, Martin Brocklehurst; Daniel Purchase (ISWA GS); TFRM members Andi Bartl and Ana Loureiro
FLTR: Kata Tisza (ISWA GS); TFRM members Björn Appelqvist, Bettina Kamuk, Martin Brocklehurst; Daniel Purchase (ISWA GS); TFRM members Andi Bartl and Ana Loureiro
“Circular Economy: Resources and Opportunities: The Challenge of Circular Economy for the Waste Management industry’ conference in Brussels
TFRM presentation at the “Circular Economy: Resources and Opportunities: The Challenge of Circular Economy for the Waste Management industry’ conference in Brussels

The views of governments and businesses are changing as the need is emerging to increase resource efficiency and reduce cost and environmental impacts. Novel business models are being tested that challenge the linear economy as the scale of the economic and jobs opportunity of the circular economy become clear. The contributions this changes can make to climate change mitigation, and volatility in commodity prices have added impetus to the need for innovative thinking.


Despite the risks of continuous raw material supply, much of the material streams still have a linear life path. OECD estimates that the equivalent of about one fifth of global material extracted each year becomes waste, and ISWA estimates that 70% of this is disposed of on landfills. At the same time, national environmental policies strive to reduce landfill and landfill gas emissions are being overtaken by demands to rethink industrial processes. Moreover, there is a global surge in secondary raw materials seeking markets. New patterns of global trade have emerged for recovered paper, plastics, textiles and waste derived fuels despite strongly fluctuating commodity prices. The usual operation of businesses have to be changed and investment in new treatment technologies has to be secured as well.


In recognition of these challenges, the ISWA Board established the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management (TFRM) in June 2014. The Task Force has worked hard for over a year to prepare a study looking into the current trends and a series of reports to help the waste industry to analyse and respond to the unprecedented pressures of the Circular Economy on the waste management industry.


Members of the Task Force on Resource Management:



  • Björn Appelqvist (Chair) City of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ana Loureiro EGF, Portugal
  • Andreas Bartl Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Bettina Kamuk Rambøll, Denmark
  • Costas Velis University of Leeds, UK
  • Gary Crawford Veolia, France
  • Jane Gilbert Carbon Clarity, UK
  • Martin Brocklehurst The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, UK
  • Kata Tisza ISWA General Secretariat 


The outputs of the Task Force were presented and discussed over multiple public and closed events, such as the ISWA World Congress 2014 Special Session in Sao Paulo in September 2014, the Task Force on Resource Management Expert Workshop in Paris in June 2015, the ISWA World Congress 2015 in Antwerp in September 2015 and the “Circular Economy: Resources and Opportunities: The Challenge of Circular Economy for the Waste Management industry’ conference in Brussels in November 2015.


The six TFRM reports can be downloaded from the ISWA Website here.


We also recommend to take 2.5 minutes and view the Task Force video „The Golden Resource“ available on:



ISWA/CAUES International Conference, Suzhou, China

300 participants attended the ISWA/CAUES Conference in Suzhou, China
300 participants attended the ISWA/CAUES Conference in Suzhou, China
Mr. Carlos Silva Filho, Vice President of ISWA
Mr. Carlos Silva Filho, Vice President of ISWA
Mr. Xiao Jiabao, President of CAUES
Mr. Xiao Jiabao, President of CAUES

The International Conference on Solid Waste Management - Resource Utilization and Landfill Diversion, organized by ISWA in cooperation with the China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAUES), ISWA’s National Member, was held from 11 to 12 October 2015 in Suzhou, China.


More than 300 participants attended the conference. The Vice Mayor of Suzhou, Mr. Zhang Yuejin, the Vice President of ISWA, Mr. Carlos Silva Filho, and President of CAUES, Mr. Xiao Jiabao, made opening remarks.


This two-day conference included 18 presentations and 3 panel discussion sessions. Keynote speakers were: Mr. Zhang Yue, Councilor of Department of Urban Construction of Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development, Mr. Surendra Shrestha, Director of United Nations Environment Programme's International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP/IETC), Mr. Carlos Silva Filho, Vice President of ISWA and Mr. Hermann Koller, Managing Director of ISWA.


Other five ISWA experts gave presentations on various thematic topics ranging from MSW source separation and public participation, energy recovery and pollution control; these experts are: Ms. Jane Gilbert, Vice Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste, Mr. Vivek Agrawal, Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology, Mr. Helmut Stadler, ISWA legal expert (ex-Vice President of ISWA), Ms. Jiao Tang, Technical Manager at ISWA General Secretariat, Mr. Christophe Cord’Homme, member of ISWA’s Working Group on Energy Recovery (CNIM). ISWA also invited Mr. Arthur Wellinger, the ex-President of the European Biogas Association, a long-standing biogas projects expert in Europe as well as in lower-income countries.


After the opening of the Conference presentations by the introduction of the Global Waste Management Outlook by Mr Surendra Shrestha, the newly launched landmark publication by UNEP and ISWA, various issues in solid waste management were discussed, particularly on the development and perspectives of the sector in China and globally, municipal solid waste source separation and public participation, municipal solid waste energy recovery and pollution control, each being the thematic topic of a session. After each session, a panel discussion took place which successfully provoked the presenters to debate and engaged the audience to ask questions and express opinions. The Conference provided a platform for the exchange of experiences and ideas between the Chinese solid waste management sector and ISWA’s international expert. CAUES and the audience, most coming from the sector representing waste management companies and policy makers at different levels, expressed a high appreciation of this Conference and the will for continued cooperation in knowledge exchange.


The Conference was followed by the annual exhibition of CAUES, which staged over 200 exhibitors which are prominent industry players in the sector in China. Mr. Carlos Silva Filho, Mr. Hermann Koller and Ms. Jiao Tang attended the opening ceremony and were accompanied by CAUES to visit the exhibitors. In the afternoon, a “Get to Know ISWA” session was organized where company representatives asked questions about ISWA and ISWA’s activities. Overall the exhibition provided an opportunity for the Chinese WM industry to get to know ISWA and vice versa.

Beacon Conference 'Resources from Waste', Hamburg, Germany

285 waste management experts gathered at the marvellous location Hotel Hafen Hamburg
285 waste management experts gathered at the marvellous location Hotel Hafen Hamburg
ISWA President David Newman opened the conference
ISWA President David Newman opened the conference
Panel discussion rounding off a session
Panel discussion rounding off a session

285 participants from 17 different countries attended the ISWA Beacon Conference titled ‘Resources from Waste: Sorting and Treatment Techniques’ which took place 14 to 16 October in Hamburg, Germany.


The conference was hosted and organized by ISWA’s German National Member VKU Förderverein on behalf of VKU. One of the participants at this conference, Prof. Arne Ragoßnig from Vienna, Austria, provided us with the following Report. Thank you for this positive feedback, Arne!


"Resource recovery from waste is becoming a major driver for development in the waste management sector. A successful implementation requires appropriate collection schemes as well as sorting and treatment techniques aimed at providing secondary resources of a quality comparable to that of primary raw materials. The interaction between waste contractors, equipment providers and actors requiring secondary raw materials is very important in order to develop appropriate procedures and technology. Events like the ISWA Beacon Conference on Resources from Waste are a perfect platform for this interaction.


At a marvellous location right in Hamburg`s harbour specific types of waste of high relevance for our societies – like End-of Live Vehicles and Shredder Light Fraction, composite materials, hard plastics, incineration residues and industrial slags, household waste and WEEE-waste have been addressed by high profile experts from science and practice in individual sessions.


Technologies and processes to deal with End-Of-Life vehicles presented by experts from industry showed that very high compulsory recycling rates can be achieved for this specific waste stream but however problems exist regarding the procedures valued as recycling. Questionable practices accepted as recycling pose an obstacle to high value recycling. According to Prof. Kuchta (TU Hamburg-Harburg) in the automotive industry it is not anymore that the compulsory recycling rates drive innovation but a general design for recycling approach is now driving the recyclability. This is an important step that needs to be implemented in the industry as a whole in order to allow for high recycling rates while preventing possible negative impacts from recycled resources. This is why according to Prof. Maurer (European Commission) the product design stage will be an important focus of the new European Union Commission proposal on a resource policy to be issued early December this year.


Social events like a Get-Together at the conference venue and at Rickmers museum ship and a technical tour complemented the conference sessions and facilitated the informal interaction of the participants of the ISWA Beacon Conference."

Beacon Conference ‘Resource Management’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

ARS Vice-president Atilio Savino
Panel discussion

This conference organized by ISWA’s Argentinian National Member ARS (Asociación para el Estudio de los Residuos Sólidos- National) and the Isalud University attracted 145 participants.


ISWA officials gave an introduction to the topic: Atilio Savino, ISWA Board Member and Vice-president of ARS presented “A conceptual framework for the Circular Economy”. Antonis Mavropoulos, Chair of the ISWA STC, analysed the 3rd Industrial Revolution and its impacts on sound waste management and Björn Appelqvist presented the Final Report of the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management.


The Conference then focused on the response of regional and local institutions and companies to the concept of Circular Economy. Pablo Delorenzi, General Manager of Benito Roggio Ambiental, one of the leading companies in the solid waste sector in Argentina, presented how the vision and mission of the company were updated to follow the concepts of a Circular Economy. Cecilia Hiriart, Head of the Environmental Department of the Argentine Industrial Union presented how the industrial sector should manage its own waste. Roberto Sanchez, Coordinator of the Argentine Packaging Institute presented how the packaging industry could contribute to a circular economy.

9th Beacon Conference on Waste to Energy, Malmoe, Sweden

WtE Beacon Conference in Malmö, Sweden
WtE Beacon Conference in Malmö, Sweden
Hakan Rylander, ISWA Treasurer and former WGER Chair, giving a speech at the conference dinner
Hakan Rylander, ISWA Treasurer and former WGER Chair, giving a speech at the conference dinner
Technical tour to Filbornaverket plant in Helsinborg
Technical tour to Filbornaverket plant in Helsinborg

128 experts, professionals and students from 19 countries gathered in Malmö, Sweden for ISWA’s 9th Beacon Conference on Waste to Energy, hosted by ISWA’s Swedish National Member, Avfall Sverige and organized by the Working Group on Energy Recovery (WGER).


The two day conference offered a broad perspective of the current waste-to-energy situation with both a technical and political focus.


ISWA President, David Newman opened the conference by challenging the Waste to Energy sector to engage in the circular economy. Topics on the first day included the role of energy recovery in the Circular Economy, public awareness (and acceptance) for waste-to-energy with Paul Davison, of Proteus offering an engaging discussion on the importance of an effective communication strategy for WtE organizations.


In the evening, the guests had the pleasure of a dinner in the spectacular surroundings of Örenäs Castle in Landskrona – a typical, modern Swedish castle, constructed in the early 20th century.


The second day focused on technical aspects and operational experience, with plant-focused case studies from Roland Greil (Switzerland - Hitachi Zosen Inova), Klaus W Hansen, (Denmark – Karanoveren) and Ole Hedegaard Madsen, (Sweden - B&W Vølund). Chair of the Working Group on Energy Recovery, Bettina Kamuk, closed the conference.


On the Friday, guests were offered a technical tour of Filbornaverket plant in Helsinborg, a state-operated plant which supplies district heating to 6,000 homes in the area.



6th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6), Jakarta, Indonesia

During the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum Conference, on 19 October a parallel session was organized by UN ESCAP, Waste Concern and ISWA. The session brought together delegates and representatives form various sectors to discuss the topic ‘Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities: Promoting waste-to-resource initiatives in Asia-Pacific’. 


In the cities of developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, waste generation is growing rapidly. There is an urgent shift towards waste –to-resource approaches required, in order to address this growth.


The twin objectives of the session were to reflect on the experience and lessons learnt in promoting waste-to-resource initiatives in Asia-Pacific and to develop concrete recommendations for the advancement of waste-to-resource initiatives in the region.


The session started with the introduction of topic by Waste Concern representative Mr. Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha   and Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Economic Affairs’ officer, ESCAP.

•       The concept of Integrated Recycling Centers (IRC) was explained tby Mr. Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha, Co Founder & Executive Director, Waste Concern.  He further explained that recycling is a complex method of environment protection which aims to limit the consumption of resources and to decrease the waste quantity. 

The concept of IRC presents a considerable and largely untapped opportunity for source recovery.

•       Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Economic Affairs’ officer, ESCAP shared his experiences in initiatives towards waste-to-resource by introducing Recycling Centers which are being supported by ESCAP in various South-East Asian Countries. This has resulted in new facilities being constructed across the region, as well as a range of community based initiative and government sponsored programs.

•       Ms. Tuti Hendrawati Mintarih, Director - General of Hazardous Materials Waste, and Municipal Solid waste Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Government of Indonesia shared Indonesian experiences and practices of Municipal and Hazardous Waste.

•       Mr. Iftekhar Enayetullah, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Waste Concern explained whole concept of IRC and its benefits towards sustainability. He also shared about its replicability and impact on waste management scenario.

•       Mr. Ho De Leong, ISWA Board member- Regional Development Network Representative and Chairman of Waste Management Association of Malaysia presented the solid waste management model of Malaysia. The city is being divided into 5 zones, signing 5 separate contracts resulting in formation of Public-Private Partnership based on tipping fees. Success lies in transparency in public private relationship.

•       Mr. K.H. Muthukudaarachchi, Director-general, Central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka where he explained about his working in the concerned field through public-private partnerships and involving stakeholders.

•       Mr. Ngo Hoang Nam, Chairman, Quy Nhon Municipal People’s Committee, Vietnam explained how IRC are functioning in Vietnam with ESCAP support. They have become hub for managing solid waste in a scientific manner with involvement of stakeholders.

•       Following him, Dr. Vivek Agrawal, Chair, WGCTT, ISWA, and Advisor to Kanak Resources Management Ltd. stressed upon the importance of Micro enterprises (informal sector) for better efficiency in separation of Municipal Solid Waste. He further emphasised upon behaviour change communication through waste collectors to engage community for separation of waste at source. Social security and occupational health safety for the people engaged in the collection and transportation of waste is of high importance. 

•       Session Chair Mr. Donovan Storey, Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section, ESCAP summed up discussion highlighting importance of IRC and informal sector.


The following Panel discussion made this parallel session very interactive.

Regional Seminar on BIOWASTE, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Panel discussion at the Biowaste Seminar in Sao Paulo
Panel discussion at the Biowaste Seminar in Sao Paulo
ISWA Vice President Carlos Silva Filho and WGBTW Chair Marco Ricci
ISWA Vice President Carlos Silva Filho and WGBTW Chair Marco Ricci

In Latin American countries biowaste represents a large portion of the total of municipal solid waste - MSW (up to 70%), and in Cities it often exceeds 50% of the amounts collected and disposed.  Hence the correct management of the organic fraction of solid waste represents a key issue for enhancing the current disposal and recycling of MSW in Latin America, and in reducing the environmental “pressure” on landfills and other disposal sites.


The ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste (WGBTW) organized in cooperation with ABRELPE (Brazil), the ISWA Regional Development Network in Latin America (ISWA RDN LAC), the Italian Biogas and Composting Association (CIC) and the Argentine Association of Studies of Solid Waste (ARS) a two day Seminar (12-13 November 2015) on the sidelines of the Brazil FIMAI-ECOMONDO International Fair and Seminar of Industrial Environment and Sustainability, focusing on policies and current practices in managing biowaste correctly. This is one of the series of regional biowaste workshops which have been carried out by the Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste since 2012.


A group of experts from ISWA held fruitful knowledge exchanges and discussions with selected experts coming from different Latin American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. The Seminar touched upon the topics of current strategies in different countries for biowaste collection and recycling, biological treatment techniques for MSW and biowaste, as well as the role of decentralized initiatives such as composting and low-scale solution at community level.  Compost market and compost quality issues were discussed between participants, including a delegate of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, focusing on the possibilities to substitute chemical fertilizers and restore/maintain soil fertility. During the discussion it became clear that National Organizations, such as the composting Association, can enhance the dialogue between different stakeholders and could ease the elaboration or revision of current legislation and technical requirements for compost and its market.


During the discussions and panel sessions it clearly emerged that economics play a key-role in sustaining the development of modern management of biowaste and that the awareness and clear commitment of local authorities is a necessity to allow the system to evolve, and the public sector to invest. On the last day of the Seminar a site visit was conducted to the City of Sao Paulo composting pilot plant for organic waste from local markets, located in the Lapa district.  Participants could see the recycling of residues consisting of vegetable, garden and fruit residues, into compost of up to 3000 tonnes/year from this biowaste.


The event clearly gave local actors in Brazil, and other Latin-American Countries, the possibility to get to know each other and network, as well as the opportunities to share experiences and know.-how on best practices and key pilot projects.

For further information please visit:



ISWA at the ECOMONDO 2015

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Meeting with Newster Group (ISWA Silver Member)
Meeting with Newster Group (ISWA Silver Member)
Meeting with ISWA Silver Member REVET s.p.a.
Meeting with ISWA Silver Member REVET s.p.a.
Meeting with ISWA National Member Italy, ATIA ISWA Italia
Meeting with ISWA National Member Italy, ATIA ISWA Italia

For the first time, ISWA had a booth at the ECOMONDO in Rimini, Italy. Hermann Koller, ISWA Managing Director and Alfred Holzschuster, ISWA Finance & Member Service Manager, were impressed by the perfectly organised exhibition and side events.


Following an exclusive welcome reception with the Italian Ministry of Environment, they visited several ISWA members and met a lot of people and companies who were strongly interested in ISWA’s work and activities. Of course, a meeting with Ms Paola Muraro, President of ATIA ISWA Italia, the Italian ISWA National Member, was scheduled as well.


Italy is focusing on the green economy to boost its upswing. This was the message from the expo days at Rimini Fiera, where the innovative proposals of the 1,200 companies and the contents of 200 seminars with over 1,000 speakers showed the importance of an industrial and scientific system up to the most advanced standards, as well as providing a model for other nations´ economies. The presence of industry and trade delegates from all over the world ensured these days a really international dimension.


More than 103,000 professional visitors gathered in Rimini over the four days, a figure that stabilized the European ranking of Ecomondo. This figure also contains the planned rise of the foreign component, with almost 11,000 industry/trade delegates and 500 buyers from all over the world. Worth mentioning are the numerous representatives from Iran and China, whose visits were organized in cooperation with the Italian Ministry for Environment.


In 2016 the green economy expo will be at Rimini Fiera from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th November. ISWA will be present with an exhibition stand again.

ISWA at IFAT 2016 - get a free day pass!

Once again ISWA has partnered up with IFAT, the world’s leading waste management exhibition. 2016 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 next year’s IFAT in Munich, Germany, from 30th May – 03rd June 2016.


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:


We are looking forward to meeting you at our booth at IFAT 2016!



2016 ISWA-SWIS Winter School - Essay Competition Results

The winners of the “2016 ISWA-SWIS Competition on Sustainable Waste Management Essay”
The winners of the “2016 ISWA-SWIS Competition on Sustainable Waste Management Essay”

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA is pleased to announce the “2016 ISWA-SWIS Competition on Sustainable Waste Management Essay” results. 


We would like to thank all the participants for their interest and participation in the essay competition. Most of you did excellent job writing essays on many interesting topics.


After extensive review and consideration, we have finalized the list of candidates for the ISWA-SWIS Winter School Scholarship winners.


Join the winners at the joint ISWA and SWIS (Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability) Winter School at the University of Texas at Arlington, and the City of Denton, Texas, USA! Participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on the particular 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,


    landfill equipment,

    landfill leachate management,

    landfill gas management and utilization (LFGTE),

    including economic, health and sanitation aspects as well as

    environmental risk assessment related to the landfill.


Specialty area 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.





New Platinum Member: SURECA (Belgium)

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


SURECA stands for Sustainable Reusable Carriers. Carriers refers to different kinds of load carriers like pallets, boxes, drums, crates,…


The SURECA group currently consists of different companies active in pooling and renting of reusable load carriers in variety of supply chains like Food, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals,…


The SURECA group and its group companies are growing fast, not only in numbers but also in services and activities. All activities are somehow connected to the core activity of pooling and renting. Pooling is what drives the REUSE of the load carriers involved. The result is that SURECA is able to REDUCE the impact the use of these load carriers on the environment through an efficient management of these load carriers. An efficient management means less trucks (and miles) to deliver and collect the load carriers, less load carriers needed and manufactured, less waste at the end of life of the load carriers and less costs for the users (customers).


SURECA also invests in R&D to make the load carriers themselves already more efficient through smart designs. Also a new material (MATERIAL X) has been developed as an alternative for the more traditional packaging materials (wood, plastic, metal) that exist today. This new material can be made of a variety of WASTE…available in all regions across the globe…this is one of the reasons why SURECA decided to become not just an ISWA member, but a PLATINUM member!


For more information about Material X: sylvain.naets(at)


For more information about SURECA and its group companies:


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SWANA (National Member United States and Canada) has a new CEO

David Biderman, the new Executive Director of SWANA
David Biderman, the new Executive Director of SWANA

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) - ISWA National Member for both the United States and Canada - will be hosting the 2017 ISWA World Congress in Baltimore, USA. Mr. David Biderman, the new CEO of SWANA introduces himself and gives an update on his association:


After 18 years at another waste association in Washington, D.C., I replaced John Skinner as Executive Director of SWANA in April 2015.  Guided by our new Strategic Plan, SWANA is growing, has become a more visible advocate for its members in the policy arena and the media, and is expanding its efforts to improved worker safety in the waste industry.


SWANA is the oldest and largest professional association for the waste industry in North America.  Founded more than 50 years ago, SWANA has more than 8,300 members.  SWANA has 45 chapters in the United States and Canada; our principal waste laws and regulations are developed at the state or provincial level, so SWANA chapters have been established in states and provinces to help members in those locations comply with these rules.


SWANA is considered the premier education and certification association for the waste industry.  SWANA offers a wide variety of certification programs for all aspects of solid waste management.  These programs are offered at SWANA’s headquarters near Washington, D.C., at SWANA’s national events, or by individual chapters, and can be purchased directly by employers interested in certifying some of their employees.  Perhaps the best known of these certification programs is the Landfill Management (MOLO) program.  These programs have been provided in other countries, upon request.  A list of SWANA’s certification courses is here:  SWANA is in the process of developing a Zero Waste Certification course.  In addition to certification, SWANA hosts weekly webinars on a wide variety of topics which are open to all members, and provides education at chapter meetings and conferences.


SWANA frequently submits comments on proposed regulations in Washington.  For example, we recently commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed revisions to rules governing emissions from landfills.  We often partner with other waste associations that share our goals when we file comments with EPA.


SWANA holds a highly recognized annual trade show and conference known as WASTECON.  In 2015, this event took place in Orlando, Florida.  More than 2,400 people attended, an increase over the previous year.  Highlights from WASTECON 2015 included a keynote address by New York City Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia; a Safety Summit attended by more than 600 people; a walk to benefit a local charity; and a solid waste design competition between college students (won by MIT, one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States).  WASTECON will take place in Indianapolis in August 2016.


Over the past few months, SWANA has rapidly expanded its safety program.  According to recent U.S. data, waste collection workers have the fifth highest fatality rate of any occupation.  The number of worker fatalities and injuries in the overall industry has generally risen over the past few years, following a steady decline between 1999 and 2009. For that reason, SWANA:


● Has held several safety webinars

● Started a Safety Ambassador program in its chapters

● Distributes a weekly safety bulletin via email

● sends information about fatal accidents to chapters


In 2016, SWANA will start collecting and analyzing safety data for the first time.  In addition, we will start holding regional classroom safety workshops focused on reducing accidents and injuries and improving compliance with applicable laws.


Several SWANA representatives, including myself and our President, Michelle Leonard, attended the World Congress in September 2015 in Antwerp.  We enjoyed meeting our fellow ISWA members from around the world, and I have communicated with many of them in the months since Antwerp.  SWANA will continue to be an active member of ISWA, and is already planning the 2017 ISWA World Congress, which will held in conjunction with WASTECON in September 2017 in the United States.  We invite your thoughts on how we can make the 2017 ISWA World Congress most useful.  More information about SWANA is at   I invite ISWA members to learn more about our association.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at


David Biderman

Executive Director, SWANA

WM&R is seeking an Associate Editor

Appointment of Associate Editor for ISWA's scientific Journal WM&R


Waste Management & Research (WM&R), a dynamic journal disseminating quality information on Solid Waste Management, is seeking a Solid Waste expert with a particular focus on Hazardous Waste including eWaste to serve as Associate Editor (AE) for WM&R.


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


An excellent track record in journal publication (especially in WM&R) is expected.

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


Interested candidates should submit their full CV to the EiC by 31 January 2016


Selected candidates will commence the function from 2016, most likely for a term of three years initially (and is extendable based on performance).


AEs will be expected to attend one EG meeting yearly along with ISWA World Congress venue and ISWA will pay all expenses.


Thank you.


Prof Agamuthu

Editor in Chief, WM&R



ISWA Profile: H. James Law (USA)

H. James Law, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Landfill
H. James Law, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Landfill

Name and current position in ISWA

H. James Law, Vice-Chair of Landfill Working Group (LWG)


Company and current position in your company 

Project Director, SCS Engineers (USA)


What is your background?

I graduated from the University of Toronto (Canada) with a Bachelor and Master degree in Civil/Geo-Engineering specializing in Geotechnical Engineering.  I have extensive experience in landfill design, construction, operations,  management and regulations, both in the USA and in international countries such as China, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, to name a few.  I enjoy sharing and discussing waste management experiences with other waste management and landfill colleagues and related professionals.  I have a strong technical expertise in landfill design, material selection, construction, and operational subject matters.


Did you always work in the waste industry?

I worked for some years in consulting in the field of Business organization and I worked in waste and recycling of waste for 10 years.


Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?

After graduated from the university, I began my career as a civil/geotechnical engineer for the first 6 years in the highway & bridge foundation investigation, design and construction, as well as in many commercial and residential building foundation systems.  And the last 25 years with SCS Engineers, I have been working mainly in the solid waste management industry, specifically in the new landfill or landfill expansion design and construction, landfill closure design and construction, transfer station and material resource facilities.  I had presented more than 20 technical papers at global forums and conferences, and have an extensive network of solid waste practitioners in ISWA as well as SWANA.


Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?

Inspirational quote from Albert Einstein – “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”


What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

As a registered professional engineer and consultant, I am a firm believer in teamwork and collaboration amongst fellow waste or inter-discipline professionals as a means to share ideas and to bring out the best of our abilities to solve problems.  My greatest achievement/accomplishment has to be my ability to support ISWA’s mission in promoting and developing sustainable waste management worldwide through education and training of professionals, and promoting appropriate and best available technologies and practices, particularly in developing countries. For example, I brought together a technical team and equipment vendors to supply equipment and instruments for the first aerobic bioreactor landfill remediation project in Beijing, China (2007 - 2010).  My international experience and involvement in solid waste practices and management in various parts of the world help me understand and be sensitive to a wide range of cultures, local waste handling practices, and “ability to pay” for appropriate technology.


Best advice that you ever received?

Be faithful and truthful for all you do and not to be discourage when facing difficulty or failure but learn from it.


When not working, I enjoy...

Cooking, gardening, and traveling to see and experience other cultures and wonders of the world.


Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

I really agree and resembling ISWA’s mission, that is, “to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide.”  I began my involvement with the ISWA in 2008.  Since then, I have enjoyed helping the LWG to attain its mission through attending working group planning meetings, leading special training workshops (such as HELP Modelling Training Workshop at the World Congress 2008 in Singapore, Landfill Training Workshop at the World Congress 2015 in Antwerp), and giving technical presentations and case studies on landfill design and construction, landfill final and operation slope stability, and liquid waste management. 


My first reason of becoming part of ISWA is that I enjoy collaborating with solid waste professionals from different countries including ISWA nation members, and learning and helping to resolve their technical and environmental problems.  As a group, we need to give our best efforts to support ISWA’s mission by delivering frequent technical and scientific training programs.  By virtue of my base in the USA and my close connections with sponsors of major waste conferences, I can help increase the visibility of the ISWA in general in North America.


The second reason is a family factor.  My wife, Elo, and two daughters, Elle and Mailiis, are Estonian citizens and they would like to see me using my knowledge and experience in helping and advancing the waste management technologies in Estonia.  And ISWA would be a great platform and starting point to achieve this endeavour.


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

I was elected in May 2014 during LWG Planning Meeting held at the 2014 IFAT in Munich and began my term at the ISWA World Congress 2014 in Sao Paulo.


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

The biggest challenge facing the waste industry, as I see it, is to make aware the severity and consequence of inappropriate waste handling and illegal waste disposal that has a global impact to everyone, such as open dump on land and rivers and inappropriate processing of e-waste.  This often also includes challenges such as the political cooperation between countries on how to collaborate and to find resource and funding to eliminate such treats.


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

The most important industry’s strength on my list has always been with the people - the professionals and waste handling organizations who are members of an organized waste association that has a deep knowledge bank and can provide coordinated training programs to those who seek knowledge and information. 

Two weaknesses on top of my list are (1) the lack of operation and maintenance training program or specific training needed on regular basis for the waste operator using a more complicated technology of waste handling, especially when it is considered in a locality that is not ready to implement such technology resulting in a white-elephant project, and (2) the lack of financing mechanism or vehicle and difficulty in implementing when assisting developing countries in achieving their dream of proper waste handling opportunities.  Some developing countries may not have the financial resources to send people to training programs such as the ISWA’s annual World Solid Waste Congress or the summer or winter schools and workshops.  Therefore we should be bringing training workshops and conferences closer to those in need. In addition, I believe that ISWA could also assist waste professionals who want to build sanitary landfills in developing countries but can’t afford it by creating “projects” or to “adopt-a-landfill” to share our expertise and solve their problems.


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

I believe the market opportunities for the waste industry in the next ten years will be focus on food and organic waste technologies, green and renewal energy for CNG vehicle fuels, liquid waste treatment such as anaerobic/aerobic digesters and advanced filtration technologies, dumpsites remediation for land use reclamation, landfill sustainability design and other advanced technologies that give us a cutting edge and creative solutions to meet identified challenges in our modern day’s waste management.


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

The future is bright and improving!  We are better than ten years ago and closer to achieve individual recycling target, the “zero” waste practice, as well as to promote circular economy in waste industry.




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Climate Change: ISWA on the road to COP21

UNFCCC offers to cooperate with ISWA

This year’s World Congress in Antwerp saw ISWA launch a number of ground-breaking reports which hope to shape and inform the waste industry, and the wider environmental community in the build-up to the Climate Conference in Paris and also the EU Circular Economy Package discussions. ISWA’s Task Force on Resource Management; Wasted Health Report and Global Waste Management Outlook reports have received very positive feedback and further to this, ISWA’s National Members signed a Declaration on Climate Change and Waste and Resource Management. All in all - a very strong message was sent out at this year’s World Congress concerning the future trends of waste and resource management.


But it didn’t stop there, we followed up on all of this. ISWA President, David Newman and Managing Director, Hermann Koller wrote letters to various International Organisations and governmental bodies pointing out to these recent ISWA publications and highlighting the role of effective waste and resource management in mitigating climate change.


We received some very positive feedback together with some letters of support and encouragement; including personal letters and offers of cooperation from the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms Christiana Figueres, the Department for Energy and Climate Change in the United Kingdom and also from the Austrian Ministry of Environment.


Over the course of the year, through its various new publications and its various communications efforts, ISWA has stretched its influence and better positioned itself to be a key player in shaping the future trends and debates on waste and resource management in the shadow of this year’s COP21 climate change conference in Paris.


In addition to many messages of support, we received the following personal letters:


ISWA launched its ‘Road to COP’ social media campaign in September. Look out for the hashtag #roadtocop21 on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, where regular information is posted related to the COP21 preparations and to Climate Change and Waste Management. 



City Exchange under the CCAC–MSWI: activities update

Meeting in Copenhagen
Meeting in Copenhagen
Meeting in Sao Paulo
Meeting in Sao Paulo
Visit to Composting Plant 'Lapa' in Sao Paulo
Visit to Composting Plant 'Lapa' in Sao Paulo

City Exchange: Municipality of Sao Paulo, Brazil and City of Copenhagen, Denmark under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (CCAC – MSWI)


Under the framework of the CCAC – MSWI where ISWA is a Lead Partner and a project implementer, ISWA brockered the bilateral city exchange project between the Municipality of Sao Paulo and the City of Copenhagen. The Project is funded by the CCAC MSWI under the City Exchange Programme which enables cities to take the initiatial visit to each other, whereby the cities learn in depth about each other’s waste management situation and could provide advices and inspiration to each other, especially from the mentor city to the mentee city.


The first visit took place in Sao Paulo by Copenhagen officials in the week of 26-30 October, 2015. The Copenhagen officials were welcomed by the waste management agency of the Municipality of Sao Paulo with the support of the Brazilian Association of Public Cleansing and Waste Management Companies - ABRELPE, introduced the overview of municipal solid waste management in the Municipality and escorted to visit the CTL Landfill, the transfer stations, sorting plants, food markets and collection services.


The second visit took place in Copenhagen by Sao Paulo officials and a representative of ABRELPE in the week of 16 -20 November, 2015. The Sao Paulo officials were welcomed by the waste management agency of the City of Copenhagen, introduced the overview of municipal solid waste management in the City and escorted to see the source separation, separate collection, material recovery facility, Waste-to-Energy plant and a bio-waste treatment plant, concluded by a half-day training workshop on communication strategies on integrated municipal solid waste management. Both cities valued the trips with high appreciation and are therefore looking forward for continuing bilateral cooperation between each other. 


The Climate and Clean Air Coalition – Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (CCAC-MSWI) enables cities to advance in the waste hierarchy in a coordinated and cohesive manner to mitigate and avoid the generation of Short Lived Climate Pollutants. ISWA is a Lead Partner of the CCAC MSWI and a Project Implementer in various CCAC project. Relevant to this City Exchange is the City Assistance Project to the Municipality of Sao Paulo. The City Assistance Project provides technical assistance to the recipient city through a step-by-step approach. ISWA has provide the Phase 1 Assistance to Sao Paulo: City Assessment and Action Plan. Currently ISWA is providing the Phase 2 Assistance to Sao Paulo: Work Plan.


For more information about the City Exchange and the City Assistance Projects to Sao Paulo, please see: . Contact: .



ISWA at COP21: activities update

Events at the COP21 where ISWA is directly involved:


1.      Wednesday, 2nd December 2:15-3:45 pm. Side Event in the Nordic Pavilion Nordic Climate Action in the Urban Solid Waste Sector.


The side event will describe recent Nordic experiences in the solid waste sector of cities in developing countries. Examples will be drawn from current NAMA and CDM projects in Africa and Latin America, and will present lessons learnt for this important emissions growth sector from both market and non-market based instruments.


Chair: Ash Sharma, Special Adviser for Climate Change, NEFCO (who will provide a brief overview of the role of the Clean Development Mechanism in catalysing vulnerable projects in Africa and LATAM)

Gary Crawford, Vice President for International Affairs, Veolia, and Board Member of International Solid Waste Association ISWA (who will outline the global challenges facing the solid waste sector and the importance of and conditions for private sector engagement).

Adriaan Tas, Director, Carbon Africa Ltd, Kenya (will draw upon experience in developing waste management infrastructure project in Beira and preparing the ground for a national solid waste NAMA in Mozambique)


2.      Tuesday, 8th December from 1:15 – 2:45 pm. ISWA, Veolia and the US EPA will jointly organize a side event on ‘Mitigating methane emissions: from science to innovative solutions’ in the official restricted area at Paris-Le Bourget at the COP21 in Paris.


The aim of the event is to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and best practices concerning reduction of methane emissions. Participants will exchange scientific knowledge, explore available mitigation options in the major emitting sectors and discuss economic and financial mechanisms that would facilitate the development of these solutions for meeting the climate challenge.


Gary Crawford will speak about opportunities to reduce methane emission in the waste management – the presentations will be circulated within the Group after the event.


3.      Tuesday, 8th December from 3:00-5:00 pm. ISWA President, David Newman will attend the CCAC High Level Assembly held in the blue zone of the COP. The President will give a short announcement on ISWA’s progress and commitments in the past period.



Other events related to waste and climate change at the COP21 in Paris:

o    Friday, 4th December 3:00 – 6:15 pm, Lima-Paris Action Agenda: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Focus Day. The SLCP Focus Day will demonstrate on the pathways available for action on SLCPs, the measures available with strong commitments to act, how SLCPs reduction can be integrated across sectors, and the policies and tools enacted at various levels of government and society to mitigate these pollutants.


o    Friday, 4th December 4:45 – 6:15 pm. Catalyzing commitments into action: innovation and scalable solutions in cross-sector collaboration

o    Friday, 4th December 6:30 – 8 pm. Making Below 2 Degrees a Reality: Climate Smart Development in a Vulnerable and Emerging Economy

o    Saturday, 5th December 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Waste Sector Strategies for a Low Carbon Economy: Innovative Experiences in the Global South

o    Wednesday, 9th December 6:30-8:00 pm. CCAC Official Side Event (COP venue, Blue Zone, Room 3)


For more information on the side events please refer to:


ISWA created the hashtag #roadtocop21. Watch out for that! Since September, under this hashtag ISWA informs regularly on Twitter, Facebook an LinkedIn about it's actvities in connection with COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will take place beginning of December in Paris.


In total, ISWA already has more than 7500 followers on Twitter, Facebook an LinkedIn. Don't miss out on these regular updates on what professional and sustainable waste management can do to mitigate climate change and become a follower now! 



News from around the Globe

AUSTRALIA: Hazardous waste facility and kaolin mine planned for Western Australia's Goldfields

The nation's only continuous running high-level waste facility is set to be established in Western Australia's Goldfields.


Tellus Holdings is preparing to set up a dual revenue business model at the Sandy Ridge site, 170 kilometres north-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The project is currently undergoing a bankable feasibility study which is expected to be completed in the coming months.


The company is hoping to mine Kaolin, a clay used for paint and pottery and then backfill the site with level four and five hazardous material, including radioactive waste.


The site is just 6 kilometres away from the State Government's intractable waste disposal facility, which has the ability to receive high-level waste, but is currently on care and maintenance.



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EUROPEAN UNION: New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor

The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.


The 2014 package called for a 70% recycling target for municipal waste for 2030, and a total ban on landfill for all recoverable and reusable waste.


But leaked documents obtained by EurActiv ahead of the EU’s executive planned launch of the new package next week, only call for a 65% recycling goal, and will allow a 10% landfill quota.


Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans promised the European Parliament that the new package would be “more ambitious” than the old one after ditching it in December last year.


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BRITAIN: Australian footballers to play on Britain's recycled tyres

Footballers in Melbourne will soon be playing and training on artificial pitches topped with rubber granules from the tyres of old British cars.


The unlikely partnership is made by possible Suffolk-based Murfitts Industries, which shipped more than 300 tons of its recycled rubber granules to Monbulk Rangers Soccer club in east Melbourne for two new pitches.


Murfitt manufactures its rubber granules by recycling car tyres from across the UK, and has developed bespoke processes which enable it to recycle 100% of every tyre. The new playing surfaces will cover 19,000 square metres in total, and are fully compliant with FIFA regulations.


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ENGLAND: Waitrose turns grass into egg boxes

Waitrose has given the humble egg box a green makeover with the launch of a revolutionary new packaging material made from ryegrass and paper.


The supermarket's Duchy Organic Range, which was founded by Prince Charles, will now be nestled in green-coloured boxes made from equal amounts of ryegrass and recycled paper - a UK first, according to Waitrose.


The switch to greener packaging will save 77 tonnes of wood and recycled paper each year and, when extended to other egg boxes in the Waitrose range, will save an additional 382 tonnes.


The boxes also use 60% less water during production and release 15% less CO2 compared to standard pulp egg boxes. They are also 100% recyclable.



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ENGLAND: United Biscuits crunches emissions with waste cooking oil-fuelled fleet

McVitie's biscuits, Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets are taking greener journeys to retail partners thanks to the extension of a biofuel project from manufacturer United Biscuits, which sees its delivery trucks powered by used cooking oil.


The London-based biscuit and cake manufacturer has ramped up its successful green transport scheme, with 16 of its trucks now operating on dual-fuel systems which generate carbon savings of 97% compared to traditional diesel engines.


United Biscuits’ head of distribution Rob Wright said: “The success of our Biofuel project has surpassed all our expectations and has been inspiring for all those involved, demonstrating the huge potential of power from waste.


“The benefits of recycling waste cooking oil from our food factories are another step along United Biscuits’ green journey, which has already seen us make significant gains in reducing carbon emissions across our logistics business.”



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MALAYSIA: Government continues to support electricity generation using solid waste

The government will continue to support the use of solid waste to produce renewable energy sources to generate electricity through the ‘waste to wealth’ concept.


Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili said so far, the electricity generation using solid waste had produced seven megawatts of electricity.


“A total of 25.4 megawatts of electricity produced from solid waste is yet to be distributed because it has not been approved.


“With the cooperation of all stakeholders including relevant ministries, we support the generation of electricity using solid waste through the ‘waste to wealth’ concept,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (BN-Sabak Bernam) in the Dewan Rakyat Wednesday.


Mohd Fasiah had wanted to know on the government’s efforts to utilise solid waste to generate electricity.



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