News from the President
Dear friends, colleagues and ISWA members,
On March 12, at least 113 people were killed by a massive dumpsite collapse in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according the latest reports available. On April 15, at least 30 people were buried under mountains of garbage due to a landslide in Colombo’s dumpsite, in Sri Lanka.
Enough is enough.
The world counts a death toll of 143 people in just one month. As long as there is no global response for the closure of dumpsites, the death toll will keep rising with more than 3 casualties per day (as ISWA has already assessed for 2016), without counting the long-term health impacts and the chronic diseases involved. Many times, we are discussing for a serious waste crisis that will happen in the future, in some parts of the developing world. Well, guess what: it’s happening right here, right now and it is a lethal one!
Dumpsites are a global health emergency.
We can’t just expect the next landslide or biogas explosion.
We can’t simply count the death toll and feel embarrassed.
We can’t just wish the poor countries to find the resources required to manage the problem.
ISWA has already called for an urgent global response that will drive the closure of the world’s most risky dumpsites and improve the lives of 64 million people that are under daily risk. But until international stakeholders will be persuaded to move and fund the required projects, ISWA will establish its own Unit that will provide free support and help to every municipality that would like to move and close its dumpsite.
I am asking all ISWA members to help and become part of this global initiative. We need landfill engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists, and environmental engineers, biogas and leachate experts. Of course, we also need sociologists, financial and governance experts and a strong communication team. If you want to be part of this Unit, please send an email with your CV at firstname.lastname@example.org and we are going to get back with more details about your involvement.
For such a Unit, we need funds that will allow the Unit to travel and assess the problems in risky dumpsites, that will help ISWA to organise training, capacity building and plans that will help the local authorities. Every single dollar counts, so please help ISWA and let all your friends know that they can offer their support by donating at http://closedumpsites.iswa.org/get-involved/donate-now/
#closedumpsites initiative: already more than 1,500 signatures!
The life and the health of 64 Million people is directly affected by the world’s 50 biggest dumpsites. Indirectly, everybody is affected: dumpsites spread pollutants across our atmosphere and our oceans; if no action is taken, dumpsites will account for up to 10% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025.
1,572 signatures from 96 countries. Did you sign already? Your support counts!
Our #closedumpsites initiative is calling for the closure of the world’s most polluted places and has already received many positive reactions and support from all around the globe: over the last months already more than 1,500 people from almost 100 countries, among them Ministers, Members of Parliament and well-known artists, signed ISWA’s declaration to support the closure of the world's 50 biggest dumpsites.
If you haven't already, please click the link above and sign and share it with your colleagues, friends, classmates!
This initiative has the potential to become a global movement which will result in substantial health, environmental and economic benefits for millions of people.
We are well aware that closing down a dumpsite is neither a simple nor an easy task. It requires adequate planning, institutional and administrative capacity, financial resources, social support and political consensus. The ground-breaking ISWA report Roadmap for Closing Waste Dumpsites provides the guidance required, to each and every local authority or government, for the process and procedures which are needed to close a dumpsite and to develop an alternative sound waste management system.
ISWA’s goal is not only to play an active part in the closure of dumpsites, but also to ensure that the final closure of a dumpsite is supported by a system of infrastructure, by putting more sustainable alternatives in place, together with an integrated waste management plan, institutional and administrative capacity, financial resources and social support for the people living on the dumpsites. ISWA will therefore support municipalities and governments, who are looking to make the positive step towards closing dumpsites in favour of more sustainable alternatives, in all of these matters. To achieve this, we will need some additional financial resources.
Support #closedumpsites - Donate now!
Closing the world’s dumpsites is not just about fixing waste problems, it is a matter of protecting public health and our environment, improving the quality of our lives and making the world a better place to live. If you would like to support our initiative with a donation, please go to http://closedumpsites.iswa.org/get-involved/donate-now/
Your support, no matter what amount, is very much valued. We will publish a list of all donors on our website http://closedumpsites.iswa.org/ and promise to keep you updated on the progress of our initiative via blog posts, letters and email.
Thank you for supporting ISWA's #closedumpsite initiative!
A Roadmap for closing dumpsites: Executive Summary out now!
In September last year, ISWA released it's ground-breaking report on the shocking conditions of the world's 50 biggest dumpsites: "A Roadmap for Closing Waste Dumpsites: The World's Most Polluted Places", providing guidance to local authorities and governments on closing dumpsites and replacing them with sound waste management systems.
The report paved the way for our #closedumpsites initiative which has sparked significant interest amongst the waste and wider community. Please also see the article above!
We are therefore pleased to announce that an executive summary has been produced to compliment the report, comprehensively outlining the key messages of the roadmap which can be disseminated easily amongst decision makers and key stakeholders.
4th Industrial Revolution Survey: 580 responses from 80 countries
Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printers, Driverless Cars, the Internet of Things...
The world is experiencing a significant and inexorable technological shift and every industry, the waste and recycling sector included, will be impacted by what is commonly referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution.
ISWA's 4th Industrial Revolution Survey aims to collect opinions and views to identify the impact of this technological shift on the waste management sector.
Over the last month already more than 580 people from 80 different countries completed the survey. Our goal is to get 1,000 responses, but the more resonses the better and the more viable the results of the survey will be.
ISWA's aim is to help shape the future of waste management by conducting the world’s only global survey on the impacts of the new technologies on the waste management sector. ISWA is canvassing the entire waste management community, gathering opinions and views. We want to establish what the current understanding of the potential impacts is and we will assess the potential future influence in the industry.
Following this survey, ISWA will publish the results and create a collective roadmap for the waste and recycling sector which aims to ensure that we are well prepared and flexible enough to cope with the rapidly changing world where robots become more widely used.
ISWA is thinking about the future and we want to ensure that the waste managers are not left behind. We would therefore ask that you give five minutes to take the survey online here.
The more responses, the more credible the analysis - so please take and share the survey!
ISWA YPG Annual Report out now!
ISWA's Young Professional Group (YPG) was founded in 2013 at the ISWA World Congress in Vienna, Austria and has since grown into something big; building global networks, sharing best practice waste management, hosting workshops and developing future leaders of the industry.
The group is made up of students, consultants, engineers, researches etc. from 34 different countries united by a common passion to improve waste management practices across the globe!
The members of the ISWA Young Professionals Group are delighted to share with you their 2016 Annual Report.
ISWA World Congress 2017 in Baltimore - Register now!
For the first time in nearly two decades, the 2017 ISWA World Congress is being hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The World Congress is the biggest annual event organized by ISWA. WASTECON® is SWANA’s premier solid waste industry-focused conference in North America. From Monday, September 25, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017, this epic gathering combines two exciting international events in one convenient location.
This collaboration by the leading global and North American waste associations will provide unique networking opportunities and the latest news, education, innovations, and products to help you achieve success in your operations. Attendees will have opportunities to interact with industry leaders and expand their professional network to help them develop solutions to the pressing global and local issues they face every day.
Bring your critical thinking and creative ideas to discussions on the issues featured at the congress, some of them are mentioned below. Multiple speakers will be engaging you in conversation around these topics. Many of these subject matter experts are featured here to help you prepare for the lively interchange of opinions.
Circular Economy: How will the Circular Economy be an opportunity for the waste management sector—as a catalyst for new skills, innovation, knowledge and development—that will result in new technologies, business models and partnerships?
Energy Recovery: Solid waste can be used as fuel for energy production through landfill gas, waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion and wastewater treatment facilities. How do you evaluate the environmental and economic benefits of these different technologies for your community? How does the increasing emphasis on food waste diversion impact your options?
Marine Litter: Finding ways to deal with marine litter is an “end-of-pipe” solution, but much more needs to be done to prevent litter before it becomes a problem. In Baltimore, home of the “Trash Wheel”, ISWA debuts a report on the positive contributions of integrated solid waste management to marine litter prevention. How will you conserve and protect your waterways?
Smart Technologies: Success in the waste industry depends on evolving technology. Social networks impact consumer and business behavior. Sensors, cameras and other equipment gather “big data” that require specialized analysis to be useful. New workforce skills are needed to take advantage of advancements, and those skills are in demand by other industries. How can you keep up?
There really is, “No Time to Waste!” Register NOW at ISWA2017.org to join thousands of industry professionals, gathering from around the world, at this unique East Coast metropolitan destination.
As they say in Baltimore, “See you in Bal’mer, hon!”
Study Tour on Biowaste Treatment May 29 to June 2, 2017, Belgium
Join the new ISWA Study Tour covering best practices in biological treatments:
- anaerobic digestion
- aerobic digestion
- mechanical-biological treatment
- membrane technology
- pre-membrane technologies in action.
The Programme includes challenging seminars in legal, planning and communication issues including:
- regional and international policy on biodegradable waste
- quality criteria for compost
- measures on biowaste prevention and home composting policy
- organising separate collection of biowaste in densely populated and rural areas
- Flanders' high separate collection rate (over 71%).
The Study Tour is a great opportunity to network with international participants and experts, as well as an amazing experience!
Registration and Discounts
Regular Fee (€): Non-ISWA Member 2,760.00
ISWA Member 2,300.00
Registration fees include: accommodation with breakfast, refreshments, lunch and dinner, from Sunday night, May 28 until Friday afternoon, June 2, 2017 plus all handouts and transportation to the waste treatment plants.
The fee does not include participants’ travel to Brussels.
ISWA internal groups: spring meetings
Beginning of March, ISWA conducted a series of internal group meetings at the premises of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), ISWA’s national member in the United Kingdom.
The Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste (WGBTW) had a common meeting on March 7-8th together with CIWM’s Special interest group on Biological Treatment to exchange views and experiences. This meeting was combined with a site visit to an Anaerobic digestion plant (see photo). At the meeting, Marco Ricci-Jürgensen was re-elected as chair of ISWA’s working group on biological treatment of waste.
In addition, ISWA’s Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) met in Northampton on March 9th to discuss its current projects and initiatives. Furthermore, the group elected Luis Marinheiro as vice-chair of the STC, following Bettina Kamuk, who recently became the chair of the committee.
The week in Northampton concluded on March 10th with a meeting of ISWA’s Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology (WGCTT), which discussed its plans for a session on smart technologies at the ISWA World Congress 2017 and its ideas for a paper addressing the waste collection challenges in developing and emerging economies. At the meeting, the group elected Bernd Leowald as vice-chair of the working group. The day ended with a discussion with CIWM’s special interest group on Collection, Recycling & Environmental Cleansing, focusing on safety issues and smart technologies in solid waste collection and transportation.
The participants of the three meetings appreciated the fruitful exchange with CIWM and were thankful for the hospitality.
23 to 24 March the Working Group on Governance & Legal Issues (WGGL) gathered in Hamburg, Germany. Main topics of the meeting were a new paper on EPR, a Code of Conduct for ISWA, Certification Standards and the three sessions which the working group will prepare for the ISWA World Congress 2017 in Baltimore, USA. Two external presentations, a site visit and an excellent dinner rounded up the programme, smoothly organised by the local host, Stadtreinigung Hamburg.
Lisbon, Portugal, was the venue for the spring meeting of the Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (WGCS) which took place 29 to 30 March. 18 participants from 7 countries exchanged knowledge and experiences on various communication activities regarding e.g. the selective collection of packaging, achieving recycling targets and WtE projects. Furthermore, the group elected Tom De Bruyckere (see profile article below!) as the new vice-chair, following Jos Artois. Congratulations to Tom, and a big thank you to Jos for his efforts and to the meeting hosts EGF and Valorsul for the perfect organisation on the spot!
ISWA’s Working Group on Energy Recovery (WGER) met for the first time this year at Ramboll’s headquarters in Copenhagen 6 to 7 April, with 54 people coming together for a record attendance at an ISWA Working Group Meeting. The group are actively working on several projects and reports, including some guidelines for communicating waste-to-energy to non-professionals and a report on alternative treatment technologies. They had the opportunity to look around one of the most exciting new incineration plants in Europe – the famous “Ski Slope” plant, Amager Bakke. The plant has been 4 years in the making but received its first lot of waste this month.
ISWA Video Award 2017, Deadline 28 May 2017
Each year ISWA honours excellent efforts and creative ideas that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste management. There is around one month remaining for you to submit your nominations for ISWA's three prestigious awards.
The award presentation will take place at the ISWA 2017 World Congress in Baltimore, USA.
The theme of the contest is ‘No time to Waste’, which is also the theme of this year’s ISWA World Congress. Entries shall explore the theme – of course related to the general topic ‘waste’ as one of the major global problems of our society - in an original, witty way.
Whether documentary, fiction, animation or a combination thereof - the decision about the film genre as well as the technical realisation is left up to the contestant. Only the length of the film is specified. The video must be minimum 30 seconds and should not exceed a total duration of 80 seconds. Take a look at last year's winners for inspiration. (Terms and Conditions and details on how to submit can also be found here).
The competition is open to individual entrants aged over 18 only, not to, or in association with any business or organisation.
The Prize for the Winner is 1,500 Euros, for the second place 750 Euros.
ISWA Communication Award 2017, Deadline 8 May 2017
This award has been designed to honour excellent Waste Communication Campaigns that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste management.
Nominations can be submitted until 08 May 2017 by any organisation, for a Communication Campaign fulfilling these criteria.
As the award is open for participation for both ISWA members and non-ISWA members please either submit your nomination and/or forward this invitation at your discretion.
ISWA Publication Award 2017, Deadline 12 May 2017
The ISWA Publication Award has been designed to honour the author(s) of either a publication, article or book which is deemed to be exceptional in its contribution to the field of Solid Waste Management.
Nominations can be submitted until 12 May 2017 by any ISWA Member or by Managing Editors and Editorial Board Members of ISWA's scientific journal, 'Waste Management & Research'.
Please note that if you send your contribution in hard copy we need you to send 4 copies of the publication/ book/ article.
The Prize for the Winner is 2,500 Euros.
Welcome to our New Platinum Member: BGE China, Beijing
We are delighted to announce our first ever Platinum Member from China, BGE!
Beijing GeoEnviron Engineering ＆Technology, Inc. (BGE), is a high-tech enterprise committed environment technology researches and providing solutions to pollution prevention and control. Its predecessor was the Lining Engineering Department of the Institute of High Energy Physics of Chinese Academy of Science, and was formally founded in 1992. BGE was listed on the A-share Main Board at Shanghai Stock Exchange on December 29th.
At present, BGE has established three business modules of environmental remediation, industrial environment and urban environment, focusing on the pollution prevention & control technology of solid wastes and liquid wastes, technology research, environmental engineering technical services and the investment and operation of environmental facilities in polluted soil, industrial sites, mines and water. It has become one of the industry leaders in urban environment services and ranks top in the business of soil remediation, underground water remediation and incineration.
BGE strengthens international exchanges and cooperation with companies and associations at home and abroad. BGE is a member of IAGI and IGS since 2006. At present, BGE owns 96 patented technologies, 6 software copyrights. BGE has hosted or participated in the setting of 31 national and professional standards and technical specification.
BGE Building, No.9 Dijin Road, Zhongguancun Environmental Protection Park, Haidian District, Beijing, China
Welcome to ISWA's Latest Gold Members!
WMW Introduces New Collection & Recycling Supplement
We are delighted to update you on the latest development with ISWA's Industry Magazine. Since February 2017 there has been an additional Collection & Handling Section. "The magazine inside a magazine" will put collection vehicles, sweepers, material handling, container systems and much more back into the spotlight. The section editor, Malcolm Bates, is back at WMW personally test driving and analysing the latest machinery often before it is released!
This supplement, along with the magazine is the perfect promotional platform for ISWA Members (and non members) to reach a global audience.
With a total of more than 60,000 subscribers (15,000 print, 45,000 digital) in 163 countries, Waste Management World magazine has a truly worldwide coverage and is THE leading international magazine in the field of waste management and the perfect platform to promote your technology and equipment.
Over the last year we have made some significant improvements, including a new, modern layout, with an increase in readership by more than 20%. The printed issue of the magazine now goes out to over 15,000 recipients, covering a range of issues from biowaste, waste-to-energy, recycling, collection and handling.
We have some exciting advertisement opportunities to go along with our increased reach.
There are also very special reductions for ISWA Members. For more information, contact ISWA's Communication & Marketing Manager, Daniel Purchase.
We can help you promote your technology, equipment and products with a number of digital and print advertisement options. Please get in touch for a tailored quote.
ISWA Profile: Tom De Bruyckere, Belgium
Name and current position in ISWA
Tom De Bruyckere – Vice Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (WGCS)
Company and current position in your company
Communications advisor at MindShake
What is your background?
I look back on 25 years of experience in public relations and stakeholder management, especially in energy, waste management, environment and industry.
Did you always work in the waste industry?
In 1999 I started working for ISVAG, the intermunicipal waste management company in Antwerp. It were my first steps in the waste management industry. Initially the project started as crisis communications only, but steadily we succeeded in establishing a dialogue with all the stakeholders. Today ISVAG is leading the way. The board recently approved the plans to build a brand new, state of the art waste-to-energy plant in Antwerp, which will be a catalyst to develop a district heating network for the region.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
In 2015 I had the privilege to be part of the organisation team of the ISWA World congress in Antwerp. The preparations took us nearly three years and especially the last year was very intense. I remember many sleepless nights, a constant “peak stress level”, but above all very fruitful and interesting co-operation with Christof Delatter (the director of Interafval, our national ISWA member), Philip Heylen (the Antwerp honorary vice-mayor who was the chairman of the World Congress), and last but not least the people of the ISWA general secretariat in Vienna. Based on the attendance statistics, but especially also on the positive feed-back we received, I think we may say that we did a good job there…
Best advice that you ever received?
Not really advice, but just a quote by the writer Oscar Wilde: “Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it's not fine, it's not the end.”
In my case this quote proved to be true on several occasions…
When not working, I enjoy …
Reading, cycling, gardening or occasionally go catamaran sailing on the North Sea. I’m lucky to live only 20 minutes away from the beach. An ideal place to escape from the stress of the daily business.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
In ISWA we discovered a huge network of interesting people. Many of them meanwhile have become friends. I strongly believe that information exchange is key to solving a lot of waste issues that currently still exist in the world.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
During the last Working Group meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, on 30 March.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Think global, act local. For every single waste problem in the world, a solution exists. But often we lack awareness, political courage, public acceptance, and in many case also financial means to move forward. Again, I believe that ISWA has an important role to play here.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
The potential to make a difference is huge. For example, just read the report on the impact of the 50 largest dumpsites in the world. The immediate local impact on health and the overall global impact on the environment and climate are enormous. It’s time to act! For those who haven’t done so yet: just start by adding your support to the ISWA initiative to close the world’s 50 biggest dumpsites.
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