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Issue 1
December 2009

Our apologies if you received an unformatted version of this newsletter yesterday, you will find this version to be what you are looking for - ISWA General Secretariat

News from the Managing Director
News from the Working Groups
News from around the Globe
Coming Events
The ISWA General Secretariat is proudly hosted by the City of Vienna, Austria
If you have any interesting news or events from your country, it would be appreciated if you could please forward details by email to  While it may not be possible to include every story, all submissions will be gratefully received.
1. News from the Managing Director
Friends, colleagues, and ISWA Members:

Allow me to take this opportunity to mark the launching of "ISWA Global News", a bi-monthly member forum designed to keep you alert to numerous waste management activities taking place within and outside the Association. The ISWA Global News team, organized by staff at the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the ISWA General Secretariat, looks forward to receiving your input, comments, and noteworthy additions to future issues.

In 2010 alone, you will read about the scheduled launch of the ISWA web site, the announcements of the Association's 40th Anniversary, and the initiation of the 10-year hosting period by the City of Vienna for the General Secretariat. I hereby welcome you to Issue 1!

Best regards,

W. Gregory Vogt
ISWA Managing Director
Vienna, Austria

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2. POSITION VACANT: Solid Waste Management Technical Operations Manager (Sri Lanka)
Environmental Remediation Programme
United Nations Office for Project Services, Sri Lanka

VA for a Solid Waste Management Technical Operations Manager

The Environmental Remediation Programme - United Nations Office for Project Services in Sri Lanka requires a person with extensive practical experience in solid waste operations which include:

  • Household collection
  • Material Recovery Facility
  • Composting Plant
  • Landfilling, and
  • Waste Transfer Station
  • Heavy equipment, trucks, tractor operations and maintenance would be an advantage

The ideal person will have an excellent understanding of the efficiencies required from day to day operations, administration, management and maintenance functions in order to be safe, environmentally sound and cost effective, particularly in a developing country environment.

The position will train and monitor the solid waste operations of twelve local authorities in the Ampara District on the east coast of Sri Lanka. This is a field position and is a non-family posting.

Click here for further information about the position.

The closing date for applications is 10 December 2009

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3. ISWA PROFILE: Antonis Mavropoulos
Name Antonis Mavropoulos
Company EPEM SA
Home Country
Role within ISWA
Chair of the Scientific & Technical Committee
Chemical Engineer
Did you always work in the waste industry?
I have worked in the waste management industry for almost 15 years. Before this, I worked for several companies as a free lancer, as well being involved in research programs.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
On a personal basis, my best achievement is the love I have from my daughter and my wife - it is not so easy to lead my kind of life and keep my family in balance. On a professional level, as some friends are telling me, maybe I have created a new path between academics and practitioners. The path of waste management thinkers.
Best advice that you ever received?
Before you run you have to walk and before you walk you have to crawl.
When not working, I enjoy...
Being with my family, reading books and listening to jazz.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
I was impressed by what I learned from my first participation in a landfill Working Group meeting. I think it was around 1997. I thought (and that has been proven right), that through ISWA Working Groups I would have the possibility to strengthen my technical resources. By volunteering my time towards the Association's overall mission, I started to understand that an international development of ISWA was something valuable and important for the future evolution of waste management. And after almost one year as STC Chair, I am much more waste wise and proud as ISWA member.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
I was nominated in Summer 2008, and elected in November 2008, in Singapore.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
Our industry is facing multiple challenges like the GHGs challenges and changes, the waste trafficking problem, the increasing link to resource management, the growing amount of distinct waste streams and management networks and the challenge of successful management of more and more new types of waste. Above all is the challenge to face the complexity that emerges from all those issues without reducing, but increasing, our capacity to deliver solutions.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
The future of the waste industry is certainly more development worldwide, with different technologies in different countries. The gradual depletion of some resources will make feasible current non-feasible technologies (like landfill mining) and the need for energy will boost thermal treatment, anaerobic digestion and landfill gas projects. I believe that hydrogen production from waste and gasification are two challenges that will reshape the landscape of waste management within next 10-20 years.  I also believe that as urban areas are becoming more crowded, underground development of waste management facilities will have a future. Nevertheless, the real problem of waste will not be solved unless global waste prevention is in place.
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4. ISWA National Member Country Profile: Australia

At the ISWA General Assembly in Lisbon, the National Members for Romania and Australia were invited to make a presentation on the state of waste management in their respective countries.

Dr Ron Wainberg, President of the Waste Management Association of Australia has kindly given permission for his presentation to be made available for download:
Click here to download the presentation - The State of Waste in Australia.
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5. ISWA Congresses 2012 and 2014

At the General Assembly held in Lisbon in October the locations for the ISWA 2012 and 2014 were announced.

  • The ISWA 2012 Congress will be held in Florence, Italy
  • The ISWA 2014 Congress will be held in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Congratulations to ISWA Italy and APRELPE (Brazil) on their successful bids to host the Congress.

The 2010 Congress will be held in Hamburg, Germany, 2011 in Daegu, Korea and 2013 is yet to be decided.

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6. ISWA Communication Award 2009

ISWA is pleased to announce that the "Waste Aware Scotland Recycling Campaign" has been awarded the ISWA Communication Award 2009.

The panel found that overall the communications campaign run by Waste Aware Scotland to enhance the recovery of waste from households and therefore to meet national recycling targets was the best of the four nominations put forward for the ISWA Communications award in 2009. The members of the judging panel were impressed by several aspects of the communications campaign, including:

  • Piloting of the campaign
  • The buy-in from stakeholders, especially food manufacturers and retailers
  • Your range of presentation materials
  • Linking local municipalities into a national campaign
  • The extensive evaluation of the results.

The judging panel therefore felt that this campaign could act as an exemplar for other organisations seeking to raise awareness of the considerable range of products and materials which households could place in recycling bins.

The prize for the ISWA Communication Award is:

  1. A symbolic award to be presented at the ISWA Annual Congress
  2. Complimentary ISWA individual membership for one year
  3. An article about the campaign in the ISWA journal Waste Management World and on the ISWA website
  4. The right to use a special ISWA commemorative logo
  5. The opportunity to present the highlights of the campaign at the Annual Congress.
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7. Healthcare Waste

The Working Group on Healthcare Waste held a meeting in London on 25th November at the same time as an International Healthcare waste management Symposium which is being held at the Royal College of Physicians.

The Working Group has also been actively assisting the World Health Organisations Review of the Blue Book "Safe Management of Wastes from Health care Activities". The work has been completed and in October the Editors completed the process to enable the new copy to be printed next year.

Finally the working Group assisted ISWA Italy in preparing the programme and providing speakers for a Conference on Healthcare waste management held in Rimini at the same time as the Ecomondo Conference and Exhibition in October 2009.

Bill Townend
Chair, ISWA Working Group on Healthcare Waste

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8. Landfill

The Working Group on Landfill recently finalised the revision of the Landfill Operations Guidelines and have developed a Sustainable Landfills Master Class which aims to explain the concept of sustainable landfilling, the different types of landfills and covers issues related to design, contruction, environmental impacts and operation.

In April the Landfill Working Group was invited by the Wastes Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) - Nigeria National Member of ISWA - to facilitate 2 days of landfill training as part of its National Waste Summit in Abuja. As landfill gas had been identified as a particular issue to be addressed the working group was able to cooperate with the Methane to Markets Partnership in the delivery of the training.

As a precursor to the landfill training the trainers were given the opportunity to visit and meet with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). This proved to be most interesting and helped the trainers to understand the situation locally. The Authority itself was clearly progressive in its outlook but was grappling with overcoming the waste management practices of old.

Olushosun Landfill

The training course was attended by around 60 delegates from all sectors of the waste industry. Ranging from Chief Executives of Municipal Authorities to site operatives including Regulators and consultants from a number of African countries.

The training covered all aspects of landfill operations including leachate and landfill gas management, closure, environmental monitoring and perhaps of greater significance for Nigeria strategies for the closure and upgrading of open dumps. The Methane to Markets team dealt with matters such as financing a landfill gas project, landfill gas systems design and carbon credits.

The training event was followed by the conference itself which as part of the National Waste Summit sought to engage with all of those involved in waste management which included researchers, investors, operators, policy makers, regulators, plant manufacturers, engineering providers and the legal sector. The Conference with the theme Nigeria Vision 20-2020: the Waste Management Challenges had sub-themes in Financing, Professionalism, Waste Management and National Development and waste management, and the Legal framework for the development of the waste management industry.

WAMASON have to be congratulated on this initiative to create a better environment by putting waste management firmly on the political agenda. I would also like to thank most sincerely LAWMA for its courtesy and hospitality in making our two days in Lagos such a rewarding and informative experience.

Derek Greedy
Chair, ISWA Working Group on Landfill

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9. Communication

Recently, the activities of the Communication Working Group have focussed on participation in the Lisbon Congress and Conference.

Activities included:

  • Presentation of the Communication Award
  • Working group Meeting held on 13 October
  • Presentations -
    • Raising awareness of Energy from Waste, Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden
    • Waste Prevention - we need to communicate, Paula Mendes, Portugal
    • Sustainability reporting for the waste management sector based on Global Reporting Initiative principles and guidelines, Jos Artois, Belgium
  • Panel - Communication & Social Issues on 14 October moderated by Ana Loureiro, Chair of WGC
  • The group was also deeply involved in all communication regarding the World Congress, and a special panel moderation of one panel - Policy and regulation, by the Vice-Chair of the WGC, Suzanne Arup Veltzé.

Ana Loureiro
Chair, ISWA Working Group on Communication

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10. BRAZIL: Trophy made with recycled plastic was given to the winners of the Brazilian Formula 1 GP 2009

Mark Webber celebrates with his trophy (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Australian Mark Webber, from Red Bull Racing, won first place at the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix. This race concluded the 2009 championship, with Briton Jenson Button becoming this year's champion.

The other highlight of the race was the trophy. Mark Webber won the prize built during the race and made from recycled plastics collected directly from the waste discharged by the audience present at the event. To make the trophy, the Brazilian Grand Prix organisation built a small recycling plant at the Interlagos circuit.

The trophies were made from the 60 tons of waste collected during the Grand Prix weekend.

This initiative showed that plastic materials are 100% recyclable and can be used to generate new products with added value, minimising the impact on the environment.

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11. MALAYSIA: Two incinerators may be built in Melaka and Johor

Tuesday, 03 November 2009 - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR -- The government is considering building two incinerators in Melaka and Johor to alleviate dependence on 178 garbage dumps now.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin, said that the project planned for under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) was at the cost determination stage before being forwarded to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) for approval.

"Now there are 178 sold waste garbage dumps in the country but there are no incinerators for solid waste disposal.

"The ministry is doing a study about the cost involved. When the proposal paper is ready it will be submitted to the EPU for follow-up. For a start we will build in Melaka," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Tuesday.

He said this when asked about the number of garbage and solid waste dumps under local government authorities and the number of incinerators operating now.

Lajim said further developments on the proposal will be decided on after a ministerial meeting on Nov 5.

According to him, the incinerators could reduce the solid waste collected at garbage dump sites as the country was expected to put out about 30,000 tonnes of solid waste by 2020.

Last year, the Housing and Local Government Minister then, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, when winding up the 2009 Supply Bill debate for his ministry said works on implementing incinerator projects were put on hold so that more study could be done about operating costs and suitable incinerators.

The postponement was also to provide time for ministry staff to strengthen their capabilities to operate the incinerators.

Lajim said the ministry was now building five mini-incinerators on Pulau Tioman, Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Labuan and in Cameron Highlands.


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12. SOUTH AFRICA: Opportunities from E-Waste

By Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Cape Town - there was an audible gasp when Kirsten McIntyre told the audience that e-waste is the third fastest growing waste stream in the world, with between 40 and 50 million tons of computers, TVs and washing machines being "thrown away" each year.

The event was the Lifestyle Management Conference, which took place recently in Cape Town. McIntyre is the environmental compliance manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at the multinational technology company Hewlett Packard.

Huge amounts of these defunct appliances find their way to African countries. Often Western corporations that want to get rid of their useless computers will ship them off to Africa. This happens under the pretence that the equipment is suitable for re-use. But in most cases these products end up on landfill sites, adding to Africa's waste problem.

The problem is so huge that the United Nations in 2007 launched a global campaign aimed at setting standards for recycling and disposing of e-waste.

South Africa is thankfully not one of the target dumping sites of the world. However, there are many individuals who are stripping computers and other e-waste products without care for their own long-term health or care for the environment.

"The smelting takes place in the open air, which is not good for the environment or people as toxic gases are released," explained McIntyre. Smelting refers to a process where the relevant parts are heated over an open fire to extract metals.

She pointed out that properly planned waste management projects can lead to the greater utilisation of materials and the creation of jobs that pay well above one dollar a day.

South Africa produces 100,000 tons of e-waste annually. But a number of organisations countrywide are working to try and salvage whatever they can. Computers are recyclable, after all.

"There are many advantages to saving computers from ending up in landfill sites," Susanne Dittke, founder of Envirosense, a company working to find integrated resource and waste management solutions, tells IPS.

"There are social, economic and environmental advantages. If projects are well run, they generate income for a certain group of people which has a number of social benefits.

"Environmental benefits include managing the release of poisonous gases. When a computer lands in a landfill, it leaches cadmium, mercury, lead and other metals into the ground, which inevitably end up in water sources.

Informal scrap collectors and dealers break computers in order to easily retrieve the copper inside. This is extremely dangerous as hazardous gases are released. The broken parts are left behind, which result in litter.

Dittke is spearheading a Western Cape project where a number of people with different skills create different e-waste opportunities. One of the most successful of these projects is run by JustPCs, a company founded by Justin van der Walt.

Source: IPS, Image: CFSK

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13. AUSTRALIA: Compost made from a whale

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Staff at the Jeffries organics recycling plant in Adelaide, Australia, were recently asked to turn a 40 tonne whale into high quality composts for local gardens.

According to operations manager Martin Jeffries, the blubbery material was similar to other organic wastes, but "doesn't last long" given the sort of high temperatures and microbial activity in the composting process. After a few days mixed in with the other material, it is hard to identify any former whale at all.

"It's a liquid, sludgy kind of material... [we're] basically just trying to get a bit of carbon with it and get the moisture content right," he explained.

The South Australian Museum will keep the skeleton of the 40 tonne whale, which washed ashore in early October. Jeffries said his company received about 6-8 tonne of blubber, a very small proportion of the organic material it receives daily. 

Despite the whale compost receiving a great deal of interest from the local media, Jeffries has no plans to market the final product as anything special. 

Inside Waste is the official publication of the Waste Management Association of Australia produced by WME Media. WME Media also produces Inside Waste Weekly, an online newsletter that is emailed to subscribers weekly – for details see

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14. NEW ZEALAND: Parliament passes Emissions Trading Scheme bill


The New Zealand parliament passed the government's amended Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which is set to become law.

The legislation was passed by 63 votes to 58 with the support of the Maori Party and United Future Party, Radio New Zealand reported.

Throughout Tuesday evening and most of Wednesday, the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill went through its committee stages as Parliament considered more than 100 pages of last-minute changes put up by the Government, as well as amendments proposed by other parties.

The legislation was pushed through so that it could become law before the Copenhagen climate change conference in December.

Source: China View

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15. AUSTRALIA: Government announces deal on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

4 November 2009

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will be the central mechanism by which Australia tackles climate change and is the biggest environmental reform in the nation's history.

The deal will ensure that Australia can achieve its ambitious unconditional target of 5 percent; conditional target of up to 15 per cent and top-end target of 25 percent off 2000 levels by 2020 if a global 450 parts per million outcome is achieved.

Over time it will ensure the Australian economy makes the transformation to a low pollution future.

The final package being offered by the Government includes new measures which will improve the environmental effectiveness of the CPRS.

For more information visit:

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16. AUSTRALIA: Benefits of recycling: study and calculator
The NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, Benefits of Recycling study found that by recycling, each year NSW households are saving 2,654 Olympic sized swimming pools of water, the annual electricity requirement of almost 334,000 households and taking 55,000 cars off the road permanently.
The Department has also released a calculator for residents to graph their performance and plot their progress

Visit for further information

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17. EU: Reporting on implementation of waste legislation

Each year or every two years EU Member States have to report to the Commission on the achievement of the collection, re-use, recycling and / or recovery targets for certain waste streams such as packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment, and end-of-life vehicles. The reports are sent 18 months after the end of the reporting period.

The implementation reports are available at:

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18. ISWA 2010 Congress - Hamburg, Germany

ISWA 2010

From the 15th until the 18th November 2010 the City of Hamburg will host the ISWA World Congress 2010 on Urban Development and Sustainability.

It is a unique opportunity to participate in an international forum at which the different aspects of a sustainable development in our urbanized world shall be presented and discussed by outstanding experts in the different fields of Research and Practice. In several parallel sessions the participants will have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments not only in waste management, but on all aspects related to urban development. From technical innovations in the handling and treatment of different fractions of waste to urban mining, the social aspects of waste generation and the impact of the different aspects of waste on a sustainable development in the cities. There will be the opportunity to visit different waste treatment plants (from sorting facilities to energy production) located in or near Hamburg.

The City of Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany (ca. 1.8 million Inhabitants) and is known as Germany's Gateway to the World. It is famous as the location of Germany's largest port and its many cultural highlights which I can only mention here, but not describe in detail! The Congress will take place in the Congress Center, situated in the center of the City in walking distance to the Town Hall and many hotels.

For more information visit

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19. 2010 ISWA Working Group Meetings
30 Jan
31 Jan
ISWA Board Meeting
Buenos Aires
11 Feb
12 Feb
ISWA Working Group on Communications
25 Feb
26 Feb
ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery meeting
14 April
14 April
ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste meeting
23 April
23 April
ISWA Board Meeting
Daegu City
South Korea
23 April
24 April
ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transport Technology meeting
The Netherlands
22 May
22 May
ISWA STC meeting
17 June
18 June
ISWA Working Group on Landfill meeting
United Kingdom
17 Sept
17 Sept
ISWA Board Meeting
17 Sept
17 Sept
ISWA STC meeting
23 Sept
24 Sept
ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transport Technology meeting
7 Oct
8 Oct
ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery meeting
12 Nov
12 Nov
ISWA STC meeting
14 Nov
14 Nov
ISWA General Assembly 2010
18 Nov
18 Nov
ISWA Working Group on Landfill meeting
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20. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
December 2009
1 – 4 December 2009
Pollutec 2009
Paris, France

ISWA Event 3 – 4 December 2009
ISWA/DAKOFA Waste and Climate Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark

ISWA Event 10 -12 December 2009
Strategic Waste Management Planning in the South Eastern European, Middle East and Mediterranean Regions
Novi Sad, Serbia

January 2010
24 – 27 January 2010
18th Annual Conference & Exhibition: US Composting Council
Orlando, TX, USA

March 2010
3 - 5 March 2010
10th International Automobile Recycling Congress
Basel Congress Centre, Switzerland

24 – 26 March 2010
Globe 2010
Biennial Trade Fair & Conference on Business & the EnvironmentVancouver, Canada

April 2010
ISWA Event 15 - 16 April 2009
ISWA Beacon Conference on Biological Treatment of Waste
Perugia, Italy
May 2010
ISWA Member Event 4 - 6 May 2010
Waste 2010 - Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Conference
Coffs Harbour, Australia

18 – 20 May 2010
Middle East Waste Summit
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ISWA Event 20 - 21 May 2010
ISWA Beacon Conference on Prevention, Reduction and Recycling
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

June 2010
ISWA Event 1 - 3 June 2010
ISWA Beacon Conference on Engineered Landfills
Buenos Aires, Argentina

ISWA Event 28 – 30 June 2010
World Cities Summit 2010

Liveable & Sustainable Cities for the Future

ISWA Event 29 June - 3 July 2010
Organic Resources in Carbon Economy
Crete, Greece

July 2010
ISWA Member Event 21 – 23 July
Enviro 2010 Conference & Exhibition
Solutions for Sustainable Future
Melbourne, Australia
September 2010
ISWA Member Event 2 – 3 September 2010
Australasian Industrial Ecology Conference
Sydney, Australia

ISWA Member Event 13 - 17 September 2010
Waste & Recycle Conference
Perth, Australia

October 2010
ISWA Member Event 5 – 8 October 2010
WasteMINZ Annual Congress

New Zealand
November 2010
ISWA Event 15 – 18 November 2010
ISWA 2010 Annual Congress

Hamburg, Germany
October 2011
ISWA Event 17 October 2011
ISWA 2011 Annual Congress
Daegu, Republic of Korea
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