1. Sustainable waste management has a crucial role to play
2. Sustainable waste management provides more goods and less environmental impact
3. The first step starts with waste prevention
4. Technical challenges to closing the loop
5. Energy for the circular economy
6. Time for innovation and research
7. Markets for materials
8. Policies for resource management
9. Teamwork of actors
ANTWERP, BELGIUM: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
ISWA World Congress 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium
On behalf of the city of Antwerp, Interafval and ISWA, Philip Heylen, Antwerp Vice Mayor and chairman of the ISWA 2015 organizing committee, is looking forward to welcoming you at the ISWA World Congress 2015 in Flanders, Belgium!
The results of the Flemish waste and resources policy are impressive. Many waste management companies are making the area around Antwerp, Europe's third largest port and the world's second-largest petrochemicals zone, a show-case of best practices and trend-setting technologies.
As a pocket-size metropolis, the city also has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture and gastronomy. The organizers, backed by the industry and in close cooperation with the Board of ISWA, aim to make this congress in Antwerp a memorable success.
The ISWA World Congress 2015 in Antwerp will guarantee a balanced mix of internationally renowned keynote speakers, representatives of institutions and agencies worldwide that determine waste and materials policy, interesting insights into the latest scientific and technological developments in the sector, and above all, a lot of opportunities for networking and exchange of experience.
If you would like to find out more, if you are interested in collaborating on our congress or if you are convinced that our congress is the ideal showcase for your business, please don't hesitate to contact us!
The ISWA 2015 committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within any of the ISWA themes. Submissions are welcome for oral and online poster presentations.
Please note the deadline for abstract submission is 9am 11 December 2014 GMT!
Abstracts must be submitted online via iswa2015.org .
Novi Sad, Serbia
ISWA WORLD CONGRESS 2016, Novi Sad, Serbia
ISWA World Congress 2016 will be hosted by Serbia and will take place in Novi Sad. SeSWA (Serbian Solid Waste Association) have started with the promotion campaign of the ISWA World Conference 2016.
The official promo video can be seen on the website iswa2016.org .
Lead author: Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA STC Chair
Contribution from David Newman, ISWA President
The report has been prepared as a part of ISWA’s Scientific and Technical Committee Work Program 2014 - 2015.
Dumpsites are a global problem. They receive roughly 40% of the world’s waste and they serve about 3.5 - 4 billion people. The 50 biggest dumpsites affect the daily lives of 64 million people, a population the size of France.
As urbanization and population growth will continue, it is expected that at least several hundreds of millions more people will be served by dumpsites, mainly in the developing world.
Although there is a lack of systematic long-term epidemiological studies that fully document the health impacts from dumpsites, the existing scientific evidence demonstrates very important health risks.
The health problems associated with dumpsites are related to their emissions, which usually involve POPs (persistent organic pollutants), heavy metals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
The actual health risks depend on the practices followed and on the type of the waste disposed of in each dumpsite, as well as on the environmental and social conditions of the area. Open burning and animal feeding increase the health risks substantially, the first by direct emissions of dangerous pollutants and the second by transferring the pollutants to the food chain.
Uncontrolled disposal of hazardous and healthcare waste as well as manual on-site treatment and disposal of e-waste by informal workers result in important increases of all the health risks and the negative environmental impacts.
ISWA calls upon international organizations, governments and local authorities to develop emergency programs that will identify the riskiest dumpsites and proceed with their closure.
ISWA considers the closure of the dumpsites as a global health emergency and it will work closely with all the involved stakeholders to accelerate programs, initiatives and investments that will result in a world free of dumpsites.
The report starts with facts and figures regarding dumpsites in the modern world. Then a conceptual framework for dumpsites is presented and their main characteristics are discussed. The main part of the report presents the scientific evidence for health risks from dumpsites, the impact on workers, informal recyclers and nearby residents and the factors affecting the extend of those impacts.
A note of economic valuation of the health impacts is also included in order to highlight the importance and the difficulties involved in such an analysis. Finally, the report closes with some conclusions and recommendations for further research.
More information: iswa.org .
has established different Regional Development Networks (RDN) to more effectively reach regions outside of its traditionally strong areas (i.e. Western Europe and North America).
The's aim is to promote sustainable waste management by carrying out activities and developing programs that focus on their regions special needs and challenges.
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