ISWA 2019 will include keynote and plenary sessions by invited speakers, and concurrent sessions with oral and poster presentations by the participants.

Within the thematic sessions that will last during the three days of the Congress until the closing ceremony, there will be at least two complete panels on marine litter in our seas, on circular economy and employment opportunities and on communication and social issues. Also the debates on the 4th industrial revolution and its impact on waste management, on the recycling of electronic waste, on the management of organic and food waste, on the reuse and recycling of textile waste and on the situation of waste management in developing countries and international cooperation programs.

Browse through the different buttons below to see the keynote sessions, round tables, talks… of each day. 


18.00 – 20.00 – REGISTRATION



09.00 – 09.30 – OPENING CEREMONY Auditorium

                      Presenter: Katrina Sichel

09.30 – 12.30 – KEYNOTE SPEECHES Auditorium

Captain Charles Moore
Plastic invades the biosphere

Captain Charles Moore.
Captain at Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita

Nicola Cerantola
Enabling the transition towards
a Circular Economy

Nicola Cerantola.
Founder and Director of Ecologing. UNEP expert

Mario Picazo
Greenhouse Gas driven extreme weather and climate

Mario Picazo.
Weather and climate expert for Pelmorex Media

Interactive dialogue: experts visions on the future of MSW management
  • Antonio Valero, Managing Director at CIRCE, Chair in Energy Systems at Univ. Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Aditi Ramola, ISWA YPG Chair & Lead Education
  • Antonis Mavropoulos
The end of Business as Usual and the rise of a wasteless future

Antonis Mavropoulos.
President of ISWA

12.30 – 14.00 – LUNCH BREAK  Main hall

14.00 – 16.00 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste
Moderator: Marco Ricci, Owner, Altereko Sas, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste (Italy)

The global arisings of organic wastes are assessed and presented. Further different issues pertaining to compost / digestate and soils, both from the point of view of waste management and recycling and from the agriculture sector.

Marco Rizzi

Organic waste arisings in MSW worldwide
Presenter: Marco Ricci, Owner, Altereko Sas, Chair of the ISWA WG on BTW (Austria)

Jane Gilbert

Benefits of compost and carbon on soils
Presenter: Jane Gilbert, Carbon Clarity (UK)

Compost production in Europe
Presenter: Stefanie Siebert, European Compost Network (Germany)

The new “Biowaste to Biogas” guideline
Presenter: Mathias Hartel, European Biogas Association, Fachverband Biogas (Gemany)

The new European campaign SOS soils
Presenter: Kristel Vandenbroek, VLACO (Belgium) & Massimo Centemero, CIC (Italy)

Room: 0B

Moderator: Antonis Mavropoulos, Founder and CEO, D-Waste, ISWA President (Greece)

ISWA’s new report titled “How Industry 4.0 transforms the waste sector” will be officially released and presented for the first time, by ISWA’s President Antonis Mavropoulos. Core topics will be Artificial Intelligence (AI), sensors / Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud Computing, 3D printing, software, etc. The report will showcase a range of case studies and real-working examples from across the industry, from landfill management to waste prevention, demonstrating the different practices and fields already transforming. After the presentation of the report, a panel discussion on the impacts of Industry 4.0 to the waste industry will take place with the participation of:

  • Mark Abbas,  CMO Director of Business Development, AMCS Group (Netherlands)

  • Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor Research & Technology, Volvo Group (Sweden)

  • Christopher Sveen,Chief Sustainability Officer,
    UBQ (Israel)
  • Toralf Igesund, Head of Planning, BIR, Bergen (Norway)
  • Nicolas Marino Proietti, ReSource International (Iceland)

  • Patrick Dorvil, Senior Economist at European Investment Bank (Luxmbourg)
  • Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO of DEME Group (Belgium)

  • Víctor de Ávila, Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer, SACYR (Spain)
Room: 0D-1

Moderator: Håkon Sandven Jentoft, Senior Executive Officer, City of Oslo (Norway)

Ambitious targets for MSW recycling in cities can only be achieved by using a combination of well-functioning collection and transport schemes, the use of economic incentives and a target-based communication. The Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy has developed a toolkit for cities to help develop and use Pat as You Throw (PAYT) scheme as an economic incentive. The toolkit will be presented, together with experiences from different countries.

Theoretical background for the use of PAYT based on literature studies – combined with experiences from the City of Oslo
Presenter: John Egil Nilssen, City of Oslo (Norway)

Link between PAYT and smart cities – the need for developing digital solutions to support the economic instruments in waste management
Presenters: Per Heiberg-Andersen, BIR Privat AS & Anders Waage Nilsen, City of Bergen (Norway)

Effects of PAYT in a municipality with a high separate collection baseline
Presenter: Michele Giavini, Owner, ARS Ambiente (Italy)

Smart town toolkit, PAYT and citizen involvement in the way to a new waste management scheme
Presenter: Igotz López, Mayor of Zamudio (Spain)

Legal introduction of PAYT in Flemish legislation has given Flemish municipalities experiences in use of PAYT
Presenter: Christoff Delatter, VVSG (Belgium)

Urban Agenda toolkit for municipalities to use PAYT – a practical guide to start up the work
Presenter: Gianluca Taparini, City of Prato (Italy)

Room: 0D-2

Moderator: Monica Maria Moeskaer, Project Manager, Danish Design Centre (Denmark)

How do you turn waste into resources? In this panel you will get insights into the first-hand experience of Danish innovators on working with their circular solutions and prototypes for the built environment through a design-driven and partnership-oriented approach. You can expect to hear lightning talks from the innovators behind the circular solutions, participate in open discussions and engaging activities that will address partnership relations and investigate synergies across the waste management industry, constructions and building sector, and additional actors.

More info:

  • Niels Jakubiak Andersen,
    CEO, Krydsrum Architects (Denmark)
  • Morten Strandlod,
    Head of Resources, Solum (Denmark)
  • Jon Wedersoe Strunge,
    Integrated Energy Design, Soren Jensen (Denmark)

CDW management in the Basque Country. Selective dimantling and production of secondary aggregates
Presenter: Iñaki Susaeta, Coordinator, Waste Management Area, IHOBE (Spain)

The event requires registration due to limited space:

Room: 0E-1

Moderator: Håkan Rylander, Waste Management Expert, former ISWA Board member (Sweden)

Recycling s to use discarded and unwanted products to create new products. This has the dual benefit of saving scarce landfill space and limited natural resources. Recycling is a weapon in the battle for saving the environment, it is the preferred waste management option, after minimizing and reuse. New concepts and developments on waste recycling, aimed to increase recycling rates for plastics, metals, etc will be presented.

Recommendations for a more sustainable policy on packaging waste in Flanders
Presenter: Christof Delatter, VVSG (Belgium)

Packaging recycling systems on informal sector: a comparative study
Presenter: Jacqueline Rutkowski, Univ. Leeds (UK)

Critical raw materials: potential urban mines in the city of Bonn 
Presenter: Henning Friege, Univ. Lüneburg (Germany)

Plastic waste as recyclable material or energy source: the situation in Baltic countries  
Presenter: Dace Arina, Institute of Physical Energetic (Latvia)

A recovery concept for constituents of protective garments introducing enzymatic hydrolisis
Presenter: Wolfgang Ipsmiller, ACIB (Austria)

Innovative pre-fabricated components including different waste construction materials reducing building energy and minimizing environmental impacts (Innowee project)
Presenter: Antonio Garrido Marijuan, Tecnalia (Spain)

A holistic approach for integrated solid waste management in the municipality of Halandri, Greece
Presenter: Spyros Niakas, Municipality of Halandri (Greece)

Room: 0E-2

Alliance to end plastic wastes (AEPW)
Moderator: Anabel Rodríguez, Executive Director, FEC (Spain)

In January 2019 an alliance of global companies from the plastic and consumer goods value chain launched a new not-for-profit organization to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean. The cross-value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up ca. forty member companies, has committed over $ 1.0 billion with the goal of investing $ 1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment. The AEPW will be presented by panellists representing companies that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastic.


  • Martin Kayser,
    Senior Vice President of Product Safety, BASF (Germany)


  • Stefan Strathmann,
    Director of International Packaging Technology Laundry & Home Care, Henkel (Germany)

          Gary Crawford

  • Gary Crawford,
    Vice President, International Affairs, Veolia (France)


  • April Crow,
    Vice President, Investor Relations and External Affairs, Circulate Capital (USA)
Room: 3A

China ISWA National Member (CAUES)
Moderator: Luna Zhong, China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation, CAUES (China)

Panel session aimed to providing an overview of the MSW management development situation in China, to present advanced Chinese technologies for waste management and to build bridges between Chinese organizations, experts and companies with global counterpartners.

The Experience of Waste to Energy Development in China
Presenter: Haiyun Xu, Chief engineer,China Urban Construction Design & Research Institute, CUCD (China)

Development and experience in China´s WtE industry
Presenter: Liang Zhan, Deputy General Manager of International Business Dpt, SUS Environment Ltd., ISWA Platinum Member Company (China)

Principles of flue gas cleaning technology
Presenter: Haolun Wu, Founder of Wuxi Huaxing East Electric Power Environmental Protection Technologies  (China)

Landfill mining: case study of a full-scale application from an old MSW landfill in China
Presenter: Zhe Ni, Technical Engineer, Beijing GeoEnviron Engineering & Technology (China)

Chinese “model” of MSW management: case study of integrated MSW management NAMA project
Presenter: Xiao Liu, Technical advicer, deutsche gesellschaft für internationale zusammenarbeit (China)

Room: 0C

Moderador: Atilio Savino, ISWA Regional Development Network Representative, The Latin American Region (Argentina)

A overview of the general context in MSW management in the Latin American and Caribbean Region will be provided in this initial panel. Few cities have official recycling plans and only a very small fraction of waste materials is recovered. Policies and governance issues will be presented and discussed.


The responsibility of generator in Latin America
Presenter: Lucía Barcia, Presidente, Impactos Ambientales (Argentina)

Assessment of current MSW management systems in Mexico
Presenter: Nina Tsydenova, Univ. Oldenburg (Germany)

Impact of women’s rights due to inadequate waste management and the need to generate public policies
Presenter: Alberto Huiman Cruz, CEO, Peru Waste Innovation (Peru)

Classification of waste according to his Hazard according to European and American regulations 
Presenter: José Acosta Llinares, Environment Manager, Grupo AGQ Labs (Peru)

Environmental governance in Latin America: a local model for a global problem in developing countries
Presenter: Lucía Barcia, Presidente, Impactos Ambientales (Argentina)


  • WEEE collection and recycling. A resource classification approach for the circular economy.
    Andrea Winterstetter, VITO (Belgium)
  • Commercial and industrial solid waste streams and their potential for a circular economy model in Buenos Aires Metropolitan Region, Argentina.
    Raquel Bielsa, Univ. Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina)
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction for production of crude-oil from solid and liquid surfactant waste.
    Manuel Brey, Verinsur (Spain)
  • Evaluation of industrial landfill sites for potential as urban mines.
    Kazuo Kmura, Univ. Waseda (Japan)
  • Cindercebm – a circular business model for urban construction.
    Pierre Menger, Tecnalia (Spain)
  • Chemical characterization of spent Lithium-ion batteries to recover Lithium and Cobalt.
    Jose Cristiano Model, UFRGS (Brazil)
  • Valorization of Aluminium saline slags.
    Jonathan Torrez, UPNA (Spain)
  • Preliminary analysis of the internal cost of the waste management system in developing countries: a Brazilian case study.
    Mª Dolores Bovea, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)

16.30 – 18.30 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

ISWA Working Group on Landfill
Moderator: Sahadat Hossain, Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (USA)

Due to rapid population growth and urbanization of cities beyond its limits, optimizing landfill spaces within or close to the city limits is becoming a predominant issue for MSW management.
Waste minimization and increasing the capacity of existing landfills are becoming major considerations for Public Agencies and Regulatory Bodies.

Changing from open dumpsite to sanitary landfill in Silhet City Corporation, Bangladesh
Presenter: Shaikh Muzakka Zaher, (Bangladesh)

Waste management crisis in Ethiopia. Can piggy backing of Koshe dumpsite solve the problem?
Presenter: Assegid Getachew, Mayor, City of Adama (Ethyopia)

Impact of ISWA SWIS Winter School on creating awareness for sustainable waste management in developing countries
Presenter: Brenda Haney, City of Irving, Texas (USA)

Sustainable waste management through low cost Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in developing countries
Presenter: Mendbayar Ng (Mongolia)

Management of a Waste Crisis: Case of Lebanon
Presenter: Nour Kanso (Lebanon)

MD Sahadat Hossain

Increasing collection efficiency using mobile apps in Bangladesh
Presenter: Shahadat Hossain, O.CREEDS (Bangladesh)

Role of Center of Excellence for sustainable waste management in developing countries
Presenter: Tom Frankiewicz, EPA (USA)

Room: 0B

ISWA Task Force on Marine Litter
Moderator: Gunilla Carlsson, Communications Manager, SYSAV, Vice Chair of ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (Sweden)

Join us in launching of two new major tools, Plastic Pollution Calculator and Waste Flow Diagram, and learn how they can help you to tackle marine litter and wider plastic pollution! Dr Costas Velis, leader of the ISWA TF on Marine Litter will introduce these two technical presentations. These are followed by a high-level panel discussion on the importance of quantifying plastic pollution and supporting an evidence-based fight against marine litter. Panel features the ISWA President, Mr Antonis Mavropoulos and the former Executive Director of Un Environment, Mr Erik Solheim (also delivering the opening speech) and other major key experts and influencers. The discussion will be concluded with a question and answer session where the audience can actively participate.


Plastics pollution: a global challenge we can adress (opening speech).
Presenter: Eric Solheim, former UNEP Executive Director (Norway)

Costas Velis

Quantifying the plastics pollution: the twin launch.
Presenter: Costas Velis, Univ. Leeds ,Leader of ISWA Marine Litter Task Force (UK)

Technical launch: ISWA plastics pollution calculator.
Presenter: Dr.Josh Cottom, Univ. Leeds (UK) & Maria Tsakona, Qgreen  (Greece)

Technical launch: waste flow diagram – plastics pollution calculator.
Presenters: Joachim Stretz, Wasteware (UK) & Imanol Zabaleta, EAWAG-SANDEC (Switzerland)

Panel on evidence-based fight against plastics pollution,
with the participation of:

  • Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President (Greece)

  • Eric Solheim, former UNEP Executive Director (Norway)

  • Brennan Van Dyke, Chief, Capacity Development and Innovation Branch, Science Division(Kenya)

  • Steffen Blume, Project Manager, Division Climate Change, Environment & Infrastructure, GIZ (Germany)

  • Oihane Cabezas, Researcher, AZTI (Spain)

Costas Velis

  • Dr Costas Velis, Academic,University of Leeds (UK)
Room: 0D-1

Mario Russo, Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (Portugal)

Insights and case studies regarding the shift from linear to circular business models in different industries will be presented.

Transition assessment for five circular models between the pulp and paper industry and resource intensive industries
Presenter: Camille Auriault, Innovation Strategy Consultant, LGI Consulting (France)

Kohler Waste Lab: using industrial waste streams to manufacture high value products 
Presenter: Theresa Millard, Project Manager, Kohler Co (USA)

The gap in techno-economic sustainability assessment of bio-based products: from open loop to circular loop processes
Presenter: Maria Tsakona, Univ. Athens (Greece)

Closing the loop on absorbent hygiene products
Presenter: Giuseppe Landolfo, International Expansion Manager, FaterSmart (Italy)

Waste management and circular economy in Denmark: what are we doing?
Presenter: Ole Morten Petersen, Director, DAKOFA (Denmark)

Recovery of critical metals from industrial waste waters 
Presenter: Daniel Vollprecht, Associated Professor, Montanuviversität Leoben (Austria)

Improve global recycling data through the SDG framework
Presenter: Daniela di Filippo, Statistician, UNEP (Kenya)

Waste toner cartridges recycling in circular economy
Presenter: Aleksandra Anić Vučinić, Vicedean Geotechnical, Univ. Zagreb (Croatia)

Room: 0D-2

Women on Waste (WOW!)
Moderator: Georgina Nitzsche, International Partnerships and Events (UK)

Panel discussion: Representing USAID, Banyan Global and WIEGO

  • Ruta Aidis, George Madison University, Gender Expert, ACG Inc (USA)

  • Delila Khaled, Recycling Expert Consultant (USA)

  • Malini Patel, Chief of Party, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality, Banyan Group (USA)
  • Sonia María Dias, Waste Specialist, WIEGO (Brazil) –>Via Skype link

Official launch of gender and waste nexus: Policy and project design

Claudia Giacovelli, Associate Programme Officer, IETC – UNEP  (Italy/Japan)

Gabriela Garcés Sánchez, University of Stuttgart – ISWA / IGCS (Peru/Germany)

The WOW Business Directory.
Maria Tsakona, Waste Management & Quality Consultant, QGreen (Greece)
And the WOW! team

Room: 0E-1

Moderator: Katerina Sichel

Waste management is an issue, often underdiscussed, that affects everyone on Earth. Even those living in countries with well-established and controlled waste management systems are exposed to the negative consequences of waste contaminating oceans, climates, and resources. Through the Initiative for Mayors and Municipalities, ISWA aims to reach out decision makers and top municipal officers in order to raise issues of waste management to the highest level. The major waste management challenges that cities are facing, and the need to collaboration between ISWA and other organizations will be discussed in an open dialogue.

Round Table

  • Philip Heylen, Honorary Vice Mayor, City of Antwerp, ISWA’a Ambassador for Mayors and Municipalities (Belgium)
  • Andre Dzikus, Coordinator, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN Habitat (Germany)
  • Nao Takeuchi, Waste Management Expert, UN Habitat (Kenya)
  • Aline Cardoso, Municipal Secretary of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, City of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Benjamin Bill Vieira da Souza, Mayor of Nova Odessa, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy, Vice President Strategic Development, Be’ah (Oman)
  • Dr Inaya Ezzedine, MP of the Lebanese Parliament, Chair of Women and Children Parliamentary Committee (Lebanon
Room: 0E-2

Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Moderator: Sue Martina Starke, Scientific Officer, German Environmental Agency (Germany)

The Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative provides a catalysing force to reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions across the stages of MSW management by supporting cities in a variety of efforts, including capping and closing of open dumps, capturing and utilising landfill gas and ensuring proper waste handling, and organics management. This session focuses on food waste and a number of case studies will be presented.

Framing the discussion: the CCAC waste initiative efforts to reduce food waste
Presenter: Sandra Mazo-Nix, CCAC MSW Initiative

Strategies and policies in Europe to prevent and divert food waste in Europe. The perspective of Germany and Sweden
Presenter: Anja Schwetje, UBA (Germany) & Asa Bergérus Rensvik, Remediation and Waste Unit, EPA (Sweden)

Waste collection in East Delhi: local challenges in implementing national rules
Presenter: Dr Suneel Pandey, Senior Fellow and Director & Sourabh Manuja, Fellow and Area Convenor, The Energy and Resources Institute TERI (India)

Food waste mitigation and treatment: joint efforts of the municipality of Sao Paulo and the private sector
Presenter: Gabriela Otero, Senior Technical Coordinator, Abrelpe & Ednei Rodrigues, Operations Manager, Ecourbis (Brazil)

Room: 3A

India ISWA National Member
Pushkar Pradhan, Executive Director, Institute of Chartered Waste Managers (India)

Several topics will be presented in this session. Food waste is a chronic problem, affecting world hunger, environment, climate change and economy. New Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) can enhance waste management, by adding monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) capabilities. The waste management industry can be a employment generator in many ways, especially for those who are at the base of the pyramid.

Food waste: social impact and climate change
Presenter: Dr. Vivek Agarwal, Chairman, Institute of Chartered Waste Managers (India)

ICT: integrating new technologies for an effective waste management
Presenter: Pushkar Pradhan, Executive Director, Institute of Chartered Waste Managers (India)

How the waste management industry helps in creation of livelihood
Presenter: Dr. Vivek Agarwal, Chairman, Institute of Chartered Waste Managers (India)

Room: 0C

Moderator: Cristina García López, Researcher, Univ. Aachen (Germany)

Some countries have informal scavengers. Scavengers (pepenadores, gancheros) are informal recyclers who make a living by picking and sorting recyclable fractions for recycling. The scavengers may pick out waste from the waste collection points or, what is more common, from landfill sites. Scavenging is connected with great health risks as no procedures are done to protect the scavengers from diseases.

MSW management with social inclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Presenter: Matías Tarando, City of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

The centrality of the waste pickers’ work for the development of recycling in Brazil
Presenter: Larissa Campos – Univ. Federal Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Inclusive recycling for sustainable development in Colombia
Presenter: Ana Márquez, Unicamp (Colombia /Brazil)

Path and challenges of the recyclers in Buenos Aires
Presenter: Francisco Suárez, Univ. Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina) & Pablo Schamber, CONICET UNQ-UNLa-UNAJ, (Argentina)

Waste Management in situations of natural disaster: responsiveness to prevent epidemics in Peru
Presenter: Alberto Huiman Cruz, CEO, Peru Waste Innovation (Peru)


20.00 – 21.30 – WELCOME COCKTAIL Guggenheim Museum Bilbao



More info on Waste 4 ThinkRegistrations


  • Nutrient and carbon recovery for more efficient agriculture in Europe.
    Francisco Corona, CARTIF (Spain)
  • The Study of Ash Deposition Formation in Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Using CFD Simulation.
    Yuan Yang Ou, SUS Environment  (China)
  • Analysis of anaerobic digestion technologies for the treatment of organic fraction of MSW
    Bianca Ramalho Quintaes COMLURB (Brazil)
  • Organic composts effect on lettuce and strawberry productivity and in Vit C and pigments content as quality parameters
    Ana Cunha, Department of Biology, School of Sciences, University of Minho (Portugal)
  • Influence of waste picker organizations and selective waste collection on sustainability indicators
    Renato Ribeiro Siman, Federal University of Espírito Santo (Brazil)
  • Feasibility study on mobile sorting and composting facility
    Yahaya Yakubu, Africa Environmental Sanitation Consult (Ghana)
  • Investigation on characteristics of sludge generated in the primary treatment of landfill leachate
    Blanca Ramalho Quintaes, COMLURB (Brazil)
  • Influence of input streams con the CDW recycling performance of advanced treatment plants
    Ana Andrés, University of Cantabria (Spain)
  • Optimization of Cobalt and Iron supplement for enhancing biogas production from food waste in mesophilic and thermophilic anaerobic digestion
    Jang Hyun Kang, College of Engineering, Kangwon National University (South Korea)
  • Development of solid waste management and its national strategy in Palestine.
    Mitsuo Yoshida, International Network for Environmental and Humanitarian Cooperation (Japan)
  • Comparative analysis of the recovering practices implemented in Brazilian cities.
    Valeria Ibáñez, Jaume I University (Spain)
  • Household solid waste composition of Rio de Janeiro city – 2018
    Bianca Ramalho Quintaes, COMLURB (Brazil) –

09.00 – 11.00 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

Moderator: Xabier Caño, Executive Vicepresident, Agaleus Group, President at ACLIMA (Spain)

In the last decades electronic waste has become a fast-growing waste stream and most waste management systems were not ready to handle this issue. Big volumes of e-waste have ended in large dumpsites in Africa (Ghana is an example). Focus shall be placed in eco-design and in reuse, repair and remanufacturing of the myriad of electronic gadgets that we all own.

Supporting Ghana to introduce a sustainable e-waste management system
Presenter: Alexander Batteiger, Deputy Head of Programme “Sustainable E-Waste Management in Ghana”, GIZ (Ghana)

Policy dialog on e-waste collection and recycling in Ghana
Presenter: Lydia Essuah, Director of the Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (Ghana)

Assessment of collection group composition and recycling potentials by manual dismantling of WEEE
Presenter: Yanik Moldt, Stadtreinigung Hamburg (Germany)

Fate of strictly regulated materials in the circular economy: Cadmium as an example
Presenter: Dr. Henning Friege, Partner, N3 (Germany)

Social and environmental impact Meet: repair centers Revive communities and electronic devices
Presenter: Hélder Marques, LIPOR (Portugal)

Room: 0B

Moderator: Dr. Xabier Irigoien, Science Director, AZTI (Spain)

Marine litter is a global concern nowadays, but for most citizen it´s a diffuse issue, since we don´t see plastics in our day to day.  This session aims to provide insights and data as well as open our eyes and raise awareness.

Developing national source inventories for marine plastic litter
Presenter: Brennan Van Dyke, Deputy Director of Science Division, UN Environment Executive Office (Kenya)

Empowering communities to profit from ocean-bound plastics
Presenter: Zoe Lenkiewicz, Head of Programmes and Engagement, WasteAid (UK)

Plastic from MSW stream: a case study of microplastics ’ fate, distribution and composition in the aquatic system
Presenter: Dr Fauziah Binti Shahul Amid, Assistant Professor, Univ. Malaya (Malaysia)

Plastic pirates: riverine waste recycling
Presenter: Gergely Hankó, Managing Director, Association of Environmental Service Providers and Manufacturers (Hungary)

Ocean I3: learnings from an international educational innovation project
Presenter: Ainhoa Garayar Erro, Univ. Basque Country (Spain)

First anti litter dam in Serbia
Presenters: Violeta Belanovic Kokir, General Manager, Sekopak (Serbia) &  Ivana Pavlovic, Sekopak (Serbia)

Room: 0D-1

Moderator: Gunilla Carlsson, Communications Manager, SYSAV, Vice Chair of ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (Sweden)

The first and most desired option in waste management is minimization. In this issue all of us, citizens & consumers, play a major role. Communication and educations is critical for citizen awareness raise. Several case studies, projects and insights on waste minimization, both in a household and industrial field, will be presented and discussed.

Promoting citizen’s co-responsibility: results from a two-year awareness campaign in Barcelona City
Presenter: Caterina Navarro, Lavola (Spain)

Sustainable MSW management: beyond “green”
Presenter: Teno West, West Group Law (USA)

A procedure to improve public awareness and waste management in festivities and pilgrimages
Presenter: Maria Silva, LIPOR (Portugal)

Enabling 4P collaboration: multidisciplinary, industrial scale circular economy park
Presenter: Professor Marko Seppänen. Tampere University (Finland)

Citizen science for urban sustainable development: mapping sessions to improve waste management systems
Presenter: Ander Pijoa ,Univ. Deusto (Spain)

Working towards zero waste in China’s cities: status, challenges and opportunities
Presenter: Xiaoming Wang, Univ. Chongqin (China)

“Garbage talk”, waste as a means for promoting transformative sustainable learning. The educator’s angle
Presenter: Iggy Aram, Dan Region Association of Towns (Israel)

Room: 0D-2

AGT People
Moderator: Jesús Sesmero, Waste Projects Developer, Valoriza (Spain)

Solid waste management involves multiple operations. Despite progress in automation most operations rely on humans. Several views regarding people education, health & safety, inclusion and gender will be presented and discussed.

Main issue and curriculum structure for H&S education in waste management in developing countries
Presenter: Miodrag Živančev, Univ. Novi Sad (Serbia)

The year of change to empower and retain employees through an intentional organizational culture
Presenter: Michael McCoy, Executive Director, Metro Waste Authority MWA, Iowa (USA)

Occupational health problems of solid waste collectors
Presenter: Günay Kocasoy, TNCSW (Turkey)

Inclusive design of standard recycling technologies for informal waste workers
Presenter: Joshua Palfreman, Waste Management Specialist, (Tanzania)

Women in waste management and recycling: a women’s economy and equality analysis with recommendations for donors, policymakers and practitioners
Presenter: Malini Patel, Chef of Party, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality, Banyan Global (USA) & Ruta Aidis, George Madison University, Gender expert, ASG Inc (USA) & Delila Khaled, Recycling expert (USA)

Room: 3A

Moderator: Juan Luis Moragues, Managing Partner, MAS Abogados (Spain)

All waste management operations that make an integrated waste management system have an impact in costs and in carbon emissions. Challenges and opportunities in finding the best mix for each case will be discussed.

Bridging the gap from GHGs accounting to decision making
Presenter: Amani Maalouf, Research Associate, American Univ. of Beirut (Lebanon)

Solid waste emissions estimation tool (SWEET) upgrades 
Presenter: George A. Stege, SCS Engineers (USA)

Low-carbon fuel for large industrial sites
Presenter: François Chevreul, Director Industry Development, Suez (France)

Quantifying potential emissions reductions from the waste sector across the globe: an analysis of data from cities participating in the CCAC Waste initiative
Presenter: Benjamin Matek, Senior Analyst, ABT Associates (USA)

Johnny Stuen

Decarbonizing the waste industry
Presenter: Johnny Stuen, Technical director,  Waste-to-Energy Agency, City of Oslo (Norway) & Bruno Gerrits, Client Engagement Lead, Global CCS Institute (Belgium)

Carbon capture and usage (CCU) at Twence
Presenter:Ronald de Vries, Manager Projects, Twence (Netherlands)

Room: 3B

Safety (SWANA)
Moderator: David Biderman, Executive Director, SWANA (USA)

Safety issues in all waste management operations (either collection, transport or treatment) will be discussed. Subjects like occupational safety, where do accidents occur, trends in waste collection safety will be analyzed.

David Biderman

Safety in the solid waste industry. Lessons learned from the United States
Presenter: David Biderman, Executive Director, SWANA (USA)

Panel discussion on safety in developing and developed nations, with the participation of safety experts from developed and developing countries:

  • Toni Gladding, Open University (UK)
  • Vivek Agrawal, Institute of Chartered Waste Managers (India)
  • Matt McLeish, McNeilus Truck (USA)
  • Ednei Rodrigues Silva, Ecourbis Ambiental S.A. (Brazil)
Room: 5A

Moderator: Philip Heyden, Ambassador, ISWA Initiative for Mayors and Municipalities (Belgium)

The ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG) is an international working group with over 100 members, all up to 35 years, studying and working in the waste industry. They will be presenting two sessions:

Session 1:
Flagship project: closing dumpsites to protect the ocean, planet and people!

  • James H. Law, SCS Engineers (USA)
  • Aditi Ramola, Technical Director, ISWA (Austria)
  • Rachele Chwee, Manager, Waste Management Association of Malaysia (Malaysya)
  • Andrea Winterstetter, Expert, Sustainable Materials Management, Vito (Belgium)
  • Daniel Purchase, National Membership & Communications, ISWA (Austria)
  • Soraia Taipa, Lead Portugal Regional Chapter, ISWA YPG (Portugal)
Room: 0C

Moderator: Amaya Lobo García de Cortázar, Researcher, Univ. Cantabria, representing the Basque Council of Civil Engineers (Spain)

In many cities in Latam most MSW is disposed in dumpsites with no access or sanitary control. Several cases regarding social issues and negative environmental effects such as GHG emission or leachate treatment will be presented and discussed.

Landfill methane emissions: assessing the suitability of MBT compost like output in landfill biocovers
Presenter: Rodrigo Pontiggia, Benito Reggio Ambiental (Argentina)

Modernization leachate treatment technologies
Presenter: Pablo García, Wehrle Medioambiente (Spain)

Preliminary study at the pilot plant scale of the landfill leachate inertization process based on dispersed phase
Presenter: Joaquín Reina, COII (Spain)

Subsurface horizontal filter for leachates and wastewater co-treatment: specific surface of the support at the passive aeration system influence
Presenter: Luis Felipe Aranibar Munita, Univ. Cantabria (Chile)

The history of pollution and social-political injustices caused by La Chureca dumpsite (Nicaragua) and its slow road to recovery
Presenter: Timothy Bouldry, Coordinator, ISWA Scholarship Program (USA), Kevin López & Noemi Gutiérrez

How the dynamic plume method can be used to assess odour impact
Presenter: Carlos Nietzsche Díaz Jiménez, (Spain)

LandGEM and IPPC result Haitian landfill (Truitier) compared to local GHG emission inventories
Presenter: Pierre-Georges Verdieu, Univ. French West Indies


  • PERCAL project: chemical building blocks from versatile MSW biorefinery.
    Marcos Latorre, Imecal (Spain)
  • Depolymerization of sulfate polysaccharides obtained from green algae to study the extraction of the Ulvan bioproduct.
    Carmen Macías, Univ. Cantabria (Spain)
  • LIPOR’s compost Life Cycle Analysis.
    Catarina Almeida, LIPOR (Portugal)
  • Evaluation of mass reduction treatment technologies with the purpose of the life extension of Sao Paulo’s municipal sanitary landfill.
    Ednel Silva, Univ. Federal do ABC (Brazil)
  • Waste management indicators that contribute to sustainable cities: an analysis from a circular perspective
    Marta Braulio Gonzalo, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)
  • A collaborative reuse model for surplus food materials
    Purvra Tavri, Independent Consultant (UK)
  • From electronic waste to plasmonic response gold nanoparticles.
    Rodrigo Pontiggia, Benito Roggio Ambiental (Argentina)
  • Pilot project on circular bioeconomy of organic wastes at local scale with social and training dimension.
    Inazio Irigoien, UPNA (Spain)
  • Energetic comparison of two sorting plants.
    Tiago Faria, Efacec (Portugal)

11.30 – 13.00 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

ISWA Working Group on Climate Change
Moderator: Dr. Johannes Gabriel Paul, Advisor, GIZ (Germany)

The waste and resource management industry occupies a unique position as a potential ner reducer of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Recognizing this opportunity, almost 70 % of low and middle-income countries have considered this industry in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This session will discuss how these actions can be implemented and scaled-up.

Gary Crawford

Abating CO2 emissions while ending plastic waste
Presenter: Gary Crawford, Veolia (France)

Jane Gilbert

A global review of best practice case studies in waste management policy
Presenter: Jane Gilbert, Consultant, Carbon Clarity (UK)

Spanish national emission reductions program: “Climate Projects”
Presenter: Arantza Mojarrrieta, Technical Advisor, OECC (Spain)

Highlighting progress on waste management practices in developing countries
Presenter: Dr. Jagath Premakumara Dickella Gamaralalage, Senior Policy Researcher, CCET (Japan)

Room: 0B

ISWA Working Group on Communications & Social Issues
Moderator: Tom de Bruyckere, Managing Director, Mind Shake, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (Belgium)

Waste management is a controversial issue. In order to raise public acceptance of waste treatment projects a well-designed communication to all stakeholders is a key success factor. Communication includes sending messages, listening to any feedback, awareness raising and much more. Several views on communication will be presented and discussed.

The role of citizens. Strategies and communication campaigns
Presenter: Ana Loureiro, Communication Director, EGF (Portugal)

“Dare to dream” Green the challenge of implementing the 5 R’s during mass events. Eurovision 2019 as case study
Presenter: Riva Waldman, Education & Communication Director, Hiriya (Israel)

Wanted for justice
Presenter: Nadia Al-Hamzi, Section Head Corporate Communication, Be’ah (Oman)

From trash to treasure
Presenter: David Berg, Managing Director Circular, City of Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Waste incinerator or flexible energy provider? Together we are Smart!
Presenter: Kristof Bossuyt, President, ISVAG (Belgium)

Room: 0D-1

AGT Textil
Moderator: Jacobo Moreno, Engineering Manager, Valoriza (Spain)

A number of case studies on reusing material textiles and on using plastic waste as a secondary material for new textiles will be presented and discussed.

Tackling the single-use plastics problem as an industry
Presenter: Scott Nelson, Project Manager, European Outdoor Group (UK)

A circular economy solution for mixed material textiles
Presenter: Benjamin Piribauer, Project Assistant, TU Wien (Austria)

Textile waste and circular economy in the EU
Presenter: Ricardo Rodríguez, Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo (Spain)

Our commitment towards a more sustainable outdoor
Presenter: Eduardo Uribesalgo, Innovation and Sustainability Director, Ternua Group (Spain)

Ecoalf. Act now! Be part of the change because there is no planet B
Presenter: Carolina Blázquez García, Head of Innovation and Sustainability, Ecoalf (Spain)

Room: 0D-2

ISWA Working Group on Governance & Legal Issues
Moderator: Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, EXPRA, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Governance and Legal Issues (Germany)

This session aims to providing an overall picture of the extender producer responsibility (EPR) concept, analyzing its origins, evolution and results.

EPR for packaging
Presenter: José Manuel Núñez Lagos, CEO, Ecovidrio (Spain)

EPR for lights and lamps
Presenter: Marc Guiraud, General Secretary, EucoLight (Belgium)

EPR for textiles
Presenter: Agnes Bünemanm, Managing Director of cyclos GmbH (Germany)

EPR outside Europe
Presenter: Garth Hickle, Independent Consultant, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (USA)

EPR approach in a region: the Flanders experience
Presenter: Christof Delatter, VVSG (Belgium)

Room: 3A

Moderator: Elena Moreno, Deputy Minister for Environment, Basque Government (Spain)

Case studies and new plans for the different waste management systems in different areas of the Basque Country will be presented.

MSW management system in Biscay
Presenter: Miguel Ángel Gómez, Technical Director, Garbiker (Spain)

Collaborative innovation in Getxo to get citizen involvement in recycling
Presenter: Jordi Tintoré, Project Director at Centre of Excellence for Cities, Ferrovial (Spain)

Circular economy and municipal waste 
Presenter: César Gimeno, Managing Director, GHK (Spain)

Comparative LCA and contribution to climate change of household and commercial waste management in Gipuzkoa
Presenter: Rafael Sagarduy, Environment Area Manager, Idom (Spain)

Walking towards a local model of organic waste management
Presenter: Joseba Sánchez Rodríguez, Waste Management Service Head, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council (Spain)

Room:  3B

ISWA Task Force on Closing Dumpsites
Moderator: James H. Law, Project Director, SCS Engineers, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Landfill (USA)

Dumpsites spread pollutants across our atmosphere and our oceans, damage the health and violate the human rights of the hundreds of millions people who are living on or around them. This is therefore an important issue from a public health and environmental protection perspective.
The international community has an urgent task ahead in closing waste dumps globally, for the sake of populations affected by them because they live in or near them, but also because all the world’s people are breathing in the toxins released by burning on open dumps. The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions involved are huge too, and unless we act, the growth of open dumping is inevitable. Apart of the lack of awareness most of big dumpsites need technical assistance to be closed.

James Law

Introduction and update on ISWA Task Force con closing dumpsites 
Presenter: James H. Law, Project Director, SCS Engineers (USA)

Overview of common challenges in closing dumps
Presenter: Robert Dick, Vice President, SCS Engineers (USA)

Transformation of open dumpsites through integrated waste management in Sarawak, Malaysia
Presenters: Han-Yang Soon, CEO, EcoIdeal Sdn Bhd; Justine Jok Jau Emang, Controller of Natural Resources and Environmental Board, Sarawak &  Hung-Houng Tang, Assistant Controller of Natural Resources and Environmental Board, Sarawak (Malaysia)

Mario Grosso

Closing dump and transitioning to sanitary landfill in Kenya, Africa
Presenter: Mario Grosso, Associate Professor, Politécnico di Milano (Italy)

Derek Grady

Closing dump and transitioning to sanitary landfill in Sierra Leone, Africa
Presenter: Derek Greedy, ISWA (United Kingdom)

Use of biocovers in closing several landfills in Denmark
Presenter: Rene Møller Rosendal, Partner, Danish Waste Solutions (Denmark)

Jacobo Moreno

Emissions mitigation by use of biocovers on landfills in Spain
Presenter: Jacobo Moreno, Engineering Manager, Valoriza (Spain)

Room: 5A

Moderator: Sahadat Hossain, Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (USA) & Imanol Zabaleta,  Researcher & Project Officer, EAWAG (Switzerland)

The ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG) is an international working group with over 100 members, all up to 35 years, studying and working in the waste industry. They will be presenting two sessions:

Session 2: Winners from the 2nd ISWA YPG (online Conference)

This year’s topic is entitled “The ultimate journey from dumpsites to circular economy: best practices and innovation solutions for low and middle income countries

  • Dumpsite reclamation: feasibility of bulk reuse of aged MSW. Mohit Somani, Indian Institute of Technology (India)
  • Waste – yes, in my backyard. Anniel Philip, Saahas Zero Waste (India)
  • Closing nutrient cycles: upscaling of black soldier fly treatment in Nairobi. Davis Fundi Ireri, Sanergy (Kenya)

Panel discussion with the participation of:

  • Derek Greedy, National Member Representative and Board Member, ISWA (UK)
  • Nina Tsydenova, Lead, On-line Discussion Meetings, ISWA YPG (Germany)
  • Ramy Salemdeeb, Lead Research Group, ISWA YPG
  • Vishwas Vidyaranya, ISWA (India)
Room: 0C

Moderator: Francisco Galván, Director, SIMAR Sureste (Mexico)

A number of case studies showing the first steps towards a circular economy in the Region will be presented. Topics such as education, networking or waste source segregation will be analyzed and discussed.

How can we enhance waste segregation at source? An answer from Bolivia
Presenter: Adeline Mertenat, Project Officer, Eawag (Switzerland)

Metallic powder particles recycling for additive manufacturing processes
Presenter: Aitzol Lamikiz, Full Professor, Univ. Basque Country (Spain)

Educate for a circular economy 
Presenter: Bárbara Rodrigues, Senior Environment Engineeer, Resíduos do Nordeste (Portugal)

Circular economy as a technical network
Presenter: Ana Márquez, Unicamp (Colombia/Brazil)

Resources assessment and valorization for a circular economy business model
Presenter: Ainara García, Researcher, Tecnalia (Spain)

13.00 – 14.00 – LUNCH AND EXHIBITION Main hall

14.00 – 16.00 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

Moderator: José María Menéndez Salcedo, Founder, Errekagane Consulting, Ategrus Board member, COIIB Board member (Spain)

The Fourth Industrial revolution is impacting many industries. It  has reshaped waste management in recent years and how it will continue to do so in the future. An array of disruptive new technologies, including IoT, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual / Augmented Reality, applied to waste management, will be presented.

The evolution of the waste bin in a smart container
Presenter: Angelo Fazio, Project Manager, Alia SpA (Italy)

Towards waste characterization based on image recognition
Presenter: Fernando Pérez Pla, Univ. Cantabria (Spain)

Smart solid waste processing plant: vision and pathway
Presenter: Karim Khodier, PhD Student, Montanuniverität Leoben (Austria)

Using data visualization to assess the contribution of home composting to waste prevention
Presenter: Telmo Machado, Researcher, LIPOR (Portugal)

An Internet of Things platform for the next environmental services generation
Presenter: Álvaro Palomo Navarro, Head of IoT, Urbaser (Spain)

Driving efficiency in waste management with big data
Presenter: Lucía Herrero, Business Consultant, Minsait (Spain)

Jacobo Moreno

Machine learning and artificial intelligence applications to waste management
Presenter: Jacobo Moreno, Engineering Manager, Valoriza (Spain)

Application of sensor based sorting to landfill mining material
Presenter: Cristina García López, Researcher, Univ. Aachen (Germany)

Room: 0B

Moderator: Ana Loureiro, Communication Director, EGF, former Chair of ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues (Portugal)

Citizen behaviour is key for the performance of a waste management system. Efforts should be focused on education, communication, awareness raising. Several case studies will be presented.

6 Rs to reduce waste
Presenter: Justine Smith, Verde (USA)

Modelling education centers as integrative component in waste management facilities, the “Tel Aviv model”
Presenter: Riva Waldman, Tel Aviv (Israel)

Anne Scheinberg

Research based informal integration and the climate-sensitive circular economy
Presenter: Anne Scheinberg, Springloop (Netherlands)

Tropaverde: rewarding recycling
Presenter: Marta Morán Hermida,  Teimas Desenvolvemento (Spain)

Cups sold separately. Field trial and evidence review of disposable cup charges
Presenter: Michael Lenaghan, Environmental Policy Advisor, Zero Waste Scotland (UK)

Regional waste data triggering the development of waste management
Presenter: Outi Pakarinen (Project Manager), Regional Council of Central Finland & Tiina Karppinen (Researcher, M.Sc. (Tech), Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (Finland)

Applying “nudge” principles to tackle the global waste crisis through consumer behaviour change
Presenter: Victoria Hutchin, Associate Consultant, WYG Group (UK)

Room: 0D-1

ISWA WG on Governance and Legal Issues
Moderator: Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, EXPRA, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Governance and Legal Issues (Germany)

Expanding and optimizing the EPR concepts leads to innovation. Several successful approaches will be presented and discussed in this session.

The Circular Lab
Presenter: Romina Giovanetti, Head of EU Public Affairs, Ecoembes (Spain)

Intelligent waste collection containers. The Maltese approach
Presenter: Daniel Tabone, GreenPak (Malta)

Boosting recycling by complimentary sorting from raw waste. The Dutch approach
Presenter: Gerard Ehrismann, Afvalfonds Verpakkingen (The Netherlands)

Finding solutions for flexible packaging. The CEFLEX approach
Presenter: Graham Houlder, Managing Director, Sloop Consulting (The Netherlands)

Boosting sorting by new ways of labelling. The Digimarc approach
Presenter: Larry Logan, Chief Evangelist, Digimarc Corporation (USA)

Room: 0D-1

Moderator: María Pérez Fernández, Ecology Area, Univ. Pablo de  Olavide (Spain)

European legislation on extended producer responsibility (EPR) forced manufacturers to accept and dispose of returned containers or packagings after use. This law was created in order to involve manufacturers in the reduction of waste and preventing the uncontrolled disposal of packagings. Separate collection and recovery systems (IMS) for waste packagings (plastics, glass) started in the 90s. This concept was extended to other waste streams (tyres, lube oil, e-waste and others). This Round Table will  analyze the evolution and results of different IMSs

Begoña de Benito, Director of External Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, Ecoembes (Spain)

José Fuster, Operations Manager, Ecovidrio (Spain)

Gabriel Leal Serrano, Managing Director, SIGNUS Ecovalor (Spain)

Room: 0D-2

Moderator: Nicolas Humez, Institutional Relations Manager, SARP Industries, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste (France)

From food, building and clothing to transport, technology and virtually everything in between, chemicals are part of daily life. However, when poorly used and managed, chemicals and waste can threaten human health and the environment. The sound management of chemicals ans waste starting from the product design is an enabler for circularity. It is critical for instance to ensure recycled materials are safe and sustainable. At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, countries committed to minimizing the adverse effects of chemicals by 2020.  At our current pace, we will not achieve this goal. The session will explore the global policy framework to and beyond 2020, present how it can support circularity and offer a deep dive into the issue of Mercury waste.


Key activities and future plan of the Waste Management Area of UNEP Global Mercure Partnership
Presenter: Ms. Mai Kobayashi, Consultant, EX Research Institute (Japan)

The sound management of chemicals and waste, a building block for circularity: the way to and beyond 2020, with sessions learned from Mercury
Presenter: Stéphanie Laruelle, Program Management Officer, Chemicals and Health Branch, UENEP (Switzerland)

Room: 3A

AGT Plarec
Andreas Bartl, Assistant Professor, TU Wien, Vice Chair of ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimization (Austria)

Together with e-waste, plastic waste in a fast growing waste stream for which most waste management system were not ready to handle. In this session different views, projects and case studies will be presented.

C-SERVEES Project: activating circular services in the electric and electronic sector
Presenter: Pablo Ferrero, Researcher, Univ. Valencia (Spain)

Polystyleneloop, the circular economy in action
Presenter: Alix Reichenecker, Sustainability Manager, Polystyleneloop (Netherlands)

Issues in plastic and paper waste recycling in Jordan: suggestions from a case study in Irbid
Presenter: Silvia Gibellini, Research Fellow, Univ. Brescia (Italy)

The significance of functional fillers and nanoscale additives for plastics in the circular economy
Presenter: Florian Part, Senior Scientist, Univ. Natural Resources and Life Science (Austria)

Eco waste to wealth project: a solution to plastic waste challenge in Nigeria
Presenter: Edith Iriruaga, Project Manager, Natural Eco Capital Ltd (Nigeria)

Upcycling of fiberglass waste derived from abandoned boats
Presenter: Helga Aversa, Politécnico di Milano  (Italy)

The future of plastics. Plastic to… 
Presenter: Ignacio Sanz Madroño, Energy Process Responsible, Urbaser (Spain)

Room: 3B

AGT City
Moderator: Carlos Silva Filho, CEO, Abrelpe (Brazil)

Looking back and looking into the future. Visions, insights, innovations and success stories regarding sustainable and resilient cities will be presented in this session.

Bornholm showing the way without waste 2032: the vision
Presenter: Jens Hjul-Nielsen, Bofa (Denmark)

Eco-industrial parks in China. Two examples
Presenter: Hanwei Zhang, Chief Scientist, Shanghai Sus Environment (China)

Growing a pavilion from innovative waste and mycelium based biomaterials
Presenter: Jon Wedersø Strunge, Soren Jensen (Denmark)

A resilience perspective on solid waste
Presenter: Brett Mons, Manager Strategy Delivery Unit, 100 Resilient Cities (USA)

Turning the tide: reducing littering behavior in nature reserves
Presenter: Sabine Jansen, Dijksterhuis & Van Baaren (Netherlands)

The cleaning of the city, basic piece of the urban transformation
Presenter: Asier Abaunza, City of Bilbao (Spain)

Room: 5A

ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery
Moderator: Johnny Stuen, Technical Director, City of Oslo WtE Agency, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery (Norway) & Christophe Cord’Homme, Development Manager, CNIM (France)

This session pretends to highlight how WtE can be the backstop in the circular economy, and reduce the need of landfill to almost zero. Issues to be discussed include the importance of an integrated waste management system to get the best and most useful profit of WtE.

Practical implications of the new BREF in the European WTE industry
Presenter: Christophe Cord’Homme, Development Manager, CNIM (France)

Residuals handling: an overview of technologies for treatment of bottom ash and fly ashes
Presenter: Max Schoensteiner & Edmund Fleck, Martin (Germany)

Decarbonizing the waste industry: measures and concepts
Presenter: Antonios Sakalis, Environmental Consultant, Enviroplan (Greece)

Johnny Stuen

Decarbonizing the waste industry: Carbon Capture and Utilisation Storage (CCUS)
Presenter: Johnny Stuen, City of Oslo (Norway)

Circularity and the role of WTE in the circular economy
Presenter: Marta Gurin, Head of Policy & Technology, CEWEP (Belgium)

Possible financial models and pathways for financing WTE and CCUS
Presenter: Atle Midttun, Professor, BI Norwegian Business School (Norway)

Implementing WtE in an integrated waste management system
Presenter: César Gimeno, Managing Director, GHK (Spain)

Room: 0C

Moderator: Pilar Vázquez Palacios, President, ANEPMA (Spain)

If compred with developed countries, the Latin American & Caribbean region has a long way to go towards a sustainable waste management. A number of reference visions will be presented in this session.

Recyclability evaluation of waste tablets
Presenter: Renato Ribeiro Siman, Univ. Espirito Santo (Brazil)

360º vision of the urban cleansing model in Bilbao
Presenter: Marta Barco, Bilbao City Council (Spain)

Sewage sludge solar drying and gasification for energy recovery
Presenter: Virginia Pérez López, Researcher, Ciemat (Spain)

Where does the marine litter come from? Looking to improve waste management to ackle its hotspots in the Municipality of Santos, Brazil
Presenter: Gabriela Otero, Senior Technical Coordinator, Abrelpe (Brazil) & Asa Bergérus Rensvik, Remediation and Waste Unit, EPA (Sweden)

16.00 – 16.30 – COFFEE BREAK AND EXHIBITION Main hall

16.30 – 18.30 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

Moderator: Jacobo Moreno, Engineering Manager, Valoriza (Spain)

Research, Development and Innovation is a must for any industry looking into the future. Several panelists will be presenting what Academia is working on for the waste management industry.

Trace toxic pollutants air emissions from waste fuel utilization in cement kilns
Presenter: Stefano Cernuschi, Politécnico di Milano (Italy)

URBIS project: from urban waste to bioplastics
Presenter: Joan Mata, Univ. Barcelona (Spain)

Investigation on the behavior of plastics during the biological treatment of organic waste
Presenter: Hildemar Mendez Guillén, Associate Researcher, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

An investigation on the effect of ultrasonic wave on silica extraction from coal fly ash in hydrothermal method
Presenter: Tongyao Ju, Univ. Tsinghua (China)

Optimization of alkali activation of fayalitic slag for the production of inorganic polymers
Presenter: Kostas Komitsas, Univ. Crete (Greece)

Toxicological bioassays to detect the impact of microplastics as vectors of emerging contaminants in the terrestrial ecosystem
Presenter: Gerardo Mengs, Exotoxilab (Spain)

Bioleach: a new mathematical model for the joint evaluation of leachate and biogas production in biorreactor MSW landfills
Presenter: Javier Rodrigo Ilarri, Assistant Professor, Univ. Politécnica Valencia (Spain)

Room: 0B

Moderator: Fernando Leite, CEO, Lipor (Portugal)

Organics amount for a big percentage of MSW composition. Treatment options for bio-waste (composting, anaerobic digestion, others) and process performance depend on the quality of a separate collection. Several experiences will be presented and discussed.

How to develop ingenious MBT solutions for emerging countries thanks to the operational experience of European MBT plants
Presenter: Bruno Jean, Technical and Performance Consultant, Suez (France)

Decisive – decision support tool
Presenter: Verónica Martínez Sánchez, Researcher and Environmental Consultant, Fundació ENT (Spain)

Study of the different models of community composting sites for their classification and regulation
Presenter: Ramón Plana, Fertile Auro (Spain)

A life cycle optimization framework for the sustainable design of circular municipal bio-waste management systems
Presenter: Selene Cobo Gutiérrez, PhD Student, Univ. Cantabria (Spain)

Vermicomposting of WWTP sludge
Presenter: Mar Castro García, Technician, Aquatec (Spain)

Seasonal variability in composting process: the case study of Acea Pinerolese Industriale for the extraction of soluble compounds
Presenter: Viviana Negro, Process Engineer, ACEA (Italy)

Go local! Decentralized treatment can be a sustainable strategy for biowaste management
Presenter: João Graça, Project Manager, LIPOR (Portugal)

An alternative and quick method to prise the suitability of substrates for biogas production: respiration intensity
Presenter: Zsuzsanna Uveges, Research Assistant, National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (Hungary)

Room: 0C

Moderator: Christopher Godlove, Principal, THINKCities Consulting (Belgium) & Marija Bogdanovic, GIZ (Serbia)

Initiatives aiming to develop to develop technical and managerial capacity in the waste sector have been launched in several regions of the world. Different centers and experiences, all of them focused on training, capacity development and knowledge sharing will be presented.

Tom Frankiewicz, Lead International Biogas Programs, EPA (USA)

Mohab Ali Al Hinai, Head of Environmental Center of Excellence, Be’ah (Oman)

MD Sahadat Hossain

Prof. Hossain Sahadat, Director, SWIS (USA)

Goran Vujic

Prof. Goran Vujic, CECC (Serbia)

Dr. Joseph Agyepong, Founder, Zoomlion (Ghana)

Room: 0D-1

Moderator: Derek Greedy, Derek Greedy, National Member Representative and Board Member, ISWA (UK)

Economic growth and population increase has worldwide led to an increase in the generation of MSW. This increase in MSW volume can no longer be disposed of at landfills as the required area is too vast and results in emission of aggressive greenhouse gasses (GHG) such as methane.
Despite being the least eco-friendly option, MSW landfilling is still the most used alternative in waste management worldwide. A number of negative effects arise in dumpsites. Some solutions regarding this issue will be presented.

A new methodology for the evaluation of the land use evolution near MSW landfills using environmental indicators and GIS technologies
Presenter: Javier Rodrigo Ilarri, Assistant Professor, Univ. Politécnica Valencia (Spain)

Remediation of aged landfill in China: treatment, pollution control, resource recovery and technical standards: field case of five million tons MSW
Presenter: Zhuqi Chen, Professor, Univ. Huazhong (China)

Comparison of leaching methods to assess the release of pollutants from waste
Presenter: Mercedes Regadío, Researcher, Univ. Sheffield (UK)

Leachate valorization by a low energy treatment technology
Presenter: Francisco Corona, Fundación Cartif (Spain)

Microrremediation of heavy metal contaminated landfill soil using consortia of filamentous fungi: a successful bioaugmentation
Presenter: Fauziah Shahul Amid, Univ. Malaya (Malaysia)

Odour emissions in solid waste disposal plant: treatment system and evaluation
Presenter: Riccardo Snidar, Labio Test (Italy)

Moving dumpsites towards sanitary landfills in Ukraine
Presenter: Tetiana Omelianenko, Researcher, National Academy of Sciences (Ukraine)

Room: 0D-2

Moderator: Marco Ricci, Owner, Altereko Sas, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste (Italy)

Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP) include diapers, adult incontinence products, sanitary towels, etc. These make up 3 – 4 % of MSW volume, and end their life worldwide in landfills or incinerators. A new technology, currently showcased in Italy, will be presented. It enables to recover and to recycle this AHP stream, turning it into high value applications with tangible environmental benefits.

Opening speach
Presenter: Giuseppe Landolfo, International Expansion Manager, FaterSMART (Italy)



  • Giuseppe Landolfo, International Expansion Manager, FaterSMART (Italy)

  • Marco Mattiello,International Relations Manager, Contarina (Italy)

  • Luca Torresan, Sales and Marketing  Manager, Sartori Ambiente (Italy)

  • Germán Granda, General Manager, Foretica (Spain)
  • Orkatz Goenaga Ormazabal, Technical head of Environmental department, Urola Erdiko Mankomunitatea (Spain)

  • Victor Mitjans Sanz, Head of planning at the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (Spain)
Room: 3A

AGT Food
Moderator: Gijs Langeveld, Principal Consultant, Project Gijs (The Netherlands)

The world today is facing the serious issue of widespread human undernourishment and at the same time huge amounts of food are being wasted in all phases of food production and consumption. According to the FAO ca. one third of all food produced worldwide is lost or wasted (FAO, 2011). Current estimated results in approx. 28 % of the world’s agricultural lands being used to produce food that is never consumed by humans. In this session a number of case studies regarding food waste prevention and treatment will be presented and discussed.


Measuring and monitoring food waste under the sustainable development goals (SDG)
Presenter: Daniela Di Filippo, Statistician SDG and Environment Statistics Unit, United Nations Environment (Kenya)

Olatz Ukar

A case study of food waste in a school in the Basque Country
Presenter: Olatz Ukar, Univ. Deusto (Spain)

Towards a global producer responsibility scheme: the power of two-tier systems – A case study of food waste
Presenter:  Ramy Salemdeeb, Environmental Analyst, Zero Waste Scotland (UK)

Listeria outbreak: destruction of the recalled food products by the waste treatment sector
Presenter: Dr. Shauna Costley, Deputy Director, Hazardous Waste Management Support, DEA (South Africa)

Embrulha scheme as a sustainable solution to reduce food waste in restaurant sector
Presenter: Susana Freitas, Project Manager, LIPOR (Portugal)

Food waste for biogas production – Reflecting the holistic nature of Life Cycle Assessment 
Presenter: Daniel Koch, PhD Student, TU Wien (Austria)

Room: 3B

ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste
Moderator: Nicolas Humez, Institutional Relations Manager, SARP Industries, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste (France)

Hazardous waste management is a complex issue. Because of the risk for public health and environment it is of utmost importance that HW is clearly and transparently traced until its final destination and to ensure an appropriate treatment. The session will focus on three cases tackling different situations that need specific answers.

How to enforce hazardous waste legislation: Waste producer responsibility
Presenter: Luis Palomino, General Secretary, ASEGRE (Spain)

Post-disaster waste: the case of Hurricane Irma
Presenter: Charlotte Nihart, Journalist, Robin des Bois (France)

Hazardous waste all over the world: how field services can help in solving the problem
Presenter: Nick Morgan, Managing Director, Veolia Environmental Services (UK)

Room: 5A

Moderator: Fernando Calvo Redruejo, Project Manager, Proma Ingenieros (Spain)

The waste sector as a whole and its individual operations have the potential to contribute in numerous ways to a circular economy. However to do so minimum social, environmental and economic standards and practices need to be met and upheld. The way ahead towards a circular economy will be long and complicated. In this session a number of visions, regulations, requirements, incentives, funding schemes, etc will be presented and discussed.


First EU attempt of a legal definition of Circular Economy 
Presenter: Roser Puig Marcó, Environmental Lawyer, Terraqui (Spain)

Environmental packaging tax in Mozambique
Presenter: Simão Dias, Project Manager, Prodem (Mozambique)

Using participatory rural appraisal (PRA) in regional solid waste planning in rural areas in emerging economies: case study of the Akkar region in Lebanon
Presenter: Federico de Nardo, Project Manager, Studio Azue (Italy)

Sustainable governance and financing framework for household solid waste management in developing countries
Presenter: Kofi Sekyere Boateng, Ashanti Regional Manager, Zoomlion (Ghana)

Financing mechanisms applicable for waste management in emerging and developing economies
Presenter: Fritz Kleemann, Development Bank (Austria)

Deliniation of baseline and climate targets for the Philippine waste sector based on existing legislation
Presenter: Johannes Gabriel Paul, GIZ (Germany)

21.00 – 23.00 – GALA DINNER AND ISWA AWARDS Main hall



  • Characterization of the solid waste of the City of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
    Santiago Pecotche, IMPACTOS AMBIENTALES S.A. (Argentina)
  • Be’ah’s circular economy initiatives.
    Rahma Al Riyami, be’ah (Oman)
  • Guidelines on pre- and co-processing of waste in cement production
    Steffen Blume, GIZ & Andreas Lindau, Geocycle (Germany)
  • Continuous Mercury emission and process monitoring.
    Luis Alberto Rojo, ESWET (Germany)
  • Education by Art: proposal for the concretization of an Art biennial with recycled materials.
    Hélder Marques, LIPOR (Portugal)
  • Ecotoxicity of alternative potential precursors in alkaline activation processes.
    Ana Andrés, University of Cantabria (Spain)
  • Assessment of electric and electronic equipment stock in Greek households.
    Evangelos Terzis, Univ. Athens (Greece)
  • Consideration of circular economy criteria in the design of technical solutions for landfills. The extension of the Artigas landfill in the municipality of Bilbao.
    Jose Manuel Baraibar, Viuda de Sainz (Spain)
  • WEEE penta helix: co-creating a waste less infrastructure
    Winie Evers, University of Southern Denmark / Odense Waste Management (Denmark)
  • Amine-modified sorbents for CO2 capture: screening appropriate temperatures for inhibiting O2 induced deactivation
    Yuan Meng , School of Environment, Tsinghua University (China)
  • Plastics at sea in ecotourism sites in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
    Carol Maione, Univ. Michigan (USA)
  • Survey on awareness of food loss caused by consumer behaviors and feasibility of improvement behaviors.
    Hideaki Kurishima, Shibaura Institute of Technology (Japan)
  • Urbiofin project: demonstration of an integrated innovative biorefinery for the transformation of MSW into new biobased products.
    Caterina Coll Lozano, Imecal (Spain)
  • The climate benefits of a proposed anaerobic digester: a US case study from Naucalpan, Mexico
    Joseph Donahue, ABT Associates (USA)

09.00 – 11:00 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

City of Rotterdam
Moderator: Kat Heinrich, Associate Consultant, Rawtech, former Chair of ISWA Young Professional Group (Australia)

The need for more source-separation of waste is clear. However, especially in cities with a high density of buildings and population, the way to reach source separation goals is providing difficult.
A pilot project conducted from 2014 to 2019, aimed to finding instruments for cities to improve source separation of waste in urban areas with high density of population, will be presented. Participants in this project are seven cities in the Netherlands, and five other relevant Dutch stakeholders.
The 10 most important challenges for high density cities regarding solid waste collection and the 10 most important recommendations for implementing source-separation of food waste (for City of Rotterdam) will be presented. The results are relevant for cities, anywhere in the world, with high density urban areas.

Main challenges for cities in the Netherlands regarding solid waste collection
Presenter: Gijs Langeveld (The Netherlands)

Introducing source-separation of food waste in Rotterdam
Presenter: Daan van den Elzen, City of Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Room: 0B

AGT Emerg
Moderator: Goran Vujic, Associate Professor, University of Novi Sad (Serbia)

ISWA’s declared mission is to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. A comprehensive transfer of knowledge from developed to developing countries, regarding technological, operational, financial experience, is required. Several case studies from different countries will be presented.


Chinese model of MSW management? Experience from five cities across the country
Presenter: Mingyu Qian, Project Director, GIZ (China)

Driving a transition from open dumping to circular economy through research, development and innovation: The case of South Africa
Presenter: Linda Godfrey, Principal Scientist, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR (South Africa)

African Clean Cities platform: promoting mutual learning in solid waste management
Presenter: Chie Shimodaira, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

The making of a solid waste crisis and its opportunities: the case of Lebanon
Presenter: Sophia Ghanimeh, Notre Dame University (Lebanon)

Life cycle assessment of integrated solid waste management of limestone mining in Bhutan 
Presenter: Samia Davina Rahman, Lecturer at Civil Engineering Department of Jinggangshan University (China)

The landscape character assessment as tool for decision making in ISWM processes: the case study of Jurd al Kaitef in Lebanon
Presenter: Federico de Nardo, Project Manager, Studio Azue (Italy)

Deriving lessons for solid waste management sector in India from experiences of Germany
Presenter: Shivali Sugandh, Institute for Urban Water Management and Waste Technology (Germany)

Room: 0D-1

Moderator: Carles Salesa, Director, Maresme Waste Treatment Consortium (Spain)

Non-recyclable waste can only be landfilled or used as an energy source. Different insights regarding Waste to Energy integration with other waste treatment options, technologies, performance, costs will be discussed.  Some new WtE technologies will also be presented.

First mile waste solutions. A key driver of urban autonomy and resilience
Presenter: Jan Grimbrandt, Chairman, Boson Energy (Luxemburg)

One-stop shop for EfW plants
Presenter: Christophe Cord’homme, Development Manager, CNIM (France)

Mallorca Circular, tangible circular economy
Presenter: Rafael Guinea, Managing Director, TIRME (Spain)

High efficiency solutions for waste to energy plants
Presenter: Fernando González, Project Manager, Sener (Spain)

Status and perspectives of Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC) of biogenic waste and residues
Presenter: Dr. Michael Nelles, Professor, Univ. Rostock (Germany)

Contribution to integrated WTE in Albania
Presenter: William Epis, Paul Wurth (Italy)

Converting heterogeneous waste streams into tailor-made Plasco Syngas as a precursor of H2 and other fuels
Presenter: Marc Bacon, Executive Vice-President of Engineering and Operations, Plasco Technologies (Canada)

Room: 0D-2

Moderator: Mario Grosso, Associate Professor, Politécnico di Milano, WM&R Editorial Group member (Italy)

Accepted Authors to the 2019 World Congress special issue of Waste Management and Research (WM&R) magazine will present on the latest research trends in solid waste management


Marine debris: a review of impacts and global initiatives de session AGT ML
Presenter: Agamuthu Pariatamby, Professor, Sunway University (Malaysia)

Atilio Savino

Environmental and health risks related to waste incineration
Presenter: Atilio Savino, ARS (Argentina)

Non-conventional stabilisation / solidification treatment of industrial wastes with residual powdered paints
Presenter: Mentore Vaccari, Univ. Brescia (Italy)

Resource management in cities by adoption of segregation incentive schemes: Case study from India and Tanzania
Presenter: Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal – Programme Manager, Environmental Governance (Waste Management), Centre for Science and Environment (India)

Room: 0E-1

AMR – Public vs private
Moderator: Katrina Sichel

While municipalities are generally responsible for MSW services, the private sector has long been involved in the MSW management industry, either formally through outsourcing arrangements in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) or informally through waste picking and sorting. Pros and cons for each option (costs, service quality, governance, etc) will be discussed in a dynamic round table with the participation of:

  • César Gimeno,  Managing Director, GHK (Spain)
  • Fernando Leite, CEO, LIPOR (Portugal)
  • Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President (Greece)
Room: 0E-2

AGT Coll
Moderator: Bjorn Appelqvist, Head of Department, Waste Management and Site Solutions, Ramboll, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation (Denmark)

MSW collection is key to performance in the subsequent waste treatment operations. A separated collection system for each relevant waste stream is required for an effective recycling. Citizen collaboration is critical on the overall system efficiency. A number of factors including volume, urban planning, public space, costs or noise, impact in the design of a waste collection system.

Waste collection in East Delhi: local challenges in implementing national rules
Presenter: Nimmi Damodaran, Independent Consultant (USA) & Sourabh Manuja, Fellow and Area Convenor, The Energy and Resources Institute TERI (India)

Preparation and testing of SDG 11.6.1 in MSW collection and treatment in controlled facilities
Presenter: Imanol Zabaleta, Researcher and Project Officer, Eawag (Switzerland)

Development and utilization of new multi-compartment collection service
Presenter: Vesa Heikkonen, Development Manager, Rosk’n Roll (Finland)

Lipor’s door-to-door collection system and how technology can help
Presenter: João Pratas, Lipor (Portugal)

Global warming impacts and costs caused by the improved collection and recycling of plastic waste packages in Central Finland
Presenter: Antti Niskanen, CEO, LCA Consulting Oy (Finland)

Smart technology solutions for improving waste collection and payment in a developing country setting
Presenter: Anthony Mark Shayo, Green Waste Pro (Tanzania)

Room: 0C

Moderator: Ricardo Rollandi, President, ARS (Argentina)

Organic waste can be managed in a centralized (big scale) or in a decentralized (small scale) way. For big scale projects biogas production can be a suitable solution. Several issues, such as source separation, aerobic or anaerobic biogas production, biodigestion technologies or digestate management will be presented in this session.

Organic waste management and its potential in Tier-2 cities of Colombia
Presenter: Vishwas Vidyaranya, Value Investment Colombia SAS (Colombia)

Analysis of potential use of biogas produced at a landfill in Paraná, Brazil
Presenter: Joao Travesa, CEFET RJ (Brazil)

Decision making tool to improve bio-waste management 
Presenter: Mónica Delgado, Univ. Cantabria (Spain)

Natural based solutions for anaerobic digestate valorization
Presenter: Rocío Pena Rois, Aimen (Spain)

Decentralized small-scale composting for bio-waste management. Case study in Tolosaldea
Presenter: Joseba Sánchez Arizmendiarrieta, Founder, Luar Ingurumena (Spain)

Room: 0C

Moderator: Anabel Rodríguez, Executive Director, FEC (Spain)

New challenges in the Spanish waste policy
Presenter: Alicia Pollo Albéniz, Ministry for Ecologic Transition (Spain)


  • ZERØ, strategic tool for corporate circularity.
    Miguel Varela Pérez, Teimas Desenvolvemento (Spain)
  • Severe weather impacts on solid waste disposal facility operations
    Robert Dick, SCS Engineers (USA)
  • The role of eco-labelling in plastic packaging circularity.
    Chiara Magrini, Univ. Bologna (Italy)
  • The spherical urban forests
    Esther San José, CARTIF (Spain)
  • Result reliability in comparative solid waste processing experiments
    Karim Khodier, Montanauniversität Leoben (Austria)
  • The operation and regeneration of low temperature SCR catalysts in waste incineration plants
    Liang Zhang, SUS Environment (China)
  • Engineered solutions for the “tuning” of existing waste-to-energy plants.
    Oliver Gohlke, Dublix Technology ApS (Denmark)
  • Legal obstacles for circular economy: a case study of illegal dumping in Thailand
    Ashiya Otwong (Thailand)
  • Press waster fermentation from mixed household waste
    Isabell Eickhoff, University of Rostock (Germany)

11.00 – 12.30 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS Different rooms

Room: 0A

ISWA Working Group on Healthcare Waste
Moderator: Anne Woolridge, Chief Operating Officer, Independent Safety Services Ltd, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Healthcare Waste (UK)

Healthcare waste is not a high-volume waste stream, but it can have devasting consequences when inappropriately discarded. This session will analyze how medical waste can be prevented from becoming marine litter or causing harm to people working in dumpsites.

The importance of waste management in infection prevention and control
Presenter: Alexandra Peters, Clean hospitals and the University Hospitals of Geneva (Switzerland)

Case study in Oman
Presenter: Nidhal Aljaradi – Healthcare Waste Specialist, Be’ah (Oman)

Case study in Iraq / Syria
Presenter: May Kayali, Pekawa (Syria)

Room: 0B

AMR – Projects
Moderator: Borja Zárraga, Business Manager, Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas (Spain)

Waste management plans are hard to design and hard to agree, but many times it is even harder to be successful in the construction and delivery of the waste treatment facilities included in the plan. Many factors lead to a high failure rate in this type of infrastructural projects. Some recurrent issues are plant location (NIMBY), timelines (elections, NIMEY), communication, stakeholders management and public acceptance (BANANA), costs and project funding, technical and project management skills, etc. These issues will be discussed in a round table, with the participation of:

Christof Delatter, Managing Director, Interafval, VVSG (Belgium)

Adam Read, Director of External Affairs, Suez (UK)

Gunilla Carlsson

Gunilla Carlsson, Communications Director, SYSAV (Sweden)

Jesús Martínez Almela, World President, IPMA (Spain)

Room: 0D-1

AGT Biogas
Moderator: Ljupka Arsova, Senior Environmental Engineer, Eastern Research Group (USA)

Organics make an important percentage in MSW composition. Biogas production in anaerobic digestors is a common operation for organic waste. Cleaned biogas (biomethane) may be injected into the gas network. Several issues, technologies and case studies will be presented.

Mario Grosso

Assessing the performance of paper vs bioplastics bags for food waste delivered by anaerobic digestion
Presenter: Mario Grosso, Politécnico di Milano (Italy)

Biowaste to biogas. Production of energy and organic fertilizer from organic waste
Presenter: Mathias Hartel, Waste, Fertilizer and Hygiene, Fachverband Biogas (Germany)

Low tech anaerobic digestion with innovative mixing scheme
Presenter: Sophia Ghanimeh, Univ. Notre-Dame (Lebanon)

Proven organic waste to fuel technologies for the post-fossil fuel era: show-case dry AD project Jönköping (Sweden)
Presenter: Lukas Heer, Senior Sales and Project Development Manager, Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (Switzerland)

Contribution of biomethane from municipal bio-waste to climate change mitigation: opportunities and threats
Presenter: Isabel Tarín, Energy Management, Urbaser (Spain)

Room: 0D-2


Presenter: Edward Newman, Senior Publishing Editor, SAGE Publishing (UK)

Presenter: Agamuthu Pariatamby, Professor, Sunway University (Malaysia)

Room: 0E-1

ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimization
Moderator: Dirk Nelen, Senior Researcher, Sustainable Resources Management, Vito (Belgium)

Today there is an increased demand on materials especially due to rising of the developing world. As a consequence, recycling, as a provider of valuable materials, is playing a more significant role, and the need for recycling materials is increasing.
Well-functioning markets for raw material are crucial for our global economy, and well-functioning markets for secondary materials are crucial for sustainability and circular economy.
This session will focus on the difference between raw and secondary materials markets.

Markets for virgin and secondary raw materials. Similarities and differences
Presenter: Willem Christiaans, Business Development Manager – PET Recycling Europe (The Netherlands)

You get what you collect. How collection systems effect the quality of recovered materials.
Presenter: Thomas Berlinghof, Consultant, Resources and Waste Management, Ramboll (Germany)

Quality of recovered materials – what is expected from the waste management sector and what is the customers willing to pay for?
Presenter: Alicia García-Franco Zúñiga, Managing Director, Federación Española de la Recuperación y el Reciclaje (Spain)

Room: 0E-2

ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transport
Moderator: Bernd Leowald, Head of the Department Town Center, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, Vice Chair of ISWA Working Group on Collection & Transportation Technology (Germany)

A suitable and adapted waste collection and transport system is a major part in creating the conditions for sustainable cities. This session will help to understand how modern and future-oriented waste collection and transport technologies will support the roadmap to sustainable cities.

Digitalization as enabler for sustainable waste collection
Presenter: Christian Bremer, Managing Director, SSI Schäfer (Germany)

GrowSmarter solution
Presenter: César Morais Guijarro, Envac (Spain)

Factors influencing the implementation of new waste collection services: a case study in the Sultanate of Oman
Presenter: Marwa  Al-Siyabi, Be’ah (Oman)

Application of self-driving and IoT technologies in waste collection and street cleansing systems. Case study
Presenter: Zeng Guang, Business Unit General Manager, Changsha Zoomlion Environmental Industry (China)

Room: 0C

Moderator: Anabel Rodríguez, Executive Director, FEC (Spain)

After a 3 day long Latin American & Caribbean session, key messages will be summarized and tips will be provided for a roadmap towards a  sustainable waste management in the Region, adapted to the social, economic and environmental context. This will be conducted in a Round Table, with the participation of:

Atilio Savino

Atilio Savino, ISWA, Regional Development Network Representative for the Latin America Region (Argentina)

Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva, Director, Abrelpe (Brazil)

Francisco Galván

Francisco Javier Galván, Managing Director, Simar Sureste (México)

Alberto Huiman  CEO, Peru Waste Innovation (Peru)

Chiara Fioretto, Executive Manager, CEGRU (Uruguay)

12.30 – 13.00 – CLOSING CEREMONY 0B ROOM

13.00 – 14.30 – FAREWELL COCKTAIL Main hall

15.00 – 18.30 – TECHNICAL TOURS


09.00 – 14.00 – TECHNICAL TOURS


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