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Monday, 23 April 2012 13:07

ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling

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Maarten Goorhuis - Chair ISWA Working Group on recycling & Waste Minimisation , speaks about the 3rd edition of the ISWA Beacon Conference

The 3rd edition of the ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling will be held on 31rd May to 1st June 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

The focus of this 3rd edition of ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling will be on Monitoring of the Waste PreventionFood WasteExtended Producer Responsibility,  Communication & Behavioural Change and Planned Obsolescence. These issues will be discussed by a top-class panel of speakers, including senior representatives from OECD, UNEP and leading European Universities.

A high class social event and exclusive site visits round up the event program.

 

Maarten Goorhuis - Chair ISWA Working Group on recycling & Waste Minimisation speaks about the 3rd edition of the ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling and explains why someone will find it interest to attain the conference (Watch Video). 

 

 

According to ISWA Key Issue Paper on Waste Prevention, Waste Minimization and Resource Management it is clear that waste management has made tremendous developments over the last decades. The challenges that we have to face today, however, also make clear that traditional waste management is not sufficient to deal with the issues related to waste prevention, sustainable production and consumption, and with resource management.

In order to ensure the availability of resources in the future and to counteract the steady increase in global demand for primary resources as well as to reduce the negative societal impacts associated with meeting this demand it is necessary to manage natural resources through optimizing material use and material recoverability in the life cycle of products, decreasing material use in consumption and the wide and effective collection and recycling of materials.

In many parts of the world the focus is now shifting from waste management to resource management. This development is going to drastically change not only the waste sector, but also the way we produce and consume. This third ISWA Beacon Conference “Waste Prevention and Recycling” will address and deal with these developments. Important topics for this conference are how to develop a sound and effective waste prevention plan and how to tackle food waste spillage. Obviously communication and behavior change are of great importance, as is the way we produce goods.

How can we assure that we produce longer lasting products, and what is the role of extended producer responsibility? All these issues will be addressed in the third Beacon Conference.

Previous editions of this conference have been highly rated by the attendees. The first Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention & Recycling held in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, on 20-21 May 2010 where 28 highly qualified speakers delivered a well balanced mix of academic and practical sessions to more than 70 attendees from all over the world. Material efficiency, material scarcity, waste prevention and climate change were of the main issues that discussed extensively.

The 2nd ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention held in Vienna, Austria, on 23 and 24 April 2011 and gathered 130 experts from the waste and resource management sector, coming from 25 different countries. An exclusive panel of speakers, including senior representatives from UNEP, the EU Commission and the European Environmental Agency assessed policy instruments and practices for waste prevention, contemplated environmental impacts of production and consumption, and took an in-depth look at strategies on resource management and new recycling technologies.

Both of the previous conferences were attended of a very active expert audience that took the opportunity to exchange arguments and thoughts on waste prevention and recycling issues and open a lot of new points of view to some important aspects of modern waste management.

For more information about the upcoming 3rd edition of the ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling visit: www.iswa.org

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