jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014

ISWA Global News Issue 30, September 2014


News from the President
The ISWA family met again in early September for its annual General Assembly and World Congress, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We all enjoyed Brazilian hospitality and a generally good level of debate from the 1000 delegates present. Thank you to the Brazilian association Abrelpe for their very hard work in organising this event.read more

General Assembly 2014
On 7 September, the ISWA General Assembly was held at the Sheraton World Trade Centre in São Paulo, Brazil. read more

ISWA World Congress 2014

This year one of the world's megacities was the stage for the ISWA World Congress. An estimated 20 million people live in greater São Paulo, making it the third-largest metropolis on earth. The venue fitted perfectly to one of ISWA's current main complex of themes: megacities, informal sector and global recycling markets. read more

"ISWA World Cup" Football Tournament in Brazil
It wouldn’t be Brazil if the host of the 2014 ISWA World Congress wouldn’t have organised a football tournament for the participants as a side event after the congress. read more

ISWA World Congress 2015 Antwerp, Belgium: Call for Abstracts
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! read more

Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention and Recycling
ISWA and DAKOFA held a very successful 4th Beacon Conference in Copenhagen on Waste Prevention and Recycling titled "Closing the Loops" in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 16th - 17th 2014. read more

Ambitious Actions to Reduce Emissions from SLCPs from MSW
Since the launch of the CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, a group of cities have committed to accelerate the implementation of actions in their corresponding solid waste management systems to reduce the emissions of Short Lived Climate Pollutants. read more

ISWA Develops a series of webinars for the CCAC
As part of ISWA's role as Lead Partner of the MSW Initiative of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition, ISWA has been tasked to produce a series of Webinars. read more

EU Healthcare Waste Project
Even though healthcare waste is very heavily regulated across Europe there is a considerable range of levels of waste management depending on national strategy and infrastructure. read more

A practical Source-book on Mercury storage and Disposal
The Expert Group Face-to-face Meeting for the development of "A Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Storage and Disposal", a joint effort of UNEP Chemicals and ISWA, took place 27 to 28 August in Vienna at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). read more

TRP+ Hazardous Waste Expert Workshop in Vienna
The TRP+ Project (Training Resources Pack for Hazardous Waste Management) had its third Expert Workshop in Vienna at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), alongside the UNEP/ISWA Mercury Expert Group Meeting. read more

Working Group Landfill - Fond Farewell Mr Derek Greedy
The recent meeting of the ISWA WG-Landfill during the ISWA World Congress saw the end of an era, as Mr Derek Greedy long standing chair stepped down. read more

New Platinum Member: ARA AG From Austria
ISWA is happy to welcome and present a new Platinum Member! ARA AG (Altstoff Recycling Austria AG) is Austria's leading collection and recovery system for packaging waste. read more

ISWA Welcomes Three New Gold Members!
ISWA is happy to welcome and present three new Gold Members! read more

WM&R Editor's Pick and Editorial: Open Access
Each month the Editor of WM&R hand-selects a leading paper from the latest publication, which is available to download for free. read more

Profile: Vivek Agrawal (India)
Vivek Agrawal, Chairman of the ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transport Technology. read more

ISWA Three months trial membership
The ISWA 3 Months Trial Membership - the perfect opportunity to become familiar with our Association's work and activities. It's a convenient and easy way to decide if you wish to join ISWA as a regular member. Sign up now!


Australia: Painting a picture of waste in Australia
A national product stewardship scheme for architectural and decorative (A&D) paint has been recommended by the National Paint Stewardship Scheme Implementation Working Group in a new report on Australian paint consumption and disposal. read more

Europe: 96% Say Resources should be used more efficiently
The vast majority of Europeans think their own country is generating too much waste, according to the results of a new research poll. read more

UK: Ban food waste to landfill, says EAC
The Environmental Audit Committee is calling on government to introduce a landfill ban for food waste and lower the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) on recycled products to help boost the circular economy and end the 'throwaway society'. read more

USA: Garbage-Loving techno-shell takes a bite of waste

A large shell-shaped structure is sucking tonnes of rubbish out of a river for free. The Inner Harbour Water Wheel uses solar power to run a water wheel, into which garbage from the surrounding harbour is funnelled. read more

USA: E-Waste recycling facility for rare Earths in Michigan (Video)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan based e-waste recycling firm, 3S International has opened its first end-of-life electronics processing facility to recover rare earth elements in Tinley Park, Illinois. read more

WORLD: Researchers say pacific garbage patch growing
Researchers have returned to the area known as the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch', which captured the world's attention when a huge 'garbage island' was spotted in the middle of the Pacific, and they say it is getting worse. read more

Upcoming ISWA Events

Working Group on Legal Issues: Informal Sector Workshop

Romania, 09 Oct 2014

Sorting Plants Study Tour

United Kingdom, 11-13 May 2015

ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Minimisation and Recycling

Austria, 28-29 May 2015

ISWA Study Tour on Waste-to-Energy

Austria, 22-26 June 2015

ISWA Beacon Conference: 3rd International Conference on Final Sinks

Taiwan, 23-26 Aug 2015

ISWA World Congress

Belgium, 07-09 Sept 2014

View all ISWA Events



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viernes, 12 de septiembre de 2014

‘Informal Sector’ Workshop 9 October 2014 Bucharest


Please click here for an invitation to an Informal Sector’ Workshop organised by ISWA,EXPRA and the ISWA Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean Regional Development Network.

The workshop titled “Challenges to separate collection systems for different waste streams - barriers and opportunities” will be held on 9 October 2014 inBucharest, Romania.

Some more detailed information on this event and a link for registration can be found no just in the attached invitation but also on http://www.iswa.org/nc/events/calendar/eventdetail/show_detail/working-group-on-legal-issues-informal-sector-workshop/

We look forward to welcoming at this workshop!

ISWA General Secretariat 



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miércoles, 3 de septiembre de 2014

3ª Conferencia Mundial sobre la reducción del riesgo de desastres

Los gobiernos locales y regionales avanzan en la definición de un marco de acción post-2015 para la reducción del riesgo de desastres.
La 3ª Conferencia Mundial sobre la reducción del riesgo de desastres, que tendrá lugar del 14 al 18 de marzo de 2015 en Sendai (Japón), entra es su última fase de preparación. Numerosos gobiernos locales y regionales han expresado su deseo de participar en esta conferencia. Los gobiernos locales son en muchas ocasiones los primeros en hacer frente a las situaciones de desastres y juegan un papel creciente en la protección de la población, de los bienes y de las infraestructuras.
CGLU participa activamente en los trabajos de preparación de la conferencia, en particular en los Comités Preparatorios (PrepCom). El primero de ellos se celebró en julio en Ginebra y el segundo se realizará el próximo mes de noviembre.
Para inscribirse y participar en las actividades de la 3ª Conferencia Mundial sobre la reducción del riesgo de desastres pueden inscribirse siguiendo cualquiera de estas tres alternativas:

  1. Integrar la delegación nacional
  2. Acreditarse a través de CGLU
  3. Solicitar una acreditación especial directamente a los organizadores lo que les permitirá participar en las sesiones públicas y en las sesiones organizadas por los asociados, pero no en las sesiones intergubernamentales.
Durante la Conferencia se prevé un Foro Público donde se realizarán simposios, seminarios, debates, exposiciones y habrá espacios para la presentación de experiencias. Quienes deseen presentar una o más iniciativas en este marco, deben manifestarse antes del 16 de septiembre, fecha límite.
Para más información sobre el Foro Público http://www.wcdrr.org/conference/programme.

Inscripción en la segunda PrepCom

La segunda reunión del Comité Preparatorio se celebrará en Ginebra, Suiza, los días 17 y 18 de noviembre de 2014. La fecha límite de inscripción a esta reunión es el 10 de septiembre. Los miembros que deseen participar en el próximo Comité Preparatorio (PrepCom 2) debe rellenar el formulario adjunto y hacerlo llegar am.boussraoui@uclg.org el 9 de septiembre a más tardar, ya que el plazo de inscripciones se cierra el 10 de septiembre.
Los representantes electos que formen parte de la delegación nacional no necesitan inscribirse de forma separada.

La Conferencia mundial para la reducción de riesgo de desastres

Los preparativos de la Conferencia mundial que tendrá lugar en Sendai, Japón, del 14 al 18 de marzo siguen su curso. Aparte de las mesas redondas oficiales, se prevé la celebración de numerosos eventos multilaterales centrados en la resiliencia local y urbana durante la conferencia.

El periodo de inscripción a la Conferencia mundial permanecerá abierto hasta el 30 de noviembre. Les mantendremos informados acerca del proceso de inscripción a esta Conferencia.

martes, 2 de septiembre de 2014

Reunión de la Unidad Temática Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible en la ciudad de Santa Fe - II Jornadas Internacionales de Gestión Ambiental Urbana


En el marco de las Segundas Jornadas Internacionales de Gestión Ambiental Urbana, se celebró el día 27 de agosto en la ciudad de Santa Fe, una reunión de la Unidad Temática de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Red Mercociudades.

La reunión contó con la presencia del Intendente de la Ciudad de Santa Fe Dr. José Manuel Corral.

En la reunión se desarrollaron diversos aspectos de la Campaña Ciudades Resilientes "Mi Ciudad Se Está Preparando" de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Gestión de Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR).

A su vez se divulgaron diversas iniciativas y convocatorias relacionadas con construcción de resiliencia de ciudades.

Por otra parte se acordó trabajar en materia de Gestión Integral de Residuos y seguir promoviendo el relevamiento de factores ambientales que la UTADS viene desarrollando desde 2013.

Las ciudades de Montevideo (Uruguay), Osasco (Brásil) y Cerrito (Argentina) hicieron presentaciones relativas a iniciativas en materia de Gestión de Riesgos, Gestión Costera y Residuos.

A continuación podrán acceder al Acta de la reunión y a las presentaciones.

Presentación Montevideo
Presentación Osasco

Agradecemos la participación de cada una de las ciudades. Saludos,

Equipo de Coordinación de la UTADS