The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has released the provisional programme for WasteCon 2018.

This year’s event will include plenary sessions, presentations and parallel sessions including three workshops conducted by leaders in their respective fields over a period of three days from 16 to 18 October 2018.

According to the Institute these sessions will provide an overview as well as an in-depth description of the developments, research, innovations and technologies.

“The highlight of the conference will be a technical tour set to take place on the last day of the conference. The details of this exciting tour will be revealed at a later stage so we’re encouraging everyone to watch this space and make sure that they book their seats in advance as space is limited,” the Institute says.

Early bird registrations are open and will close on 31 May 2018. The final closing date for registrations is 21 September 2018.  

Speakers and topics

One of the keynote addresses will be on “Challenging Changes Connecting Waste hierarchy and Circular economy” by Ad Lansink.

“Circular economy is a challenging topic in the mixed area of sustainability and welfare, of product design and waste management, of social interactions and human behavior. Undoubtedly the waste hierarchy, based on Lansink’s Ladder (1979), is the ideal framework for circularity, with innovation in all material and product chains, connecting the structure of waste hierarchy with key elements of circular economy, using tools of resource and chain management,” Ad Lansink.

Other topics to look forward to on Day 1 include:

  • Policy for Implementation of Sustainable Waste Management based on 40 years of Experience in Austria and Europe. Presenter: Franz Neubacher.
  • A new generation of Solar Caps for landfill closures to gain significant costs savings and secondary use opportunities. Presenter: Mark Roberts.
  • Strive towards Zero waste to landfill in Namibia. Presenter: Gys Louw.
  • What motivates/demotivates households to Separate at Source? Presenter: Martin Bothma.
  • To beneficiate or not to beneficiate. Presenter: Malcolm Whitehouse
  • The environmental, health and social costs of allowing unlicensed rubbish dumps to continue to proliferate outweigh the costs of enforcing compliance. Presenter: Megan Manley.

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