GPWM Newsletter June 2013

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Issue #6 24 June 2013

Secretariat hosted by UNEP's International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

News from the secretariat

Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

The GPWM secretariat is continuing to provide support for coordination and to promote cooperation in waste management. The GPWM information platform, the online information exchange tool of the GPWM, is growing as is the network itself. Over the last couple of months, the GPWM has been promoted at international meetings and conferences around the globe, such as at a Central American workshop on e-waste organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, at a side event at the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions COPs and at a regional workshop on the sidelines of a Mercosur meeting.

In this issue...

News from the focal areas of work

E-waste

Waste and Climate Change

Marine Litter

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Waste Minimization

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Focal Areas Leads

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP IETC
International Environmental Technology Centre

UNEP SCP
Sustainable Consumtion and Production Branch

UNEP DEPI
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation

News from the focal areas of work

The GPWM currently has six focal areas of work, namely:

The focal areas are led by different organizations; all work plans can be found here on the GPWM website.

E-waste

E-waste recycling company organizes multiple international collection events

ewasteSims Recycling Solutions, providing global recovery, refurbish, reuse and recycling services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), is a participant in the UNIDO-led focal area on e-waste. Throughout the month of April, Sims Recycling Solutions mobilized its global resources to raise awareness of and provide solutions for one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world – e-waste. Sims hosted several e-waste collection events that commemorated Earth Day 2013 and gave businesses and consumers in nine countries access to safe, secure, and responsible e-waste recycling. These events took place in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United States.

In India, Sims partnered with the student-led Green Brigade at Anna University, Chennai, for a campus e-waste collection event, launched a community outreach website that simplifies e-waste collection, and organized four corporate collection events that gave employees the opportunity to turn in their e-waste. Nineteen collection events in North America netted 265,393 pounds of e-waste.

More information here.

Waste & Climate Change

ISWA to become member of CCAC task force steering group

CCAC LogoThe International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the lead of the GPWM focal area on waste and climate change, has recently become a member of the steering group for the task force on Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). ISWA will provide guidance on private sector engagement in the waste sector as well as assist in developing a knowledge platform for the task force.

Marine Litter

NGO efforts to address marine litter

NOWPAPThe Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a participant in the focal area on marine litter, participated in numerous activities on marine litter in the Asia-Pacific region, such as the 2013 International Forum on Waste Management in River Basins in Geoje, Korea, and in a forum on marine litter held in Japan, which was organized by the Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN). At the forum in Japan, NOWPAP proposed to create a webpage to highlight the efforts by NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region to address marine litter.

More information here.

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Kick-off workshop for new project in Costa Rica

Costa Rica WABIETC, leading the focal area on waste agricultural biomass (WAB), has recently launched a new project in Costa Rica. This initiative aims to assist national stakeholders in Costa Rica to promote the conversion of waste agricultural biomass from the coffee sector into energy through awareness raising and capacity building activities. The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG) and its technology transfer foundation, Fundación para El Fomento y Promoción de la Investigación y Transferencia de Tecnología Agropecuaria de Costa Rica (FITTACORI). The aim of the project launch workshop, held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 22 May 2013, was to provide a global and national overview on the use of WAB, and identify the major components of the project and its implementation plan.

EU-funded project on biowaste

The Moroccan Association of Solid Waste (AMADES-Morocco), a participant in the focal area on waste agricultural biomass, in collaboration with the Biogas Research Team at the University Ibn Tofail (Kenitra-Morocco), is involved in the EU-funded project “Turning Biowaste into Sustainable Products: Development of Appropriate Conversion Technologies Applicable in Developing Countries”.

The project brings together 16 partners from four European countries (Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Turkey), five African countries (Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana) and one Asian country, Malaysia. The project will improve the management of bio-waste in developing countries and thus reduce its potential negative impacts on human health, the environment and economy.

More information here.

Integrated Solid Waste Management

New project in Honduras

New project in HondurasIETC, leading the focal area on integrated solid waste management (ISWM), launched a new project to build capacity on ISWM at a kick-off workshop in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on 23 May 2013. The project, which will build on past experiences in cities in Asia, Africa, and South America, will be implemented in Santa Rosa de Copan, the municipality of Villanueva, and the municipalities of La Esperanza and Intibuca. Project partners are the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) of Honduras and the national association of municipalities in Honduras (AMHON).

Waste Minimization

Canadian initiative to reduce waste from the building industry

The Canadian non-profit organization Construction Resource Initiatives (CRI) Council – a participant in the GPWM – is working to create an integrated body of knowledge and drive change in the way we view and deal with building resources and waste. In February 2013, the CRI Council launched its first major initiative, Mission 2030, which aims to eliminate construction, renovation and demolition waste to landfill by 2030. The call for action that came out of the meeting in February is now also being taken to the global level. More information here.

Announcements


4th International Forum on Solid Waste in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 22-24 July 2013

Venturi Institute for Environmental Studies, participating in the GPWM focal area on ISWM, in cooperation with the University of Brasilia / Lacis - Laboratory of Built Environment, Inclusion and Sustainability, is co-organizing the 4th International Forum on Solid Waste in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 22 to 24 July 2013. The Forum is considered one of the most important technical and scientific events held in Brazil on the subject of waste. Featuring national and international speakers, it is a space for academic debates as well as for the exchange of knowledge and business experiences. It also discusses public policies to strengthen the market for recycling and recovery of waste. The event follows the success of previous editions in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

More information here

Workshop on quantification methods for emissions from waste activities, September 2013

In September, 2013, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), leading the GPWM focal area on waste and climate change, and UNEP IETC will host a workshop in Paris on quantification methods for greenhouse gas (GHG) and short-lived carbon pollutants (SCLP) emissions from waste activities. The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts and practitioners to discuss and evaluate available GHG and SLCP emission quantification methodologies. An aim of the workshop will be to gather input to establish guidelines for understanding and using the different approaches to evaluating GHG and SLCP emissions and how they can be applied at different levels (entire waste sector of a country, to a city, to a single operation) with a focus on the city level.

2013 International Coastal Cleanup and workshop in Okinawa, Japan, 24-26 October 2013

Sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and the Japanese government, and in collaboration with the Okinawa Ocean Culture and Environment Action Network (OCEAN), the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a participant in the focal area on marine litter, will co-organize the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and workshop on Marine Litter Management in Okinawa, Japan, from 24 to 26 October 2013.

More information here.

Call for Presentations at 3R International Conference in Kyoto, 10-12 March 2014

The 3R International Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3R International) will be held at Kyoto University (Clock Tower Centennial Hall), Kyoto, Japan, from 10 to 12 March 2014. The conference secretariat calls for oral and poster presentations from around the world, particularly from Asian countries, on a wide range of 3R and waste management related issues.

More information here.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Deadline for abstracts: 10 December 2013
  • Deadline for early registration: 30 January 2014
  • Conference: 10-12 March 2014
  • Welcome reception: evening of 10 March 2014

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