Global Partnership on Waste Management

Newsletter #8

GPWM Newsletter

Issue #8  December 2013

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

News from the secretariat

Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

The GPWM secretariat is pleased to present the 8th edition of the GPWM newsletter. Under the six focal areas, a range of activities are implemented. The GPWM provides support to share this information, thereby enhancing coordination and promoting cooperation in waste management. Information is also shared through the information platform, the online information exchange tool of the GPWM.

In this issue...

News from the focal areas of work


Waste and Climate Change

Marine Litter

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Waste Minimization

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News from the focal areas of work

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


PACE promoting environmentally sound management of end-of-life computing equipment

The 6th physical meeting of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE)

The 6th physical meeting of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) – participating in the GPWM focal area on e-waste – was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2013. At the meeting, the PACE working group reviewed the status of activities under PACE, obtained reports from co-chairs of the six project groups on their priority activities, reviewed and approved the PACE budget, and discussed which short- and long-term role PACE should play in view of the outcomes of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in matters related to e-waste. PACE is a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership facilitated by the Basel Convention that provides a forum for representatives of personal computer manufacturers, recyclers, international organizations, associations, academia, environmental groups and governments to tackle environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment. For more information, contact Matthias Kern:


Meetings on e-waste in the Asia region

As a participant of the focal area on e-waste, IETC presented at two regional workshops for Asia on e-waste, both of which were held in Bangkok, Thailand. While the second network workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN) aimed to promote cooperation and synergies with regional networks in Asia to tackle transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes, the workshop on Environmentally Safe Disposal of Intellectual Property-Infringing Goods,  organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other partners, explored the interplay between trade in intellectual property-infringing goods, development and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit and 

Waste & Climate Change

Stakeholder workshop in Penang, Malaysia

CCAC LogoIETC, a participant in the focal area on waste and climate change, is currently implementing a pilot project in Penang, Malaysia, together with the World Bank, on mitigating short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). A stakeholder consultation workshop was held to discuss the activities in the work plan. In particular, the project in Penang focuses on providing incentives for source segregation of domestic waste in multi-family high-rise buildings.

Marine Litter

2013 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup in Okinawa, Japan

NOWPAP International Coastal Clean upThe 2013 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and Workshop on Marine Litter management were held from 24 to 26 October in Okinawa, Japan.  Sponsored by the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a participant in the focal area on marine litter, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and the Japanese Government, the 2013 NOWPAP ICC workshop convened at the campus of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). The workshop brought together about 100 participants from NOWPAP countries of China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation as well as countries beyond the NOWPAP region, such as Estonia, Indonesia, Philippines, the United States and Thailand.  NOWPAP marine litter focal points and other participants from governments, academic institutions, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) shared their practices in addressing the marine litter problem, including raising public awareness and promoting ICC campaigns worldwide. A beach cleanup followed the workshop. Workshop participants collected marine litter items and sorted and recorded them in ICC data cards which will be reported to Ocean Conservancy for compilation in the annual report.

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Subregional dissemination workshops on Converting Waste Agricultural Biomass into Energy in Cambodia and India

WAB2E Workshop in IndiaFunded by the Government of Japan, IETC, leading the focal area on waste agricultural biomass, implemented projects on converting waste agricultural biomass into energy in Cambodia and India in the course of 2013. To share the results and lessons learned from the projects, IETC held sub-regional dissemination workshops in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Delhi, India in November 2013. The workshops convened participants from countries in the respective sub-regions to share experiences and learn about the waste agricultural biomass situation in other countries in the sub-region. The workshop also served as a platform for participants to discuss ways and means to cooperate with each other and thus to replicate the projects carried out in Cambodia and India.

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Zero waste project in Pune, India

Zero Waste project in Pune, IndiaJanwani, a Pune-based initiative and participant in the focal area on ISWM, initiated a zero-waste project in Pune’s largest ward, Katraj. The objective of the project is to promote a shift from waste as disposable to waste as a renewable, potentially profitable, resource. The project focuses on source segregation and reuse and recycling of waste. Organic material is used in a biogas plant, thus eliminating its transportation cost to the landfill. Inorganic material, such as plastics and glass, is sold as scrap. The ultimate goal of the project is to process all waste at the ward level, reducing transportation and labour costs for the city and eliminating the need for landfill sites. To implement this project, Janwani has partnered with the Pune Municipal Corporation, SWaCH Cooperative (waste-picker group), Cummins India and others.

Waste Sector Survey South Africa published

South African SurveyAs input to the development of a national Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap for South Africa, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), with support from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has recently completed a national Waste Sector Survey for 2012.  The intention of the Waste Sector Survey is to establish a baseline of the formal South African waste sector (public and private), including information on the size of the sector (persons employed and financial), and current spend on waste R&D and human capital development. The survey also explored current waste innovation activities by private waste companies and municipalities, as well as obstacles to waste innovation. For more information on the Waste RDI Roadmap and the Waste Sector Survey, visit

Waste Minimization

Construction Resource Initiatives Council (CRI Council) promoting zero building waste

CRIC Waste MinimizationThe non-profit organization Construction Resource Initiatives (CRI) Council in the focal area on waste minimization, launched its first initiative, Mission 2030, in February 2013. The initiative aims to eliminate construction, renovation and demolition waste to landfill by 2030. As one step in this initiative, the CRI Council recently created the ‘Waste Saver’ Mobile App, a free app that will enable stakeholders to develop better specifications, site waste management plans and policies for building waste. For more information, visit


E-waste Academy for Scientists

UNU/StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem Initiative) in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention is holding the 4th E-waste Academy for Scientists in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 10 December 2013. The E-waste Academy is a pioneering concept in the research and education on e-waste management, looking at the e-waste issue in its entirety, rather than through the lens of a specific academic discipline. The E-waste Academy provides a platform to young scientists involved in e-waste related research to share their knowledge, interact with experts and develop collaborative partnerships fostering high quality and cutting-edge scientific research on all areas related to e-waste. For more information, contact Matthias Kern,

Capcacity building workshop on ISWM and eco-towns, 10 to 12 December 2013

IETC, in collaboration with the International Training Centre for Local Actors (CIFAL Jeju), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC) is organizing a training workshop on capacity building for sustainable waste management in the Asia-Pacific region from 10 to 12 December 2013 in Osaka, Japan. The workshop aims to promote Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) and the eco-towns model in the Asia-Pacific region.

3R International Conference in Kyoto, 10 to 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 aim of 3R International is to provide, and serve as a platform for, academic activities that promote a 3R society. For more information, visit

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Address: Ryokuchi koen 2-110 Tsurumi ku, Osaka 538-0036 Japan

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