Online Discussion Meetings

The goal of the Online Discussion Meetings is to exchange experiences and ideas on general issues related to waste management.Up to three experts (including members of the ISWA working groups, ISWA board and others) present different aspects of a specific topic, which is afterwards discussed amongst the invited participants including students, researchers, young professionals and small entrepreneurs from different countries. Occasionally, the discussion output is used as an input for other working groups, for instance, for designing the case studies for the YPG special session at the ISWA world congress.

 

Information about our next Online Discussion Meeting can be found in our Events Calendar (not yet ready) and Facebook page.

Previous Discussions

#11 APRIL 2018 “Challenges in waste disposal behaviors in developing countries: Focus on Nigeria, Ghana and Kurdistan”

The #11 Online Discussion Meeting “Challenges in waste disposal behaviors in developing countries: Focus on Nigeria, Ghana and Kurdistan” was successfully held on Wednesday , April 11 12:00 - 13:00 (CEST) on Skype for business. The discussion evolved around the challenges in disposal behavior and barriers for public participation in sorting waste at the source (household level).

Frank Schweizer, a private consultant in waste management, gave a presentation  on source separation of waste and its implications. Rzgar Al-bewani, ISWA YP member, gave an overview of waste segregation in Kurdistan region. 

#10 FEBRUARY 2018 “Challenges in waste management in developing countries: focus on Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya”

The #10 ISWA YPG Online Discussion Meeting “Challenges in waste management in developing countries: focus on Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya” was successfully held on February 27th, 2017 on Skype for Business. The core objective was to learn the current waste management challenges in respective countries. Heather Troutman gave an overview on Ghana. Kristyn Oldendorf talked on her recent volunteer experience in Tanzania. Sarah Njau discussed the current waste practices in Kenya. The presentations were followed by the open discussion moderated by Nina Tsydenova.

#2 Career Talks: "International Development Cooperation"

This edition of the Career Talks was dedicated to careers in international development cooperation. We were happy to welcome Linda Godfrey (South Africa) and Aditi Ramola (India/Austria) as speakers. This discussion benefited from the experiences of the speakers in working with/for international donors and agencies of development cooperation.

#9 NOVEMBER 2017 “Closing Dumpsites: Consequences for working conditions and life of waste pickers”

The goal of this meeting was to discuss the problem of informal waste sector and its inclusion when closing a dumpsite. Nathalia Lima (ISWA YPG member, Giral, Brazil) and Diana M. Rodriguez (ISWA YPG member, Inter-American Development Bank, Colombia) gave short presentations on their current work to kick off the discussion.

 

 

#8 JUNE 2017 "Smart Technologies in Waste and Resources Management” - II

This webinar was organized together with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) YPG, in preparation of the ISWA YPG Special Session at the ISWA International Solid Waste Association World Congress 2017 in Baltimore. It showcased two smart technology companies with a focus on recycling:  Recycling Perks, presented by Bill Dempsey (USA) and Mein-recycling, presented by Gary Lewis (Germany).

#7 JUNE 2017 "Smart Technologies in Waste and Resources Management” - I

This webinar was organized together with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) YPG, in preparation of the ISWA YPG Special Session at the ISWA International Solid Waste Association World Congress 2017 in Baltimore. Karl Vrancken from the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) / University of Antwerp, Belgium gave an overview presentation on circular economy, smart technology and the implications for the waste and resources management sector.

#6 MARCH 2017 ”Career Talk: Women in Waste”

The goals of this Online Discussion Meeting were:

  1. to exchange experiences on women’s career development in the field of resource and waste management, and
  2. to identify main career challenges and ways to tackle them.

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta (Professor at Hamburg University of Technology, Germany) talked about her career path in academia, while Dr. Veronica Di Bella (Senior Consultant at IMC Worldwide, UK) shared her experiences in waste management consulting in developing countries. 

#5 JANUARY 2017 “Meet the ISWA YPs: Waste Management at City Level”

The goal was to get to know three YPs, who only recently joined the group, and to exchange experiences and ideas on waste management at city level. 

 

Qadir Huseynov from Baku (Azerbaijan), Nkanyiso Ndlovu from Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) and Kristyn Oldendorf from Baltimore (USA), introduced their respective city’s waste management system and gave interesting insights into their daily work. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session and an open and general discussion on waste management challenges at city level. 

#4 NOVEMBER 2016 "Bottom-Up Solutions in Waste Management. Focus Mena Region"

 

Ramy Salemdeeb (ISWA YPG, founder of Zero Waste MENA), Sophia Ghanimeh

(Associate Professor at Notre Dame University, Lebanon) and Ahmed Mohammed

Al-Sabahi (be’ah company, Oman) presented the waste management situation

in their respective countries. The presentations were followed by an open discussion on the prerequisites needed to implement effective bottom-up solutions in waste management.

#3 MARCH 2016 "Waste Management Challenges in South East Europe"

Alexei Atudorei (Romanian Association for Waste Management), Antonios G. Sakalis (Environment consultant in Greece) and Goran Vujic (Serbian Solid Waste Association)

presented on waste management challenges in South East Europe in preparation for the YPG special session at the World Congress in Novi Sad.

#2 SEPTEMBER 2015 "Challenges of E-Waste Management"

Prof. Stefan Salhofer (BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna), Ashley Evans (Arcadis), Jessica Schreiber (NYC Bureau of Recycling and

Sustainability) and Elisabeth Herbeck (United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO) presented E-waste management in Austria, the United States and Africa.

#1 MARCH 2015 "Challenges of Waste Management"

 

YPG members Andrea Winterstetter, Fritz Kleemann, Tatyana Omelyanenko and Gisele Benedicto presented the waste management situation in their respective countries Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Brazil.