The call for abstracts is open from 16 March up to and including 1 May 2020.

In contrast to previous ISWA World Congress editions, we are steering towards much more interactive sessions. In order to achieve this there first was a call for sessions, now followed by the call for abstracts. For the call for abstracts, abstracts can either be submitted as a contribution to a specific open session or as a proposal for a traditional presentation in a parallel session.

The call for abstracts will be open for a period of 6 weeks. The deadline for abstract submission will not be extended.

Click here to read the guidelines for your abstracts proposal submission.

The call for sessions is closed. Submitters of sessions have received a notification of acceptance or decline on 13 March 2020 at the latest..

List of sessions open to contributions from the call for abstracts:

session spotlighting inspiring female entrepreneurs in waste treatment and recycling with low to medium-level technologies and start-up costs.

WOW! welcomes submissions to their talent show on entrepreneurial solutions in waste treatment and recycling – from academia, the private, public or informal sector worldwide.  Preference is given to female innovators or solutions that specifically support women; using low to medium-level technologies and start-up costs. Submissions will include details of the geographical location, local waste problem addressed, the business model or solution invented, technology applied, investment costs, positive outcomes, challenges overcome as well as an outline of the envisioned presentation to be made during the session. NB: outlines for creative, multi-media or demonstration presentations (lasting 5-8 minutes) are requested.

This session will focus on how the traditional waste management infrastructures in cities will need to be transformed to fit with the priorities in a Circular Economy. More concretely, how the local recycling station in cities can work as a hub for innovation, inclusiveness and circular solutions in the new economy. Examples of how cities have addressed this transition is welcome to submit an abstract. So-called Urban Resource Centres work to promote the circular economy at local level, using the drivers of collaboration and innovation. Experiences from these types of initiatives are highly appreciated.

“Abstracts for this session should regard development cooperation projects related to waste management. Both case studies and reviews are welcome. Abstract related to case studies should describe the context, the expected activities of the project, the main challenges encountered with reference to both institutional, economical and social issues, and technical issues related to the implementation of actions. Also, strategies adopted to overcome obstacles should be reported, if it is the case. Monitoring and ex post sustainability evaluation can be included. Reviews should target the same topics, explaining the boundaries of the assessment and contents in terms of challenges and proposed or adopted solutions.”

We believe that abstracts that speak to the strengths and unique positioning of cities to create change will be very valuable to this open session. Likewise, we want to hear about barriers or challenges to innovation, legal concerns regarding innovation, operational considerations and strategies to effectively implement innovation, designing robust policy at a local level to ensure effective innovation, strategies for success in implementing innovations in waste management and circular economies, cities’ interactions with businesses and other orders of government in taking action, or on how cities can otherwise help foster innovation with business or other orders of government.

Waste management on islands has its specific characteristics.

  • Recycling is hampered by small scale and lack of market for recyclables.
  • Landfilling capacity is limited, but shipping waste from the island is expensive.
  • Tourism is an important economic driver; island should be clean, but resources are limited.
  • The islands ecosystem is unique and vulnerable. Pollution by waste must be avoided.

How do Islands manage? What can be learned from experiences on other islands?

For this open session Island Waste invites stakeholders in island waste management to present their solution to the other islanders of ISWA2020 and share their knowledge.

Increasing recycling means behavioural change on consumer level. Research on behavioural change is emerging – critical for a transition to a circular economy. 

Academia and municipalities need to develop more science based nudging and monetary incentives in waste management.

The session is open for presentations from cities, academia or others with relevant experiences related to behavioural change, interactive communication, etc. The session would like to have more presentations on the next level in customer communication and interactive communication based on real time data. What can Cities and Waste Management learn from the gaming industry?

Changing from a linear economy to circular business models will affect every business. How will waste management companies be affected? Will we be disrupted and obsolete, or can we reinvent our business models?

We ask for presenters where this challenge will be described and analysed from an academic, financial and business developers’ perspective. Professors in economy specialising in the transition to a circular economy, an economist in sustainable finance and a design strategist and investor will contribute, but the session is open to alternative or supplementary perspectives, practical examples or a critical approach.

Recycling targets have been used widely by governments as a metric to demonstrate their success in delivering environmentally friendly waste collection and disposal services. Nevertheless, weight-based targets do not reflect the actual environmental cost of waste. There has been a growing interest in moving away from weight-based targets in favour of impact-based targets such as greenhouse gas emissions and natural capital.

In this session, we will discuss transitioning from weight-based to impact-based targets, covering opportunities, challenges, practicality, and pitfalls. Waste management professionals and academics are invited to submit their abstracts to share their experiences and thoughts in this area.

The energy-from-waste sector is characterized by intensive technological developments. Some promising techniques will never reach a mature stage, while others may contribute to greater sustainability. The sector is under attack in many countries for various reasons. From nimby, questions about health and climate impact, to more existential criticism such as “zero waste” makes waste-to-energy superfluous.

  • Which developments will determine the future of energy-from-waste?
  • How can we ensure that scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians and the general public come into line about sustainable end processing of non recyclable waste?
  • How does this fit in waste policies in regions where this waste management is still in its infancy?

We invite people to send abstracts regarding the following subjects:

  • Abstracts regarding information / presentations of amounts and costs of littering in your country.
  • Abstracts regarding information / presentations on the composition of litter (amounts of plastics, packaging et cetera).
  • Abstracts regarding the methods of gathering data on costs, amounts and composition of littering.

We challenge participants to estimate the amounts and costs of (the clean-up of) litter per country or area (urban area, beaches et cetera). The session will be used to gather relevant data and compare (methods of establishing) costs, amounts and composition of litter.

This session is inviting authors to submit abstracts on the (best) practises of manufacturing products out of recycled single use plastics. This could either include products from recycled plastics that replace virgin materials or fully newly designed products. Examples should highlight the opportunities, drivers, barriers (e.g. technical requirements / business case / consumer preferences) of using recycled single used plastics in manufacturing products.

We invite people to send abstracts regarding the following subjects:

  • Best practices for repair shops of discarded and disposed residual waste.
  • Abstracts regarding waste stations in your area.
  • Abstracts concerning business cases for recycling malls.
  • Abstracts regarding the environmental impact of preventing waste to be incinerated and be reused as product.

The session will be used to gather relevant best practices on recycling malls and repair stores and the business case and environmental impact of it.

We invite people to send abstracts regarding the following subjects:

  • Abstracts regarding do’s and don’ts when considering EPR
  • Best practices for design for recycling plastic packaging supporting programs.
  • Abstracts for monitoring tools and stimulating higher recycling percentages.

The session will be used to discuss the multi stakeholder field when addressing the plastic packaging issue. Many stakeholders are active and play a role in the value chain. We discuss how this varies per country and what countries and policy makers can learn from one another.

WASTE and it’s co-presenters will show various aspects of the so-called CLUES (Complementary Local Urban Environmental Services) approach and their experiences on integration of urban solid waste and faecal sludge management systems.

We would like to include other city cases where some form of integration of solid waste management services and sanitation has taken place. This could be in terms of:

  • One single department overlooking the two systems,
  • Conducive legal system that enables circular economy
  • Uniformity in taxation and licensing systems
  • Possible cooperation in logistics
  • Supporting [processes / policies for reuse and /or testing final products made from solid waste and faecal sludge

We hope to have an interactive session in which we don’t present papers but start a dynamic discussion with the participants

In the call, we are inviting abstracts from or focusing on cities in high-income countries with a focus on ‘the hurdles and barriers’ that the presenting cities perceived during their process to benchmark circularity and avoided GHG emissions, and what they have learned/how they have benefitted from this process.

This session welcomes abstracts focusing on practical cases on how small cities have developed collection and recycling systems while growing, as well as examples on public -private collaboration to boost use of recycled materials. Other abstracts of interest are examples on how a city, municipality or intermunicipal actor have been the driving force in regional innovation and developing urban circle economy.  Abstracts from students and young professionals are particularly welcome. Since the session is organised as a workshop and world cafe, short cases are appreciated. 

Abstracts that would fit in this session would ideally focus on how cities are using internal revenue sources to increase the sustainability of waste management activities and accessing external financing sources such as public private partnerships. Case studies would be particularly valuable for this discussion.

Abstracts that would fit in this session would ideally address how project and city-level emissions reductions contribute to national-level emissions reduction goals. Especially relevant for this session would be any abstracts that address how MSW sector projects (e.g., landfill gas projects, organic waste diversion projects) can contribute to methane-related goals stated in nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Case studies are particularly valuable.

Negative/bad waste behaviour and its solutions are usually addressed with linear thinking and solutions. During this session in campfire format we want to stimulate deeper and systems (circular) thinking around waste, waste behaviour and responsible waste/ “garbage citizenship”.

We invite submissions reflecting on the philosophies and theories behind waste citizenship. We contemplate possible actions and implementation measures to advance waste citizenship and consider how we can change values and attitudes in communities that experience inequality, social injustice, poverty, hardships, exploitation and being landless and jobless. Abstracts from presenters focussing on the Global South are particularly welcome. 

In many countries the informal sector plays an important role in the (municipality) waste management. Because of different reasons, the social problems that countries face, have become a problem of the waste management sector.  During 2016 the Colombian government implemented a special law to formalize the hard work of the waste pickers. Waste pickers that choose to formalize their work receive a part of the waste tariff for the collection of the residual waste. We will present the steps the Colombian government has taken during the last years, and as well discuss the difficulties of this process.