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Conference Topic: Circular Economy

ISWA’s Resource Management Task Force published a series of six reports on the circular economy.

The potential for effective resource management—and in particular the circular economy—to drive economic growth has caught the imagination of leading thinkers across the globe.

National environmental policies to reduce landfill disposal and landfill gas emissions are being overtaken by demands to rethink industrial processes. The waste industry is being driven to find new markets for secondary raw materials.

The unintended implication of these changes has been a global surge in secondary raw materials seeking markets. New patterns of global trade have emerged for recovered paper, plastics, textiles and waste-derived fuels despite fluctuating commodity prices. As the risks to raw material supply have become evident, government and business interests have sunk growing research funding into how to change current operating business models and to secure investment in new treatment technologies.

  • How the circular economy is an opportunity for the waste management sector—as a catalyst for new skills, innovation, knowledge and development—that will result in new technologies, business models and partnerships
  • How to contribute to sustainable materials and energy management
  • The role of energy from waste in the circular economy
  • How to integrate waste prevention activities into our business models
  • How to best support the commodity markets to mitigate price volatility and transaction risks
  • How to create and influence new policies necessary for the long-term success of sustainable resource management
  • How to actively engage with other stakeholders in the value chain—including designers, producers, manufacturers, consumers, policy makers

Conference Program: Circular Economy

Young Professionals

7:00 – 10:00

Student Design Competition — Part II

8:00 – 20:00

Registration Open

9:15 – 9:45

Round Table Meet & Greet

Kick-off the week at the informal meet & greet round tables. Connect with old friends and make new ones.

10:00 – 10:30

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speakers

Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President
Richard Allen, SWANA President

ISWA Award Presentations Part 1

Young Professionals

10:30 – 10:45

Introduction of the Key ISWA Issues

Young Professionals Group

Climate Change

11:00 – 11:45

Climate Change Keynote Session

11:45 – 12:45

CEO Roundtable Keynote Session

Jim Fish, Waste Management
Steve Jones, Covanta
Gustavo Coria, CEAMSE (Argentina)

12:45 – 14:00

Flying “Sparcs” and “Ugly Foods” Luncheon

To show our commitment to mitigate organic waste, we”ve designed a beautiful lunch using Sparcs (that”s scraps spelled backwards) and other “ugly foods”.

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Smart Technologies

14:00 – 15:00

Smart Technologies Keynote Session — Smart Cities: The data-driven evolution of waste management

Nate Morris, Rubicon
Marianne Blanc, Suez

Circular Economy

15:30 – 17:15

Circular Economy Keynote Session

15:30 – 15:45 — Introduction of Circular Economy Segment, ISWA Working Groups and SWANA Technical Divisions

15:45 – 16:45 — John Bradburn, General Motors

16:45 – 17:15 — Nelson Switzer, Nestle Water NA

Smart Technologies

17:15 – 18:00

Smart Technologies Keynote Panel: Smart Technologies and their impact on Collection & Transportation of Waste

Facilitator: Don Ross, Kessler Consulting

Antonis Mavropoulos, President, ISWA
Jason Gate, Compology
Don Diego Padilla, Fleetmind
Vivek Agrawl, WGCTT Chair, ISWA
Marc Rogoff, SCS Engineers

14:00 – 18:00

Concurrent Sessions

18:30 – 21:00

Opening Reception — Exhibit Halls

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Young Professionals

21:00 – 23:00

Young Professionals Networking Event