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Landfills–what image does this word startle into your mind?
Is it a landscape smeared with trash, piled high in the blistering heat of the Sun, with tires and plastic bags, old T-shirts and banana peels? With waves of toxic gases spiraling off, the smelly sock odor burning your eyes and the thickness of the air constricting your lungs? In fact, this is a negative connotation.
In this interview, the Father of waste hierarchy – Ad Lansink – responds to questions like whether the circular economy has killed the waste hierarchy, and others.
Ad Lansink is a former Dutch politician and the father of the waste hierarchy. Isonomia’s Steve Watson conducted an interview with Ad Lansink based on questions submitted by be Waste Wise’s community. This is the first of two installments of the interview. In the second installment, which will be published on 28th, November, Ad and Steve talk about circular economy and zero waste.
Ad Lansink is a former Dutch politician and the father of the waste hierarchy. In the parliamentary elections of 1977, Lansink was elected to the Dutch parliament. He worked on a multitude of topics such as environment, energy, higher education, student and public health.
Submit your questions on waste management policies and solutions to us and Ad Lansink, inventor of the waste management hierarchy, will answer.
Watch Thomas Vogler and Edith Iriruaga discuss the barriers and drivers for improving waste management in India and Nigeria.
Watch Dr. Nimmi Damodaran and Gary Crawford discuss the impact of short-lived climate pollutants from waste management on climate change and public health.
Waste professionals are modern day alchemists! Alchemists tried turning base metals into gold. Waste managers are turning “waste” into resources everyday. But, their work and waste management in general don’t get deserved attention from the wider community. This lack of recognition not just…
30 individuals who are effectively sharing stories about their work, insights about the waste industry and solutions. We call them Waste Influencers.
Michael Keleman, Manager of Environmental Engineering, InSinkErator, oversees current research projects to help understand and communicate the impacts of food waste disposers on wastewater treatment infrastructure. He also works with municipalities promoting the diversion of organics from landfills and resource recovery at wastewater treatment plants.
Julia Hailes wears many green hats, which principally involve environmental consultancy, speeches and writing. Since 1986, she has authored or co-authored nine books, including the million selling ‘Green Consumer Guide’ in 1988. She has also co-founded a consultancy called SustainAbility and and a charity called The Haller Foundation.
Watch Prof. Adam Read, Dr. Tim Evans and Michael Keleman discuss the relevance and sustainability of food waste disposal units.
Watch Phillip Ward, Julia Hailes, Jonathan Bloom, and Dean Pearce discuss Behaviour Change and Food Waste as part of the 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste.
Dean Pearce is the Regional Commercial Manager at ReFood UK and has responsibility for business development and account management for its integrated food waste collection & recycling operation across South East United Kingdom
Phillip Ward has 30 years experience in government and a further 7 years as a Director of WRAP. At WRAP, Phillip was involved in the development of the highly successful Love Food Hate Waste Campaign, the introduction of separate food waste collections by local authorities and inception of the Courtauld Agreement with leading retailers and brands in the UK.
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“Bio-plastics have a role, but there is no standard to say what makes a bio-plastic which truly degrades in the ocean.” ~ Nicholas Mallos
“The oceans are so huge. Cleaning them up is like sifting the Sahara desert by using a kitchen strainer.” ~ Bill Francis
“As I learned more and more about plastic recycling, I discovered that it has its own drawbacks. So, I started reducing my own personal plastic as the first step .” ~ Beth Terry
“When people see you do it, it becomes part of the norm. So, take your own bag to the store and bring your own bottles.” ~ Beth Terry
“Plastic pollution isn’t just about plastic in the oceans but the entire life-cycle of plastics, from when it’s first made, through all the pathways until it becomes plastic pollution” ~Nicholas Mallos
The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste starts on March 1st, 2014. In 2013, we amplified 20 hours of dialogue into 500 hours of waste solutions education.
Amplifying Voices to Bridge the Waste Solutions Expertise Gap – Results from our 2013 Global Dialogues on WasteJanuary 3, 2014 | be Waste Wise 1
Through our 2013 global dialogues on waste, we amplified 20 hours of time from the best in waste into 500 hours of education. Twenty seven experts from…
Craig D’souza is a Research Associate working on water issues in the developing world. He currently works with the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India on themes such as the Right to Water and Sanitation, and Industrial-Agricultural water allocations.
This panel addressed the role of waste-to-energy (if any) in the waste management hierarchy of North America and Europe, provided international experience on the degree of compatibility between recycling and waste-to-energy, analyses the arguments for the juxtaposition of waste-to-energy and recycling, and discusses the policies adopted in some communities to build successful sustainable waste management systems, with the general aim of moving away from landfills.
During discussions and debates, environmentally competent people showed that the facts are for waste-to-energy through a thorough analysis. But, the public acceptance was still at stake, so the Mayor asked Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a famous Austrian artist if he could do something about the appearance of the Spittelau plant. Friedensreich Hundertwasser then took an year to discuss and check his spirit and conscience about the request and finally accepted to do it. He then wrote a long letter explaining why he decided to do so. A qualified public opinion poll conducted later showed that almost 50% were in favor of the Spittelau waste-to-energy plant. About 47% or so, had no opinion and only 3% were actually opposing it.