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Public Health & Quality of Life | 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste

Join us for a month-long dialogue on public health and quality of life as frameworks for waste management in June, 2014.



Sharing solutions through dialogue

Sharing solutions through dialogue

In June, 2014, through four live online panel discussions including some of the leading thinkers on waste, public health and quality of life, we will explore short, medium and long term solutions to waste management for public health and quality of life using examples from selected locations around the world.

Join us to hear about and share your own examples on improving public health and quality of life by improving waste management. To stay updated, subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us on social media (top right).


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At be Waste Wise, we want to hear what is relevant and interesting for you. Based on your priorities and suggestions, we are bringing together some of the best waste management experts, thought leaders and practitioners to discuss the following four topics:

Design for Reuse/ Repair
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Design for Reuse/ Repair

Both policy developments and consumer demands over the last 2 years have pushed the debate away from recycling to activities further up the waste hierarchy, namely repair and reuse. This has in part been drive by the Blue Planet effect, and the desire to rid ourselves of single use plastics, but is also borne out of increasingly consumer focused new business models that enable people to do the right thing.

In this webinar, our panel of experts will discuss some of the new examples of repair and reuse that are gaining traction both in the US and across Europe, and reflect on what consumers want and need in order for them to switch from more linear forms of consume, use and discard, to ones where packaging is designed for multiple lifetimes, and where products are constructed for disassembly and repair. The focus will swing from electronics and the repair opportunities afford through iFixit, to the new on-line shopping platform LOOP with enhanced Hagen Daas containers and better quality packaging that is reused time and again. WRAP will reflect on a number of successful reuse and repair projects happening the UK, and look at the messaging needed to get consumer buy-in and the results of a number of early disruptor projects that aim to reduce resources and improve the shopping experience.


Running a non-profit is a full-time job. We do it every waking moment. It takes us thousands of hours and dollars to research, coordinate and produce content for a global audience. We are investing in our collective future through be Waste Wise. This panel will be available at a nominal rate of $5 for those whole wish to attend it live. Over time, a few panels like this will help us meet the operational cost of keeping be Waste Wise running.

Within 4 weeks of the live panel, we will ensure that the recorded version is available for everyone to watch. If you wish to request free access to the live panel, please drop us an email at

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Brian Matuszewski, Global Lead of Innovation & Strategic Alliances, Loop

Brian Matuszewski joined TerraCycle in 2017 to project lead the development of Loop. Today, Brian serves as the Global Lead of Innovation & Strategic Alliances for Loop, a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one. In May 2019, in partnership with world-leading retailers and consumer product good companies, Loop launched a circular economy e-commerce platform in the US and France that provides consumers products redesigned for a waste-free shopping experience. Loop will be going live next in the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and Japan. Prior to joining TerraCycle, Brian worked as head of sustainability for Automotive Resources International (ARI), one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle fleet management companies.

Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit

Kyle Wiens is the CEO of iFixit, the free repair manual. He’s dedicated his life to defeating the second law of thermodynamics, a battle fought in the courtroom as often as in the workshop. The Right to Repair campaign has, so far, successfully legalized cell phone unlocking and tractor repair.

Rachel Gray, WRAP


Adam Read, Director of External Affairs, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery

Adam Read is the moderator of this interaction. He is the Director of External Affairs at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery. Adam has specialized in waste management policy development, strategic decision-making, behaviour change, procurement and training for the last 19 years, first as a municipal waste management officer, then as a University based researcher, and for the last 12 years as a consultant working globally on waste services and strategies.

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Acknowledgements: Natali Ganfer is the research consultant for this Public Health & Quality of Life theme, which is a part of the 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste. She structured the panels and helped conduct a survey to choose the panels.

Maria Tsakona is the Curator of this theme. She has been involved since this theme was just an idea and made periodic contributions to making the theme possible. She also helped structure the panels and suggested appropriate panelists for each topic.

We want to thank Mr. N. C. Vasuki (Former President of ISWA) for his continuing contributions to bridge the waste solutions expertise gap worldwide. He inspired the idea of conducting a discussion on the relevance of sanitary landfills in low and middle income countries.

We would also like to thank Dr. Nicolas Escalante (Universidad de los Andes) for continuing to provide inputs through surveys, and Dr. Mario Russo (IPVC, APESB, ISWA), Ann J. Reier (Philips Healthcare), Jonathan Rivin (University of Wisconsin), Nelson Gouveia (Universidade de São Paulo), Andrea Atzori (Bacino PD 2) and Victor Nascimento (INPE) for taking the time to tell us their priorities for this theme.


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