|Waste Management 2010|
Fifth International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment
12 - 14 July 2010
The fifth International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment was recently held in Tallinn, Estonia.
Governments around the world have become aware that fast solutions to waste management, mainly relying landfill disposal, cannot offer a sustainable solution in a world with growing populations and ever increasing dynamics of product development for human needs, which are often created by the industry itself. It is not just the volume of waste produced but also the composition and nature of waste often containing compounds which would not decay for centuries or would manifest high toxicity if in contact with the biosphere, that require new ways of dealing with this problem. The approach which encompasses as a most suitable strategy was termed 3R’s, where remediation, re-use and recycle, in this order, are seen as the best activities. Recently, re-think is added as a fourth action (4R’s) applied in order to, for example, recover energy from waste that cannot be reduced, reused or recycled.
There were a series of invited contributions that enhanced the conference;
The other presentations were grouped into the following sessions;
The conference provided a wide range of presentations dealing with experiences and application of the best technologies and practices together with requirements for future research and technology improvements.
International Scientific Advisory Committee
The conference banquet took place in the building belonging to one of the medieval trading fraternities which existed in Tallinn at the time. These fraternities were distributed throughout the port cities at the time of the Hanseactic League and located in large buildings where merchandises were securely stored and the members could find lodgings. The one visited by the delegates is called the ‘Black Head’ and it’s distinctive motif is the head of St. Maurice. There they had dinner followed by a display of folkloric dances. At the end, the participants were invited to join in the dance with various degrees of success. They returned to the conference hotel in the historic centre of Tallinn where many of them were ready for a final drink! The occasion was most enjoyable, created a nice atmosphere and helped to develop further contacts amongst the participants.
Close of the Conference
At the end of the conference the delegates were invited to visit the University of Tartu. There they were shown the new Campus including the modern buildings and laboratory where Professor Ulo Mander works as well as the old University facilities in town including the main building, site of the Rectorate and the Aula Magna. This is of classical design dating from the early XIX century and surrounded by elegant buildings of the same period. They also visited the old city square dominated by the Town Hall, the oldest in continuous use as such in Europe.
Publication of Papers
The proceedings of Waste Management and the Environment V, 496pp (Print ISBN: 978-1-84564-460-4; Online ISSN: 1743-3541) are available from WIT Press priced at £188/US$376/€263. Orders can be placed online at www.witpress.com or by email:
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