Waste Management 2014
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7th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment

 

12 - 14 May, 2014

 

Ancona, Italy

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 Introduction

Waste Management 2014

The International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment is organized every two years by the Wessex Institute of Technology. This seventh conference follows the success of previous meetings held in Cadiz (2002), Rhodes (2004), Malta (2006), Granada (2008), Tallin (2010) and the New Forest (2012). The Conference provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and work on the current situation of waste management amongst professionals, researchers, government departments and local authorities.

There is growing awareness of the detrimental effects of current waste disposal and a movement towards greater accountability for effective waste management. Better practices and safer solutions are required. This creates a need for more research on current disposal methods such as landfills, incineration, chemical and effluent treatment as well as recycling, waste incineration, clean technologies, waste monitoring, public and corporate awareness, and general education. Waste Management is one of the key problems of modern society due to the ever expanding volume and complexity of discarded domestic and industrial waste.

Unfortunately many of the policies adopted in the past were aimed at short term solutions without due regard to the long term implications on health and the environment, leading in many cases to the need to take difficult and expensive remedial action.

Delegates attending Waste Management 2014 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, one of the Journals edited by the Wessex Institute.

The desired direction of waste management is towards sustainable strategies. The approach which has emerged as the most sustainable strategy has been called 3Rs, where reduction, reuse and recycling, in this order, are seen as the best actions. Recently recovery is added as the fourth action (4Rs) applied in order to; for example, recover energy from waste that cannot be classified under the 3Rs. This largely decreases the volume of the waste that needs final disposal.

Further steps are required towards improvement of current technologies, increased collaboration between the public, government and private sectors and increased involvement of all stakeholders.



 

Organisers

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Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Sponsors

jos_logo.jpg WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning

Conference Secretariat

Irene Moreno Millan
Wessex Institute
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst
Southampton, SO40 7AA
Tel: 44 (0) 238 029 3223
Fax: 44 (0) 238 029 2853
imoreno@wessex.ac.uk

Display Facilities

There will be space for organisations to display products, services and literature related to the theme of the conference. Further details are available from the Conference Secretariat above.


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Conference Chairmen

C A Brebbia
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK

G Passerini
Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

H Itoh
Raremetal Recovery Institute, Japan

International Scientific Advisory Committee

P Brito
Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portugal

T Chen
Sigma Aldrich, USA

P de Filippis
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy

M Dubois
Leuven University, Belgium

J Gonzalez-Alvarez
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

M Lega
Parthenope University of Naples, Italy 

A Sousa de Oliveira
Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portugal

V Popov
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK

R Pusch
Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

E C Rada
University of Trento, Italy

R Sjoblom
Tekedo AB, Sweden

F Tatano
University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo', Italy

M-P Zacharof
Swansea University, UK