The International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment is organised every two years by the Wessex Institute. This eighth conference follows the success of previous meetings held in Cadiz (2002); Rhodes (2004); Malta (2006); Granada (2008); Tallinn (2010); the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2012) and Ancona (2014).

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. 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. Society is increasingly aware of the need to establish better practices and safer solutions for waste disposal. This requires further investigation into disposal methods and recycling as well as new technologies to monitor landfills, industrial mining wastes and chemical and nuclear repositories. This creates a need for more research on current disposal methods such as landfills, incineration, chemical and effluent treatment, as well as recycling, clean technologies, waste monitoring, public and corporate awareness and general education. 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. The desired direction of Waste Management is towards sustainable strategies.

The approach which has emerged as the most promising has been called 4Rs, where reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery are seen as the best actions. This largely decreases the volume of waste that needs final disposal. Recovery refers to the establishment of two new classifications, those of Secondary Raw Materials (SRM) and of Refuse Derived Fuel(RDF). They both relate to useful products obtained from waste and make a shift from the mere recycle or reuse – mostly seen as a way to reduce dumping – to the valuable employment of such matter within the production cycle. Another aspect of this revolution is happening subtly and gradually by people buying waste; particularly eWaste and some types of plastic, the so-called technical waste. This is happening due to the strong demand and high price of certain new materials and the possibility of sorting out waste in developing regions of the world.

As a result, a market in Secondary Raw Materials (SRM) has developed. A major cause of concern is the implications of waste management on health and the
environment. Further steps are required towards improvement of current technologies, increased collaboration between the public, government and private sectors and increased involvement of all stakeholders. The conference discusses some of these topics and the need to arrive at suitable strategies to waste management.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Waste Management 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Environmental impact
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle and recovery (4Rs)
  • Waste incineration and gasification
  • Energy from waste
  • Industrial waste management
  • Hazardous waste
  • Agricultural waste
  • Wastewater
  • eWaste
  • Landfill optimisation and mining
  • Remote sensing
  • Thermal treatment
  • Emergent pollutants
  • Environmental remediation
  • Direct and indirect pretreatment of MSW
  • Disposal of high-level radioactive waste
  • Legislation
  • Behavioural issues

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Waste Management 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free ( 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.


To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top or bottom of this page. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

PDF Registration Form

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

Registration Fee, €890

Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780

Students, €500

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Waste Management 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

València, Spain

ValenciaSituated on the eastern coast of Spain, València is the third largest city in Spain and has one of the biggest ports on the Mediterranean, famous for having recently hosted the Americas Cup. A large historic city centre makes València a popular tourist destination with many ancient monuments, museums and sights of interest. Traditionally, visitors have been drawn to the region for its food, with “Paella” having originated from the city. In recent years the city has seen an increase in tourism due to “The City of Arts and Sciences”, project designed by València’s own Santiago Calatrava. The structure houses an IMAX cinema, Europe’s largest aquarium, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde opera house. Furthermore, the impressive l’Assut de l’Or bridge and the Agora – the main venue of the València Open 500 tennis tournament.

Travel Information

By Air

Valencia Airport
Valencia Airport is located approximately 14km from the conference venue and offers direct flights from a number of international airports in Europe. Some airlines include:

  • Ryanair – From Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Brussels, Paris and Milan
  • Iberia - From Madrid
  • TAP - From Lisbon
  • Vueling – From Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Rome

For information on all airlines flying to Valencia, visit the following website link: 

From the Airport to the Conference Venue:

Underground Metro: Two underground lines link the airport with the city centre; lines 3 and 5. The station is at the ground floor of the regional flights terminal. Metro trains run every 10-20 minutes and the nearest stop to the conference venue is via Line 5 to Ayora. This journey takes around 25 minutes and will cost around €3.90.

From Ayora, you can either walk to the conference venue via the following route which takes around 15 minutes (1.1km):

  • Head south toward Calle Jerónimo Monsoriu/Carrer de Jeroni de Montsoriu
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn left onto Calle Jerónimo Monsoriu/Carrer de Jeroni de Montsoriu
  • Turn right onto Carrer de la Indústria
  • Continue onto Carrer de Trafalgar
  • Turn right toward Carrer del Pintor Maella
  • Turn left onto Carrer del Pintor Maella
  • TRYP València Oceanic Hotel will be on the left

Alternatively, from Ayora Metro Station you could take a short 5 minute taxi ride to the conference venue.

Bus: City bus line 150 connects the airport with the centre of Valencia. Buses depart every 25 minutes on weekdays and every 35 minutes on weekends between 05.25am and 22.00pm. The 40 minute journey to the city centre costs approximately €1.40. You should leave the bus at Angel Guimerá 48, and from here take the underground Metro Line 5 to Ayora. See From Airport to Conference Venue – Underground section above for details from Ayora Metro Station to the conference venue. It is recommended that if you are travelling directly to the conference venue from Valencia Airport, the most direct route is via Underground Metro. See Underground Metro above for details.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 20 minute journey to the conference venue will cost approximately €25.

Hire Car: Avis, Hertz, Europcar and ATESA operate at the airport. We recommend that you take the V-11 and A-3 roads towards Valencia. The conference venue is located 500 metres from the City of Arts and Sciences which is well signposted.
For more information on Valencia Airport visit:


Madrid Barajas Airport
If you prefer to fly to Madrid Barajas Airport, airlines servicing this airport include:

  • Air Europa – From Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Milan
  • Iberia - From Athens, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Venice and Geneva
  • TAP - From Lisbon
  • Vueling – From Florence, Rome, Bucharest and Malta

For information on all airlines flying to Madrid, visit the following website link:

You can travel by train to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla from Madrid Puerta de Atocha. The journey takes approximately two hours and costs around €75.00. See “by Rail” section for details of onward travel to the conference venue when you reach Valencia.

To travel from Madrid Barajas Airport to Madrid Puerta de Atocha
Rail: RENFE trains operate along the C1 route between Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 and Atocha (journey time: 25 minutes) There are RENFE offices in the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 4, which provide information and ticketing services for the national rail network.

Bus: EMT (Madrid Municipal Transport Company) runs regular services between Madrid Barajas Airport (Terminals 1, 2 and 4) and central Madrid. Línea Exprés 203 operates to Atocha station (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: €5).

Taxi: Taxis are available from outside all terminals (journey time to the city centre: 20-30 minutes; fare: from €25). Passengers should make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and they are advised to use official taxis which are white in colour with a red stripe.


Barcelona El Prat Airport
If you prefer to fly to Barcelona El Prat Airport, airlines servicing this airport include:

  • Air Europa – From Madrid, Menorca, Mallorca, Tenerife
  • American Airlines – New York, Miami
  • British Airways – London Gatwick, London Heathrow
  • Easyjet – Berlin, Bristol, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Southend, Lyon, Milan, Newcastle, Nice, Paris
  • Germanwings - Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
  • Vueling - A Coruña, Alicante, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lille, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Moscow Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tangier, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Zürich

You can travel by train to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla from Barcelona Sants. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and costs around €50.00. See By Rail section for details of onward travel to the conference venue when you reach Valencia.

To travel from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona Sants
Rail: RENFE trains operate along the R2 route between Barcelona El Prat and Sants (journey time: 20 minutes, fare: €5)

Taxi: There are taxi ranks opposite the arrivals areas of both terminals 1 & 2. Fares to the airport include a supplement of 4.20 euros. (Journey time to the city centre: 20 minutes; fare: around €20)

By Rail

Valencia is well connected to the main Spanish rail network via two main rail stations:

Valencia Estacio del Nord Railway
This train station provides daily connections to Spain cities and Port Bou (French border).
When you arrive at Estacio del Nord Railway, you should take the number 19 bus which takes you directly to the conference venue. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
This train station provides high speed long distance rail services from Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and Castellón.
When you arrive at Valencia Joaquin Sorolla, you can travel the 1.2km to Valencia Estacio del Nord Railway via a free shuttle bus (please keep your rail ticket as you will be required to show this to access the shuttle bus). Once at Valencia Estacio del Nord, you should take the number 19 bus which takes you directly to the conference venue. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

For more information visit RENFE – Spanish railways – 

By Road

Valencia has a modern road network that makes it easily accessible from any city, both in the Iberian Peninsula and further afield.
The Mediterráneo AP-7 motorway, which runs the whole length of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline from north to south, connects with the European motorway network, the A-23 Sagunto-Somport motorway and the A-3 Madrid-Valencia motorway.
Once in Valencia City, the conference venue is located 500 metres from the City of Arts and Sciences which is well signposted.

ALSA operates long distance bus services connecting Valencia to other cities in Spain including Barcelona and Madrid, northern regions of Spain and Portugal. 


Please note that all information included above is correct at September 2015. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conferencce Venue 

The TRYP València Oceanic Hotel is situated near the centre of València. Only a short distance from the City of Arts and Sciences, the harbour and downtown, the hotel is close to most that the city has to offer. With 200 rooms all with high speed internet access, a 24 hour fitness centre, pool, sauna, bar and restaurant, the hotel has all the amenities guests may require.


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at the TRYP València Oceanic Hotel. Please ensure that you book your accommodation by completing the Accommodation Booking Form which can be found on the link below. We highly recommend that delegates stay at this hotel for ease of attendance to the meeting.

TRYP Valencia Oceanic Hotel
Carrer del Pintor Maella, 
46023 València, 

Please note: All delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and settling their own accounts.

Visa Information

A Schengen Visa is the document issued for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Schengen visas are issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, unless your country is part of the Shengen territory or has a special agreement. You can check which whether citizens of your country require Shengen VISA here:

Where to apply:

  • You should apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (unless you are resident in Ireland). 
  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country. 
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).

Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 2 weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken. Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen countries. Please visit the following link for further information:

Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country.

Invitation Letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat.
Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.

All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified.
Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  • We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter