Introduction

The International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment is organised every two years by the Wessex Institute. This ninth 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); Ancona (2014); Valencia (2016) and Seville (2018).

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.

More recently these concepts have given rise to the new model of the ‘Circular Economy’, which is based on the reuse of what up to now has been considered waste, reintroducing them into the production cycle. The objective of the circular economy is to reduce consumption and achieve savings in the use of raw materials, water and energy, along all processing phases and during production, which ought to be as efficient as possible.

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. The conference discusses some of these topics and the need to arrive at suitable strategies to waste management.

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

Topics

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

  • Environmental impact
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle and recovery (4Rs)
  • The circular economy
  • Secondary raw materials (SRM)
  • Energy from waste
  • Industrial waste management
  • Hazardous waste
  • Agricultural waste
  • Wastewater
  • eWaste
  • Landfill design and management
  • Waste monitoring
  • Thermal treatment
  • Environmental remediation
  • Municipal waste management
  • Behavioural issues
  • Health care waste
  • Decommissioning
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Waste treatment technologies and innovation
  • Emerging issues in waste management
  • Organic waste management
  • Water microbiology & bio-hydrometallurgy
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Waste Management 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

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

Networking

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

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Environmental Impacts (2398-2640; Digital ISSN: 2398-2659) or the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented atWaste Management 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Environmental Impacts (2398-2640; Digital ISSN: 2398-2659) or the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X)..

Location Information

museo del pradoAs the capital city of Spain and one of the largest cities in Europe, Madrid is the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. The city is located on the Manzanares River and has so much to offer to its visitors. Since Philip II made Madrid the capital of Spain in the 16th Century, the city has grown to become one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, While possessing modern infrastructure, it has maintained most of its magnificent architecture through the centuries, preserving the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Madrid's cultural highlights include the "El Prado" and "Reina Sofia" museums, which show works from Picasso, Velazquez and Gaudi as well as many other international artists. Other sights are the Royal Palace and gardens, as well as tree-lined avenues, which add to the charm of the city. Madrid town hall square or Plaza Mayor is one of the best places to enjoy the famous Spanish gastronomy and nightlife.

Further information can be found at: https://www.esmadrid.com/en

Picture: Museo del Prado (Source: Madrid Visitors and Convention Bureau)

Places of interest:

The Museo del Prado
This is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid in the eponymous street. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, El Prado is considered one the greatest museums of art in the world. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch (among other major Spanish, Italian and Flemish artists), is housed in an 18th-century Neo-Classical building. Its collection comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures.

Parque del Buen Retiro
Not far from the Prado Museum, located at the edge of the city centre is the Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in Madrid. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. Littered with marble monuments, landscaped lawns, the occasional elegant building, abundant greenery and a lake, it is peaceful during the week but comes to life on weekends as host to a variety of cultural, leisure, and sport activities to all people.

Reina Sofía Museum
Spain's national museum of 20th-century art, the museum was officially inaugurated on 10th September 1992 and is named after Queen Sofía. Pablo Picasso’s great masterpiece Guernica is a highlight, as well as excellent works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies. International artists include Georges Braque, Julian Schnabel and Richard Serra. The central building of the museum was once an 18th century hospital, and underwent an expansion in 2005 with a new section designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

The Palacio Real de Madrid
The royal palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies and the royal family do not reside here. The origin of the palace dates from the ninth century when the Muslim kingdom of Toledo built a defence that was later used by the Kings of Castilla, which in the sixteenth century, they built the old Alcázar. It has a central interior courtyard, whilst another courtyard, the "Plaza de Armas", on the south side, acts as the principal entrance to the palace. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of various types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms including paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya and frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto, Juan de Flandes, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Anton Raphael Mengs.

Weather:

The Madrid region experiences a Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 19.9°C (67.8°F) with hot summers and very mild winters. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

Travel Information

By Air

Madrid Barajas Airport

Madrid Barajas Airport is located approximately 17km from the conference venue and offers direct flights from a number of international airports in Europe, America and Asia. Airlines servicing this airport include:

  • Air Europa – From Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, Tel Aviv and Milan
  • Easyjet - From Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Lyon, Paris
  • Iberia - From Athens, Barcelona, New York, 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:
http://www.aena.es/en/madrid-barajas-airport/index.html

From the Airport to the Conference Venue:

  • Bus: Línea Exprés (the express bus) runs from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the Atocha-RENFE transport hub in Madrid city centre in just 40 minutes in normal traffic conditions. The service runs every 15-20 minutes during the day and every 35 at night. A single ticket costs €5 and you can buy tickets (cash only) on board the bus. Luggage is carried free.

Note: The stop at Atocha-RENFE is not used from 23:30 to 6:00. During this period the departure point is in Plaza de la Cibeles, where there are connections for all the Municipal Transport (EMT) night buses, known as “búhos” (owls).
www.emtmadrid.es

  • Rail: RENFE Cercanías trains operate along the C1 route between Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 and Atocha (journey time: 25 minutes) A single ticket costs around €2.60. There are RENFE offices in the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 4, which provide information and ticketing services for the national rail network.

www.renfe.com

From Atocha Renfe you can take Metro de Madrid Line 1 towards Pinar De Chamartin, departing at Antón Martín. The service runs between 06:00 and 02:00 and departs every 5-10 minutes depending on the time of day. The journey will take around 5 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within zone A.
www.metromadrid.es

  • Taxi: Taxis are available from outside all terminals (journey time to the city centre: 20-30 minutes; fare: around €30). 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. Avoid people who offer taxi services inside the terminals.
  • Hire Car: Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Europcar and SIXT operate at the airport. We recommend that you take the M-40 and A-3 roads signposted Av. del Mediterráneo.

Madrid-Cuatro Vientos

Madrid-Cuatro Vientos is the second busiest airport by number of passengers in Madrid. It is located in the west of the city and is an airport dedicated to domestic flights: there are around 40 Spanish cities using the hub to operate domestic flights to Madrid, including the tourist areas of the Balearic Islands, with the routes from Ibiza to Madrid, Palma de Mallorca-Madrid. The airport is located around 15km from the conference venue.

For information on all airlines flying to Madrid-Cuatro Vientos, and destinations, visit the following website link:
http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Cuatro-Vientos/es/Madrid-Cuatro-Vientos.html

From the Airport to the Conference Venue:

From the Madrid-Cuatro Vientos Airport to the Conference Venue you should take the Metro de Madrid Line 10. Change at Tribunal and take Line 1 towards Pinar De Chamartin, departing at Antón Martín. The journey will take around 35 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within zone A.

By Rail

Madrid Atocha

This is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving commuter trains, intercity and regional trains from North East, Central and Southern Spain, and the AVE high speed trains serving direct routes to Albacete, Antequera, Barcelona, Calatayud, Cordoba, Huesca, Lleida, Malaga, Toledo, Sevilla (Seville), Valencia & Zaragoza (Saragosa).

From Atocha Renfe you can take Metro de Madrid Line 1 towards Pinar De Chamartin, departing at Antón Martín. The service runs between 06:00 and 02:00 and departs every 5-10 minutes depending on the time of day. The journey will take around 5 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within zone A.
www.metromadrid.es

Madrid Chamartín

Chamartín Train Station is located in the north of the city about six kilometres from Barajas-Madrid International Airport. Chamartín train station is mainly served by trains from the north-west and west of Spain, as well as from France.
From Chamartín you can take Metro de Madrid Line 1 towards Valdecarros departing at Antón Martín. The service runs between 06:00 and 02:00 and departs every 5-10 minutes depending on the time of day. The journey will take around 25 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within zone A.
www.metromadrid.es

For more information visit RENFE – Spanish railways – http://www.renfe.es

By Road

Madrid has 6 principal highways entering and leaving the city; the A-1 to A-6. It also has three major ring roads; the inner-one is known as the M30, an outer one is the M40 and the outermost is called the M50
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 Central Madrid, the conference venue is located 500 metres from the Atocha railway station and the Reina Sofia Museum which are well signposted.

ALSA operates long distance bus services connecting Madrid to other cities in Spain including Barcelona and Valencia, northern regions of Spain and Portugal. http://www.alsa.es

Please note that all information included above is correct at March 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conference Venue

Imagen1The conference will take place at the Tryp Atocha Hotel. The hotel is built within a splendid palace dating back to 1913 and retains its original architectural detail and beauty. Located in the historical heart of the city, called “Barrio de las Letras” (Arts District), the hotel is within walking distance from the city’s main museums: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, delicious tapas bars, chic shops and exciting night life. The hotel is also within walking distance from the main train station in Madrid (Atocha station).

The address of the hotel is:

Tryp Atocha Hotel

Calle de Atocha, 83,

28012 Madrid,

Spain

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Tryp Atocha Hotel. In order to book your accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Booking Form (PDF) and send it directly to the hotel using the email address on the form.

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Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...

The conference was very high level. The papers have been interesting since each country addresses various problems in the context of air pollution. The coordination was perfect, the communication with the organizers (Mr. Giorgio Passerini, Mr. Giovannilo Perillo, Mr. James Longhurst, Ms. Stephanie Everest and other people from UWE Bristol) and the lecturers were very pleasant. Overall, the conference was a very pleasant experience for me, not only for the conference program but also for the people who were there. I would love to visit this conference again.

Lenka Frišhansová, Czech Republic (attended Air Pollution 2018)


The organisation of events by WIT are of the highest standards, which bring together multi disciplines of the Rail Industry. Delegates at these events are of a very high standard. The equipment provided was adequate for the presentaions. The locations are chosen with a good ease of access and the catering was of good quality.

Inara Watson, UK (attended COMPRAIL 2018)


The first conference papers I published during my PhD studies were through WIT, which helped me gain a solid footing in the academic world.

Tamas Pardy, Estonia (attended Complex Systems 2018)


Absolutely, it is an impressive and meaningful conference, which provides a platform for the researchers from different fields to communicate.

Yuping Dong, China (attended Eco-Architecture 2018)


I have been a regular attendee of many congresses organized by WIT and I must say that this is the most professional of all (congress) organisations I have experienced. The combination of content, people and location is always exciting. Thank you.

Jaap Vleugel, Netherlands (attended Environmental Impact 2018)


Excellent communication, high professional adviser, high level of the oral presentations, very good organization.

Teodor Tranca, Romania (attended HPSM/OPTI 2018)


The conference was organized and the trips were very well thought of. The conference personnel were friendly and cooperative, and made it smooth and enjoyable. It was one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Lina M Kattan, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


Very interesting topics, invigorating discussions, and thought provoking papers. This well organized conference offers a good opportunity for publication.

Samar H Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

Julius Bangate, France (attended Risk Analysis 2018)


Very well organized, as well as in the communication before the conference as during the conference itself. My compliments for the professional approach and the informal, good atmosphere among delegates!

RH Zomerman, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2018)


I have attended more than 12 conferences since 2007 and can appreciate the excellent organization and the high quality of the research presented in all of them. Congratulations for the organizers!

Antonina Ivanova, Mexico (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


Efficient conference management and family-like atmosphare

Hiroshi Kato, Fiji (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex institute is amazing, for me as a new academic it provided me the opportunity to learn and more so meet people that are working on interesting and relevant topics. I particulary enjoyed the variety of research topics presented. It is well organised, precise and to the point. Would really like to attend more of their conferences. Irene is also the best.

Jacqueline Mangwane, South Africa (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex Institute provided an excellent conference organisation and a sound style of communication. The conference venue was also great and support before and during the conference was very nice.

Lorenz Poggendorf, Japan (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I haven't thought that I could present my paper at an international conference. I had the greatest experience in my life. Thank you so much for organising the conference. I have learned a lot.

Nga Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vietnam (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I am very grateful for this wonderful experience. It was my first conference and I am sure that I gained more experience. It was very motivating, a lovely opportunity to meet new people and to learn from their old experience as well. I was surprised to see experts from countries from all over the world and this creates union. Thank you. I had a great time and the surroundings are beautiful.

Carla Ana-Maria Tudorie, Spain (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience with the Wessex institute was one of a people who are keen in the fields of agricultural research and engineering programmes. The hosts were really warm, kind and receptive. The conference venue was great, the neighbourhood was serene, and it offered a very good opportunity for creating global networks. The management was good, so was the hospitality. And the people of New Forest are great. Priscilla stood out as a very caring and warm face of the conference. The other staff from Wessex were very interactive and cordial. The trip to the urban farms was a rich experience. The conference was a great success and I look forward to the next.

Scholastica Mathenge, Kenya (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


This was the most interesting, most interdisciplinary, most international conference I have attended. I enjoyed meeting delegates working on urban agriculture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. I look forward to the next conference.

Gaston "Chip" Small, USA (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience was decidedly postive. Urban Transport 2018 is the ideal place to have a cross-section of research from both academics and the business world. The ideal place to develop a network capable of stimulating future work.

Nicola Aldo Cabras, Italy (attended Urban Transport 2018)


A great opportunity to meet new colleagues and to make new contacts. Very good science level of the presentations.

Vasi Minzatu, Romania (attended Water Pollution 2018)