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 works 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, throughout 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 the 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 Registration

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). Delegates will receive an electronic copy of the publication and also have the option to purchase hard copies.

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.

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 (Print ISSN 2398-2640, Electronic ISSN: 2398-2659).

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 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).

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 (Print ISSN 2398-2640, Electronic ISSN: 2398-2659).

Additional Information

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


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Mel Parnell, UK (attended Air Pollution 2019)



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"My contacts with the WIT started in the 1991 conference on Water Pollution. Since then I am participating in several conferences related to fluid flows. Apart of the conferences, in the first years of contact I presented a talk in 1998 at the Wessex Institute on the theme of turbulence influences in gas-liquid mass transfers. Along the subsequent years, it was always a pleasure to take part on the activities of the WIT, and to contact Carlos and the Staff."

Harry Edmar Schulz, Brazil (attended Multiphase Flow 2019)



"This conference allows a group of researchers and engineers from universities and industries to share their knowledge and experience in an environment which allows the attendees with different backgrounds to interact closely. It was a very good experience in this Multiphase Flow 2019 Conference."

Minyee Jiang, USA (attended Multiphase Flow 2019)


"The conferences held by the Wessex Institute are always characterized by a very high quality of participants and presented papers, and by a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for listening carefully and for doing networking. A peculiarity that I personally appreciate very much is the time given to the participants, slightly higher than the average of the other congresses (up to 20-25 minutes per intervention), which allow an exposition rich in details and not hasty."

Marco Bietresato, Italy (attended SAFE 2019)


"The STREMAH Conference 2019 has been my first international conference. Despite being an undergraduate student, just concluded my honours research, the conference gave me a platform to share my research, thus showing its relevance. It also gave me ideas on new and interesting problems to explore. At the same time, the delegates were very interactive, friendly, and open minded. I look forward to being part of more Wessex conferences."

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Robert K. Barelkowski, Poland (attended Sustainable City 2019)



"I have had a very good experience. I think that the idea of an institute that is interested in the communication and exchange of technological aspects of innovation, development, adaptation and transfer of methods and techniques is important for the development of similar institutions and the society that created them, as they put technology at the service of people, perhaps not independently, but differently from the institutes that serve large companies or corporations that, as we say in Mexico, are cooked separately, in terms of budgets, means of communication and scope."

Alfonso Banderas, Mexico (attended Water & Society 2019)



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