Professor David C. Wilson
Waste & Resources Management Consultant
Visiting Professor in Waste Management
Imperial College, London

DCW gives opening keynote presentation at major UN conference in Tokyo

Professor David C Wilson gave the keynote presentation to open the Intersessional Conference on Building Partnerships for Moving towards Zero Waste, held in Tokyo, Japan from 16 to 18 February 2011. His subject was ‘Acting Alone to Partnerships – Strategic Approach for Sustainable Municipal Waste Management’, in which he drew in particular on his recent work for UN-Habitat. The conference contributed to deliberation on the theme of Waste Management at the 19th session of theUnited Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in May 2011, which in turn will feed into the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. DCW’s presentation is now available.

The Tokyo conference was organized by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), in close collaboration with the United NationsCentre for Regional Development (UNCRD) and the Ministry of the Environment Japan.  

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The CSD meets annually in New York, in two-year cycles, with each cycle focusing on clusters of specific thematic and cross-sectoral issues: solid waste management is one of the current themes, as outlined in the multi-year programme of work (2003-2017)(E/CN.17/2003/6).

CSD-19 is the policy session where intergovernmental decisions are made on policy options for overcoming obstacles and challenges in solid waste management, while taking into account lessons learned and best practices in relation to the theme. The Tokyo conference aimed build on the outcome and recommendations of the CSD-18 (review session) as well as the “International Consultative Meeting on Expanding Waste Management Services in Developing Countries,” held in March 2010 as an intersessional meeting for CSD-18. 

The February 2011 conference brought together relevant stakeholders (including representatives from cities, public waste utilities, private sector, key research and policy institutes, community-managed waste management programmes, and international institutions, among others), to discuss possible policy recommendations that would contribute to expanding waste management services in developing countries. The conference aimed to identify constraints and obstacles in the implementation of waste management policies, and to explore ways and means in which these stakeholders could partner with each other to strengthen their collaborative efforts to deal with growing waste management challenges in the perspective of ever increasing urbanization and consumption trends.

DCW to chair European Waste Management 2010 conference

Professor David C Wilson will chair the first day of the European Waste Management 2010 conference in Brussels on 1 December 2010. The conference is aimed particularly at industry operating in Europe, and focuses on overcoming challenges in the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive whilst minimising a company’s environmental footprint. A recurring theme is the effective implementation of waste prevention, which is one of DCW’s particular current interests.

Professor David C Wilson chairs Torbay conference session

DCW will chair the session on managing household hazardous wastes at the CIWM 2008 conference, A World of Difference, in Torbay on Wednesday 11 June. DCW chairs CIWM’s Special Interest Group on hazardous wastes. Local authorities are increasingly seeking to collect separately the hazardous components of household waste – a particular focus of this session will be the new EU producer responsibility requirements for batteries, which will reach the UK statute book in 2008.

Prof David C Wilson chairs CIWM workshop

DCW chaired a workshop in London on 19 May 2008, Towards certainty in the use of organic MBT outputs. Mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) is expanding rapidly as a treatment method for residual municipal wastes in the UK, as local authorities rise to the challenge of meeting their targets for diversion from landfill: one output is an organic, ‘compost-like output’ which could potentially be used as a soli-improver. The Environment Agency have recently stated that MBT organic outputs will not be permitted for application to land where food crops may be grown, and invited the MBT industry to come forward with the evidence to support its application to land for non-food uses. This workshop brought the various stakeholders together to discuss alternative outlets for MBT organic outputs , and to discuss how to take up the challenge presented by the EA.

Prof David C Wilson chairs household food waste recycling conference

DCW chaired a conference in London on 27 March 2008, on Household food waste: maximising participation in collection. The conference showcased the results of a research project funded by Defra’s Waste and Resources Research Programme, and also provided an update on local authority trials being funded by Wrap.

Professor David C Wilson chairs hazardous waste conference

DCW chaired the CIWM conference Hazardous Waste Management – an Inspector’s Report, which reviewed progress with implementing the UK’s new regulatory regime.

Eight invited speakers provided different perspectives: the conclusion was that, while progress is being made, there is still some way to go. DCW is Chair of CIWM’s Special Interest Group on Hazardous Wastes, and represents CIWM on both the Defra Hazardous Waste Forum and the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste.