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Presentations from WTERT – Italy (MatEr)’s conference on “Material and Energy Recovery from Waste: Searching for Optimum Integration”
we would like to share with you the results of the
One-day MatER conference on “material and energy recovery from waste: searching for optimum integration”
which took place on June 27 within Sidisa 2012, the International Symposium on Sustainable Technology for Environmental Protection, held in Milan from 26 to 29 June.

The conference hosted 14 oral presentation in a moring and afternoon session, plus a poster session.
Representatives of various reserch groups on waste and industry took turns to describe the current state of the art and and best available technology for waste management, material and energy recovery.

Find enclosed in this message the press release of the Event.

All the presentations are available for download at: http://www.mater.polimi.it/
More information on Sidisa 2012 can be found at the official webpage:http://www.sidisa2012.it/

Scientific Closure of Gorai Dump is chosen as one of the Top 100 Infrastructure Projects by KPMG
Judges were impressed with the initiative being used in the Gorai Dumping Ground Scientific Closure to address a common challenge in the region. The unappealing but essential project is a PPP to renovate an area of Mumbai which had been used as a major dumping ground for waste. The site spans 19.6 hectares and has been operational since 1972. The closure has had a major social impact as the dump was located next to residential areas, posing health risks and contaminating local water supplies.

Scientific Closure of Gorai Dump is chosen as one of the Top 100 Infrastructure Projects by KPMG

Madras High Court considers a Public Interest Litigation Petition on Plastic Waste in Vaigai River in Madurai
The Hindu on June 25 highlighting the unhygienic conditions in and around the district due to dumping of garbage and plastic waste.
Taking up the newspaper publication itself as public interest litigation petition, a Division Bench comprising Justice R. Banumathi and Justice B. Rajendran ordered notice to the State Government, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board as well as the Madurai Municipal Corporation commissioner.

US Capitol Hill and American Chemistry Council use WTERT’s research to leverage the need for Waste-to-Energy in US
Recent research from Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center was cited has having determined that if all the municipal solid waste produced in the U.S. were diverted from landfill into waste to energy facilities, it could produce enough energy to power 16.2 million households every year.
American Chemistry Council’s President Cal Dooley said “energy recovery should be a key component of our nation’s comprehensive energy strategy”. He added “We cannot afford to continue to bury this important part of America’s energy future in landfills.”

WTERT – Greece successfully completed “Sustainable Waste Management: A Workshop on Principles and Practice” 
The 1st International Intensive Course entitled “Sustainable Waste Management: a Workshop on Principles and Practice”, was successfully completed with great participation of 67 participants on Friday, June 22nd 2012 at the Athens Information Technology (AIT). The 5-day intensive seminar was co-organized by the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University, WTERT Greece and AIT, and was hosted in AIT from June 18th – 22nd 2012. It was organized for the first time in Greece, aiming at the examination of state-of-the-art technologies for the sustainable waste management as well as its significance in the production of renewable energy.

All Professors and Participants posed for this photo after the succesful completion of WTERT – Greece’s Workshop

World’s Urban Waste Mountain A ‘Silent Problem That Is Growing Daily’
Perinaz Bhada, WTERT-India’s Adviser and EEC Research Associate has co-authored the World Bank report which has changed the way the world looks at waste.

A hopeful start for our oceans
Why Hope should be the fuel in addressing environmental issues, mainly oceans plastic pollution in addition to the numerous other sources of pollution and acidification of oceans, which makes the situation seem insurmountable.

Vote for the Future you want
Vote to promote Waste as a renewable energy source in urban environments at the United Nations website for Rio +20

Garbage: It’s where the jobs are
News item on a World Bank report co-authored by WTERT’s Research Associate Perinaz Bhada

Video: City’s Edge 
The Deonar Dumping Ground in Mumbai, India, is the largest dumping ground in Asia. The film explores this space through Mohammad Hussain aka Babu, a young ragpicker and Haroon, a local scrap dealer.
The Film was made in November 2011. The effort through this film is to look at Dumping Ground contrary to popular perception.

Video: The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary
Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this “mockumentary” video, hammers home the stark reality of California’s plastic bag pollution situation.

Video: It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full
Marine Litter due to Improper waste management

Waste to energy site has many benefits
When discussing Green Bay’s proposed waste-to-energy site, it’s important for people to understand the facts, not the blatantly false rumors and innuendos that continue to circulate.
An example of this is truck traffic. A letter to the editor expressed concern about the “hundreds” of trucks coming in and out of the facility.


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