Participants at International Conference in Athens, 12th of June, 2015

Athens, 12th of June, 2015



Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA), ISWA National Member, has organized an International Conference "Waste and Resources Synergies towards a Circular Economy in Greece and Mediterranean Countries", on 12.06.2015 in Athens / Greece, conference supported by the "Regional Development Network (RDN) Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean" of ISWA.

The circular economy is defined as an economic model that produces virtually no waste, with raw materials being re-used and recycled continually within a closed loop.

EU targets are:


  • a 70% recycling target for municipal waste by 2030;
  • an 80% recycling target for packaging, such as glass, paper, metal and plastic by 2030;
  • and a ban on landfilling of all recyclable and biodegradable waste by 2025.

and lists a series of "aspirational" goals, which are not legally enforceable:

  • a phase out of landfilling of all recoverable waste by 2030;
  • a 30% reduction of waste by 2025;
  • and a 30% fall in marine litter by 2020.

In Athens, different aspects of waste management and circular economy (concept, economic model, tool for development, dream, utopia…) were discussed by participants from Greece, Romania, FYROM, Serbia, Portugal, Italy and Germany (universities and industry) and ISWA representatives (Mr. David Newman, Mr. Antonis Mavropoulos, Mr. Joachim Quoden and Mr. Marco Ricci-Juergensen, Mr. Alexei Atudorei).

During the conference, specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept at global level were presented by: Mr. David Newman - Waste, Resources and Volatility
During his presentation it was mentioned the most important lessons from history:

  • Waste management costs money and good systems take 10-20-30 years to build.
  • The question is: how can we all afford it? Currently, no in developing countries; and here?
  • Does recycling pay for this? Generally and currently no, it is subsidised.
  • What price do we put on environment and health protection?
  • The higher the price, the better the system, so quality is a function of wealth.
  • Do we need taxes and subsidies to counter market volatility? Yes through EPR for example.

Mr. Antonis Mavropoulos - Circular Economy and Future of Waste Management, specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept in EU by:

  • Mr. Joachim Quoden - Extended Producer's Responsibility (EPR) as a Tool to Reach Circular Economy;
  • Mr. Marco Ricci-Juergensen - Optimization of Separate Collection of Food Waste for Recycling in the View of Circular Economy;
  • Mr. Alexandre Ventura - The Circular Economy in the Integrated Waste Management of Lipor, Portugal;
  • Mr. Vagner Maringolo - Cement and Concrete: Our Contribution on the Circular Economy.

Specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept in Greece were presented by:

  • Mr. Christos Tsompanidis - Circular Economy - A tool for Development in Greece and Mediterranean Countries;
  • Mrs. Rozy Charitopoulou - Recycling as the key factor toward a Circular Economy;
  • Mr. Konstantin Aravossis - The role of ecoefficiency for Industrial Companies in Circular Economy;
  • Mr. Lampros Bouklis - Developing Circular Economy Business and Decision Making Models;
  • Mr. Damianos Bourkas - The new National Waste Management Plan of Greece.

Mr. Nikos Aslanoglou - The Circular Economy of Polygonal logic and Citizens Society, and specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept in ISWA-RDN by:

  • Mr. Alexei Atudorei, ISWA - Activities of ISWA-RDN
  • Ms. Bojana Tot (Serbia) - Circular Economy: between necessity and reality;
  • Mrs. Anita Andreevska (FYROM) - Establishing Integrated Waste Management Plan in FYROM;
  • Mr. Gabriel Mihai Ghinea (Romania) - Implementation of ISWM in Romania - Case Studies.

The high level and interest of all presentations made all the participants wiser on this topic, and is one more step to the further development of this critical sector and to the strengthening of our relations and cooperation in RDN Region and EU.

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