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FKF Nonprofit Zrt. also operates one of the most modern waste-to-energy plants in Europe...

International conference
27 May 2015, Budapest

"MOVING AWAY FROM LANDFILL & INCINERATION: CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN PRACTICE"

 

Every year for the request of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, the National Waste Management Directorate (former National Waste Management Agency of Hungary) organises the most significant conference of the Hungarian waste management industry entitled "New approaches to the Hungarian national waste management".
In 2015 for the first time it was amended with the "Moving away from landfill & incineration: circular economy in practice" international conference held on 27th of May in Budapest for which the most relevant international and Hungarian professional waste related organisations and authorities were invited.
The more than 300 participants represented 22 different countries.

 

The international conference was hosted by Zsolt V. Németh, the State Secretary for Environmental Affairs, Agricultural Development and Hungaricums who opened the one-day-long event.
His opening speech was followed by the presentation of Lajos Búsi, the Director-General of the National Inspectorate for Environment and Nature in which he demonstrated the new structure of the Hungarian waste management system the recent years' cardinal changes of which fosters the development of a "recycling society". He strongly reminded the audience that "the age of wasting has to be over", the organisers would like to raise awareness on this.

The DG Environment of the European Commission was represented by Ms. Anna Karamat who presented the Commissions perspective on the concept of circular economy. As it turned out, this year the organization has engaged in several professional consultations in order to create a coherent European action plan, planned to be published in autumn 2015. The expected package will provide guidance on measures in favour of sustainable development: not only focusing on waste management (product design, extraction, production, transportation, consumption) a more ambitious approach will be announced and it will better take into account the starting point and situation of the less developed countries.
Based on what were said at the conference the conclusion could be drawn that the promoting of waste reduction and reuse could be achieved through the implementation of individual and local actions. This statement was also strengthened by the presentation of Françoise Bonnet, the secretary general of ACR+, from which it turned out the local and regional authorities (the local decision makers) have the competence to deploy tailor made legal and economic instruments to reach the aforementioned common goal.
A change in attitude can be promoted at local level through many facilitators: conscious planning, green public procurement, reuse centres, separate waste collection and recycling, monitoring control, subsidies and local taxes.

The situation of circular economy in Hungary was introduced by Mr. Zoltán Tibor László, the deputy head of department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Demonstrating the Hungarian standpoint he highlighted the primary importance of prevention, the promotion of the use of secondary raw materials (green public procurement, support of the waste market, certification of products made from waste), the extension of Eco-design Directive to the most environmentally harmful products (requirements of product repair, questions of reuse and recycling).

The issues of implementing the Concept of Circular Economy in ISWA-RDN Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean Area were introduced by Alexei Atudorei Dr., ISWA RDN representative and ISWA Board Member. As he stated before the introduction of the circular economy model it is advised to assess the conditions of the individual Member States and European countries, for example the waste management system of the United Kingdom - based on a recent study - currently meet the requirements of circular economy principle only in 20 %.

 

This raises the question that an Eastern European country is ready for this level of change? This question is even emphasised if we take a look at the fact that whilst as a EU average 31 % of the municipal solid waste is landfilled (28% - recycled, 26% incinerated and 15% composted), for example in Romania this figure was 97% (and only 3% is recycled).

ISWA-RDN countries are not prepared for implementation of "circular economy concept" and should continue to implement ISWA systems. For the transition to a circular economy there are several requirements to be fulfilled: appropriate Legislative framework, capacity building to raise expertise, waste management planning, business friendly frameworks to encourage investments, efficient measures for financing and awareness raising to motivate inhabitants.

During the second part of the conference several practical examples were introduced related to the concept of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) and sustainability. Examples were shown for instance from Albania, Brussels, Hungary, Portugal, Italy and Slovenia.

The European Week for Waste Reduction initiative was also demonstrated to the audience. The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week - last full week of November. It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved. The actions implemented in the EWWR address the "3Rs": Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle materials. Actions were introduced from Catalonia, Italy, Brussels and Hungary.

The participants could get to know the future and already ongoing developments of the waste management system of Budapest with environmentally - friendly technologies and the experiences of the recently implemented door-to-door separate collection was also presented.
The presentation of Simone Orsi introduced the experience in Milan based on which it could be stated intensive and extensive source separation of food waste can be introduced with excellent results in large cities and high population density areas, capturing significant amounts of material with low contamination making it suitable for an efficient organic recovery process through anaerobic digestion and composting.

Janko Kramžar the director of the public company SNAGA, the largest waste management company in Slovenia demonstrated their efforts to achieve the zero waste strategy. In Ljubljana where currently 61% of MSW is recycled, by 2025 this target is 75% and they have a deliberate intention to decrease the disposal to less than 30 kg of waste per person. SNAGA could achieve real success in awareness raising in the last ten years as a result of which the separately collected waste from 16 kg could be increased to 145 kg/capita/year.

All the presentations of the professional forum are available on the conference website .

At the end of the conference as a closing event the European Week for Waste Reduction awards ceremony was organised to award the best actions realised during the Week 2014.
According to the feedbacks from the conference on spot and since then, with its extraordinary attention and participant's number coming from 22 different countries - the conference has been a real success.

FKF Nonprofit Zrt. also operates one of the most modern waste-to-energy plants in Europe...

Meeting between ISWA-RDN and ISWA Hungary
26 May 2015, Budapest, Hungary

 

FKF Nonprofit Zrt., as one of the largest waste management and street cleansing company in Hungary, is present in approximately 2 million households. In addition the Company deals with the collection and treatment of waste generated by business,s organizations and cleans all public areas in the capital. FKF Nonprofit Zrt. has been in the services of the residents of Budapest for more than a century.
Its legal predecessor, Public Sanitation Agency, was founded on the 25th of July, 1895. The Company has always aimed at keeping pace with technological developments as we are intent on meeting all requirements in the domain of waste management which has a great influence on the environment.
FKF Nonprofit Zrt. also operates one of the most modern waste-to-energy plants in Europe where electricity and district heat are produced by the energy recovery from several hundred thousand tons of deposited waste.
Nurturing of our professional international relationships contributed to our ability to follow international trends and provide our customers with the highest service level possible.
FKF is in close contact with a number of international street cleansing companies, and - as one of the founders - is, also, the Hungarian National Member of the International Solid Waste Association.

In May, 26, took place a meeting, at FKF office in Budapest, attended by Miss Kata Tisza x (ISWA General Secretariat), Mr. Alexei Atudorei (ISWA Board Member), Mr. Uhri Laszlo (FKF - Head of International Relations Department) and Mr. Hegedus Andras Istvan (PR and Marketing Team Leader and Secretary of ISWA Hungary).

Mr. Alexei Atudorei presented the aims of ISWA Regional Development Network (promoting sustainable waste management in the Region, networking for solving local and specific problems) and the benefits of countries located in Eastern Europe and ISWA National Members, to become members of ISWA Regional Development Network (ISWA-RDN).

In Hungary, in 2013, from the total amount of 378 kg of MW generated per person, 21% was recycled, 5% composted, 9% incinerated and 65% landfilled. In other RDN countries the percentage of disposal is over 80%.

Experience of ISWA Hungary in implementing modern and sustainable waste management systems can be an example for other RDN’s members and that is why is important for ISWA Hungary to become a member of ISWA-RDN and to share the experience.

Experience of ISWA Hungary in implementing modern and sustainable waste management systems can be an example for other RDN’s members and that is why is important for ISWA Hungary to become a member of ISWA-RDN and to share the experience.
After the meeting the members of ISWA Hungary Board took the decision to join ISWA-RDN and in 3th of June sent an application to ISWA General Secretariat to become member of ISWA-RDN.

Thank you Kata for your support!
Thank you ISWA Hungary for your understanding and interest!

 

 

x )  Kata Tizsa
ISWA General Secretariat - Technical Manager

"Environmental protection and specifically solid waste management have always been among Kata’s core interests. As a project manager in recycling she planned and implemented investment projects for a Hungarian waste management company and travelled throughout Europe for various missions.
Kata has an MSc degree in agricultural engineering from Hungary and another MSc in environmental engineering and science from the United States. She also worked as a research and teaching assistant and was also heavily involved in cross-cultural mentorship of students and various sustainability projects. As one of the Technical Managers in the ISWA General Secretariat Team since January 2015, Kata is responsible for the management of ISWA technical programmes and projects, cooperation with international organizations, local governments and other external entities, waste & climate change issues and the ISWA RDN for Southeast Europe, Middle East and the Mediterranean. She is greatly excited to support the development of this RDN in close cooperation with the ISWA RDN Representative, Dr. Alexei Atudorei."

 

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