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7th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management

June 26 June 29, Crete Island, Greece


The Conference aims to address the significant issue of sustainable solid waste management through the promotion of safe practices & effective technologies. The Conference focuses mainly on modern solid waste technologies. It aims to stimulate the interest of scientists and citizens and inform them about the latest developments in the field of municipal solid waste management. Separation at source, Biological Treatment, the treatment at central facilities, waste prevention, biowaste utilization, recycling promotion, Waste-to-energy technologies & energy recovery, smart technologies for waste management, sludge management, agricultural and livestock waste, management of specific waste streams (construction & demolition waste, waste from electrical and electronic equipment, etc.), biotechnology, Best Available techniques, symbiosis networks, energy consumption and saving, carbon footprint and water footprint, zero-waste initiatives, plastics and bioplastics, marine litter constitute main conference subjects. Special attention will be drawn to the valorization prospects & the products from solid waste, such as: biofuels, compost, materials, etc. It is also our ambition to strengthen the link of the applied research with industry. Hazardous waste & Household hazardous waste also constitute target area of the conference. Emphasis will be placed on circular economy in all key action areas (production, consumption, waste management, secondary raw materials, innovation, investment & monitoring) and all priority sectors (food waste, plastics, biomass and bio-based-products, construction & demolition waste, critical raw materials), as well as waste management issues and resource efficiency in islands and generally isolated and remote areas.

Regarding the extensive plastic waste session, Symbol of 20th century modernity and post-war industrial progress, plastic has revolutionised everyday life in all sectors: construction, automotive industry, electronics and, above all, the food industry. Today, providential plastic has turned into a time bomb, with the revelation of the long-term effects of plastic waste, accused of contaminating our food and polluting our environment. Giant plastic vortexes are developing in the heart of our oceans. And to make matters worse, it has been officially recognized that invisible particles of plastic waste have worked their way into our food.

Before we rush blindly into actions, you are invited to inform the debate and answer the question: which eco-efficient solutions to contribute solving the issue of plastic waste ?

Join our brainstorming session chaired by Prof. Nathalie Gontard (INRA) on the latest advances about «Plastic waste’s impacts minimization» by submitting your abstract on one of the following aspects:

  • 1- Flows of multi-sized (macro-, micro- and nano-) plastic waste, including current management strategies
  • 2- Toxicity and eco-toxicity of multi-sized plastic waste particles (especially at long-term / high exposure)
  • 3- Eco-efficient solutions to reduce plastic waste’s impacts:
    • 3.1 Reducing plastic consumption: plastic-free practices, alternatives (bio-) materials..
    • 3.2 Collecting and converting plastic waste: ocean cleaning initiatives, mechanical, enzymatic and chemical recycling, incineration, pyrolysis ..
  • 4- Plastic waste environmental impacts: assessment and prediction
  • 5- Multi-actors approaches and stakeholders behaviour related to plastic waste such as consumer perception, policy makers awareness, industrial lobbying, legislation and R&D investments etc…

The Conference will provide an opportunity to bring together scientists & professionals from government departments, industries, Municipalities, private institutions, research & education institutions, being a forum for the exchange of the most recent ideas, techniques & experiences in all areas of solid waste management. A special full one-day workshop will also focus on representatives of local authorities and municipalities in order to promote integrated solid waste management schemes.

A site visit – tour will also take place on Saturday 29th June 2019 including visits to waste management facilities.