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The IWMSA, hosts of WasteCon 2022, invites waste management professionals and experienced participants in the circular economy to provide attendees with a reality check on:

-       where we are now in respect of the state of waste management and circular economy,
-       what we have done well or badly in the past,

-       what we should continue doing well, and
-       what we should be doing better or differently in the future.

The BACK ON TRACK? theme of WasteCon 2022 will guide the technical programme to explore perspectives on waste and circularity as we shift from a period dominated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to a period that will be dominated by a focus on the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of environmental health.

The circular economy concept challenges the existing linear ‘take-make-waste’ model, and proposes a circular, more holistic approach to growth that works for both business and the environment.

The circular economy is so named to reflect the patterns and systems of reuse and recycling of products indefinitely. Products are designed for durability, reuse and recyclability, and materials for new products come from old products. Each product at end-of-life therefore becomes a resource rather than merely being discarded.

In the circular economy, as much as possible is reused, re-manufactured, recycled back into a raw material, used as a source of energy. Disposal is considered a last resort.


Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2022
Feedback on application status: 4 April 2022
Speaker registration at a reduced presenter fee: 1 May 2022
Full paper submission deadline: 31 May 2022

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