WasteCon Abstract

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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 (Extended to 18 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

Abstract Submission Guidelines and Instructions 

IMPORTANT: Please read the template as it contains important guidelines on how the abstract should be written.

Information on Authors

Name of Presenting/Corresponding Author:

Family Name, Given Name, and Middle Initial

Place of Employment

Job Position

Email Address



Names of Other Authors:

(Please include the information below for all authors. If there are more than five authors, add the additional authors on a separate page.)

Family Name, Given Name, Middle Initial

Place of Employment

Job Position

Email Address


Abstract Title: _______________________________________________________________________

Abstract Topic: Please mark all that apply to the subject of your abstract.


  • Waste policy & legislation
  • Waste management strategies
  • Waste characterisation, minimisation and recycling
  • Waste management education, training and communication.
  • Waste management assessment and decision making
  • Waste collection
  • Biological treatment
  • Thermal treatment
  • Landfill & Waste Disposal
  • Waste management and climate change
  • Waste Architecture
  • Waste and Health
  • Other _____________________________________________________________________

Abstracts shall be no more than 1 page long. All text for the abstract body shall be 12-pt Times New Roman font with single spacing, and A4 paper, use 3.5 cm for margins.

The title of the abstract shall be centered at the top of the page and be in bold 14-point Times New Roman font. If the title requires more than one line, wrap the title aesthetically.

Leave one blank line before and after tables and figures. Leave one blank line between paragraphs and other headings and text. Use right and left justification of all margins and do not indent paragraphs.

Writing should NOT be in first person.  Rather, please use third person and the correct verb tense (e.g. present, future, past). The abstract should include a justification for the work, key data/findings and conclusions.

Equations: Equations shall be in the same font as the text (except symbols) and numbered consecutively. The equation shall be indented, with the equation number in parentheses and positioned flush right.

Figures and Tables: Figures and tables shall be placed directly into the text at the appropriate place where mentioned. Arrange the paper layout so that the text, figures, and tables are balanced.  

Tables: Tables shall be embedded within the text using the same font style used in the text. Number the tables in sequence as they are introduced. Table captions are to be placed above the table. An example of the format is shown in Table 1.


Should the paper be accepted, a registration form will need to be submitted online, and the reduced presenter fee paid immediately to secure your paper submission.


All delegates presenting papers are required to submit a full paper for inclusion in the Proceedings by 31 May 2022.

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