Information for course "Integrated Sustainable Waste and Resource Management | H2020"
Description: This training module focuses on the Integrated Sustainable Waste & Resource Management (ISWRM) Methodology, as a way of understanding and improving existing municipal solid waste management systems at municipal or regional level.
Objectives: 1. To understand the overall status of ISWRM practices 2. To acknowledge the resource-product-waste chain and concept of life cycle thinking 3. To understand the current limitations, challenges and prospects for improved ISWRM 4. To appraise the key issues (legislative & institutional, operational, policy, stakeholders, waste hierarchy) and success factors for improved ISWRM management 5. To appraise the environmental, social and economic benefits of improved ISWRM management 6. To explain the reasoning behind the choices made for prioritizing concrete projects according the waste hierarchy within an existing ISWRM strategy
Topics: The module focuses on the following 7 lessons: 1. Introduction to the Concept 2. First dimension: Life Cycle Thinking 3. Second dimension: Waste hierarchy 4. Third dimension: Stakeholders 5. Fourth dimension: Operational aspects 6. Fifth dimension: Policy aspects 7. Waste management planning
Other information: Target audience: Trainers of practitioners, i.e. staff of non-governmental organisations, local and regional government staff, consultants, university staff, and others that are involved in the field of municipal solid waste & resource management.
Description: The ISWRM concept aims to clarify key concepts such as waste, products and resources, to identify measures that must be taken in regard to waste prevention, prepare for reuse and recycling, to introduce an approach that takes into account the whole life-cycle of products and materials and not only the waste phase, and to focus on reducing the environmental impacts of waste generation and waste management, thereby strengthening the economic value of waste while considering at all times social aspects.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able to analyze municipal waste management systems and to make you think about ways to improve the waste management in your context and the challenges to consider.
Topics: In this lesson the 5 dimensions of Integrated Sustainable Waste and Resource Management are briefly described and put into context: Life Cycle Thinking, Waste hierarchy, Stakeholders, Operational aspects, Policy aspects.
Description: This session has the purpose to provide information about the first dimension of ISWRM, which is related to life cycle thinking in the waste management system of a country, city, district, etc.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able to improve your knowledge of trainees on Life-Cycle Thinking and the impact of resource use on waste generation and management, to learn on how waste should be treated in an environmental sound way, to assess how we can make the best possible use of the finite resources/materials we have available (resource efficiency).
Topics: This lesson focuses on the general principles of Life Cycle Thinking (LCT), how to interpret the cradle to grave and cradle to cradle principle in municipal waste management as well as two examples of a closed loop system, namely for bio-waste and waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Description: This session has the purpose to provide information about the second dimension of ISWRM, which is related to the waste hierarchy as a principle to allow for increased waste and resource efficiency.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able to acquaint trainees with the waste hierarchy principle, to understand that one may deviate from the general rule and chose for a less optimal waste management method in certain circumstances (based on LCT), to explain that besides the 5 simple steps of the waste hierarchy sub steps can be considered that detail the waste hierarchy more accurately
Topics: This lesson focuses on the five steps of the waste hierarchy: Waste prevention, Prepare for reuse, Recycling, Other recovery, Disposal. This lesson subdivides further each step of the waste hierarchy in preferred additional municipal waste management options.
Description: This session has the purpose to provide information about the third dimension of ISWRM, which is related to the stakeholders and their involvement in municipal waste management systems of a country, city, district, etc.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able: to identify all the stakeholders that participate in the waste management system, to learn about stakeholder analysis, to understand how to involve stakeholders in ISWRM
Topics: This lessons defines stakeholders, elaborates on the different types of stakeholders, the reasons and ways to do a stakeholder analysis and approaches to involve stakeholders in municipal waste management strategies / policies / plans.
Description: This session has the purpose to provide information about the fourth dimension of ISWRM, which is related to the operational aspects existing in municipal waste management systems of a country, city, district, etc.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able to understand that waste management is a system combining several stages in the management of the flow of materials within the city and the region, to learn the need for source separation of municipal solid waste, to acknowledge the parallel circuit of formal and informal waste management
Topics: This lesson looks into the different stages in the movement, or flow, of materials from the mining stage, via processing, production and consumption stage towards final treatment and disposal. The following operational aspects of a system are described: Generation and separation, Collection, Transfer and transport, (Pre)Treatment
Description: This session has the purpose to provide information about the fifth dimension of ISWRM, which is related to the policy aspects to take into account in the municipal waste management systems of a country, city, district, etc.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able: to acquaint the trainees with the 6 different policy aspects in ISWRM, to understand the link between those policy aspects, to learn about a few best practices/ examples
Topics: This lesson focuses on policy aspects or lenses, through which the existing ISWRM system can be assessed and with which a new or expanded system can be planned. The policy aspects described are: Environment/Health, Financial/Economic, Socio-cultural, Educational, Institutional, Legal
Description: The aim of this lesson is to provide a structure from which to develop the details of the Strategic and Action Plan.
Objectives: At the end of this lesson you should be able to understand, that waste management planning is a continuous process, requiring time and resources; to place the process within its local context; to become acquainted with the different stages of the strategic planning process; and to understand how planning can provide answers to achieving real improvements to ISWRM.
Topics: This lesson focuses on defining a strategy and a plan, the reasons for strategizing and planning, pre-conditions and framework conditions, the planning process and implementation.
Learning method: Self-paced learning
Trainers: Jean-Jacques Dohogne, Spyros Arsenikos
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