Curated Session: Resource Management & Waste Diversion

Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management (2.5 CEUs)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:00 – 9:30
Room 315

Moderator: TBD

In 2015, ISWA’s Task force on Resource Management produced six groundbreaking reports providing insights concerning waste management as we shift towards a circular economy. Following up on these reports, ISWA started a project called “Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management”, with results for the first time presented to the public in this special session. The purpose of the project was to identify and address barriers to using secondary raw materials in the production of new products, through the investigation of two test products (apparel and plastic packaging). The project also considered the barriers for recyclability, reuse, refurbishing and repair of products when approaching end of life. The project seeks to link the waste management sector with manufacturers and designers to work together along the value chain toward a more circular economy and better resource management.

This session will present the outcome of the project and complement it with other presentations of present trends, cases and the role of the waste management sector when it comes to the circular economy. These inspiring presentations will lead to a panel discussion addressing opportunities for and barriers to sustainable resource management and business models for a circular economy.

The session concludes with a panel discussing the barriers to sustainable resource management and the way forward toward a circular economy, presenting the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.


Björn Appelqvist, Ramboll. Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation, Denmark

Bjorn Appelqvist

Björn Appelqvist works as manager for Waste Management Department at the consultancy company Ramboll in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation and been leading the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management as well as the ISWA Grant Project “Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management”. Mr. Appelqvist has been involved in waste management since 2000 and has worked for Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen, the Danish inter-municipal waste collection company R98 and the Waste Management Department of the City of Malmö.

John Skinner, Environmental Consultant, John Skinner Environmental Consulting, LLC (former ISWA President and former executive director of SWANA), Washington, D.C.

John Skinner

John H. Skinner is an independent environmental consultant working out of Washington, D.C. He retired as the executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in April 2015, a position which he held since 1996. Prior to that, Dr. Skinner was a senior advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France, for four years. He was a senior executive of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., from 1972 through 1992. He is a past president of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and was a member of its Board from 2010-2016. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Presidential Distinguished Meritorious and Distinguished Executive Awards from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He received a NASA Fellowship to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he received a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Hofstra University, where he graduated cum laude and with honors. He has published widely in the solid waste and environmental fields and is the co-editor of two books on international solid waste management programs.

Ole Morten Petersen, Managing Director, DAKOFA (Waste and Resource Network Denmark), Denmark

Ole Petersen

DAKOFA (Waste and Resource Network Denmark), the Danish national member of ISWA, is a competence center engaged in traditional waste management, as well as in circular approaches and business models. In this capacity, DAKOFA has facilitated the ISWA-financed project on “Barriers for the introduction of circular economy and sustainable resource management”. As Managing Director of DAKOFA, Mr. Ole Morten Petersen will present general trends seen within the implementation of the circular economy in the EU and Denmark. Mr. Petersen has been involved in waste management since 1993 and has worked for inter-municipal waste treatment companies and organizations, as well as a consultant.

Bettina Kamuk, Global Market Director, Waste to Energy, Ramboll, Denmark

Bettina Kamuk

Bettina Kamuk, chemical engineer from the Danish Technical University (1989), is global market director and head of the waste-to-energy department at Ramboll, a global consulting engineering company. Ms. Kamuk is a highly experienced WtE project manager and project director and has been responsible for WtE projects in among others Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Oman and most recently the new integrated waste management facility in Singapore. The Singapore facility is planned to be established in 2021 with a yearly capacity of 2 mio tonnes of waste-to-energy recovery and more than 200,000 tonnes of bio-waste and recyclables for sorting. Ms Kamuk has an in-depth knowledge of procurement mechanisms, public acceptance and waste-to-energy technologies. Ms. Kamuk is board member and Chair of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Working Group on Energy Recovery. Recently Ms. Kamuk was primus motor for establishing ISWA’s Task Force on Resource Management/Circular Economy.