With Challenging Changes to Johannesburg and Kuala Lumpur

Ad Lansink received recently two honorable invitations for visits and presentations outside the Netherlands, respectively from IMWSA (South Africa) and from ISWA, in relation to the ISWA World Congress 2018 at Kuala Lumpur. In both cases, his recent book Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy was the actual reason for the invitation.

Johannesburg  (South Africa) 15 – 19 October 2018
The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa invited Ad Lansink taking part on the 24th WasteCon™ Flagship Conference and Exhibition on 15-19 October 2018. The theme of the conference was ‘Implementing the Waste Hierarchy.’ This showcase of best practice African waste management solutions was held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. Waste management in South Africa is guided by the internationally accepted waste management hierarchy, which is implemented through the National Environmental Management Waste Act (2008). During the plenary session on 16 October 2018, Ad Lansink held the keynote address about the strong relation between the waste hierarchy and circular economy. The waste hierarchy extracts the maximum practical benefits from products and generates the minimum amount of waste. Proper application of the waste hierarchy has several benefits, helping prevent emissions of greenhouse gases, reducing pollutants, saving energy, conserving resources, creating jobs and stimulating development of green technologies. During the conference and the exhibition, Ad Lansink spoke with several delegates, also from Nigeria and Namibia. Some delegates asked for signed copies of Challenging Changes. The high interest for Ad Lansink’s ideas also appeared during two workshops, on the second day of the conference.

Kuala Lumpur (Maleysia) 21 – 25 October 2018
In January 2018, NVRD – Dutch country member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) nominated Challenging Changes as a kandidate for the ISWA Publication Award 2018. This award has been created with the intention of honoring the author(s) of a publication, article or book which is deemed to be exceptional in its contribution to the field of solid waste management. Each year, ISWA’s panel of expert judges recognise the publication which they feel offers the most valuable contribution to the promotion of sustainable waste management. After a careful consideration of 15 strong nominations, the judging panel finally decided to award the first prize,  a cash prize in the amount of € 2,500 and publication of the winning entry in Waste Management World and Waste Management and Research magazines, to the book Challenging Changes, Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy, authored by Ad Lansink, the creator of the Ladder of Lansink (waste hierarchy). Derek Greedy, ISWA National Member Representative and Member of the Publication Award Panel commented:

A very comprehensive review of waste management as a whole through the eyes of the circular economy and waste hierarchy.  Excellent publication’.

The prize have been officially awarded at the Gala Dinner during the ISWA World Congress 2018. Ad Lansink received the ISWA Publication Award on 23 October 2018 in presence of more than 1000 guests and delegates. Meanwhile, ISWA published a video about the succesfull congres at Kuala Lumpur. Herewith the link to the film of about 7 minutes: