Sardinia 2009

The twelfth edition of the Sardinia Symposium, organised by the IWWG (International Waste Working Group), was held in Forte Village, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy from October 5th to 9th 2009. The event was attended by more than 800 participants
(researchers, technicians, administrators and operators) from 65 different nations and saw the presentation of 580 scientific papers in 128 general, specialised and workshop sessions.
New concepts and findings were presented, ranging from waste minimisation and ‘‘zero waste” strategies and new support tools for waste management decision makers, to environmental cost analysis and comparison of greenhouse gas emissions provided by several types of treatment plants.

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The twelfth Symposium was opened by Professor Thomas C. Kinnaman, Bucknell University (US), who delivered a speech on "Waste and the economy”
"When confronting a topic like ‘Waste and the Economy’, one might expect to learn about the not always obvious notion that the quantity of waste generated by society depends upon the level of economic activity—a relationship we have learned a lot about over the past 12 months. One might also expect to learn about how the waste collection and disposal industries affect the level of economic activity.  But economists studying solid waste are most often intrigued by questions related to waste policy and the role of free markets.  Much has been learned recently about pay-as-you-throw fees, landfill taxes, and curbside recycling.  This opening lecture will summarize these many lessons learned about waste and the economy and will conclude by posing some important questions to the policy making community”.

Read Prof. Kinnaman’s full presentation