WMAM Tea-Talk “Waste Management & Green Economy” with Managing Director of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Hermann Koller

5 July 2012, Thursday – In conjunction with World Earth Day, WMAM held a tea-talk session

with Managing Director of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Hermann Koller on “Waste Management & Green Economy” at the Sime Darby Industrial Training Academy, Selangor.


The session was focused on comprehensive waste management processes towards greening the economy and delivering significant greenhouse gas savings. The tea-talk received an overwhelming response from various departments and agencies throughout the solid waste management industry, as more than 50 people turned up to register at the venue.


Hermann Koller delivered the session with an engaging presentation on sustainable waste management contributions for greening the economy. The key benefits for sustainable waste management were broken into economic benefits, environmental benefits and social benefits.


According to Koller, getting a country and its people ready to embrace a green economy requires an integrated approach between Government and the private sector. It requires a clear vision, focused direction and planning with short-medium term milestones. 

“People need to see early wins to remain excited and enthusiastic about the idea. Encouraging people to waste less and recycle more requires consistent education programmes, awareness campaigns,” said Koller.


Adding to this, David Newman, VP of ISWA said Europe took decades to get the concept of recycling right and in the minds of people. Getting people to change their habits and turning them into action is by far the hardest hurdle. In doing this, people must first buy into the idea, understand the importance of it, and must be able to see some tangible outcomes.

In the closing remarks the panellist (Koller, Newman and Ho De Leong, President of WMAM) pooled their thoughts and experience by summing up key ingredients for a progressive step in greening the economy. While there are best-practices to be emulated and experiences to be learned from, the key to success for every country lies in its uniqueness and locally-assembled strategies in shaping the minds of its citizens and coming up with what will work best for each country.


From Left: David Newman, Ho De Leong and Hermann Koller




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