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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 00:00

D-Waste in IFAT ENTSORGA 2012

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D-Waste was present at IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 which was held at the International Congress Centre of Munich from 7th to 11th of May 2012.

A Grand Event

With approximately 125,000 visitors from 180 countries and a total of 2,939 exhibitors from 54 nations, presenting on 215,000 square meters, the International Congress Centre of Munich was transformed, for few days, into a global meeting point for companies, academics, and individuals interested in water, sewage, waste & raw materials management issues.

Dr Johannes F. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the IFAT ENTSORGA Advisory Board and Managing Partner of FAUN Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG has stated: "IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 is remarkable for its large visitor numbers -- significantly more guests than at the previous trade fair in 2010. The international customer profile also experienced outstanding growth."

A further highlight was again the conference program, as confirmed by the poll conducted by tns infratest: 97 per cent of visitors to the events program scored it “good” to “excellent”.

More than 16,000 visitors took part in the approximately 320 lectures and discussions on top topics such as Mega Cities, Water Management, Phosphorus Recycling from Sewage Sludge, the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act or Waste-to-Energy.

A Large Share on Solid Waste Management

A significant part of the exhibition was dedicated to the Solid Waste Management (SWM) sector. In specific six (6) of the total sixteen (16) halls hosted around 1,300 exhibitors presenting technologies and providing services regarding:

  • “Treatment & biological treatment, landfills/Generating energy from waste materials/Decontamination of old sites, soil treatment/Fuel-gas scrubbing & air extraction/ Noise reduction & abatement/ Geothermal energy” (Hall B2)
  • “Refuse treatment/Recycling & utilization of raw materials” (Hall B3)
  • “Refuse collection & transport”, (Halls C1, C2 and C3 )
  • “Street cleaning maintenance and winter road services” (Hall C4)

Other highlights of SWM interest were:

The "VDMA Practical Days" organized by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) on the open-air site at the exhibition center. There, the visitors had the chance to see – live and in action – a range of shredders and sorting machines from different manufacturers.

The “VAK Trucks in Action”

A dedicated area on the open-air site was the place to see a special demonstration of modern, special-purpose vehicle solutions. In this area visitors had the opportunity to review, in action, all the latest developments in vehicles for waste collection and disposal, street cleaning and winter road services, plus diverse other specialized functions.

The Research & Education Area

At a joint stand at the West Entrance was the "Meeting Point Future". In that area a total of 20 universities and colleges presented broad-ranging insights into the training and education activities that are shaping the environmental technology of tomorrow.

Treasure Trove Cell Phone

On over 100 m2, the special exhibition called “Treasure Trove Cell Phone” examined the cell phone, the raw materials contained within it, and the recovery processes. An interactive 3D jigsaw puzzle illustrated which raw materials are built into cell phones. At a series of action columns visitors found out how these raw materials can be recovered and which methods and processes are involved, from collection of old cell phones to extraction, processing and re-processing of the materials for further use.

100 years of municipal cleansing

Maybe one of the most exited parts of the exhibition was the area presenting historical vintage vehicles and equipment used in municipal cleansing in Munich since 1912. In the same area a storyboard, with historical pictures and a brief description of everyday municipal cleansing from 1912 to 2012, gave the opportunity to visitors to “imaginary” experience the evolution of municipal cleansing in Munich. The organizer was the Verband kommunaler Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung (Depart-ment of Waste Management and City Cleaning VKS).

D-Waste Presence

Antonis Mavropoulos CEO of D-Waste and ISWA STC Chair made a presentation at ISWA’s special session “A Global Perspective on Current Developments in Solid Waste Management”, which was held on Tuesday, 8 May 2012 in one of the IFAT ENTSORGA conference rooms. Apart from Mr. Mavropoulos other seven presentations were made by leading ISWA representatives including Jeff Cooper (ISWA President), Hermann Koller (ISWA MD), Vivek Agrawal (WG Collection and Transportation Technology), Bettina Kamuk (Chair WG Energy Recovery), Maarten Goorhuis (Chair WG Recycling and Waste Minimisation) as well as external speakers Dipak R. Pant (Interdisciplinary Unit for Sustainable Economy Università Carlo Cattaneo), Patrick Dorvil (European Investment Bank) and chaired by David Newman (ISWA Vice President).

For more info please visit IFAT ENTSORGA website: http://www.ifat.de/en/

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