Southern Africa’s premier waste management conference, WasteCon, is around the corner and attendees can look forward to thought-provoking topics and stimulating speakers. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) biennial conference will delve into all aspects of waste management; from Waste-to-Energy initiatives to the economic viability of waste and waste legislation, to name a few.

WasteCon 2016 will take place from 17 to 21 October 2016 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. With a programme encompassing all topics of waste management, the conference and exhibition will focus on the immense strides and changes made in the industry. “The conference boasts international and local speakers with years of experience in the industry. Everyone who operates in the industry cannot afford to miss this event,” says Jonathan Shamrock, Chairman of the WasteCon 2016 Organising Committee.

The conference is the key networking and idea-sharing event for those operating in the waste industry. “There has been a significant shift in policy and the conference topics will uniquely tie in with what industry is doing in the waste arena. It will focus on resource recovery and recycling, to ultimately divert waste from landfill sites,” mentions Shamrock.

Another key point for the conference is to reinforce the reduction of waste from the ground level up; highlighting how individuals can be more environmentally conscious and leave a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

“A major challenge in waste management is that it needs to be cost effective. The conference will look at the unique challenges Africa faces in this regard and what the most appropriate, cost effective solution will be for southern Africa and the continent as a whole,” explains Shamrock.

Seventy-seven papers will be presented by experts in waste management. The main themes will be recycling, waste management and landfill engineering. The latest products will also be displayed by exhibitors at the conference.

“All facets of waste management will be covered, making it a must-attend event,” concludes Shamrock.

The IWMSA would like to thank all sponsors for making WasteCon 2016 possible. For more information about WasteCon2016 and to register, please visit To view the programme, please click here.

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