Study Tour Biowaste 2018

Framework and Practice of Successful
Bio-Waste Recycling

 10 -14 September 2018, Vienna Austria
Download Programme here.

"A very important practitioner course to attend for waste management professionals, dont miss the opportunity to attend this program and enjoy the sights in Austria. Not to mention that Florian is an excellent Course Coordinator!"
Paul Selvam Devadoss CEO Robin Paul Group, Malaysia


The ISWA Study Tour on Bio-Waste Management offers training in separate collection and recycling techniques of organic waste through a smart combination of seminars on theory and site visits showcasing state-of-the-art practices.

Participants will receive an introduction into the current EU waste management conditions with a focus on bio-waste, different approaches and community cooperation models, opportunities and possible solutions for bio-waste from municipal and commercial sources, key drivers and economics.

The technical site visits are an opportunity to see diverse biological treatment facilities for organic waste. And also to meet  technology suppliers as well as international consultants and advisers. You will experience high level professional composting techniqes and quality management from large (100.000 t) quantities in cities to small scale (2000 t) in rural environments.

Focus topics in the program include:

  1. Different separate collection schemes for food waste and garden & park waste
  2. Techniques in composting – vermi-composting – compost teas – anaerobic digestion – bio-methane fuel production – Mechanical- Biological Treatment (MBT) of residual waste
  3. Quality compost production and QM, automated documentation
  4. Compost and digestate markets und use 
  5. Key elements of necessary strategic & regulatory framework setting
  6. Public relations and stakeholder involvement
  7. The economics of at-source separation and biological treatment
  8. Successful cooperation models with agriculture in composting and biogas production
  9. Cultural Progamme: classic concert at Schonbrunn, the former Imperial Summer Residence in Vienna. 
  10. Optional Programme: guided city walk in Vienna - 16€ per person.

Bio-waste experts will accompany the participants during the whole training course. Together with highly experienced scientific, policy and operational experts, we look forward to lively discussions and exchange of ideas for implementing and improving bio-waste separate collection and recycling techniques including composting, anaerobic digestion and bio-methane production.

Click here to view outline programme. Please note that the Study Tour programme may be subject to change.

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     Pricegroup      Non-Member Member
ISWA / 100NGO / ECN Member (incl. 20% VAT) 2640.00 2112.00

*A total of 3 participants from 3 different low and lower middle-income economies (according to the current world bank list ) as well as 3 students may receive a 50% discount on the registration fee. The discount is awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Deadline for registration is 31 August 2018.

If you are an ISWA National Member or Organisational Member or eligible for reverse VAT; please request a registration e-voucher by E-Mail to Georgina Nitzsche, Event Manager,

Registration fees cover course participation, accommodation and meals from Sunday evening 9th September for 5 nights, plus  course material, refreshments  as well as visits to operational facilities. All registration fees include 20% VAT.

Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical site visits. For more information about the course organisers, 100NGO, go to EU100NGO

ISWA Study Tour Biowaste 2018

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Waste Management and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Properly managed collection, sorting and recycling systems play a strong role in the overall management of clean, healthy urban environments and the biosphere, as materials and toxic by-products are diverted from uncontrolled dumpsites. Morevover, the Circular Economy cannot develop without recycling of waste into marketable secondary resources.

See the ISWA short video highlighting the postivie role of biowaste management and United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.