2019 September 24-25th.
Evolution of waste management sector in Lithuania, Europe and the rest of the world: evolutionary goals and stimulus to progress.
How Ljubljana and Slovenia have become a zero waste city / country: an example of individual (one-man) leadership, integrated approach, community / employee involvement. What is it that we have authentic/progressive in Lithuania?
Waste management in Lithuania: from money / infrastructure / centralized / single group lobbying management towards restoration of trust / open dialogue / common future scenario planning and commitment for implementation.
Zero waste movement in Lithuania: personal and organizational transformations - when will we feel the real effect on municipal waste management systems?
Recycling policy, legislation, practical models, and good practices.
How do we develop state, regional / municipal waste management scenarios, strategies of producer and importer organizations, companies, as well as non-governmental sector?
How do young people see the future of waste management, what do they say and actually do?
How do we integrate them?
Waste ownership issues.
Event format challenge for participants: expert / government speeches and discussions vs. engagement and joint knowledge creation / sharing of experience.
WASTE RECYCLING: What is the future incentive for recycling in Europe and Lithuania?
Developing strategies for companies, associations, municipalities, and the state under conditions of uncertainty. Why the strategies “dropped” by the state / municipalities do not work? Why the role and power of experts is undermined? What methods will ensure future performance models?
Handling waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration ash: policy, legislation, and initiatives.
Emerging trend of cooperation between state authorities and business in the waste management sector.
Division of the World Leadership Conference: the Prosecutor General of Brazil.
Food waste prevention and management in Europe and Lithuania: European Commission’s position, innovative business models and good practices, “lost” municipalities in Lithuania.
How long can we be in denial: bankruptcy of packaging waste management policy, regulation, organization, and management.
Systemic crisis resolution.
Insights from the multi-annual occupational health and safety officer (OHSO) of the year, auditor, safety specialist, and robot manufacturer for the waste management sector.
The most successful bottom-up initiatives in Lithuania: what can we learn from them?
Europe’s Plastics Strategy. China’s and India’s import ban and its effect on the world’s commerce of plastic waste. Recycling alternatives. Bioplastics.
Textile waste prevention and management scenarios in Lithuania.
How are Ukraine's waste management policy, legislation, and infrastructure developing?
What experience will be contributed by Lithuania?
Vehicle waste and its management: visions for the future and the impact on today’s systems.
Interest map | Systematic approach | Analytical approach | Opinions from all stakeholders | Key waste management trends in Lithuania, neighboring countries, Europe, and the rest of the world | Last year overview and forecast / future plans | Good practices and failures
Forum: It’s the only long-term sustainable event in Lithuania, which will be recognized by every participant, who values conscious, ethical, and responsible activities.
The main focus of the sustainable event: To inspire the participants to aim towards conscious business decisions, responsible vendors, consolidation of the network of partners and stakeholders, society’s involvement, positive change, as well as sustainable business continuity.
Goals: Organizing a sustainable event in a professional way guided by ISO 20121:2012 criteria with the view of minimizing negative environmental impact, making the organizational decisions more efficient, optimizing necessary resources, and raising the highest sustainability requirements for the partners and vendors.
Forum sustainability commitment: A long-term position by the organizer responsible for the event by undertaking an obligation to provide the participants, partners, as well as various strata of society with the comprehensive reports on the sustainable event.
Forum Waste managemnet 2018 Report is enclosed.
Industrial companies | Entrepreneurs | Sustainability leaders | Strategists of political parties | Representatives of municipality councils and administrations responsible for the infrastructure and organization of waste management | Producers, importers, and their organizations | Citizens | Consumers | Media | Representatives of the Government | Members of the Seimas | Representatives of state authorities | NGOs | Consultants | Collectors of mixed municipal waste, secondary raw materials, as well as hazardous and specific waste | Waste management companies | Analysts | Investors | Funds | Bank institutions | Students | Research bodies and educational institutions | Academics | Active associations working in the field of consumer and environment education | Jurisconsults
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Student, MiniBoss Kaunas Business School
How can children entrepreneurs change history of ecology – case analysis of sapropel practical usage
Director of UAB „DSP Plius“
Senior Lawyer at GLIMSTEDT
Discussion. How much longer will we be in denial: the bankruptcy of packaging waste management policy, regulation, organization, and management? A solution to a systemic crisis?
Questions to be discussed: Packaging waste management system – resuscitate, improve, or liquidate? Increase the credibility and accountability of organizations, separate commercial and municipal flows, and raise the packaging pollution cost? Or maybe switch to the national packaging waste management company?
Co-founders of Urban Earth Lovers
Not only do our consumption habits cause psychological problems and addictions, they also affect the environment we live in. We think of waste we generate, when we throw it in the trash or bring it to the nearest waste container. But we have no idea what happens to our waste later? Although we take our home waste out and do not see it anymore, it does not mean that it is gone.
Responsible consumption starts with small daily choices. We therefore encourage simplicity, minimalism, and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Attorney at law, partner with iLaw
The whole market is happy about recent decisions in the story of „Metrail“. However have we learnt the lessons given? Where to the extended producer responsibility is moving in Lithuania: we are forced to create new legal regulations, but can we create new ones if the old ones are not inforced correctly? Especially when if business procedure and importer nares more about practical, not theoretical level.
Forum Content Coordinator and Moderator, Managing partner at UAB Ekokonsultacijos / Forvardas
This year’s Forum topics include systems theory in environmental protection and seeing the big picture, new thinking in politics and economics, plucking up courage society as well as focused and conscious actions thereof, art as well as personal and organizational development as a prerequisite for change and progress in society or an individual sector.
Why do we, as pioneers in packing waste management in Europe, so little acknowledge the real situation, why is our environmental system so bureaucratic and pointless, when a new generation is already creating a new reality by acting “from the bottom”? Which path will be transformed into which? With whom would you like to co-create future scenarios? Or do you maybe believe in a creative partnership between “BOTTOM” and “TOP”: between society and government, experts, between employees and managers, between generations? Then this event is for you.
Forvardas, Organizational Consultant, Doctoral Degree in Economics, Community Management and Self-Organizational Researcher working with the organizations from various countries, the European Commission, and the OECD
The problem with the evolution of society is that primitive species survive as well: Dryopteris (wood fern), reptiles, etc. We are forced to come around: either protect them by registering them in the Red Book or…? Just how not to be lead to confusion here: what to accompany the future and what to wildlife sanctuary?
Expert in strategy markup, founder of ID Navigation, Entrepreneurs Institute Master trainer
Are you doing your best in life or the way your granny wanted and expected you to do?
UAB „Ekokonsultacijos“ projektų vadovė
The implementation of new goals of circular economy will certainly have an impact on the municipal waste management cost. What opportunities do we have to optimize the municipal waste collection costs and how can we organize the systems so that these costs do not increase?
Head of UAB Technologinių paslaugų sprendimai
How does improving waste management efficiency affect the waste management cost to the “polluter”? Different scenarios of how technology encourages sorting and implements the polluter pays principle.
Project Manager at Ekokonsultacijos, UAB
Ash is of no exception: when you want – you look for opportunities, when you don’t – you look for reasons.
Urbanist, Publisher, Poet, Doctor of Humanities, Director of public organization Vario burnos
As the systems in the Anthropocene become more and more complex, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to identify the individual parts of that system and define the relationship between its individual components and elements.
Coordinators at Gyvas miškas
”In the future, a human being will only be able to call himself a human being when he is a conservationist” – this is how the evolutionary direction of humanity was named by Justinas Marcinkevičius.
Wildlife conservation today – a struggle or lifestyle? Who are we – creators or loggers? Do we live or consume? Do we compete or cooperate? What are the reasons for such choices and how can we solve them? Why is traditional wildlife conservation ineffective and what can a conscious creative civil society do about it? Live Green!
Plastic (and not only) waste has blended into the natural landscape and become an integral part of it. We walk on the beach or in the forest and often do not even catch a glimpse of an empty bottle or ice cream paper. Most of us find inspiration in nature or in other people, and what if one day the source of inspiration drowns in the waste? Where will we look for new icons then? Consumption has strongly “invaded the airtime”; if everything that remains after consumption would remain in the airtime, what would we look at then, what would we admire? Let’s turn our attention to the surrounding environment, the people we follow, and we’ll see the foundation of our values we live on. Will there be a place in these values for the preservation of our planet?
Director of Consulting Service of the joint Lithuanian and German company TUVLITA
Probably in 2050 the modern work equipment we use today will look like the old blacksmith’s equipment… As the industrial technology develops, safe methods of work will become a challenge. Who will be responsible for an employee injured at work by a robot?”
Director of Rimano biuras, UAB, responsible partner of Vilnius group o private detectives Rimanas ir partneriai
Since 2016, new participants in legal system – private detectives – appeared in Lithuania. Can their potential and experience be used to enhance the environmental protection? How to do it effectively?
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the evolutionary, green future of transport. Is that really the case? Which type of vehicles cause more pollution in terms of life-cycle assessment (LCA): diesel or electric? Why Dieselgate has grown into Dieselhate? What are the prospects for the development of electric and diesel vehicles in Lithuania?
Expert at public organization Žiedinė ekonomika
The lack of political will is a major obstacle with the view of implementing separate collection of food and kitchen waste.
PhD student at Life Sciences Center and Nature Research Center of Vilnius University
Powerful global movements have affected not only the EU legislation, but also billions of people worldwide, while the Single-Use Plastics Directive and the amendments to the Basel Convention were the first actual steps towards more sustainable environmental and social justice.
Head of CSD Engineers in Lithuania
4 years ago, the possibilities of preparation, processing, and utilization of ash (slag) waste were presented at the conference-discussion forum Waste Management 2015. Exactly 4 years have passed, during which we had enough time to properly prepare and regulate the ash waste management at the state level in Lithuania.
During the conference Waste Management 2019, we will review the initiatives of public and private sectors and answer the question of whether we are ready and acted effectively enough to minimize the financial burden on the population.
Network Coordinator and Communication Manager, RREUSE
According to estimates 1/3 of goods collected at recycling centres are still re-usable and could be sold second-hand instead of being recycled, incinerated or landfilled. The best way to prevent waste and make the most of the resources and energy which were used for producing things around us is to slow the consumption of new products, keep things longer in use and promote second-hand culture. What’s more, re-use and repair activities have a big potential for creating local jobs for people with all levels of skills including those who have difficulties to find a job at the traditional labour market. RREUSE is an independent non-profit organisation representing social enterprises active in the field of re-use, repair and recycling, with 27 members across 25 countries in Europe and the USA. Our main vision is for Europe to support the role of social enterprise in a circular economy, providing meaningful work opportunities to thousands of vulnerable members of our community through innovative economic, social and environmentally beneficial activities.
Head of legal unit NGO Environment-People-Law (Ukraine)
Ukraine is pawing its way towards implementation of European waste management system and legislation. How far we went and what challenges are we facing? How to make waste as a priority for the parliament and government? What is the role of NGOs in the policy and legislative decision-making process? How to overcome the problems and find “right” solutions?
European Union environmental legislation is based on the principle of extended producer responsibility. With the talk of ever-tightening producer and importer responsibilities, the question arises – what can we expect with the new Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment entry into force?
Certified Auditor, Managing Partner at Moore Mackonis
The price we pay for garbage disposal is not just money, but health, air, and the environment we all want for our children and grandchildren to be clean and safe.
Attorney at Law
What has led to the consequences of such scale in Metrail history? Maybe they could have been avoided?
Director of the Association of Automotive Recycles
95% – the number of unserviceable vehicle mass which has to be recycled, starting at 2015. For implementation of this task are responsible automotive manufacturers and importers. What are Recycling percentages in the reports, how unserviceable automotive waste is managed “in papers” and why can we still find so much automotive waste on the roadsides, forests or even in rivers? 1000 – is an average number of automotive distribution companies, which are still waiting for an evidencing documents for 2018. Did we learn “Metrail” lesson?
Head and Founder of Centrinės Azijos projektai, UAB
One of the richest countries in terms of its resources has so far failed to pay due attention to the environment. This concern was entrusted to two departments of ministries, which clearly indicated that resource extraction and processing was a top priority for the state. The state did not care much that most of electricity is generated by old coal-fired power plants, that industrial companies do not use the air and water purification systems in their operations, or that 90% of household waste goes directly to landfills, i.e. in total 3512 landfills in the country.
But the situation is changing. There are more and more talks about the implementation of the principles of Green Economy in state-owned enterprises. Not just talks, but actions as well. The aim is to attract foreign investment with knowledge and technology. In Kazakhstan, Lithuania is famous for its health professionals, architects, IT specialists, and transporters. Why can’t we occupy another niche, which we are strong in?
Spokeswoman for Ljubljana Municipal Company, Slovenia
Ljubljana, European Green Capital 2016, is the European capital with the largest share of separately collected waste (according to a European Commission study) while keeping waste management costs among the lowest in Europe.
A key ingredient for Ljubljana´s success was the introduction of door-to-door collection and well managed and innovative communication.
With Zero Waste Strategy 2035 we became the first European capital to be a member of the Zero Waste Europe network.
Together with numerous partners, we are more than ever actively oriented towards the circular economy. If we learn to use and consume less, to reuse things and continue to follow the sharing economy principles, we and our environment will come out as winners.