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Solid Waste Management Task Force Meeting in Bonn, 23 October 2006

Main conclusions and recommendations given throughout the meeting have been summarized and listed below without any specific order. They remain to be prioritized by the TF coordinators prior or on the next meeting of the group.

  • All participating experts (both legislative and recycling) are to make an action proposal based on their presentations so far, and on their ideas for further work as prioritized by their respective associations;
  • Slovenia has (on previous meetings and also mentioned on the meeting in question here) generously offered help in know-how and sharing their experience in the process of developing and implementing communication plans and campaigns for working with the communities and citizens;
  • NALAS web site needs to open a page for all workgroups initiated, as well as to make them available for frequent updates and file sharing. Professional discussion forums would also be a good option that may be utilized by experts in the periods between meetings;
  • Future work of the experts needs to be also focused on the municipalities which are members of the NALAS associations. Primarily and for the moment this is to be done by drafting papers which have quantitative and qualitative research within, as well as practical guidelines for waste management and recycling. These manual will be used to help the municipalities in their activities (ongoing or planned) with regards to the implementation of new ideas, methodologies etc. Materials in question need to contain both technologic and economic indicators which might assist municipalities in initiating new activities or improving the ongoing waste management projects, as well as initiating recycling projects etc.
  • The TF has agreed to work on the issues of communal waste, and at the moment will not focus on issues such as pharmaceutical, chemical, medical and similar waste categories. These types of waste might be of interest to the TF only if they are part of the communal waste issues.
  • The countries which already have good practices in recycling (both legislative and practical) will share their experience with the remaining experts in the TF. The group will visit them in as budget and other work-plans allow gaining in this way a hands-on experience and seeing the process in its environment. Mr. Brenke and the coordinating expert will draft a plan for this and present it in written to the TF for comment, revisions etc. This will be a part of the next meeting of the Task Force.