Waste Management

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waste1The world, as a whole, is facing a serious waste generation problem, as all countries are quickly becoming “throw-away” communities, generating more waste now than ever before. Personal responsibility is crucial in creating less waste, and economic pressures for more efficient waste management strategies drive technology to work out new options for waste minimisation and treatment. While waste minimisation and management strategies abound, each has its advantages and disadvantages, and what is applicable in one region may not achieve the same success in another due to differences in culture, community support and politics.

Legislation and regulations have been the standard approach of dealing with waste management by many governments. Rational and long-term waste management strategies reduce environmental harm, minimise the production of greenhouse gases and associated pollutants, result in social benefits, and save money. The waste management sector is a growing field and, as such, it creates much needed employment. Moreover, manufacturers and businesses become cleaner and more efficient, use fewer raw materials and spend less on waste disposal and pollution clean-up, enhancing their public image and increasing profits, as the public prefers to support cleaner industry and environmentally responsible business.

As a leading environmental organisation active in 130 countries, B.I.O. has placed special emphasis on waste management through many conferences and special events, as well as through its many publications – volumes of proceedings, textbooks, educational materials, periodicals. Over the years, leading scientists, business leaders and specialists have addressed issues of waste management at B.I.O.’s international conferences, and several articles are featured in BioNews. A comprehensive chapter on “Waste Management” is published in Bio-Syllabus for European Environmental Education, an 880-page textbook available in print and electronically (CD-Rom). Based on this pioneering material is B.I.O.’s e-learning course on “Waste Management,” which will soon be available online as part of our e-learning programme in environmental education. Moreover, a plethora of educational and training material with emphasis on recycling and other waste management strategies was prepared by B.I.O. within the framework of the European Union’s Phare, TEMPUS, and Leonardo da Vinci Training Programmes. This material was used in vocational training activities in Europe and in EU accession countries.



  • An e-learning course on Waste Management has been developped and is currently being offered online though our website.




  • Bio News 3
    – Page 1, Plastic Waste: Local Solutions to a Global Problem
    – Page 3-4, A Magnificent Opportunity in Resources Conservation, J. Patrick Nicholson
  • Bio News 5
    – Page 6, Waste water treatment in soft drink plants, C. Komninos
  • Bio News 10
    – page 11 Waste Management in Scandinavian Countries
  • Bio News 12
    – page 12 Waste and Air-Pollution Management in Switzerland
  • Bio News 18
    – page 13Toxic waste – A Global Problem
  • Bio News 24
    – pages 12-13, Managing Waste
  • Bio News 28
    – Page 10, Waste Water Biotechnologies, J.P. Schaefer and G. Kalos
    – Page 14, Water Purification technology, J.P. Schaefer and G. Kalos
  • Bio News 32
    – Page 13, Treating contaminated soils



  • An e-learning course on Waste Management has been developed and is currently being offered online through the B.I.O. website


  • Participation in the Environmental Technology for a Modern Society Symposium, organised by the Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway, Athens


  • Opening lecture at the EURO-SUSTAIN conference, held on the island of Rhodes, Greeces. BioNews no. 30 April 2002, p. 3 Programme


  • “Profit and the Bio-environment,” Biopolitics session at the Athens Money Show. Photos, Programme
  • Keynote speech, plenary session, 7th European Roundtable on Cleaner Production, Lund, Sweden. BioNews no. 26, April 2001 p.5


  • Third B.I.O. International Conference on “Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment,” New York. Programme, Photos
  • Fourth B.I.O. International Conference on “Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment,” Athens. BioNews no. 5  January 1996 p. 3. ProgrammePhotos


  • B.I.O. Hellenic-Italian event with the participation of Greek business people and members of Lombardia Risorsi, the largest Italian enterprise in the field of waste management


  • Second B.I.O. International Conference on “Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment,” Athens


  • First B.I.O. International Conference on “Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment,” Athens