Delegates attending this year’s much anticipated waste management conference, WasteCon2014, will not be disappointed by the jam-packed programme and event exhibition.
The conference hosted by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) will be taking place from 06 to 10 October 2014 at the picturesque Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Waste conscious organisations and individuals can still take advantage of the Early Bird rates which close on 31 May 2014. It’s a conference not be missed.
One of the key attractions of the conference and exhibition is the wide range of exhibitors that will showcase their diverse waste management products and services, all playing an imperative part within the waste management industry. The exhibition will open on Monday evening, 06 October 2014, at Cavalli Estate close to Somerset West.
“We urge all waste conscious individuals and corporates to attend the conference. The calibre of exhibitors and speakers that have committed for WasteCon2014 is exceptionally high, which will play a vital part in educating attendees of the event. These exhibitors and speakers are key influencers within the waste management industry and we are very excited to see what great solutions they have for our industry as a whole,” says Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA.
This year’s theme
The theme we have chosen for this year’s conference is “WIRED FOR WASTE: VALUE * GROW * SUSTAIN”.
“Wired” implies that WasteCon 2014, our International Conference, is well positioned to provide solutions and inspiration for change and transformation, with a multitude of specialists, nationally and internationally, regularly attending, sharing their insight and lessons learnt. The goal of this multi-day conference is to re-energize change and offer solutions for debate in the waste industry.
How do we envisage achieving this? By ensuring action through showcasing the advances and progress within the waste industry:
- VALUE – How we value waste as a resource will determine how much resources, money and time we are prepared to invest in the management thereof. The focus will be on affordable management options and alternatives through promoting innovation resulting in the application of sound economic principles. We need to realise a shift in focus from the conventional approaches to value-add strategies.
- GROW – Growth and development has been a pivotal focus of our economic climate and continues to be an area where improvement needs to be realised. To ensure progress we need to change as our environment changes. Through transforming and integrating value-add initiatives we need to actively engage opportunities to promote growth. These may include entrepreneurial opportunities, job creation, promoting and supporting SMME’s (and in particular through waste minimisation and resource conservation projects), bring to fruition green energy initiatives. What better opportunity than an international conference to showcase your skills and expertise?
- SUSTAIN – Sustainability does not only refer to the limitations of our ecosystem, but within that we have economic and social sustainability which also infer responsible utilisation by human beings. To live within the limitations of the biophysical environment, we need to embrace the three types of capital (natural, social and human) thus ensuring a shift in focus from traditional human-made capital ensuring growth that is achievable without compromising our future potential.
Come and join us and participate in WasteCon 2014 and experience the VALUE of our industry, witness how we can GROW in a very competitive economic climate and finally demonstrate how we can contribute to SUSTAIN our precious resources!