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‘Waste doesn’t come from itself. It is the mirror of our society…it is the mirror of who we are’ Philip Heylen, Antwerp, Belgium. Vice-mayor for Culture and Tourism at Stad Antwerpen

Today marks the end of the official conference talks in Sao Paulo and tomorrow a series of Technical Visits is programmed (
Reviewing the experience at this stage seems like a daunting (and perhaps premature) activity to embark upon yet there are experiences/facts/figures I’d like to share…


‘Rising waste caused by rapid economic growth’ (David Newman, ISWA President)


– over 1000 participants have attended the World Congress on Solid Waste Management originating from over 68 countries


– there are over 200,000 informal waste pickers in Dehli ( )


‘Society is moving faster than governments’ (Rubens Rizek, Deputy Secretary for Environment, Government of São Paulo)


– the traffic never stops in what represents the third largest metropolis on Earth with over 20 million people living within greater São Paulo.


– There are 600,000 informal waste pickers in Brazil (Carlos Silva Filho, Regional Development Network Representative of ISWA and Coordinator of the South America sub-regional secretariat for IPLA.)


– motorcyclists repeatedly beep their horns at a regularity unheard of within the UK. They form a staccato rhythm that penetrates the ear and alerts the stationary traffic in its infamously gridlocked state at peak hours


– by 2050 2/3 of the world will live within cities (


‘There is a global waste emergency out there at the moment and we have to consider the cost of doing nothing’ (Philip Heylen, Antwerp, Belgium. Vice-mayor for Culture and Tourism at Stad Antwerpen)


– 20,000 tonnes of solid waste is created daily within São Paulo


– waste pickers _ legislation to force corporate multi-nationals to maintain Best Practice across every global site they operate from _ informal workers _ detritus _ invisibility _ E-waste _ transparency _ from linear to circular economies _ zero waste _ waste management to resource management 


‘Thinking mathematically we have a lot of exponential curves including population, manufacturing, climate change…zero waste is therefore mandatory’ (Rodrigo Sabatini, Brazil. Renewable Resources and the Environment)


‘Climate change will force us to develop adaptive measures’ (Ney Maranhão, Secretary-General of the Institute of Research and Advanced Studies of the Judiciary and the Ministry of Labor, São Paulo)


– São Paulo has the largest fleet of helicopters in the world, with around 500 registered helicopters and 700 flights per day in the city (ão_Paulo)