In the 21st century, sustainable waste management is as much about resource management and recovery, as it is about safe and effective disposal.
This course helps participants who either produce waste or handle waste to use information gained to develop a more sustainable and cost-effective way of managing waste in both a local and national context. It follows the principles of the waste management hierarchy to underpin good practice in waste management, in a way that recognizes waste as a resource. This will both help to protect the environment and maximize profit.
Participants will learn to use a range of tools to explore opportunities in waste prevention, re-use and recycling; and in so doing, reduce management costs and create commercial opportunities.
Opportunities for energy generation from biological waste, including food waste, will also be identified.
This course is highly interactive and includes group discussions, case studies and syndicate work. It includes practical exercises that will allow all participants to use the knowledge they gained to implement their skills in Waste Management.
This course is designed for waste managers and supervisors, including managers and supervisors in all waste-producing industries (e.g. including manufacturing and retail.) It is also ideal for municipal waste managers, waste planners (private and public sector) and anyone who wishes to explore opportunities in the management of waste in the 21st century.
Dr. Ken Westlake
Dr. Ken Westlake is a leading waste management trainer, having trained more than 4000 participants globally. In the UK this has included organizations such as the Environment Agency (The biological treatment of waste), BMW (compliance with waste management legislation), and Nottinghamshire County Council (Waste management audits).
As a consultant he has worked in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on topics ranging from Expert Witness work in Court and the management of healthcare waste (both UK) to sustainable hazardous waste management in India and waste masterplan development for the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Environment in Oman. This work has adopted a risk-based approach to advice on legal compliance as well as technical support to a range of waste management activities including composting and landfill development projects.
He has authored more than 40 publications and has contributed to a number of waste management books. More recent publications include the use of waste management as a mechanism for governance reform in Nigeria, as well as a book on sustainable landfill.