2020 Conference

We have been watching the situation regarding the COVID -19 virus and travel concerns.

After much deliberation, we have decided that the appropriate course of action is to cancel the conference this year. While much is unknown, our opinion is that it is best not to bring together people from many different places at this time.

This was a difficult decision. It is the first time in 35 years that it has been necessary to cancel ICSW.

This is of course very disappointing. But we feel it is the correct choice under the circumstances. We are looking ahead to 2021, with the tentative dates on March 14-17.

Thank you for your understanding of the situation.

The 35th International Conference on
Solid Waste Technology and Management

Annapolis (Washington, D.C. Area) U.S.A.

March 22- 25, 2020

Call for Papers

 Click here for a printable Call For Papers that can be posted or distributed

The 35th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A. on March 22-25, 2020.  Participants are expected from over 40 countries.

Researchers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, community leaders and others with expertise in solid waste are invited to submit papers for oral presentation or poster session at the Conference.

Papers related to all aspects of solid waste technology and management are of interest, including:

Landfill topics



Waste reduction

Energy recovery and thermal treatment

Composting and biological treatment



EU directives

Facility siting

Public involvement


Household hazardous wastes

Waste composition studies

Chemical and biochemical treatment

Contaminated sites

Municipal wastes

Industrial wastes

Mining and mineral wastes

Medical wastes

Scrap tires

Agricultural wastes

Research topics


Utilization of waste materials

Case studies

Solid waste dust

Innovative technologies

Waste collection

Waste generation studies

Integrated waste management




Use of waste materials in construction

Environmental impacts

Construction and demolition wastes

Geotechnical topics

Liners, caps, gas and leachate

Environmental equity

Carbon emissions reduction

All other related topics

Notes for abstract submission: 

The abstract should be as brief as feasible (maximum size is 1000 characters).

Online submission is strongly preferred, using the “Submit Abstract” link near the top/right of this page.  If you are unable to use the on-line submission form, a one-page abstract (in English) should be sent to:

Dr. Ronald L. Mersky, Conference Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
Widener University,1 University Place, Chester, PA 19013-5792 U.S.A.
e-mail: solid.waste@widener.edu  Fax: 610 499 4461  Phone: 610 499 4042

Include: the paper title; the names of all authors; the complete postal and email addresses of the corresponding author; a brief abstract. Indicate if you wish to present the paper as an oral presentation, poster session, or both.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 31, 2019.  Early submission is encouraged.

A discounted Conference registration fee will be available for authors of accepted papers.

Student presentations will be included in the Conference.

Written versions of papers presented at the Conference may be published in the Conference Proceedings.

Papers presented at the Conference may be reviewed for possible publication in the Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management.

Authors may submit multiple abstracts.  However, no person may present more than two papers at the Conference.

To learn about the Conference structure, you may wish to view the agenda of the 34th Conference: 34th Agenda