ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – is a global, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest and is the only worldwide association promoting sustainable, comprehensive and professional waste management.

ISWA is open to individuals and organisations from the scientific community, public institutions and public and private companies from all over the world working in the field or interested in waste management. ISWA is the only worldwide waste association, which allows you to net-work with professionals, companies and institutional representatives. Here are some facts and figures on ISWA:

  • ISWA was founded in 1970
  • ISWA has members in more than 80 countries, thereof National Member Organisations in 39 countries
  • ISWA has some 1,400 members worldwide and additionally some 50,000 members associated with our National Member Organisations.


ISWA’s declared mission is: “To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide”. ISWA achieves its mission through:

  • Promoting resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption
  • Support to developing and emerging economies
  • Advancement of waste management through education and training
  • Promoting appropriate and best available technologies and practices
  • Professionalism through its programme on professional qualifications.

Objectives and Implementation

ISWA works to protect human health and the environment as well as to ensure sustainable resource management and provides the following scientific, economic and social instruments:

  • International network, to share knowledge and experience in sustainable waste management and climate change mitigation
  • Expert working groups to advance knowledge and expertise
  • All kinds of professional events for the dissemination of information
  • Education and training courses tailored to the trainees needs including a qualification and certification programme
  • Professional publications including high quality research journals and magazines, up to date studies and developments from all over the world
  • Cooperation with all stakeholders in waste management, particularly the National Members of ISWA as well as with International Organisations and Institutions
  • Projects in developing economies to establish sustainable waste management practices
  • Raising the level of international awareness of the global waste emergency and finding funding instruments to combat this especially in developing economies
  • Ensuring international fora recognise the importance of good waste management for health, economic, social and overall environmental progress towards a more sustainable society

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