ISWA

Organisation

About ISWA

ISWA's Mission

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.

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ISWA: Working for a better world

ISWA’s vision is an Earth where no waste exists. Waste should be reused and reduced to a minimum, then collected, recycled and treated properly. Residual matter should be disposed of in a safely engineered way, ensuring a clean and healthy environment. All people on earth should have the right to enjoy an environment with clean air, water, seas and soils. To be able to achieve this, we need to work together.

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

To see an overview of ISWA’s current cooperation with International Organisations click here.

Statutes

The relations between the different bodies of ISWA and their establishment, competences and responsibilities are laid down in the Statutes and the Internal Regulations of the association. Changes to the Statutes and Internal Regulations require approval by the General Assembly, two third majority and simple majority respectively.

Organisational Structure

ISWA Organisational Structure

ISWA Members

ISWA Members worldwide

ISWA has the following membership categories:

 

National Members

 

Company/Organisation Members (Platinum, Gold, Silver)

Individual Members

Student Members

Online Members

 

The National Members are non-profit, waste management associations representing the waste management industry in a particular country. Generally, these associations have memberships from both the private and public sector. Based on ISWA regulations, the National Members are the only memberships allowed to vote at the General Assembly and thus, they constitute the governing body of ISWA. ISWA's global waste management network adds up to over 100,000 waste management professionals associated with ISWA National Member organisations alone.

 

Company/Organisation Members are public or private organisations and companies working in or associated with the field of waste management which, depending on the annual dues paid, enjoy a different range of member benefits (see Members section).

Scientific and Technical Committee

The Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) is governed by its Chair and the current Chairs of the ISWA Working Groups. The STC represents ISWA’s technical expertise and coordinates the activities of the Working Groups. Members meet 2-3 times a year, often in connection with the Board meetings. The Chair of the STC is also a member of the ISWA Board.

Task Forces

Ad Hoc Task Forces are established by ISWA to handle special new challenges identified by the Board which require expert and concentrated attention. The Task Forces provide a means for ISWA to obtain specialised information on current key issues and to assist ISWA in policy and programme determination. Task Forces are therefore established for a specific purpose and assignment, and only exist for a predetermined length of time.

Working Groups

The purpose of the ISWA Working Groups is to serve as the principal means for ISWA to deliver its technical and scientific programmes. As such, the Board, General Assembly and ISWA Members look to the Working Groups for technical information and assistance, basic and applied research, professional meetings, and the development and dissemination of information about solid waste management. Currently there are ten Working Groups focusing on different areas of solid waste management.

Regional Development Networks

ISWA Regional Development Network

ISWA has established different Regional Development Networks (RDN) to more effectively reach regions outside of its traditionally strong areas (i.e. Western Europe and North America).

 

The RDNs aim is to promote sustainable waste management by carrying out activities and developing programs that focus on their regions special needs and challenges.

 

There are currently three Regional Development Networks that have been established, each of them represented by one member on the ISWA Board.