ISWA Awards

Communication Award

ISWA Communication Award

Each year ISWA honours an excellent Waste Communication Campaign that increases public awareness and promotes sustainable waste management. The awarded campaign is recognised at the ISWA World Congress. The award is open for participation for both ISWA members and non-ISWA members.  


We are pleased to announce that the ISWA Communication Award 2017 is now open for submissions.  


This award has been designed to honour excellent Waste Communication Campaigns that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste management. Nominations can be submitted until 08 May 2017 by any organisation, for a Communication Campaign fulfilling these criteria.


As the award is open for participation for both ISWA members and non-ISWA members please either submit your nomination and/or forward this invitation at your discretion.


Please find the Terms of Reference here for your information.


Submissions can be uploaded here, with the following information in English:


• A short description and objectives of the campaign


• Some PDF and/or multimedia examples of the nominated campaign's communication material (max. 5 files with max. 10 MB each). 


For more detailed information, please review the Guidelines for Submission here.


We are looking forward to your submissions!


ISWA Communication Award 2016: results


This year we again had a good participation for the ISWA Communication Award: 13 candidates from 11 different countries submitted their – mostly very interesting – nominations.


The judging panel had an excellent selection of waste management communication promotions to assess in 2016 and found it difficult to determine an overall winner from those put forward. The first three were separated by only a few points.


Finally, the panel decided upon the following as the winner of the 2016 Communication Award:


"Making waste reduction hip! Second-hand items at ‘48er-Tandler’"

run by MA 48 from Austria


The jury deemed this campaign the best project because of its strengths on all fundamental elements that make communication and social marketing plans effective. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the quality of planning, in which a clear strategy with detailed and measurable goals was outlined.


“Sorpanos” by Sorpa, Iceland, made the second place, and Italy provided our third winner with Ancitel Energia e Ambiente SPA’s ambitious initiative “I don't refuse - to sort refuse! (Non mi rifiuto).


The award presentation ceremony took place during the ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia September 2016.



Presentation of the ISWA Communication Award 2016 to the winners at the Awards Ceremony during the ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia