Working Group

Governance and Legal Issues

The Working Group on Governance & Legal Issues (WGGLI) serves as a platform for knowledge exchange and as the principal resource to ISWA on legal issues related to waste and resource management. The overall interest for the Working Group is the exchange of information and views on legal aspects concerning hot topics in waste management. Currently there is much focus on EU-waste legislation, environmental responsibility and the legal aspects of different kinds of public private partnership.

EPR Library

As presented in ISWA 2019 World Congress in Bilbao, the working group, with the kind support of Expra, has created a collection of papers on the history and current status of EPR programs and producer responsibility programs around the world. Click here to explore the EPR Library.

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Why join the Governance and Legal Issues Working Group?

  • Do you want to discuss with other people having the helicopter view about municipal waste management systems?
  • Do you want to understand how different countries are financing their municipal waste services?
  • Have you heard about Extended Producer Responsibility?
  • Do you want to know more about it, from various jurisdictions and various waste streams?

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Rodrigo Leiva
Rodrigo Leiva


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Joachim Quoden
Joachim Quoden

Vice Chair

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Managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, a new alliance of
packaging recovery organisations currently from more than 17 countries. Since October 2013 he is appointed as chairperson of the legal working group of
ISWA; he was also an expert of the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery.

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