Global Community Asks #WhatHappensToMyWaste in a New Campaign by ISWA Young Professionals Group

Members of the public worldwide are asking #WhatHappensToMyWaste as part of a recently launched campaign by the ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG). The initiative aims to raise awareness about waste disposal and management practices in different parts of the world and how to prevent waste at its source.

17 Apr 2018 -

Launched two weeks ago, the campaign's Facebook group has received questions from all corners of the globe; from Haiti to Uganda, Australia to Denmark, Brazil to Pakistan. Participants are encouraged to take a photo or record a video of the type of waste they want to learn more about, tagging each post with the official campaign hashtag #WhatHappensToMyWaste. Aside from the common types of waste such as plastic bottles, packaging and food waste, participants want to know what happens to the electronic waste, nappies, and used tyres after the disposal. 


The campaign is not limited to online activities but also involves schools and community groups, who are encouraged to take part by running excursions, projects and events themed #WhatHappensToMyWaste. Waste companies and experts can reach out to participating schools by offering to host a waste facility tour or giving a talk. 


Become a #WhatHappensToMyWaste Expert

The YPG is seeking help from ISWA members to offer their expertise and help answer questions posted in the Facebook group. To do this, members are asked to join the #WhatHappensToMyWaste Facebook group and answer the questions about waste management and disposal. ISWA members are also invited to comment on posts to help raise awareness about global waste challenges (such as open dumpsites) and sustainable waste and resource management practices.

To find out more about how you can get involved, download the campaign information sheet. To get started now, join the #WhatHappensToMyWaste Facebook group by clicking here.


Visit the official ISWA Young Professionals Group website to learn more about the campaign.

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