ISWA Publication Award 2020

Each year, ISWA's panel of expert judges recognise the publication which they feel offers the most valuable contribution to the promotion of sustainable waste management. This years entrants have been no exception.

14 Oct 2020 -

1st Place:
Global Waste Management: Models For Tackling The International Waste Crisis

By Kamila Pope


We are delighted to award first place to this well-researched and brilliantly written new publication which brings fresh perspectives on an often under-discussed issue of cross-border waste transfers. ISWA’s expert judging panel were unanimous that the publication be awarded first place.


About the book

Among other factors, rapid global population growth, our development model and patterns of production and consumption have increased waste generation worldwide to unsustainable rates. This rise has led to crises in many countries where waste management practices are no longer sound. Global Waste Management outlines the emerging global waste crisis considering the perspectives of developed and developing countries around the world and the international relationships between them. This book provides an ecological viewpoint as well as studying these problems from a legal and justice standpoint.


Global Waste Management contextualises the problems faced when dealing with waste including the causes and origins. Focus is given to cross border waste transfer, as an ongoing and controversial practice, making waste management a global matter. This book scrutinizes existing international, European and Brazilian regulation on waste to highlight the complexity of the subject and the weaknesses of the law. Using a critical and socio-ecological approach, the book proposes an original model of governance to support a new system of global waste management that takes into account ecological sustainability and social justice to overcome the waste crisis. To create these models, a theoretical framework on socio-ecological justice is developed and combined with different discourses and theories described throughout the book. This is the essential guide to understanding the global waste crisis and the future of waste management.

Special Discount for ISWA Members:


ISWA Members can order the book with a special 25% discount. Please contact us with your membership number for your unique code.


Order your copy online here.


2nd Place
Towards higher energy efficiency in future waste-to-energy plants with novel latent heat storage-based thermal buffer system

By H. Xua, W.Y. Linb, F. Dal Magroc, T Lid, X. Pye, and A. Romagnolia


"Energy efficiency of current Waste-to-Energy plants is mainly limited by high temperature corrosion combined with temperature fluctuation of flue gas. This paper introduces a technology based on Phase Change Materials in the combustion chamber and its contribution to higher overall electrical efficiency. This technology encapsulates aluminium alloy-based Phase Change Materials in ceramic bricks similar to traditional refractory bricks in the combustion chamber. The proposed brick allows steam superheating on waterwall by absorbing temperature fluctuations and delivering a higher heat flux."




3rd Place:
Landfill Operational Guidelines, 3rd Edition, ISWA Working Group on Landfill
By ISWA's Working Group on Landfill. 


The ISWA Landfill Operational Guidelines 3rd Edition provides the latest practice in sanitary landfill management used to assist waste managers with day-to-day operations at a sanitary landfill site. The document promotes better professional waste management practices by facilitating the transition from closing dumpsites to the construction and operation of a sanitary landfill. A broad range of topics are covered starting with the basics of site road placement and construction, to methods in preventing bird and vector control.  Partners from 12 different countries participated in the drafting of this document reflecting a large breadth and depth of expertise and experience the textual content.


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