ISWA WORLD CONGRESS
The leading international waste management event.
Join us in Oman in 2023!
Since its beginning in 1972, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress has been considered as the industry’s leading solid waste management event which takes place in a different location each year.
The ISWA World Congress is a global meeting which includes high level plenaries as well as technical site visits and a cultural and social programme where waste management professionals, government officials, industry leaders, policy makers, scientists and young professionals meet to exchange views and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for sustainable solid waste management.
The congress is always preceded by the ISWA General Assembly, next to the ISWA board and scientific and technical committee meeting.
UPCOMING EDITION: ISWA WORLD CONGRESS 2023, OMAN
UPCOMING ISWA WORLD CONGRESS LOCATIONS:
The last edition of the ISWA World Congress was held in Singapore 21-23 September 2022. Take a look at the recap here: #ISWA2022 – Singapore slings ISWA back into a physical World Congress! | ISWA
The ISWA World Congress has been hosted by 27 countries over the last 50 years. Please see the map below and an overview of the cities and countries in which the Congress has taken place.
1976 Padua, Italy
1980 London, United Kingdom
1984 Philadelphia, USA
1988 Copenhagen, Denmark
1989 Geneva, Switzerland
1990 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1991 Toronto, Canada
1992 Madrid, Spain
1993 Jonköping, Sweden
1995 Vienna, Austria
1996 Yokohama, Japan
1997 Wellington, New Zealand
1998 Charlotte, USA
1999 Oviedo, Spain
2000 Paris, France
2001 Stavanger, Norway
2002 Istanbul, Turkey
2003 Melbourne, Australia
2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008 Singapore, Singapore
2009 Lisbon, Portugal
2010 Hamburg, Germany
2011 Daegu, Republic of Korea
2012 Florence, Italy
2013 Vienna, Austria
2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
2015 Antwerp, Belgium
2016 Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 Baltimore, USA
2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2019 Bilbao, Spain
2021 Athens, Greece (virtual)
HOSTING A CONGRESS:
How is the location for a Congress decided?
Currently, Congresses are organised to take place every year. Decisions regarding the site of the Congress are made by the ISWA board based on responses to an Expression of Interest and announced during the ISWA General Assembly.
Who is eligible to bid?
Bids for the Congress will be welcomed from ISWA National Member organisations. Experience in hosting international conferences / meetings is an advantage. Backing from a professional organisation in hosting international conferences may be helpful in some locations, but is not a prerequisite for making a bid. Bids will be considered more positively if they have documented the supportive backing of city’s council, and/or a local Chamber of Commerce or tourist organisation.
ISWA is an international organisation and, as such, consideration will be given to a variety of geographical locations for different Congresses. In this way, the international reach of the association is reflected through the Congress venues and attendance from delegates living on different continents is promoted. English is the language used at all ISWA congresses. The host organisation is responsible for the results and financial success of the congress.
The elected host for the ISWA World Congress is also responsible for the organisation of the ISWA General Assembly, ISWA board meeting, and ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee meeting. These occur in the two days before the Congress.
Expression of Interest
The next Expression of Interest is for 2026, for details please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
International Solid Waste Association
The International Solid Waste Association is an international network of waste professionals and experts from around the world whose mission is “To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide and the transition to a circular economy.”
We hope to achieve this by bringing together waste experts from around the world to network, create best practices, produce industry reports, as well publishing our own scientific journal Waste Management and Research. We are the platform that allows our members to share and curate knowledge among their peers.
Get in touch if you have any questions or comments.
Event Manager ISWA
Phone number: +31 (0)10 808 3990
Here are some notable videos from past editions. General information on the world congress can be found at https://www.iswa.org/iswa-world-congress/
ISWA World Congress 2019 Impressions
ISWA World Congress 2018 Impressions
ISWA World Congress 2017 Impressions
ISWA World Congress 2016 Impressions One
ISWA Wolrd Congress 2016 Impressions Two
ISWA World Congress 2016 A Walk through the Venue
ISWA General Assembly 2016
ISWA World Congress 2016 Image Video
ISWA World Congress 2015 Impressions
ISWA World Congress 2014 Impressions
ISWA World Congress 2013 Impressions
ISWA World Congress 2012 ISWA President's Speech
Credits: ABRELPE, ISWA, City of Vienna, ATIA ISWA Italia