ISWA Awards

Publication Award


The ISWA Publication Award has been created with the intention of honoring the author(s) of a publication, article or book which is deemed to be exceptional in its contribution to the field of solid waste management. 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.


Please note, that ISWA Publication Award is eligible only to the author(s) of publication nominated by an existing ISWA Member, Managing Editors or Editorial Board of Waste Management & Research, or Working Group Members. Entries submitted without the nomination will not be taken under consideration. 

ISWA Publication Award 2020 is Accepting Submissions!



The deadline for ISWA Publication Awards 2020 is 23rd August 2020. This winner will be announced at an international ISWA digital event in September 2020, to be announcede. 





Nominations can be made by Managing Editors, Editorial Board of Waste Management & Research, Working Group Members or any ISWA Member with a valid membership.


A nomination needs to be sent by the Nominator to by the 23rd August 2020 and requires the following documents to be accepted:


1. A copy of the paper/article/book in electronic format that qualifies the nominee. The material submitted must be in English, either as published or carefully translated

2. A completed Nomination Form


The paper, article or publication must have been published during the previous calendar year or the current calendar year. 




Members of the Board and Nomination Panel are not eligible for the Award. No ISWA member may nominate him- or herself.


Evaluation Criteria


The Award will be based on the technical merit of the publication/article/book, whether it be a piece of original research, a study of the socioeconomic aspects of waste management, or an examination of waste generation, collection, recovery, treatment or disposal.


The publication/article/book should be engaging and should have adopted an innovative approach to the subject matter, which will clearly demonstrate the author(s) outstanding specialist knowledge of the chosen subject area. It should also have been influential to the field of world-wide waste management and may have sought to highlight and overcome some of the difficulties faced by the industry.


Nomination Panel


An ISWA Nomination Panel will read and rank the nominations. One Board Member is responsible for the calling together of the Nomination Panel. The Nomination Panel will consist of one Board Member, one editor from Waste Management & Research and the STC Chair. The Panel select their Chair along themselves. The Nomination Panel reports a recommendation to the Managing Director. A conclusive recommendation will be made by the Managing Director to the Board who will make the final decision.




The winner shall receive:


1. The right to use a special ISWA commemorative logo

2. The possibility to present the paper at an ISWA international digital event TBA in September 2020


The ISWA Award will be publicised in Waste Management World, Waste Management & Research and on the ISWA home page. All National Members will be asked to include publicity in their national magazines/newsletters.


Read the official Terms of Reference for ISWA Publication Award here. 


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This year the jury unanimously awarded the first prize to the book  “Sustainable Solid Waste Collection and Management” by Ana Pires, Graça Martinho, Susana Rodrigues, and Maria Isabel Gomes. Dave Ross, one of the members of the 2019 judging panel, commented, ‘I would consider assigning this book as required reading for a class on SWM if I were a professor’.

The second prize was awarded to Christopher Clarke, Ian Williams, and David Turner for their paper titled ‘Evaluating the carbon footprint of WEEE management in the UK’. The third prize went to the article titled ‘Changing times' written by Purva Tavri.

ISWA would like to congratulate all the winners and thank those, who submitted their excellent nominations.


This year’s edition of the ISWA Publication Award attracted 15 strong submissions tackling a variety of pressing topics on the global waste management agenda. After a careful consideration, the judging panel finally decided to distinguish three entries from the received nominations.

The first prize, a cash prize in the amount of € 2,500 and publication of the winning entry in Waste Management World and Waste Management and Research magazines, was awarded to the book ‘Challenging Changes, Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy' authored by Ad Lansink, the creator of the Ladder of Lansink waste hierarchy. 

‘A very comprehensive review of waste management as a whole through the eyes of the circular economy and waste hierarchy.  Excellent publication’, commented Derek Greedy, ISWA National Member Representative and Member of the Publication Award Panel.

The second and third prizes were awarded to ‘Inclusion of Informal Collectors into the Evolving WMS in Serbia - A Roadmap for Integration’ by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and ‘Making Waste Work: A Toolkit’ by Zoë Lenkiewicz and Mike Webster from WasteAid UK respectively.

The prizes will be officially awarded at the Awards Gala during the ISWA World Congress 2018. Mr Ad Lansink will also be present at the ISWA booth for a meet and greet event. More information to come.

ISWA would like to congratulate all the winners and thank those, who submitted their excellent nominations.

ISWA Publication Award 2017

The first prize of ISWA Publication Award 2017 was awarded to:


Combined Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment as a Support Tool for Solid Waste Management Decision Making, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016, Elsevier, by David A. Turner, Ian D. Williams, Simon Kemp 


Nominated by CIWM 


The second place was awarded to:


Towards a Circular Economy: Exploring Routes to Reuse for Discarded Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Science Direct, 2017, Elsevier, by Christine Cole, Alex Gnanapragasam, and Tim Cooper 


Nominated by Zero Waste Scotland 


The third place was awarded to:


Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design, Greenleaf UK, 2016, by Robert Crocker 


Nominated by Kat Heinrich, Chair of the ISWA Young Professionals 


The Prizes were awarded at the 2017 ISWA World Congress in Baltimore in September. 


View the video of ISWA Publication Award 2017 Ceremony at ISWA World Congress & WASTECON® 2017 here.


There were a number of outstanding nominations for the ISWA Publication Award 2016 and the judges found great difficulty in determining an overall winner due to the top-class level of and wide variety of subject matter covered by these submissions.


Three outstanding publications emerged following the panel review. One of these

publications, however, was the joint report by ISWA and UNEP – The Global Waste Management Outlook by David Wilson et al. Due to the nature of the publication, ISWA’s contribution to it and the amount of publicity it has received, it was decided by ISWA’s STC Chair that this award should be recognised, but not considered for the ISWA Publication Award 2016. The GWMO was an outstanding and ground-breaking achievement of significant importance to the industry and should be recognised for this. ISWA will continue to promote this work and disseminate it across the industry.


Therefore, it was decided that the other two outstanding nominations, following a panel deadlock, would be jointly awarded with the 2016 ISWA Publication Award. These were:


Greenhouse gas emission factors for recycling of source-segregated waste materials; Publication: Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 105, Part A, 186-197, 2015 by Turner, D.A.; Williams, I.D. and Kemp.


Nominator: Chris Murphy on behalf of the CIWM ISWA Committee   


Valuing Informal Integration: Inclusive Recycling in North Africa and the Middle East; GIZ and SWEEP-net, Eschborn Germany, 2015 by Anne Scheinberg, Rachel A. Savain et al


Nominator: Maarten Goorhuis on behalf of NVRD, Dutch Solid Waste Association


The Prizes were awarded at the ISWA World Congress 2016 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

ISWA Publication Award 2015

There were 8 nominations for the ISWA Publication Award 2015 and the judges found great difficulty in determining an overall winner due to the top-class level of and wide variety of subject matter covered by these submissions. However, one clear winner emerged.


The first prize of the ISWA Publication Award 2015 was: 


Wasteaware’ Benchmark Indicators for Integrated Sustainable Waste Management in Cities, Plus User Manual by David Wilson et al 


This text, as the panel indicates, was very much in line with ISWA’s mission and goals in promoting sustainable waste management in developing countries. This publication contributes to one of the major issues in integrated solid waste management (ISWM) in developed and developing countries. This paper has the potential to assist many countries in the world developing sustainable ISWM strategies.  

The second place was awarded to:


Progress and Challenges to the Global Waste Management System by Jagdeep Singh, Rajib Sinha, Björn Frostell,(KTH Royal Institute of Technology) Rafael Laurenti (KTH Royal Institute of Technology & IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute) 


The third place was awarded to:


New Developments in Landfill Sealing Systems Using Coated GCLs by Amir Shahkolahi, Jason Crase and Raymond Chow


The award presentation ceremony took place during the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, on Tuesday, 8th September 2015. 


The judging panel comprised of:


Antonis Mavropoulos, Board Member and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee of ISWA 

Alexei Atudorei, Board Member 

Sunil Herat, Editorial Board Member, Waste Management & Research 

ISWA Publication Award 2014

The joint first prize of ISWA Publication Award 2014 was awarded to:


Municipal Waste Management in Asian and Pacific Islands: Challenges and Sollutions by Agamuthu Pariatamby and Masaru Tanaka (eds.), published by Springer-Verlag, Singapore, 2014




Handbook of Recycling: State-of-the-art for Practitioners, Analysts and Scientists by Ernst Worrell and Markus Reuter (eds.), Elsevier Science Publishing, 2014


Third place was awarded to:


Practical Guide to Sustainability in Small Business by By João Mello et al

ISWA Publication Award 2013

The first prize of ISWA Publication Award 2013 was awarded to the following publication:

An Analytical Framework and Tool (‘InteRa’) for Integrating the Informal Recycling Sector in Waste and Resource Management Systems in Developing Countries by Costas Velis et al, published in WM&R


This paper addresses an important area of waste management in developing countries, i.e. the informal recycling sector; and offers a practical framework for designing successful initiatives to integrate the informal sector into formal waste management systems. It is in fact true that the informal sector can account for an important percentage of waste management recycling activities in developing countries and in this sense the value of this paper is huge considering developing countries as probably the currently most important market for waste management industry regarding technology transfer and informal sector adaptation to this technology application.


Innovative approach for a crucial problem of waste management in most of the emerging metropolises - it is a good starting point for building new decision-making tools in order to create alternative frameworks for including informal recyclers in sustainable SWM systems.


The second place was awarded to: 


Decision Support Models for Solid Waste Management: Review and Game-Theoretic Approaches by Karmperis, A.C., Aravossis, K., Tatsiopoulos, I.P., Sotirchos, A., published in Waste Management, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pages 1289-1300


The third place was awarded to:

Managing the Global Waste in the 21st Century: As an Anthropologist Views It by Dipak R. Pant, published in LIUC Papers, N° 263, March 2013

ISWA Publication Award 2012

The first prize of ISWA Publication Award 2012 was awarded to the following publication:


Metabolism of the Anthroposphere –Analysis, Evaluation, Design by ProfessorPaul H. Brunner and Mr Peter Baccini, published by MIT Press, 2012


The panel believes the book makes a good contribution to understanding the challenges of resource and waste management; challenges current thinking about these issues and will be a useful reference book for both practitioners and policy makers


The second prize was jointly awarded to:


Designing for Zero Waste. Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment by  Professor Steffen  Lehmann  and  Dr  Robert  Crocker,  published  by Earthscan, Abingdon,  Oxfordshire, 2012




Is biodegradability a desirable attribute for discarded solid waste? Perspectives from a national landfill greenhouse gas inventory model by Mr James M. Levis and Mr Morton A. Barlaz, published Environmental Science and Technology, 2011, Vol 45, No 13, pages 5470 -76 

ISWA Publication Award 2011

There were 5 nominations for the ISWA Publication Award for 2011 and the judges found great difficulty in determining an overall winner due to the wide variety of subject matter covered by these submissions. However, a clear winner emerged when we were all forced to make our overall choices.

The winner of the ISWA Publication Award 2011 was:


Biological Processes for Treatment of Landfill Leachate,  the Journal of Environmental Monitoring volume 12, pp 2032-47 in 2010 by by Dr Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan and his co-authors: Waihung Lo, G Chan and E T Sillanpaa. 


The review covers a literature survey of 188 papers published between 1976

and 2010 with a critical analysis of the technical applicability of a range of biological treatments for leachate treatment. The main techniques evaluated for their advantages and limitations are: activated sludge, sequencing batch reactors, aerated lagoons and upflow anaerobic sludge blankets. From the review no single treatment is applicable for removing recalcitrant contaminants from

leachate. Therefore a combination of physical and biological techniques will be needed to provide effective leachate treatment.

The second place was taken by a book Municipal Waste Management in Asia and the Pacific Islands edited by Professor P Agamuthu based in Malaysia and Professor Masaru Tanaka based in Japan.

This book shows the progress made in waste management in the World’s most economically dynamic region through a number of detailed case studies.


The third place was held by the two volume tome Solid Waste Technology and Management by Thomas H Christensen of the Technical University of Denmark based in Copenhagen and his associates.


Solid Waste Technology and Management provides a comprehensive approach to

making waste management sustainable. This work builds on the research on life cycle analysis which made Thomas Christensen and his colleagues previous winners of the ISWA Publication Award in 2009.


The judging panel comprised:

Jeff Cooper, President of ISWA

Antonis Mavropoulos, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee of ISWA

Giovanni Vallini, Editorial Board of Waste Management & Research

ISWA Publication Award 2010

The first prize of ISWA Publication Award 2010 was awarded to the following publication:


Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities by Anne Scheinberg, David C. Wilson and Ljiljana Rodic