Raising the Profile of Waste Management for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

Why is ISWA specifically targeting mayors and municipalities? ISWA's mission is to promote and develop sustainable waste management worldwide, to create a cleaner-healthier planet. To achieve this, ISWA's know-how and best practices need to be accessible to decision makers and those who influence policy on regional and national levels.


Over the coming years, ISWA will organise events and workshops specifically aimed at mayors and municipalities and will tailor it's knowledge and projects into accessible, executive summaries for decision makers.


The overall objective is to raise the profile of ISWA and sustainable waste management to the highest level by engaging mayors and municipal leaders.



Honorary Vice Mayor, City of Antwerp, Belgium


Mr Philip Heylen serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ISVAG (Inter-municipal Waste Management Organisation) in Antwerp, Belgium. He is currently Business Development Manager at Ackermans & van Haaren, a diversified group active in four core segments:Marine Engineering & Contracting, Private Banking, Real Estate & Senior Care and Energy & Resources.


Mr Heylen is also the honorary vice-mayor of the city of Antwerp and a member of the city council. He graduated in law from the University of Antwerp.


First Deputy Mayor Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel

Chairman Hiriya Recycling Park, Tel Aviv

ISWA board member 


Doron Sapir currently sits on the ISWA Board, representing National Members. 


Mr. Sapir is the first Deputy Mayor of the City of Tel Aviv and the Chairman of Dan Region Association of Towns.


In December 1998, Mr. Sapir was elected chairman and Acting Executive Director of the Dan Region Association of Towns. In this role he has worked on the environmental rehabilitation of the Hiriya open dumpsite. He headed a team that advanced and managed the development of the Ariel Sharon waste and recycling park. He also advanced the very sucessfull educational programme at Hiriya, which currently sees 100,000 people every year visit the site. 

Pierre-Yves COUSTEAU

CEO and Founder of Cousteau Divers, non-profit organization for marine conservation.


Pierre Yves Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves and founder of Cousteau Divers, will talk about the impact of waste on oceans.


Founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Society has more than 50,000 members worldwide. Under the leadership of President Francine Cousteau, the Society continues the unique explorations and observations of ecosystems throughout the world that have helped millions of people understand and appreciate the fragility of life on our Water Planet. Half a century of protecting water systems has expanded to embrace a wide variety of programs to encourage communities to achieve sustainable harmony with Nature as the Cousteau Label program. Headquartered in Hampton, Virginia, membership-supported, not-for-profit environmental education organization, the Society is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for present and future generations.