Get involved – Join an ISWA Working Group!

Joining an ISWA Working Group is the best opportunity for getting actively involved in our Association. This is the place where ISWA Members benefit from ISWA’s global know-how-exchenage with waste management experts from all over the world.

Working Groups

Biological Treatment of Waste

The WGBTW addresses the biological treatment of the organic fraction of solid waste through aerobic and anaerobic decomposition processes.

Climate Change and Waste Management

WGCCWM is recognising that Climate Change is one of the most important global environmental issues facing our planet, advocates that the waste sector has a very important role to play.

Collection and Transportation Technology

The Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology (WGCTT) addresses the storage, collection, transfer and transport of solid waste.

Communication and Social Issues

The WGC addresses public concerns, comprising public support of and public opposition to waste management policies, public consultation and participation, and communication.

Energy Recovery

The WGER addresses the energy recovery from municipal solid waste, comprising the combustion processes, the efficient production of energy, the control of emissions and the handling of residues.

Governance and Legal Issues

The WGLI serves as a platform for knowledge exchange and as the principal resource to ISWA on legal issues related to waste and resource management. 

Hazardous Waste

The WGHW focuses on the management of hazardous wastes from both industrial and household sources, and the remediation of hazardous waste sites resulting from unacceptable hazardous waste management practices.

Healthcare Waste

The WGHCW works on promoting the integrated provision of the infrastructure for the safe management of health care waste world-wide, within the framework of the objectives, activities and means of implementation established by Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference.


The WGL focuses on the design, construction, regulation and management of landfills, both for industrial and developing nations. 

Recycling and Waste Minimisation

The WGRWM addresses both minimisation of solid waste generation and the separation, processing and marketing of materials removed from the municipal solid waste stream.

European Group

The purpose of this Group is to serve as the principal ISWA resource and voice for the waste management sector within the EU and for the accession countries in Europe and to serve as the principal ISWA network within Europe.

Task Forces

Closing Dumpsites

The TFCD is an international partnership aiming to close dumpsites throughout the world. Itwill accomplish this via site visits, scientific research, and capacity building workshops using ISWA experts and its international network to facilitate this work.

Women Of Waste

WOW is an ISWA Task Force created by women to advocate and spotlight women’s work and achievements in the solid waste management sector.

Marine Litter (ended 2023)

Our aim is to explore and clearly establish the link between sound waste management and the prevention of plastic waste reaching our oceans.


Clean Oceans through Clean Communities

CLOCC is a community & network driven programme aiming to achieve healthy societies and a clean environment – through sustainable communities, green jobs and business opportunities in local circular economies.

Circular and Low Carbon Cities

WGCCWM is recognising that Climate Change is one of the most important global environmental issues facing our planet, advocates that the waste sector has a very important role to play.

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