International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

ISWA journals Waste Management World and Waste Management & Research. The offices of ISWA`s National Members are to be considered as ISWA offices around the world. The National members of ISWA are chartered not for profit waste associations in the various countries. They all represent both public and private sector solid waste management organisations and individuals in each country.

Company details

Auerspergstrasse 15, Top 41 , Vienna , 1080 Austria

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Waste Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €

ISWA's Mission
ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – is a global, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to fulfil its declared mission:

“To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide“

ISWA achieves its mission through:

  •     Efficiency in terms of environmental practice
  •     Social acceptability and efficiency in terms of economic viability
  •     Advancement of waste management through education and training
  •     Support to developing countries through ISWA Development Programme
  •     Professionalism through its program on professional qualifications.

The ISWA by-laws (STIROG) are constituted by the Statutes, Internal Regulations, and Operational Guidelines.

Changes to the Statutes and Internal Regulations require approval by the General Assembly (two third majority and simple majority respectively) whereas the Operational Guidelines can be changed by decisions from the Board.

ISWA: Working for a better world

ISWA’s vision is an Earth where no waste exists. Waste should be reused and reduced to a minimum, then collected, recycled and treated properly. Residual matter should be disposed of in a safely engineered way, ensuring a clean and healthy environment. All people on earth should have the right to enjoy an environment with clean air, water, seas and soils. To be able to achieve this, we need to work together.

Objectives and Implementation

ISWA works to protect human health and the environment as well as to ensure sustainable resource management and provides the following scientific, economic and social instruments:

  • International network, to share knowledge and experience in sustainable waste management and climate change mitigation
  • Expert working groups to advance knowledge and expertise
  • All kinds of professional events for the dissemination of information
  • Education and training courses tailored to the trainees needs including a qualification and certification programme
  • Professional publications including high quality research journals and magazines, up to date studies and developments from all over the world
  • Cooperation with all stakeholders in waste management, particularly the National Members of ISWA as well as with International Organisations and Institutions
  • Projects in developing economies to establish sustainable waste management practices
  • Raising the level of international awareness of the global waste emergency and finding funding instruments to combat this especially in developing economies
  • Ensuring international fora recognise the importance of good waste management for health, economic, social and overall environmental progress towards a more sustainable society

ISWA arose from a merger of two well established International Organisations, a Solid Waste- and a Public Cleansing Association, in 1970.

At the 4th International Congress of IRGRD, the International Research Group on Refuse Disposal, held in Basel, Switzerland, in June 1969, Prof Dr O. Yaag of Switzerland, as Congress President, declared that a merger would take place of the International Association of Public Cleansing (INTAPUC) and the International Research Group on Refuse Disposal (IRGRD).

On 1 January 1970, both organizations have been united under a new charter and the new name of the foundation was ISWA, depicting the International Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Association.

The first President of ISWA, Prof Richard Kojetinsky of Austria, also at the above mentioned Basel Congress in 1969, already contoured the scope and the mission of ISWA...”Then, I expressed my sincere hope that international co-operation and personal contacts would finally contribute to mutual understanding from country to country and that a positive effect upon the politics of our world would result therefrom. Now, let us continue the international collaboration in the broad field of environmental pollution control, convinced that progress will be made for the benefit of mankind. Let us continue our work, hoping that in this sense, we may contribute a little bit to the solution of the biggest problem of the general public and government, namely to, in the end, guarantee a peaceful state of mind and a healthy life for all men”.

It can be said that ISWA has been founded on a stable basis of practical experience and academic research. It has drawn on the worldwide expertise of waste management.