International Solid Waste Association

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The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is a non-governmental, independent and non-profit association by statutes and follows the mission statement to promote and develop professional waste management worldwide as a contribution to sustainable development.
ISWA's objective is the worldwide exchange of information and experience on all aspects of waste management. The association promotes the adoption of acceptable systems of professional waste management and of public cleansing through technological development and improvement of practices for the protection of human life, health and the environment as well as the conservation of materials and energy resources. (WP)

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. ref

Circular Construction Challenge

The Circular Construction Challenge was launched by Realdania in 2018 as a way of ecouraging greater reuse, recycle and upcycle of waste to new solutions for the built environment.
ISWA is the main communications and dissamination partner for the Circular Construction Challenge - Rethink Waste, attracting international experts on waste value chain to pair them up with the winning design ideas to create scalable construction projects.


ISWA recognises that necessary change requires a collective effort and one organisation alone cannot achieve this. A shared energy to initiate this change and improve waste management practices globally will allow us to meet the sustainability challenges ahead as the world works towards the Sustainable Development Goals. ref