ISWA The International Solid Waste Association is an international, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable waste management worldwide.

ISWA is open to individuals and organisations from the scientific community, public institutions, public and private companies, consultants, and manufacturers, from all over the world working in the field of and interested in waste management.

ISWA has around 1,100 members from more than 70 countries around the world. ISWA is the only worldwide association promoting sustainable and professional waste management. Being part of ISWA will make you part of an extensive network of professional waste managers as well as to international organisations such as UNEP, the WHO, the World Bank or the European Union institutions. Through the 10 ISWA working groups, ISWA provides technical papers and opinions regarding waste practices. By being part of ISWA, you can influence waste management of tomorrow.

But ISWA is much more than this. Member benefits include access to publications, newsletters, conferences and meetings. The ISWA technical and scientific journals (WMR and WMW) are recognised as being essential to those who want to continuously up-date their knowledge of waste management techniques and strategies.

What is ISWA's mission?
ISWAs mission is the promotion of sustainable waste management worldwide through:

  1. efficiency in terms of environmental practice
  2. social acceptability and efficiency in terms of economic viability
  3. advancement of waste management through education and training
  4. support to developing countries through ISWA Development Programme
  5. professionalism through its programme on professional qualifications

In 1998, the WMAA was formally invited to join the International Solid Waste Association and our membership as a full member was ratified at the Charlotte Meeting of the General Assembly that year.

As a full National Member of ISWA, WMAA is are entitled to nominate representatives for the Working Groups of ISWA.

For Further Information
For further information about ISWA please visit www.iswa.org, download one of the membership brochures below, or contact:
General Secretariat
123 Mariahilfer Strasse, 3rd Floor
Vienna, Austria 1060
Telephone: + 43 159 999 8038
Facsimile: + 43 159 999 700
Email: iswa@iswa.org

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ISWA Online Membership

Travelling to meetings and conferences outside Australia is beyond the resources of more than just a fortunate few. ISWA's Online membership scheme will give a view of waste management worldwide to all. In addition, by working with and supporting our international association, WMAA will be in a position to have much more influence and input into its direction and activities.

ISWA is an international, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable waste management worldwide. ISWA is open to individuals and organisations from the scientific community, public institutions, public and private companies, consultants, and manufacturers, from all over the world with an interest in waste management. National associations from over 30 countries belong to ISWA including the USA and China. WMAA has been a fully committed member and supporter of ISWA since its foundation.

WMAA has entered into a special arrangement with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) to offer online ISWA memberships.

The memberships are available at a special rate of 53 Euros and will provide, among other benefits, online participation in various working groups. Nearly all the services on offer will be accessed through the members-only area of the ISWA website, with the exception being the publication Waste Management World, which will be mailed to Online members.

ISWA Online Benefits
Online members will also be able to access the National Member Waste Profile, the Members only area on the website, Abstracts from articles in Waste Management & Research and the Member list in Waste Management World.

They will also receive free online publications, with a further discount of 25% on print or CD-Rom publications. To take advantage of this great offer, join online through the ISWA website now.

**Please note that all ISWA Online Memberships are processed for the calendar year only or part thereof. Members who join between January & October 2008will be due for renewal in January 2009.Members who join in November or December 2008 will be due for renewal in January2010.In accordance with ISWA's policies there will be nopro rataadjustments for members who join between February and October.

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ISWA Regional Development Network


The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) has established Regional Development Networks to more effectively implement its programs outside its traditionally strong areas (i.e. Western Europe and North America).

The aims are:

  • promotion of sustainable waste management in the regions;
  • networking for solving problems locally;
  • promotion of ISWA and linkage to ISWA programs; and
  • member recruitment (National Members, organisation members, and individual members).

So far, three networks have been established:

  • The Asia-Pacific Regional Network (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand);
  • The Balcanien, Middle East and Mediterranean Regional Network (Turkey and Israel); and
  • The Latin America Regional Network (Argentina and Brazil).