ISWA-Germany is the German National Membership of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), represented by the two German associations DGAW and RETech. Both associations share the German National Membership. ISWA is an international network of waste professionals and experts from around the world whose mission is “To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide and the transition to a circular economy”. Therefore, ISWA Germany is the interface for waste management worldwide.

DGAW and RETech inform on this website about the latest ISWA-Germany activities. In addition, the associations regularly send out an individual newsletter about all ISWA activities and events as well as they organize webinars together to inform about the ISWA Working Groups. The website and the webinars are arranged for members but also for interested persons and organizations. However, to participate in the ISWA Working Groups it is necessary to be a member of DGAW or RETech. Besides that, all members of the associations have access to the ISWA publications “Waste Management & Research” and “Waste Management World” as well as to the “ISWA Knowledge Base”, which provides the latest information on all aspects of waste management.

Prof. Dr. Michael Nelles generously agrees to coordinate our work as a main contact person in charge. He is the chair of Waste and Resource Management department at the University of Rostock and Scientific Managing Director at the German Biomass Research Center as well as a member of both boards, RETech and DGAW.

Become a member to support us in our activities around ISWA Germany and actively participate in the working groups to make a difference together.



16 January 2023

The Young Professional Group of Germany was successfully launched during IFAT, Munich 2022.
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ISWA-YPG: waste generation and characterization training course

16 January 2023

Calling all young professionals and aspiring students in the field of solid waste management! Join us for a 2-day online training course
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The vice chair of ISWA YPG for the year 2023 is elected from the German chapter!

2 January 2023

Every year, the ISWA YPGs vote to elect a new vice chair, as the former vice chair takes over the chair post.
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Guest Blog: ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG) at World Congress 2022

24 October 2022

The 2022 ISWA World Congress brought together members of the ISWA YPG in Singapore in September 2022. The YPG-Germany chair was invited to share her experience as an ISWA-Blog guest. Please click here to view the blog.

Summary of the ISWA-Germany Meeting

18 October 2022

On October 18, 2022, the second Virtual Meeting of the Working Group "ISWA-Germany" in the year 2022 was held and the activities of the German organizations within the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) were presented by Dr. Michael Nelles. The slides presented during the event can be found here. If you are interested in a topic, please contact us.

ISWA World Congress from 21 to 23 September 2022 in Singapore.

5 October 2022

With more than 1,000 participants on site from 51 nations, ISWA had an excellent restart of the World Congress with Germany being very well represented, particularly with the members of the RETech-DGAW working group ISWA Germany.

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