The 2018 ISWA YPG UK Blog-Writing Competition ‘A WORLD WITHOUT WASTE’, IS NOW OPEN

24 Mar 2018 -

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group (YPG) calls on young professionals and students who are residents in the UK to create a blog post exploring how we could make the transition towards zero waste communities for a chance to win up to £300.


This theme of this year’s competition, ‘A world without waste', a challenge for all of us to join the ongoing discussion on how best we can minimise waste generation and reduce our impact on the planet. This competition fits perfectly with the 2018 ISWA YPG’s theme #WHATHAPPENSTOMYWASTE? which is a global campaign to raise awareness about waste and its diverse impacts on our environment.

Bloggers are challenged to envision how individuals and communities can recycle more in order to progress towards a world without waste.



Suggested themes are:

  • Marine litter
  • Zero waste lifestyle
  • How can innovation and the technology be utilised to introduce effective and smart waste management systems?
  • Plastic pollution
  • Food waste
  • Community solutions to waste

Entries should be original, engaging, passionate, and no longer than 600 words. Participants can increase their chances of winning by promoting their post on social media, as the resonance of blogs will be considered by the judges.

Competition awards:


  • 1st prize = £300
  • 2nd prize = £200
  • 3rd prize = £100




  • The launch of the competition: 1st April 2018
  • The deadline for submitting entries: 15th June 2018
  • The awarding ceremony will take place in September (during our annual flagship event at RWM Exhibition, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham)


Entry requirements

  • Entrants must be between 18 and 35 years of age.
  • A resident in the UK
  • Entries must be submitted by the author and not on someone else’s behalf
  • It is not a requirement to be a member of either ISWA or CIWM. However, participants (especially those who are considering a career in the waste industry) are encouraged to join CIWM, ISWA or both organisations. Discounted participation rates are available to students.

How to enter

In order to enter the competition, bloggers should:

1.     Write a compelling blog post (up to 600 words) on this year's theme, A world without waste.

2.     Post the blog post on Facebook. Participants must do the following

        a.     Make sure that the post can be viewed by the public. Follow this link to learn how to make a specific post public on Facebook.

        b.     Include the following text at the end of the post.

This blog has been submitted to the 2018 ISWA YPG Blog-writing Competition. The Young Professionals Group, supported by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management and the International Association of Solid Waste, is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals in order to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry.


The sponsors of this year’s competitions are Veolia and Biffa

        c.     Share the post on the ISWA Young Professionals Group page on Facebook (@ISWAYPG) using the following text, “I just entered the #YPGblog2018 competition to win up to £300. What do you think of my blog? [URL to your post]”

        d.     To increase chances of winning, participants are encouraged to post their stories on various social media platforms and encourage their friends to like and share.

3.     Send your post and a short biography (50 words) in two separate word document by email to ypg(at) . Please make sure to include the following info: Name, Email, Age, Address and job/university. The email’s subject links should follow the following format: [YPGblog2018]_First Name_Last Name

4.     No responsibility is accepted for entries that are disqualified or which are not received for whatever reason.


Assessment criteria

Qualified entries will undergo a full process of double blind assessment. Reviewers’ scores will be weighted to represent 70% of the total score. The remaining 30% will be calculated based on the number of shares and likes the original post on Facebook received by 15th of July 2018.


Copyright, privacy, and liability



  • Copyright in the blog(s) remains with the authors.
  • However, by submitting an entry the entrant gives full rights to ISWA YPG for publication and use of the entry on the ISWA and ISWA YPG website or elsewhere in whatever medium, language, performance, broadcast or form. This licence does not preclude the author publishing the blog on their own personal named website or personal named blog pages.
  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that they maintain the means to receive the prize money.
  • Prize money will be paid in sterling (GBP) and the entrant is responsible for any local taxes or other deductions which may apply.




The Young Professionals Group (YPG), supported by the UK Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) and the International Association of Solid Waste (ISWA), was founded in 2017. It is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals in order to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry. This UK-based chapter is part of a global group which includes 63 members from 34 countries Our members enjoy a variety of activities. Examples of projects delivered by ISWA’s YPG are: the ISWA’s Mentorship Programme, events, and online thematic discussions.



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