The ISWA Young Professionals Group is made up of ISWA members below 35 years old with a shared passion for Solid Waste Management, knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation.

In order to join the YPG, you must be an ISWA member and be under 35 years old. All YPGs are encouraged to volunteer for one of our working groups. Requests to join a working group can be sent to: 

Our vision is an Earth where no waste exists. Before an exhaustive circular material system comes to fruition, waste should be reduced to a minimum, reused creatively, or recycled efficiently. 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.

If you would like to join the YPG send your ISWA membership number and proof of age to and we will add you to our Group.


Announcement: Congratulations to the Winners of ISWA YPG Flagship Project 2023!

After careful consideration of all the submissions, we are pleased to reveal the winners:


1. Plastic Free Market, India:

The “Plastic Free Market” campaign focuses on reducing single-use plastics, promoting sustainable alternatives, and implementing waste management solutions in collaboration with market associations.

2. Sustainable Plastic Management; An Innovative Approach to Responsible Disposal, Sri Lanka:

As the second runner-up, the projects prioritise comprehensive awareness and education initiatives to engage the community and informal waste collectors, fostering lasting behavioural change and ensuring sustainable plastic waste management. These initiatives include workshops, public campaigns, school engagement, and partnerships.

3. NEGLECTED WEALTH by Better and Clean Future – Tanzania:

Another deserving runner-up, the initiative focuses on educating primary and secondary school students in Arusha Municipality about proper waste management practices, with 96 primary schools and an aim to reach 120 by the end of the year, facilitated by Empower Eco’s plastics credit scheme.

Come & Meet ISWA YPG at IFAT Munich 2024!

YPG related sessions at IFAT 2024 will be on 15 & 16 May 2024

Location: Munich, Germany (in-person event)


Speed Networking Sessions for Young Graduates in Germany on Wednesday, 15 May 2024 at 15:45 – 17:00 in Conference Room B32

The Hamburg Institute for Innovation, Climate Protection, and Circular Economy (Hiicce) invited experienced managers and experts to present their company as an employer to young graduates and provide exciting insights into the fields of activity and development opportunities. During this speed networking session, the “greenhorns” will have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas with the “experts” and perhaps get to know their future employers.


ISWA YPG Networking Workshop on Thursday, 16 May 2024 at 10:00 – 12:30 in Conference Room B31

Young scientists and professionals attending IFAT Munich 2024 are invited to join us for an international networking workshop. The event is hosted by the Hamburg Institute for Innovation, Climate Protection, and Circular Economy (Hiicce) in collaboration with ISWA, RETech, DGAW, and IWWG.

If you are interested in joining, please fill out this form: Registration Form.

You may enquire free tickets for IFAT by sending an email to YPG Chair, Dr. Haniyeh Jalalipour at: