Flagship Projects

Creating Zero Waste Communities

The ISWA Young Professional Group in partnership with the UN-Habitat’s Waste Wise Cities Program are launching the 2023-24 flagship program “the call for best practices on awareness and education initiatives for creating zero-waste communities”. We are looking for innovative, effective, and replicable best practices that have achieved measurable outcomes in waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.

The winning best practices would be awarded with a prize money First prize – 1000 Euros, Runners up – ISWA one-year paid membership.

To participate in the call for best practices, submit your best practice along with supporting materials, such as educational materials, posters, flyers, or videos, and pictures of the initiative implementation before 30th September 2023 to ypg@iswa.org


Download the Submission Template here!


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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.

That’s Rubbish

Help us undercover myths that are being perpetuated so we can talk about them and uncover the truth with research, rationality and reason!

This could relate to anything in waste: legislation, policy, transport, separation, statistics, journalism or treatment. Examples could be news articles, social media posts, tv shows or documentaries…

Head to our Facebook or LinkedIn to share a myth!

The Face Behind My Waste

The intension was to shine a light on those working in the world of waste management.

Their efforts are essential to ensure healthy and safe living conditions for all of us everyday.

You can check out all the awesome submissions by searching the hashtag #TheFaceBehindMyWaste on Facebook.

Mapping The World’s Waste Challenges

The aim was to collect as many responses as possible to create a ‘World Waste Map’ that displays major waste challenges by country.
Over 1400 waste and resource professionals across 87 countries, home to
over 80% of the world’s population followed our call, and took part in the vote to select the number one waste challenge they are facing in their country.