2020 Blog writing Competition

“Impacts and opportunities from COVID-19"

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group (YPG) calls on young professionals and students from around the world to create a blog post exploring how COVID-19 exposed fragilities and strengths of waste management worldwide. Take part to win the publication at Waste Management World Magazine and win a yearly ISWA membership.

The theme of this year’s competition, ‘Impacts and opportunities from COVID-19’, is a challenge for all of us to join the ongoing discussion aimed at improving waste and resource management -  minimize waste generation, improve resilience and unveil the excellence of the ground workforce.

This competition fits perfectly with the ISWA YPG’s 2020 flagship project #TheFaceBehindMyWaste which is a global campaign to celebrate the people who collect waste all around the world. Increasing knowledge on the conditions of people working in waste during COVID-19 pandemic and get their ideas about how to prevent waste generation and improve collection and separation.

Bloggers are challenged to envision how individuals, communities, waste management companies, municipalities and government can increase the resilience of the waste sector and share best practices.

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


      1st winner – Blog publication at Waste Management World magazine and ISWA website – blog section. A two-year individual ISWA membership (worth up to €400)

      2nd winner – a one-year individual ISWA membership (worth up to €200)

      3rd Winner – a one-year individual ISWA membership (worth up to €200)


      Open for Blog submission: 17th August 2020

      Blog Submission Deadline: 2nd October 2020

      Winners Announcement: 23rd October 2020


      Entries must be in English. Writing should be concise and correct. British or American spelling is accepted if used consistently throughout the post.

      Entrants must be between 18 and 35 years of age.

      Entries must be submitted by the author and not on someone else’s behalf.

      Each entrant may only submit one blog post.

      The blog post must be original.

       All sources must be cited using either APA or Chicago style.

      It is not a requirement to be a member of ISWA. However, participants (especially those who are considering a career in the waste industry) are encouraged to join ISWA to access invaluable benefits and support to progress in their careers. Discounted participation rates to ISWA events and Congresses are available to students.

how to enter the contest

To enter the competition, bloggers should:

      Write a compelling blog post up to 600 words (excluding citations and figures) on this year's theme, ‘Impacts and opportunities from COVID-19’’.

      Post the blog post on Facebook, your own website, or LinkedIn. 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 2020 ISWA YPG Blog-writing Competition. The ISWA Young Professionals Group is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry.

c)     Use the hashtags #ISWAYPGblog2020 and #TheFaceBehindMyWaste

      Fill in this form - with:

a)     Blog in a PDF document.

b)     Short biography (50 words).

c)      List of links of blog posts.

d)     Name.

e)     Email.

f)      Age.

g)     Nationality.

h)     Affiliation.

i)       Job.

j)       Photo.

      For queries send an email to ypg(at)iswa.org with the email's subject: ISWAYPGblog2020_First Name_Last Name.

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

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA for the selection of the best blog:

      Qualified entries will undergo a full process of double-blind assessment.

       The score will be distributed (70% - Reviewers’ scores 30% - Number of shares and likes in the original(s) post(s) shared by the participant, received by the 2nd October 2020.)

      The quality and relevance between the identification of the issue and the proposal.

      The expression of ideas in a concise and specific manner.

      Decisions from Judges are final.



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 license does not preclude the author publishing the blog on their own personal named website or personal named blog pages.

The ISWA YPG reserves the right to reject an entry in its sole discretion if the content of the blog violates the policies of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), or, in the sole discretion of ISWA, is inappropriate or unsuitable for publication by ISWA.

We reserve the right to modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the competition which shall be notified.


The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group (YPG) was founded in 2013. It is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry. Our members enjoy a variety of activities. Examples of projects delivered by ISWA’s YPG are the annual Online Conference, ISWA’s Mentorship Program, events, and online thematic discussions.