International Solid Waste Association World Congress 2020

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The ISWA World Congress is the most prestigious international congress for the waste management sector, and Rotterdam is proud to host and organise the congress in 2020, in partnership with the NVRD. In 2020, the congress will focus on a wide range of issues such as separate collection and recycling, waste treatment, marine litter and the circular economy. These issues align with Rotterdam’s ambition to lead the pack when it comes to the circular economy. By 2050, waste will no longer exist in our city.

The ISWA World Congress is a global meeting which includes high level plenaries as well as technical site visits and a cultural and social programme where waste management profes- sionals, government officials, industry leaders, policy makers, scientists and young professionals meet to exchange views and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for sustainable solid waste management.

The Organisers: NVRD

Uniting the Dutch waste management sector, the NVRD is a longstanding and highly active ISWA National Member. Founded in 1907, with over a hundred years of history and experience, NVRD is the largest Dutch waste management association. NVRD has a professional grade event-department, accountable for several larger and smaller events every year.

The Netherlands as a country are increasingly committed to transform into a circular economy. This transition has been outlined in a dedicated programme entitled “From waste to resource” under the Dutch Green Growth Strategy and has been further developed in the Nationwide Circular Economy Approach, the NVRD being one of the partners. The aim of this programme is to reach new and unprecedented levels of waste reduction and recycling and to close material loops.


The ISWA 2020 World Congress will create an interactive environment aiming to exchange views and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge on sustainable waste management. The guiding theme for the conference is the transition towards a regenerative economy. Leading topics of the congress will be:

  • Waste Treatment and Recycling
  • Circular and Low Carbon Economy
  • Innovation in Cities
  • Marine Litter
  • Construction and Demolition Waste

For more information and tickets please visit the website.

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