Our Mission/​statement

Sound waste management practices are the key to reducing marine litter. Our aim is to explore and clearly establish the link between sound waste management treatment and the prevention of plastic waste reaching our oceans.

ISWA’s vision is to create a world where no waste exists. Our mission is to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. Every year at least 8 million tonnes of plastic, the equivalent of one full refuse truck per minute, finds its way into the world’s oceans. If no action is taken, this number is expected to increase to two full refuse trucks of plastics per minute by 2030, and four per minute by 2050.

It is time to turn off the tap.


As a Task Force, we aim to achieve the following objectives: 

Prevent littering and dumping  
Prevent the littering and dumping of waste items, especially in areas where there is an absence of a suitable collection infrastructure. 

Develop practices for sound collection and disposal of municipal waste 
Identify and demonstrate realistic best practices that can be adopted by local, regional, and national authorities. 

Promote a global evolution of efficient resource management 
Promote sufficient value of secondary plastics as part of a resource efficient circular economy.