Future waste management programs must be put into practice in conjunction with sound policies that restrict the use of fossil fuels and natural resources and contribute to the reduction of emissions into the environment. This strategy should be based on a sound scientific basis, without ideology, politics or financial interests, and should be implemented on a world-wide basis and not limited to industrialized countries. There is, in fact, a relatively large deficit of proper waste management programs in many developing countries, where tailor-made concepts and appropriate technologies must be developed, paying due consideration to cultural, economic, religious, climatic and other factors. To achieve this goal, existing waste management options must be evaluated for implementation, new strategies must be formulated, and innovative solutions need to be found.
Based on these needs, the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) was established in 2002. From the outset, the IWWG did not set out to contrast or to compete with existing professional organisations, but rather to serve as a forum whose main objective was to meet a world-wide demand for a new scientific platform geared towards the scientific and professional community in waste management. The IWWG is a non-profit organisation, founded by the following group of waste professionals from both academic and private sectors: