CIWM - Our Role in the Sector

As the leading professional body for resource and waste professionals, CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the voice of the sector and represents over 5,500 individuals and organisations in the UK and overseas. 

Through our members, and our wholly owned subsidiaries WAMITAB and CIWM Enterprises, the CIWM group has a unique understanding of the sector. Our professional knowledge and trusted reputation enables us to inform and influence legislation and policy, playing a vital part in shaping the future role and reputation of the sector.

Our Vision

Making the best and safest use of resources to protect and enrich life on our planet

As humanity has grown and developed, the stresses we place on our environment and human health from the extraction, use and disposal of resources have grown too. As competition for those resources intensifies, the economic and social consequences of poor resource management become ever more serious. The safe and professional management of resources throughout their life cycle is therefore an increasingly urgent priority. It is people who decide how we manage resources and the CIWM Group exists to help them decide correctly.

Our Mission

To influence, inform and inspire the sustainable management of resources and waste

Founded in 1898, CIWM is the leading professional membership body for people working in or with the resource and waste management sector. It supports its members to be successful in their roles by providing technical and career advice, information, training and networking. It sets and maintains professional standards, developing and sharing knowledge and best practice. It provides an impartial, influential and respected voice for the sector in policy discussions in Belfast, Brussels, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London, helping to ensure policy development is informed by practical and theoretical understanding and experience.

CIWM has over 5500 members. It is incorporated by Royal Charter and is a charity. Its charitable objects are:

To advance for the public benefit the art and science of wastes management worldwide and so to promote education, the protection of public health and the preservation of the environment, and for that purpose to further and maintain good standards of practice, competence and conduct by all its Members.

Products and services


CIWM Membership 

Find the right level for you and choose from a range of membership grades including Chartered qualifications and enjoy a range of attractive member benefits.

Industry-leading training 

Give your team the confidence and tools to develop their skills, update their knowledge and ensure their competence through our wide range of training courses.  

Cutting-edge conferences and exhibitions

Hear from key thought-leaders and innovators and join the debates on the latest hot topics at an industry-recognised event

Technical advice and support

Access reliable and independent advice from our team of technical experts.  

Networking opportunities

Join an online community, attend local and national events and meet your peers at a CIWM regional centre or special interest group.

Access the very latest sector news

Keep up to date on the latest industry news via the CIWM Journal Website, CIWM Journal magazine and as a member you will receive our dedicated member newsletter.

Unrivalled marketing opportunities

Raise your company’s profile in the sector and communicate your message through advertising and sponsorship across CIWM events, magazines and websites. Download the 2018 Media Pack

For details of the products and services provided by WAMITAB please visit www.wamitab.org.uk