About CIWM

Founded in 1898, CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional membership organisation for individuals in the sustainability, resources and waste management sector. CIWM represents and supports over 5,500 individuals and 250 Affiliated Organisations across the UK and overseas. 

At CIWM, membership means more for professional life: more knowledge, more connections, more resources, more representation, more partnerships and, ultimately, more potential. 

We empower our community of members to achieve success by keeping them updated on the latest news and policy activity from across the sector; providing expert technical advice and information; offering a range of training courses and learning opportunities for all experience levels; promoting the importance of professional development and providing one-to-one career advice; hosting a number of industry-leading events and conferences; and providing a variety of unrivalled networking opportunities, both nationally and on a local level. 

We also play a vital role in shaping the future of the resources and waste management sector. We provide an impartial, influential and respected voice in policy discussions in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, ensuring our members’ views are represented and that policy development is informed by theoretical and practical understanding and experience. 

It is our mission to unite, equip and mobilise our community of members to lead, influence and deliver so that, together, we can achieve our shared purpose: to move the world beyond waste.

In 2021, CIWM received recognition as an Awarding Organisation and End Point Assessment Organisation (England) from the educational regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

This development marked an important milestone in the integration of WAMITAB into CIWM – a move that is intended to strengthen the provision of relevant and fit-for-purpose qualifications, particularly for the resources and waste management sector. 

Our Purpose

We're driven by our purpose to move the world beyond waste

Our Mission

We're clear in our mission to unite, equip and mobilise our professional community to lead, influence and deliver the science, strategies, businesses and policies for the sustainable management of resources and waste.

We're focused on our members, creating more for professional life. The benchmark of professionalism, resources and achievement for our sector.

Our Values

We're led by a collaborative culture: The CIWM Way

Our values are collaboration, creativity, adaptation, determination and consideration.

Our Charitable Objects

Our 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.  

CIWM (WAMITAB) Qualifications

CIWM (WAMITAB) Qualifications is an awarding organisation and charity that develops regulated qualifications for those working in resource management and recycling; cleaning and street cleansing; facilities management and parking from operative through to management level.

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 Circular Online, Circular 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, contact ginny.hunter@ciwm.co.uk

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


Whether you’re looking to find your perfect job in environmental, resource or waste management, or need to advertise a role and find the right candidate www.CIWMJobs.co.uk fully responsive jobsite is the sector’s leading location for both job seekers and recruiters.

Getting to our offices

By car - Brackmills is approximately fifteen minutes from the M1 junction 15. There is limited parking available at the office so parking must be arranged in advance.

By bus – Our office is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Brackmills bus terminus. Buses take around 25 minutes from Northampton centre.

By train - Northampton train station is approximately fifteen minutes by taxi or 40 minutes by bus.