Waste & resources

We live on a planet with a finite supply of resources and continuing with wasteful patterns of resource use is not sustainable. Even the most conservative projections for global economic growth over the next decade suggest that with an increasing global middle class, demand for oil, coal, iron ore and other natural resources will rise by at least a third.

Waste management focusses on the end of a product’s life, however efforts must be targeted at the opportunities to prevent waste by influencing the design, production and use of products, and to promote a circular flow of resources and materials within economies.

CIWEM’s work in this area covers the circular economy, waste management regulation and policy, recycling and other components of the waste hierarchy and wider resource management.


Technical Panels working in relation to waste and resources are:

Waste Management Panel

Contaminated Land Network

Wastewater and Biosolids Panel


Read our in-depth reports:

Addicted to plastic: microplastic pollution and prevention many green bottles - Copy Less is More, waste prevention and resource optimisation across a life cycle
Cuadrilla rig -web Shale Gas and Water 2016



Policy position statements are available on the following related subjects:

Waste and Resource Management Microplastic pollution
Wastewater biosolids – treatment and use The use of peat
Co-digestion of sewage sludge and waste Control of odour
Composting Contaminated land
Protecting and enhancing soils Energy Recovery from Waste
Mechanical biological treatment of waste Brownfield Development
Phosphorus Environmental impacts of combined sewer overflows
Waste Management and Climate Change