The project works closely with local authorities and national industry associations to understand how the pandemic is affecting waste management in practice. The National Association of Waste Disposal Officers, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, and Waste Industry Safety and Health forum are our three key industry partners. If you represent an industry organisation, local authority, or company and would like to discuss the project, please get in touch with Dr Angeliki Balayannis (

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
CIWM is the leading professional body for resource and waste professionals. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. It represents over 5,500 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. The organisation informs legislation and policy, playing a vital part in shaping the role and reputation of the sector.

National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO)
NAWDO represent the interests of the professional local authority officers with statutory responsibilities for waste disposal and treatment. NAWDO’s members represent around 80% of all local authorities with waste disposal duties and include London Boroughs, Joint Waste Disposal Authorities, Waste Partnerships, Metropolitan, Unitary, County Councils and Combined Authorities from all UK regions except Scotland.

Waste Industry Safety and Health forum (WISH)
WISH aims to identify, devise and promote activities that can improve waste industry health and safety performance. It comprises a partnership of the Health and Safety Executive, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association, industry unions, non-government organisations, large waste operators, and associated working groups.

Local authorities
Statutory responsibility for waste management in the United Kingdom is distributed to local authorities. The project is therefore working closely with a range of different local authority officers – specifically in London as a COVID-19 hotspot – to understand changes to waste management in practice.