Chartered Institution of Wastes Management
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is the leading membership organisation for professionals in the Waste Management Industry in the United Kingdom and overseas. Steve Lee is the CEO, and John Skidmore is President.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) was first established as 'The Association of Cleansing Superintendents of Great Britain' on 25th June 1898, with waste managers from northern and Scottish cities as the main driving force. It was incorporated as "The Institute of Cleansing Superintendents" in 1908 (see logo below), "The Institute of Public Cleansing" in 1928 and then as "The Institute of Wastes Management" in 1981. It became "The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management" on award of its Royal Charter in 2003.
Setting Professional Standards in Sustainable Waste and Resource Management
The Institution was awarded its Royal Charter of Incorporation by Her Majesty the Queen on 1st March 2002 - and presented to the President of the time, Dr C O'Brien, on 5th March 2002 (see photo below). The Charter recognises that the Institution has a solid record of achievement; is financially sound; represents a field of activity unique to it and is pre-eminent in that field. The Institution is expected to have a substantial proportion of its members educated to first degree level in a relevant discipline and to have codes of professional ethics and personal professional development programmes. The award of the Charter has to be seen by Government as a whole as demonstrably in the public interest - in effect it has become "part of the fabric of the nation" and has a responsibility to work for the benefit of all inhabitants of the United Kingdom and overseas.
Through gaining the Royal Charter the Institution is now able to confer the award of Chartered Waste Manager to its Members. In mid-2009 the Institution now has over 2,450 Chartered Wastes Managers - growing at around 6% per year.
CIWM and Environmental Services Association (ESA) jointly hold an annual conference in June in London.
RWM in partnership with CIWM - The new joint force for the global environmental, technology and recycling and waste management sector. This is an annual exhibition held at the NEC in September providing one ideal platform for visitors and exhibitors alike and is fully supported by the ESA.
The objectives of the CIWM are:
- Advancing the scientific, technical and practical aspects of wastes and resource management for the safeguarding of the environment
- Promoting education, training, research and the dissemination of knowledge in all matters of wastes and resource management
- Striving to achieve and maintain the highest standards of best practice, technical competence and conduct by all its members.
- Chartered Environmentalist
- Society for the Environment
- Waste management
- List of organisations with Royal patronage
- List of waste management acronyms