Professor David C Wilson

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Over nearly 40 years, David Wilson’s work as an international consultant has been split roughly 50:50 between Western Europe and emerging economies. A common theme has been advising cities and governments to identify and take the next appropriate steps in developing their own sustainable waste and resource management systems. He has worked on municipal solid wastes and on hazardous wastes; on broad national and city-wide waste management strategies; and on more specific topics ranging from behaviour change for waste prevention, to informal sector recycling in developing countries, to evidence based policy making. 

Professor Wilson was awarded an MBE in 2006 ‘for services to waste management in the UK and Europe’, and has won a number of prestigious professional awards. He is a prolific author whose publications include UNEP’s inaugural Global Waste Management Outlook (2015); UN-Habitat’s Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities (2010); and the World Bank’s Strategic Planning Guide for Municipal Solid Waste Management (2001). He is the current President of the UK Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and a Patron of WasteAid.

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Waste - Our Shared Responsibility

Despite technological solutions for public health, environmental protection and a circular economy, there are still 3 billion people without adequate waste services, 10 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year, and pressing challenges in the UK around austerity, waste crime and behaviour change. Further progress requires shared responsibility, and the clock is ticking. Hear unique insights from CIWM’s President as he shares perspectives from his 40-year career.

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