Uniting the Dutch waste management sector, the NVRD is a longstanding and highly active ISWA National Member. Founded in 1907, with over a hundred years of history and experience, NVRD is the largest Dutch waste management association. NVRD has a professional grade event-department, accountable for several larger and smaller events every year.

The Netherlands as a country are increasingly committed to transform into a circular economy. This transition has been outlined in a dedicated programme entitled “From waste to resource” under the Dutch Green Growth Strategy and has been further developed in the Nationwide Circular Economy Approach, the NVRD being one of the partners. The aim of this programme is to reach new and unprecedented levels of waste reduction and recycling and to close material loops.

A development that adds to the Netherlands being an ideal stage for the ISWA National Congress.


The City of Rotterdam is a prominent member of the NVRD, represented in the NVRD-board. The City of Rotterdam is very aware of the need to use the world’s resources more efficiently.

That is why the city takes responsibility and actively promotes separation of waste before and after collection, maximising opportunities for re-use.

The goal is to become a circular economy in 2050. The city’s efforts are focused on circular procurement, transforming waste into resources, facilitating circular businesses and jobs in the port area as well as in the city, and transforming the city’s s own processes from linear to circular.


Robertus Antonius Schram
Robertus (Rob) Antonius Schram​
Peter van Wingerden
Peter van Wingerden
Jos van der Vegt
Jos van der Vegt