I Name

Japan Waste Management Association

II History

1947 The Association was formed with a membership of 33 cities under the name of Municipal Waste Management Association.
1956 Name changed to Japan Waste Management Association (JWMA) and organizational structure enlarged.
1965 Joined INTAPUC (International Association for Public Cleansing, the ISWA's Predecessor).
1970 Became a national member of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association (ISWA - a group created from the amalgamation of INTAPUC and IRGRD, International Research Group on Refuse Disposal).
1976 Recognized as a corporate juridical person by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
1987 Organized Hazardous Wastes Symposium in Tokyo jointly with ISWA.
1992 The establishment of National Council for Promoting Waste Reduction.
1994 The establishment of Central Council for Handling Designated Hard-To-Properly-Treat Waste.
1996 7th ISWA international congress and exhibition was held in Yokohama.

III Objectives

The objectives of the association are to promote efficient waste management and to contribute to the preservation of residential environment and the improvement of public hygiene by conducting surveys and research and managing data essential to the achievement of efficient management and improvements in technology in the waste management activities of local public bodies.

IV Membership

Number of members as of May 27, 2022

a) Regular member: 535 (Local municipalities: 388, Special local public entities and extended associations: 147)
b) Special member: 57 (Prefectures: 5, Companies sponsoring or contributing to local public entities: 9, People having experience and academic standing on waste management: 43)
c) Supporting member:58 (Including vehicle/transportation equipment manufacturers, facility manufacturers, construction enterprises, and consultants)

V Organization and Operation

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the Association and includes all regular and supporting members. The General Assembly is usually held once each year and deliberates on the Items stipulated in the Association's articles incorporation.

Executive Board

Executive Board is an executive body comprising representatives of the regular and supporting members which meets approximately six times each year to execute the decisions of the General Assembly, consider an agenda for the Meeting, enact and abolish regulations, and so on.

Chairman Mayor of Yokohama
Vice Chairman Mayor of Osaka
Vice Chairman Mayor of Kawasaki
Vice Chairman Mayor of Okayama
Executive director Yoji Okuma
  Director Mayor of Sapporo, Mayor of Asahikawa, Mayor of Sendai, Mayor of Yamagata, Mayor of Chiba, Mayor of Saitama, Mayor of koutou, Mayor of Nagoya, Mayor of Niigata, Mayor of Sizuoka, Mayor of Kyoto, Mayor of Kobe, Mayor of Nara, Mayor of Hiroshima, Mayor of Matsuyama, Mayor of Kitakyusyu, Mayor of Fukuoka, Mayor of Nagasaki, President of KUBOTA Environmental Engineering Corporation, President of NISHIHARA Environment Co., Ltd.


Committee are established to consider items referred to them by the Executive Board or the President. Conferences are also organized for particular regions and/or membership groups to effect smooth operations of the waste management process.

VI Activities

* Gathering, processing and dissemination of information on waste management including:
To edit and publish the Association's bimonthly journal: "Journal of Japan Waste Management Association",
To issue books of waste management.
To distribute as well as to gather information on waste management form foreign, countries.
* Evaluation of Waste Disposal Technology.
* Offering technological coordination and consultation:
To provide technical guidance for planning and constructing solid waste treatment facilities undertaken by local public bodies.
* Research and development for municipal waste collection, transportation, treatment and disposal:
Management of transportation and disposal system on municipal solid wastes which can not be easily treated by municipalities.
Research and development for product assessment method on difficulties of municipal solid waste management.
* Holding seminars and study groups:
To explore the efficient implementation and appropriate use of operating techniques in local public bodies with the aim of resolving problems presently facing solid waste treatment.
* Presentation of research papers:
To disseminate the results of research in the field of waste management carried out by JWMA members and research organizations in order to encourage the mutual exchange of information.
* Promotion of international exchange in the waste management field:
To conduct annual study tour of solid waste treatment facilities in various foreign countries and concurrently to participate in the ISWA conferences.
* Presenting requests and petitions to the government:
To present requests of governmental financial assistance for solid waste treatment facilities and equipment.
To work and consider to resolve problems with solid waste treatment.

VII General Secretariat

Address : IPB-Ochanomizu, 3-11, Hongou 3-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
Phone : +81 35 804 62 81
Fax : +81 33 812 47 31
E-mall : info@jwma-tokyo.or.jp
URL : http//www.jwma-tokyo.or.jp