About Izwa

IZWA is a registered Section 21 not-for-profit organization, working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles.

our Charter Principles

  • Redesign products and methods of production to eliminate waste by mimicking natural processes and developing closed-loops

  • Convert waste to resources for the benefits of local production and the creation of a healthy and sustainable society

  • Resist incineration and land filling in order to promote innovation in resource
    conservation and methods of production

  • Collaborate with others with common interests worldwide, whether it's expression on land-based waste of internet waste, especially in the gambling industry as can be found in online casino guides for South Africa.

our Objectives

  • To advance the education of the public by all appropriate communication means and through supporting the elimination of waste and the associated health impacts
  • To promote and fund appropriate research for the public benefit, including education
  • To promote the effectiveness of other Zero Waste initiatives
  • To promote the principles of waste avoidance and minimisation, re-use, repair, recycling and composting, through sustainable resource management in accordance with best environmental options

our Structure


  • Research and enabling access to such research
  • Training
  • Plan seminars and skillshares.
  • Lobbying
  • Promotion of Zero Waste
  • Production of accessible and implementable information
  • Acknowledge efforts in the field of Zero Waste by means of Annual Awards.
  • Co-ordinating and networking of like minded organisations, with a view to building capacity

Zero Waste promotes genuinely Sustainable Development by:

  • Promoting clean production and sustainable consumption
  • Promoting local and localised manufacture, and import replacement
  • Being geared towards SMME development as a preferred business model
  • Increases the flow of useful resources through society
  • Promoting sustainable and safe energy sources
  • Promoting transfers of cutting edge Green technologies
  • Training of all sectors
  • Carrying out research into practical and sustainable solutions.

National Issues

Zero Waste will also support and engage with programmes such as:

  • Cleaner Production (CP)
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption (CP&SC)
  • Resource Pricing Policies
  • Fiscal Policies – environmental fiscal reform
  • Technology Policies
  • Education Policies and Information (at primary, secondary and tertiary level)
  • Transport
  • Environmentally Sensitive Trade Policies
  • Clean Production Industrial Policies

Directive-based Regulation (which mandates specific behaviour)

  • Bans / Technology Specific Standards
  • Permits / Site specific emission standards
  • Ambient standards
  • Trade restrictions etc.

International Conventions such as:

  • The Basel Convention
  • The Bamako Convention
  • The Stockholm Convention
  • United Nations Convention on Desertification (UNCCD)
  • United Nations Convention on BioDiversity (CBD)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) - the Kyoto Agreement is subsidiary to the UNFCC
  • Ramsar Convention (wetlands/ birds)
  • And others