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Membership with CWMA

Connections . Networking . Solutions for Waste and the Environment

Coast Waste Management Association is a highly-regarded non-profit membership association serving the solid waste industry in coastal British Columbia and beyond.

With 165 organizational members with over 780 active member participants, and a greater community outreach of over 4000, we are honoured to be a key part of the success of the industry for over 26 years.

We are membership-funded, led by dedicated volunteer board members, and inspire excellent industry participation. Every member directly impacts our ongoing success.
Our Board of Directors is set on ensuring we continue to be one of the strongest and most rewarding local networks in the industryMeet our Current Members. Learn more About Us.
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The benefits of membership with CWMA are value-packed. Memberships are per organization so every staff member can opt-in to the benefits.
Build your professional network, attend events to inspire solutions, gain knowledge and understand new trends, challenges, technologies, and more!

Benefits of Membership

Working Groups & Roundtables

Our popular topic-specific roundtables take place throughout the year and are well-attended. Last year’s introduction of our actionable working groups is another great way to network, learn, and look for solutions.

Wildly Popular Weekly Industry News Updates

For over 12 years, CWMA has sent thoughtfully curated updates to notify members of industry news, topics, issues, and events. We ensure our members stay up-to-date on waste news in BC and beyond. 


One of our greatest benefits for over 26 years is our strong community built through providing excellent forums for networking, collaboration, and idea sharing we provide each year to all of our members and the greater community.

Events & Stakeholder Feedback Sessions

Always popular and relevant!  In addition to a regular schedule of Networking & Speaker events, we occasionally provide the forums for presentations and stakeholder information engagements by stewardship programs, the government, and industry leaders.

Discounted Event Rates & Exclusive Free Events

Discounted registration fees at our workshops and networking events hosted throughout the year as well as member-rates to our Annual Conference. From time to time we will also hold exclusive free events for members only.

Connections & Research

CWMA’s Executive Director is a key resource to our network. We help build business and waste solutions one relationship at time. As our reach in the community is vast, our ability to uncover information and make connections is a great benefit to our members.

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We highlight members from our site in our membership listing to ensure ease-of-access to your information by all members and the greater community. 

Discounted Advertising Rates

Members can highlight their organization by sponsoring our events at great rates. More information on Ad options is coming soon!


CWMA staff and directors will often represent members’ interests through participation in local and provincial committees, events and feedback loops.

Voting Privileges

Voting privileges for member organizations (detailed in our bylaws).

Annual Membership 

  • Membership is valid from January to December annually.

  • Renewals go out in January of each year. Members who are not paid by March 1, will be removed from the Member list. Members who require financial reprieve or additional time, please be in touch.
  • Membership fees apply organization-wide (i.e. all employees/staff are members) so the more actively participating team members you have, the better the value!

  • New Members first year is pro-rated (please select the invoice option on the member registration form and we will adjust your fees based on your start date).

  • Our organizational membership model allows as many people in one organization to be members under that membership — ensuring we reach every level of and area of an organization. It adds a very unique breadth and depth of experiences and knowledge to all of our forums.
  • Historically, the Regional District fees were set to help supplement our ability to charge lower prices for the smaller local governments and non-profits in their districts to able to participate. This has worked well for years and we have maintained high participation from within each member district to date. However, we recognize that not every Regional District has a large team to ensure that same value is found, so in 2022 we have introduced special pricing for those RDs. Interested in learning more? Contact Us!

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Student Membership is FREE

Learn more about the industry and network with industry leaders and future employers and engage with the entire CWMA community! To qualify for Student Membership, you must be a full-time Graduate/Masters student with an interest in environmental sciences, solid waste management, sustainability, or recycling-related professions.  Sign Up Today!

Member Registration & Payment Form

CWMA is 100% Membership, Event & Sponsorship Funded: Thank you!