Cooper set out his priorities in a speech following the ceremony, which took place in the opening session of the CIWM show in Paignton.
The emphasis in the last few years has been towards a resource recovery based approach, Cooper said.
If we are not to be seen as simply a treatment and disposal industry, we must add waste minimisation to the services we provide.
Many organisations are already stepping into this gap with advice and consultancy.
He added that contributing factors to the change included: EU landfill controls; a change in the waste we generate; a more globalised economy including the emergence of South East Asia, China and India; a growing focus on producer responsibility; an increase in awareness of human impact on the environment.
Session chair chief executive Environment Agency Barbara Young commented on Coopers appointed: Jeff Cooper is a role model in the waste and resources field. She added that Cooper was ahead of his time: People thought he was barking mad 20 years ago but hes been proved right.
The recent Government Waste Strategy was welcomed. However, Cooper asked if it had gone far enough.
We said he wanted action over the whole waste hierarchy, with more on waste minimisation and better recognition of the role of energy recovery from residual (post-recycling) wastes.
And we wanted clear, coherent links between waste policy and other areas of Government policy, particularly energy, planning and biomass.
Cooper said that making waste a global resource was something delegates should be discussing at the conference.
The new president set out his priorities as waste minimisation, recycling and composting, energy recovery, construction and demolition waste, and global markets.
CIWM has launched its own waste strategy, which aims to use members knowledge to help professionals and influence the business, policy, and legal environment it works in.