This year’s 2018 AORA Annual Conference will explore user experiences in using recycled organics for soil health, as well as considering its risks and contamination management, writes Martin Tower, Executive Director of the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA).
The Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria is hosting an Industry Breakfast.
The breakfast is open to all VWMA members and non-members and will include speakers from the RSM group and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Director of Economics, Governance and Waste Ian Campbell-Fraser. EPA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Nial Finegan will also be presenting.
Topics that will be covered during the breakfast include risk appetite, a government update on the $13M National Sword package, recycling taskforce and e-waste, and how the EPA can help guide those in the industry.
It will provide an opportunity to meet others in the waste sector, engage with government, and discuss some of the important issues affecting the sector.
A hot plated breakfast is included, along with networking opportunities and presentations.
The VWMA & EPA INDUSTRY BREAKFAST takes place on Thursday 26 April, from 7:30am to 9am at the RACV Club Bayside Room 5 and 501 Bourke St, Melbourne.
To register, visit the website here.
EPA/The Department of Land, Water and Planning will be hosting an event at the same venue and location following the breakfast:
EPA Combustible Recyclable and Waste Materials Guidelines Workshop:
The Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is leading the development of the permanent legislative instrument to manage combustible wastes in Victoria. Concurrently, EPA Victoria are conducting a review of the Management and Storage of Combustible Recyclable and Waste Materials – Guideline, Publication 1667.1. EPA and DELWP are consulting with industry, government and community April-June 2018.
EPA Victoria would like to hear from those involved storing, transporting or processing combustible recyclable and waste materials such as at a resource recovery, materials recycling or reprocessing facility.
You can participate in the EPA Workshop on 26 April to discuss the management and storage of combustible recyclable and waste materials. You will need to register separately for EPA’s via eventbrite: https://combustiblerecycling.eventbrite.com.au
MEGATRANS2018 – an exciting new international trade event – will bridge the gaps between industry segments that have previously been operating in isolation.
Considered one of the leading conferences for the waste industry, this conference is targeted at anyone who works in or has an interest in waste management issues, and is particularly relevant to local government.
The Waste 2018 Conference program starts with an official welcome and opening address at 1pm on Tuesday 8th May and finishes at 5pm on Thursday 10th May.
Find out more here: https://www.coffswasteconference.com.au/QuickEventWebsitePortal/2018/waste/Agenda
Coffs Harbour, Queensland
Tyre Stewardship Australia is hosting the second tyre industry conversation to focus on international factors that influence Australian markets.
In particular, the event will discuss how the Australian resource and recovery and recycling industry has been affected by recent change and disruption.
- The road ahead: Tyre Stewardship Australia
- Tyrecycle’s call to end stockpiling
- Old tyres used to make footpaths that help water trees
- EPA Victoria warns of tyre stockpile fire hazard
It will also provide an update on the international state of play from European and New Zealand end-of-life tyre markets, which aim to provide insight for the Australian tyre recycling industry.
The event will include presentations from international speakers from the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Secretary General of the UK Tyre Recovery Association Peter Taylor will be a keynote speaker, who will bring experience from the largest market-based best practice program in Europe for scrap tyres. He was also awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to the tyre industry.
Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry for the Environment Meg Larken will also provide a keynote presentation, bringing her experience from four years at the Ministry and from the recent policy for end-of-life tyres.
The Tyre Industry Conversation will take place on 11 April at 9am – 1pm. It will be hosted at The Mint, 10 Macquarie St, Sydney. Attendees are asked to RSVP by 29 March.
The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) is hosting the Queensland Secondary Resources Forum to address issues impacting kerbside recycling and international challenges.
The forum aims to discuss the Chinese Government’s decision to restrict the amount of waste being imported and how it effects Queensland domestic recycling capabilities.
- Look at contracts: WALGA hosts China waste ban session
- Vict Govt responds to China waste ban
- SA Government’s response to China waste ban
It also will attempt to highlight how Queensland can lead the nation in recycling rates to grow the sector locally and increase investment.
Keynote speakers and industry experts will be presenting at the forum and sharing insights and outcomes that outline how Queensland can deliver a new recycling business environment.
In particular, the presentations will address the impacts of the National Sword policy and how local recycling can be improved. Presenters of day one (afternoon) include speakers from the energy, metals and plastics industries as well as material recovery facility operators. Day two (morning) will focus on the state government policy updates and includes a workshop that will discuss and produce solutions and opportunities to deliver back to the Queensland Government for its policy consideration.
The event is supported by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and the Bundaberg Regional Council.
The forum takes place on the 26-27 April and will be hosted in the Bundaberg Multiplex Centre, 1 Civic Street, Bundaberg West.
Tickets are $195 until 15 April and $220 standard (not including GST). Click here to register.
To show support for recycling in Australia, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has organised a morning tea on Global Recycling Day.
APCO will be hosting a morning tea and will include presentations on design for recycling, sustainable packaging, recycling labels and designing end-of-life packaging.
- APCO: Supporting industry progress
- APCO and Planet Ark launch Australasian Recycling Label
- National Food Waste Strategy in discussion
Global Recycling Day is an initiative from the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and events will be held on the day to promote recycling in 70 countries. The BIR hopes that the day will help people make at least one change in their behaviour to encourage recycling.
APCO members that have made valuable contributions to recycling systems that minimise the impact of packaging on the environment will be recognised on the day.
The APCO Morning Tea will be held at 10am on 16 March at the APCO Office, Level 4, 332 Kent Street, Sydney.
More information can be found here.
The world’s first Global Recycling Day will take place on 18 March, with cities across the globe signing on to hold events.
London, Washington DC, Sao Paolo, Paris, Johannesburg, Delhi, and Dubai will host events to encourage people to change their habits when it comes to recycling.
- New CEO for Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform
- NWRIC warns recycling contracts could face default
- CMA Ecocycle’s battery recycling program
The Bureau for International Recycling (BIR) hopes to change the way people around the world think about recycling, changing their mindset from waste to resource.
Individuals attending the events will be invited to pledge to change their habits in at least one way and to sign the BIR’s petition for the day to be recognised by the United Nations.
The hashtag #GlobalRecyclingDay will let people on social media get involved to help people share video and pictures of them celebrating recycling.
Global Recycling Day aims to showcase how critical recycling is to people’s day to day lives.
BIR President Ranjit Baxi said the first global recycling day is a vitally important new date in the global calendar and a joint responsibility for individuals, communities, businesses and leaders.
“To truly harness the power of recycling we must adopt a global approach to its collection, processing and use, and this Day recognises the global nature of the industry and the issue. It is time we put the planet first and all commit to spend 10 more minutes a day ensuring that materials are disposed of properly,” Mr Baxi said.
“Global Recycling Day is also a wakeup call to all of us, wherever we live,” he said.
“We must unite with those involved in the industry – from workers on waste mountains to the world’s largest businesses – to help them to make the best use of what we dispose of, to make recycling easier, inherent even in the design of products, and to stop expecting countries to simply accept recyclables which are difficult and costly to process.”
Working towards packaging sustainability is a journey that is different for every organisation. For some, it begins with legislative compliance. For others, it is a commitment to a strategic approach to sustainable management and performance that delivers organisational and financial gains.
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) Sustainability Pyramid is a framework that captures variations in the levels of development in commitment, structure and performance.
The APCO has helped a large number of its members progress through the four stages of the pyramid (denial, compliance, efficiency and strategic), and has provided tools to measure members’ continual improvement along their packaging sustainability journey.
This includes the new Packaging Sustainability Framework and Annual Reporting Tool for APCO Members.
Launched in November 2017, it shifts the focus from compliance to business sustainability and shared values.
An updated set of criteria for reporting provides members with multiple pathways to packaging sustainability that recognise the need for a flexible and holistic approach. The framework takes a whole-of-lifecycle approach, with a view to optimise resource use and encourage design for recovery for all members. It enables continuous improvement in sustainability processes and outcomes, while acknowledging the different levels of knowledge, capacity and progress within individual organisations.
This presentation will outline:
- The unique APCO shared responsibility model and value proposition.
- The Sustainability Pyramid and its levels of management and performance.
- The research that was undertaken to design the Packaging Sustainability Framework, based on global standards and best practices.
- How the APCO supports members’ individual and collective progress and development through a thought leadership, knowledge sharing and recognition programs.
This presentation will feature at this year’s Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference and Waste2018 conference at Coffs Harbour. Details below:
New insights and information about the future of the vinyl industry are set to be shared by over 30 expert speakers from across the globe at PVC AUS 2018.
Organised about the Vinyl Council of Australia, the event will discuss the latest technical, market and sustainability trends.
- PVC Recycling in Hospitals goes international
- Australian recycling program inspires international schemes
- Vinyl Council makes headway with recycling banners
Sustainability and recycling are key themes of the conference, with talks on the developments in the European PVC industry, discussions of the issue of legacy substances, and the research of an effective recycling system.
The technological advances in both processing and machinery will be explored, and how this will allow for growth in the market for PVC windows and handle future challenges.
Senior Director at IHS Chemical Eddie Kok will be providing analysis on the pricing, supply/demand dynamics and whether supply will tighten within the next five years.
“Our second conference, PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future provides an unmatched opportunity for council members and their stakeholders to learn about industry trends and developments specific to the manufacturing, use and re-use of vinyl,” Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan said.
“It’s the only event designed to shape the future of the vinyl industry in the region.”
The event is sponsored and supported by Gernier Extrusions GmbH, Krauss-Maffei Berstorff, and machinery manufacturer Plasmec.
PVC AUS 2018 runs from the 13-15 March 2018 at the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney.