Achieving greater diversion in QLD: Future Waste Resources 2018

This year’s Future Waste Resources 2018 will provide critical information about how Queensland can achieve its waste diversion and recycling targets, writes Rick Ralph, Chief Executive Officer Waste and Recycling Industry Queensland.

Queensland’s waste management and recycling industry has an essential services and utility role. This critical role ensures the community responsibly achieves its environmental obligations and delivers ongoing business aspirations.

It is beholden upon the sector to lead and present solutions and demonstrate ideas for change to all its stakeholders. In doing so, companies can be confident their investments will be secure and that they remain sustainable in all their operations.

Providing this leadership also demonstrates the sector is growing and remains fiscally strong, especially as government policy environments coupled with technological advancements have the potential to foster significant disruption in so many secondary and other markets.

Over the past 18 months, a perfect storm of negative waste and recycling media, coupled with other international measures have undermined many stakeholders confidence in Queensland’s waste and recycling performance.

Waste and Recycling Industry Queensland (WRIQ) is committed to changing this perception by showcasing and demonstrating the opportunities that will reshape Queensland to become Australia’s leading secondary resources and recycling state. Importantly, we are committed to realising the state government’s future policy direction ensuring its new waste strategy and waste levy announced in its directions paper – Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry is achieved.

To provide key information to stakeholders about how we can achieve the state’s waste diversion and recycling targets, WRIQ will be hosting the Future Waste Resources 2018 – Queensland’s Innovation in Recycling Convention (FWR 2018). This event will provide key information about how with the right policy settings, Queensland can achieve these targets aspired to by all stakeholders.

The convention will showcase these important discussions at Queensland’s historic and oldest manufacturing centre, The Workshops Rail Museum in North Ipswich.

The international event will feature an impressive line-up of local and international keynote speakers and industry experts, presenting practical insights and outcomes that articulate how Queensland can deliver a new business environment focused on secondary resource and recycling management.

FWR 2018 will showcase and share ideas that demonstrate more sustainable ways of managing our waste and of achieving more in terms of the sectors resource recovery and in using these streams locally and future investment opportunities.

The convention format will be split into three: with day one featuring international keynote presenters who will share their experiences and outline programs that are achieving results in policy settings globally.

Following these key presentations session streams led by Australian business leaders, FWR2018 will focus on topics of the bio-industry, construction industry, production and packaging sectors.

Day one will comprise information sessions, with a unique business/government networking function at the convention to cap it off.

Day two on Friday will follow a similar format as day one with its focus on waste to energy materials handling and data and innovation that will support that change.

The final day Saturday will be an open day in which the community will be invited to visit the equipment and trade exhibits, speak with reprocesses, local manufacturers/composters and recyclers and engage directly with waste businesses.

FWR 2018 will take place at The Workshops Rail Museum in North Ipswich from Thursday, 11 October to Saturday, 13 October.

More information can be accessed by clicking here.