A shift in business practices would support a significant increase in procurement of recyclables, writes Matt Genever, Director Resource Recovery at Sustainability Victoria.
As Australia transitions to a circular economy, there are a range of skills gaps that will need to be filled, including market development and sustainable procurement, writes Sustainability Victoria’s Matt Genever.
A new director has been appointed to head Sustainability Victoria’s (SV) Resource Recovery Group, with executive experience in government, consulting and product stewardship.
Matt Genever officially joins SV on 2 July and replaces Jonathan Leake who became Director of the Business and Built Environment program last month.
Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive Officer Stan Krpan said Mr Genever had led a terrific career with a focus on market development, strategy and policy development and delivering effective infrastructure to the resource recovery and waste sectors, in business and government.
“With the resource recovery and waste sectors going through a period of transition, our objective is to reinforce the sector as it stands now, and expand it,” Mr Krpan said.
“Matt has a particular passion for developing new markets for products and materials that can be hard to recycle.”
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“I share his view that Victoria, indeed Australia, has enormous potential to develop new resource recovery capacity for traditional markets like plastic and glass, and new ones like e-waste, food organic and garden organics so we reduce the amount of material that goes to landfill.”
Mr Genever said it was an exciting time to re-join Sustainability Victoria.
“Every industry has been through the same challenges that the recycling sector is experiencing now. It is difficult, but the right investments and improvements should ultimately build resilience and a more sustainable sector,” Mr Genever said.
“Rather than just throwing away waste left over from industrial, commercial or domestic settings, we need to encourage its reuse so more value is obtained as it moves through the economy.”
Mr Krpan said Mr Genever’s executive experience in government, consulting and product stewardship, his collaborative leadership approach and proven ability to deliver results would help to further build SV’s stakeholder relationships across industry and government.
“Matt is a recognised leader in the waste and resource recovery sector and led many of SV’s key strategies, waste and recycling programs for six years between 2008 and 2014.”
Mr Genever is currently Managing Director of the strategic environmental consultancy, Reincarnate, and was inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Tyre Stewardship Australia.
He also worked as Business Leader, Waste and Resource Use at Arcadis Asia Pacific.
Mr Genever holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geography & Environmental Science and is a member of the Waste Management Association of Australia.