WMAA and ACOR call for national recycling action plan

Australian politicians have been called to implement the Australian Circular Economy and Recycling Action plan at the Ministerial Council by the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).

The move comes in response to China’s National Sword policy, with the Action Plan aiming to build upon state government’s short-term actions to maintain community confidence in recycling services.

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WMAA Chief Executive Officer Gayle Sloan said a concerted effort at this critical point in time is required by all.

“It is absolutely the case that the industry’s future direction is at an important crossroads, with an opportunity to grow more Australian-based manufacturing jobs, and actively build on the 20 years’ worth of environmental gains in Australia,” Ms Sloan said.

“WMAA and ACOR have a united industry position on this important topic, and are committed to working with government to ensure the success of the Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan,” she said.

WMAA and ACOR are advocating to Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and state ministers to work with the recycling and resource recovery industry to change strategic directions.

ACOR chief executive officer Peter Shmigel said a $150 million national Action Plan would enable the ‘three I’s’ that are needed to reboot recycling and kickstart the circular economy.

“Investment in infrastructure and new markets, improvement of recyclate material quality and recycling contracts, and innovation in positive purchasing of recycled content products by governments,” Mr Shmigel said.

“It is time to transform the recycling and resource recovery industry so it can help transform our economy to a more competitive, sustainable and circular model that makes the best use of as many resources, including human resources as possible in Australia,” he said.

New additions to WMAA’s Board of Directors

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has announced four new directors for the board.

It follows an announcement earlier in 2018 that the WMAA would be undergoing a period of board renewal.

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The following members will be affirmed as directors at the 11 May 2018 annual general meeting and commence their two-year term:

  • Adam Faulkner – Adam has previously served on the WMAA Board and is an active member of the company’s SA branch. He is currently the acting CEO of the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority.
  • Georgina Davis – Georgina has extensive experience in waste innovation in government and academia.
  • Jade Barnaby – Jade is the most recent recipient of the WMAA Women in the Environment Award. Currently she is the National Accreditation and Compliance Manager for Tyre Stewardship Australia and has been the Program Manager for Victoria’s household battery recycling system in WA.
  • Tim Youe – Tim has experience in Local Government and is currently the CEO of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council managing a significant resource recovery system in WA.

Eligible members are now being called by the WMAA to apply for the role of Vice President and elected director.

2017 WMAA Women in the Environment Award winner

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has announced the winner of its 2017 WMAA Women in the Environment Award at its Victoria Branch Christmas Dinner – Jade Barnaby.

The award recognises the achievements of women in the environment industry. Two years ago, the award was opened nationally to all eligible women who have made a significant contribution to environmental sustainability in Australia over the past five years.

Jade Barnaby. Source: WMAA

WMAA said Ms Barnaby played a significant role in product stewardship issues at Sustainability Victoria, including helping to launch Paintback, the national scheme for paint waste and packaging collection/recycling, and managing the Victorian battery take-back program. Ms Barnaby also assisted in expanding the National Product Stewardship List to include photovoltaic systems. She is currently developing a verification process for cradle to grave tyre recycling in her role as National Accreditation and Compliance Manager with Tyre Stewardship Australia.

“It’s pleasing to see the depth and number of nominations reflecting the important role of women in changing the face of the waste management industry,” said Blue Environment’s Christine Wardle.

“Continued cooperation and collaborative work across all sectors of industry and Government, as well as trying different approaches and risking failure, is required if we are going to tackle the increasing complex challenges of waste management and other environmental and sustainability issues,” said Jade.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank WMAA and Blue Environment for supporting and recognising all the amazing women who are part of our exciting industry. My gratitude is also extended to all those inspiring and encouraging individuals, both male and female, who have been part of my journey to date and who continue to make a positive difference in our industry.”

2017 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference

27-30 March 2017
Sydney, NSW

This WMAA-hosted conference recognises the integral role landfills and transfer stations play in the waste management industry. The program will compass all areas of this sector, from innovation and design to operation and regulation. The event also includes a conference dinner, where winners of the 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards will be announced.

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