This year’s Waste Expo Australia conference and exhibition has delivered record attendance with early reports indicating more than 4500 trade visitors attending the event, a growth of over 28 per cent on the 2017 edition.
Last week’s event saw robust discussions from local government representatives, industry leading experts, key industry bodies as well as industry associations.
Victorian Government Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio opened the event and reiterated the state’s commitment to reducing waste with the continued development of strategies and policies that will drive the state forward in the future.
The morning’s first panel discussion “government and policy initiatives driving the waste management industry” heard investment and collaboration were key in the delivery of a resource efficient economy not only in Victoria but across Australia.
Integral to the success of Waste Expo Australia was the development of the Waste Summit conference covering four streams: landfill and transfer stations, collections, resource recovery and waste to energy. This structured program saw many sessions at standing room capacity with visitors having the ability to hear from leading speakers such as: Ian Campbell-Fraser, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Clete Elms, Cleanaway; Brooke Donnelly, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation; Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting; Daniel Tartak, Bingo Industries; Clint Aiken, City of Perth; Warren Overton, Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform.
Cory McCarrick, Exhibition Manager at Reed Exhibitions Australia said the success of this year’s event shows the growing importance of the waste management, recycling and resource recovery industry. With the sector eager to learn and share, he added that this places Waste Expo Australia in a strong position.
“We are thrilled with the number and quality of people that attended Waste Expo Australia. With over 30 hours of free content the event was successful in attracting key industry buyers. Early reports show an increase in attendance across all key visitor groups with over 100 councils and government departments from across Australia as well an increase in international attendance as well,” Mr McCarrick said.
This year’s edition saw the inclusion of the inaugural Wastewater Summit which featured leading water utility corporations, government officials and industry innovators who gave insights in to the technology, regulations and operational improvements that are driving the sector.
The exhibition aisles at Waste Expo Australia were busy throughout the two days with industry professionals eager to speak with the more than 80 companies showcasing the latest product innovations.
Debbie Smith, Marketing Coordinator from Bost Group, said the event had been a huge success for the company.
“A lot of decision-makers came through the door, which provided us with great quality leads. As a result, we have already committed to Waste Expo Australia for next year,” she said.
Mr McCarrick said he credits much of the success of the event to the support it received from key industry associations and leading companies including Victorian Waste Management Association, (VWMA), Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA), City of Melbourne, Bingo Industries and Cleanaway
“Industry collaboration enabled us to develop an event offering and conference program that addressed the specific needs of the industry. This has built the foundation for continued growth of Waste Expo Australia in 2019, when we will deliver additional customer value through the synergies with our exciting new co-location with the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo,” he said.
The next edition of Waste Expo Australia will take place 23-24 October 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, click here.