Ai Group and FWR join forces to showcase QLD sector

Ai Group, Australia’s largest employer representative body, has joined forces with the Future Waste Resources (FWR) convention to run a waste industry tour and Queensland Business Leaders Breakfast.

The industry tour, coordinated by Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland (WRIQ), will explore key infrastructure assets in South East Queensland.

According to WRIQ CEO Mark Smith, participants will be taken on tours of landfills, organic recycling facilities and container exchange points to see how waste can be turned back into valuable resources.

“FWR just got bigger, with the support of our sponsors and the involvement of Ai Group and other partners set to make the event a standout,” he says.

“I highly recommend local, state and Federal Government attendees who work in this space and have not had a chance to visit facilities to book in for these tours and get up close to the sites, technology and people dealing with Queensland’s growing waste, and creating economic and environment benefits in the process.”

Site visits include:

TOMRA’s Varsity Lakes Depot: the Varsity Lakes site is an approved Container Refund Point under the Queensland’s container refund scheme Containers for Change. The site is operated by TOMRA, the world’s leader in reverse vending technology.

Delegates will see state of the art automation in collecting containers and assessing their eligibility, and how this translates to automated sorting in the back of house.

Stapylton Resource Recovery: this recently converted quarry provides a convenient disposal location within easy reach of southern Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The site consists of a 10 million cubic metre landfill for general waste as well as limited regulated waste, and a transfer station incorporating recycling with a new 200,000 tonnes per annum plant due for completion in October. Onsite activities include timber, soils and concrete processing.

Phoenix Power Recyclers:Phoenix is Queensland’s first purpose built environmentally controlled composting facility.

The facility features aerated floor composting tunnels in a negative pressure environment where odour emissions are minimised and the conditions for composting are optimised. This makes it ideally suited to accept FOGO and food wastes of all kinds.

Phoenix is also working to develop markets in the agricultural community, through a market education strategy forming partnerships with waste producers from the food production and biosolids industries to develop products that are in increasing demand for the health of agricultural soils.

The tour takes place 1 March before FWR scheduled events, with lunch and snacks provided and quizzes and prizes on the bus. To register click here.

In addition to the industry tour, Ai Group is hosting a Business Leaders Breakfast ahead of FWR’s second day program 2 March.

The breakfast will feature insights from event sponsor Container Exchange on their 2020 and COVID-19 journey, as well as broader insights from other Queensland business leaders including manufacturers in cosmetics, textiles and print/design.

“This event has intentionally involved groups outside of our sector and I hope you see value in attending and networking at this event,” Smith says.

Panellists include:

• Ken Noye, Container Exchange

• Susan Heaney, Heaney’s Performers in Print

• Glen Duggan, Aleeda Wetsuits

• Katrina Main, Cawarra Cosmetics

To register click here.

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