The 2020 Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) has been reimagined as an interactive online event, in an effort to make it accessible to everyone, irrespective of geography and social distancing rules.
“After much consideration and consulting with the industry, running a face to face event this year is not in the best interests of our community,” an AWRE statement reads.
“With restrictions on gatherings and other government regulations casting uncertainty over the coming months, it’s never been more crucial for us to come together as a community with a united front.”
The online event, which will run as planned 25-26 November, has been established to offer the flexibility to connect while staying apart.
NSW EPA Circular Economy Programs Director Kathy Giunta said the authority is proud to continue its major partnership of AWRE, as it has done over the event’s 10 year history.
“In these changing times it is wise to go online and continue to provide the waste and recycling community with an accessible event,” she said.
The online event will provide the waste and recycling industry with a new way to interact and communicate through thought leadership webinars, keynote sessions, breakouts and product launches.
“A natural extension to our existing face to face event, AWRE 2020 reimagined as an online event enables companies to continue to interact with our engaged buying audiences, sharing expertise, showcasing brand credentials and building relationships with customers, even in these unprecedented times,” AWRE Commercial Director Bill Hare said.
He added that AWRE’s well-respected speaker series has provided the waste and recycling industry with continued innovative, informative and industry leading content over the last 10 years and 2020 will be no different.
“Attendees can join from all around the world with access to top-tier presenters. It will be incredibly powerful to create meaningful connections as distance is no longer a barrier for connecting people,” Hare said.
AWRE will return to its traditional format next year on 25-26 August 2021 at the ICC Sydney.
“We look forward to AWRE 2020 providing an online platform from which the waste, recycling and resource recovery sector can re-establish ties with each other and continue to drive change,” Hare said.
“Keep an eye out in the coming months for more information how you can reconnect at AWRE 2020 online event.”