AWRE and the circular economy

AWRE circular economy

With discussions of a circular economy becoming more prominent, there is no better time to participate in the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) this year in Sydney.

The push for a circular economy seeks to eliminate waste and pollution, recirculate products and materials, and regenerate nature. It’s a system with resilience at its core and is good for businesses, people, and the environment.

Australians are looking to the waste and recycling industry to drive positive change. 

Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) is the premier business event for the waste, recycling, and resource recovery sector. It is where industry leaders and decision-makers come together to create a world of solutions for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Presented by Diversified Communications, the exhibition and conference bring together policymakers, enterprise leaders, educators, and professionals to share ideas and solutions.

The exhibition provides numerous opportunities to learn about new technology available to integrate into business. Image: Diversified Communications/AWRE

AWRE 2024

As AWRE continues to expand, there is a broader focus on recycling and resource recovery, which is at the heart of a sustainable future.

Representatives from food and organic waste solutions, e-waste, software and technologies, and medical waste are among the industry sectors attending AWRE. They will give attendees new insights into the challenging opportunities to recover, recycle, and reuse the unique materials from these waste streams.

“We’re excited to bring AWRE 2024 to the sustainable waste management and responsible resource recovery industries in July with an overarching theme of Transitioning to a Circular Economy,” says Ali Lawes, Event Director at Diversified Communications. “We will have a bigger and more diverse show floor. We will showcase vital product solutions and the latest cutting-edge technologies for the sector.”

New for 2024 will be a Packaging Pavilion conducted in partnership with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). Ali says the continued collaboration between AWRE and AIP, the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia, is an opportunity to exhibit new outcomes in the packaging industry. She says the seminars AIP will present will be highly educational for multiple stakeholders and attendees.

What is happening?

Over two days, attendees can immerse themselves in live events curated to unveil cutting-edge concepts and limitless possibilities within the industry. 

As waste management takes the spotlight in today’s landscape, AWRE is the gateway to connect with forward-thinking pioneers, forging new relationships that propel eco-friendly advancement.

“AWRE offers a unique platform for our industry to converge, share success stories, and openly discuss the key roadblocks to achieving success in our collective goal of transitioning to a circular economy,” says Ali.

Visitors attending include small and large businesses, local councils, state governments, industry thought leaders, environment and sustainability leaders, and waste innovators. Ali says waste problems touch all industries in the economy, so the sectors that are attending are diverse.

“There are many opportunities for networking and learning,” Ali says. 

“That’s before we look at discussion panels featuring esteemed speakers from, among others, the Australian Council of Recycling, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, and NSW Fire Rescue. That’s just a small sample of the people and organisations speaking and presenting as part of a comprehensive conference program.”

The AWRE 2024 Summit, sponsored by NSW EPA, is back, bringing together the biggest names in industry, government and waste generation.

To be held on 24 July, the summit will feature keynote sessions, panel discussions and exclusive networking breaks. Tickets for the full-day event are now available.

Seminars and panels enhance knowledge sharing for participants. Image: Diversified Communications/AWRE

Specialist zones

The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) is returning with its AORA Organic Zone. The dedicated area will highlight the growing importance of the organics recycling sector and present the latest innovations and technology in organics and food waste management.

More and more waste and recycling professionals want to see the latest solutions servicing the industry, and the AWRE Innovation Zone on the exhibition floor, supported by Boomerang Labs, is the place to do so. It will provide a unique opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their groundbreaking products and solutions.

The new Packaging Pavilion, supported by the Australian Institute of Packaging, will showcase sustainable packaging solutions from AIP members.

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