NWRIC State Affiliate Update

National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) State Affiliates provide a detailed overview of industry and policy changes across the country.

NWRIC is the national industry body for commercial waste and recycling operators Australia wide.

It brings together national businesses and affiliated state associations to develop and promote policies and actions to advance waste management and resource recovery in Australia – ensuring a fair, safe and sustainable industry that serves all Australians.

NWRIC state affiliates include the Waste Recycling Industry Queensland (WRIQ), the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW & ACT (WCRA), the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA), the Waste Recycling Industry of South Australia (WRISA), the Waste Recycling Industry of Western Australia (WRIWA) and the Waste Recycling Industry Northern Territory (WRINT).


WCRA ACT & New South Wales  

WCRA Industry Awards 2021 – Call for nominations

WCRA are calling for nominations for NSW & ACT Waste Management Industry Awards, to be presented at the WCRA Annual Dinner on 17 December 2021. Please note that nominations must be signed by the Nominated Representative of a WCRA Member or the Authorised Representative of a WCRA Sponsor. There will be two Awards, with judging by the four Members of the WCRA Senior Executive. The Judges’ decision will be final. Please consider submitting a nomination, if you need help please call and discuss, Tony Khoury (02) 9604 7206 

President’s Award proudly sponsored by Gallagher

To be awarded for an outstanding initiative within 2021 by either an organisation or an individual from across the NSW or ACT waste management sector that enhances (or has the potential to enhance) the reputation of the waste & recycling industry by improving service levels, operational efficiency or sustainability of resource management. The winner’s name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy to be retained for display at the WCRA office. A gift voucher of $500 will be awarded to the winner.

WCRA Safety Award proudly sponsored by TWUSUPER 

To be awarded for an initiative or response within 2021 developed by an individual (or a group of individuals) on behalf of either a WCRA Member or an Associate Member or a Sponsor of WCRA. The initiative will be one that is judged to improve (or have the potential to improve) the health and safety of workers in the waste and recycling industry and / or members of the public who might otherwise be exposed to safety risks posed by the operation of the waste and recycling industry. The winner’s name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy to be retained for display at the WCRA office. A gift voucher of $500 will be awarded to the winner.

All nominations plus supporting documents should be returned by COB on Monday 6 December 2021 to memberservices@wcra.com.au For any assistance with an application please contact WCRA on 02 9604 7206.

WRIQ – Waste and Resource Recovery Industry Invited to Open House this Friday

WRIQ is encouraging waste and recycling businesses, local councils and consultants to join them for their Waste and Resource Recovery Industry Open House this Friday, 22 October from 7.30am to 1.00pm either in North Ipswich or online*.

The Open House includes a series of Industry briefings on Queensland’s Regulatory Strategy, Organics Strategy, Updates on Queensland’s E-Waste Activities, and much more. There will also be opportunities to engage with the Department of Environment and Science (DES) on current consultation and government priorities.

Date: Friday 22 October 2021

Time: 7:30am – 1:00pm (includes breakfast/ morning tea) In person attendees please arrive at least 10 minutes early. 

Location: North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich

Parking: There are a limited number of on-site carparks available at the venue but there is parking on surrounding street.
* Online Attendees: a Teams’ link will be sent out to you 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you*

Current and recently announced activities by the State Government include:

  • New Regulatory Strategy Review
  • Draft Organic Strategy
  • E-Waste Action Plan
  • Textile Action Plan

This session will also include a presentation from the Federal Department of Environment for National Waste Policy Items.

WRIQ will also be carrying out consultation on new programs we are launching including:

  • Introduction to waste and resource recovery sector course
  • Stockpiling course (following from consultation in May / June)
  • Regulated waste transport course (targeted at waste generators, transporters and receivers)

You can read more about the session and book your place in person (ticket price covers catering) or online (free) here. Please do this by no later than 10am tomorrow.



WRINT – Northern Territory

Call out to product stewardship schemes to help with NT legacy waste

The Waste Recycling Industry Association (NT) (WRINT) in collaboration with the Alice Springs Town Council, Central Desert Regional Council, MacDonnell Regional Council, Uluru National Park Mutijullu Community, the NT Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Local Government Association NT, with support from the Department of Water, Agriculture and Environment in Canberra, have been funded to:

  • quantify the types and volumes of legacy waste in central region of Northern Territory
  • report on existing waste and recycling practices across this central region
  • scope options for dealing with these legacy wastes, and
  • identify potential employment and other opportunities that may arise in resolving the ongoing management of remote and regional areas of Australia legacy waste challenges.

This work aligns with the National Waste Policy Action 3.17: Increase access to resource recovery and waste management infrastructure for regional, remote, and indigenous communities in every state and territory and will also inform the development of the Northern Territory’s Circular Economy Strategy.

The WRINT, on behalf of the project team is inviting all existing and emerging product stewardship schemes to share with them how they can contribute to helping deliver positive change to the management of legacy waste and waste and recycling outcomes in the Northern Territory.

The project team is very keen to hear from individual product stewardship schemes on what solutions they can offer these communities and how they can participate in the future management of waste and recycling in regional and remote areas.

The project team is meeting in October where details on the types and volumes of legacy waste and existing waste and recycling practices across the central region of Northern Territory will be presented. This will be followed a project workshop in Alice Springs on 10-12 November where the team will define and agree on recommended actions and timeline for implementation to the NT and Federal Government on resolving the long and outstanding legacy waste challenges and limited waste and resource recovery services faced by remote and regional Australia communities.

Please contact Rick Ralph directly at the WRINT ceo@wrint.com.au to get involved. The project team are keen to receive your written responses to Rick by Friday 22 October so they can be considered at their upcoming meeting and workshops.

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