Following the cancellation of Waste Expo Australia 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s largest gathering of waste management and resource recovery professionals will migrate its conference online this October and November.
Waste Management Review speaks with Cory McCarrick, Waste Expo Australia Event Director ahead of the 2020 event.
Waste Expo Australia, one of the country’s premier waste management conferences, is calling for industry experts to participate in its 2020 speaker program.
To be held 20-21 October at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, Waste Expo Australia is one the most comprehensive free-to-attend events for the waste management, resource recovery and wastewater sectors.
Waste Expo Australia is looking for experts to present within sessions, take part in panel discussions and facilitate sessions, with the opportunity to share industry knowledge and showcase expertise to targeted audiences.
Furthermore, speakers will have the opportunity to drive important discussions around waste management and the transition to a circular economy, and build partnerships and contacts with like-minded professionals.
If you are interested in presenting at this year’s conference, click here to submit an interest form.
Expressions of interest close 28 April.
Waste Expo Australia will take place 21 to 22 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre showcasing over 120 brands and 35 hours of free-to-attend content over three conference stages.
The event is one of the largest gatherings of waste management and resource professionals in Australia and offers exclusive access to latest technology, information and trends while providing networking opportunities with industry experts.
Featuring over 120 brands and three conference stages that showcase over 35 hours of free-to-attend content, Waste Expo Australia is a platform for exclusive access to the latest technology, information and trends and to hear from industry experts and network with your peers.
Waste Expo Australia will examine the future of waste and recycling in the country, focusing on seven targeted areas: collections, resource recovery, landfill and transfer stations, waste to energy, commercial and industrial waste, construction and demolition waste and wastewater.
Waste Expo Australia, one of the most comprehensive free-to-attend conferences for the waste management, resource recovery and wastewater sectors, returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 23-24 October.
Waste Expo Australia Event Director Cory McCarrick said the event, featuring over 100 speakers, will provide the perfect think tank for navigating upcoming opportunities.
“On Wednesday in Melbourne, Waste Expo Australia 2019 will open its doors at one of the most significant times in history, attracting the largest gathering of waste management and resource professionals in Australia,” Mr McCarrick said.
According to Mr McCarrick, Australia’s recent pledge to change and improve its recycling habits provides significant new opportunities for businesses in the waste and recycling industry.
“The government’s focus on improving recycling habits, particularly with plastic use, shows there will be significant environmental implications as to how businesses will need to be run into the future,” Mr McCarrick said.
The event will be opened by Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, leading a long list of industry professionals looking to discuss, question and examine Australia’s waste management processes, while also seeing the latest product innovations from over 120 brands in the supplier showcase.
Key exhibitors include Bost Group, Cleanaway, Caterpillar, HSR Southern Cross, Tricon Equipment, Applied Machinery and Hitachi.
Mr McCarrick said Waste Expo has grown significantly since 2018, and it is now a must-attend event for anyone in the waste and recycling industry.
“It is clear the push across all levels of government has put waste and recycling to the front of minds, and Waste Expo Australia will challenge current thinking and push boundaries of innovation to enable all businesses to examine their own operations, speak to suppliers and take on high-level information, all for free,” Mr McCarrick said.
Heading up the Wastewater Summit stage on day one, Water Corporation Senior Technical Advisor Membrane Treatment Stacey Hamilton will outline the steps taken by Perth’s Water Corporation to establish Australia’s first groundwater replenishment scheme.
“As Australia’s first scheme, developing the regulatory framework, understanding the technical challenges and keeping the community engaged are all part of keeping the scheme compliant,” Dr Hamilton said.
“The key message from the presentation will be the journey taken by the corporation to get where we are. Getting other utilities educated on the process and journey is important.”
Also on day one, Aerofloat Manager of Operations Michael Anderson will detail compact trade waste solutions and explain how washing with treated reclaimed water helps achieve high quality recycled products.
“Australia’s low water resources and environmental regulations means that any plastic recycling business must have an effective and reliable wash-water recycling system in place,” Mr Anderson said.
At the Wastwater Summit, Mr Anderson will provide delegates with a good understanding of the opportunities for plastic recycling, and highlight where businesses fit within Australia’s current political and environmental requirements.
“Attendees will see solutions that enable wash-water recycling to be used year-round, not just as a short-term fix within their plant,” Mr Anderson said.
Waste Expo Australia is co-location with All-Energy Australia, Energy Efficiency Expo and ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo, forming the nation’s most significant showcase for the waste, recycling, wastewater, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaning industries.
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.
Waste Expo Australia has announced its 2018 speaker programs for its three conferences: Waste Summit, Waste Evolution and Wastewater Summit.
More than 55 industry speakers have now confirmed to present in a free-to-attend exhibition and conference.
The two-day conference in Melbourne this October will bring together specialists and suppliers in waste management, and feature a mix of panel discussions, workshops, case studies and interviews with representatives across the sector.
The comprehensive Waste Summit program will feature presentations from thought leaders such as the Director of Sustainability Victoria, Policy Officer of National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) and Project Manager of Cleanaway, share their perspectives on four themes important to the industry; resource recovery, waste to energy, collections, and landfill and transfer stations.
Sustainability Victoria’s Director, Matt Genever will be joined by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Director, Ian Campbell-Fraser, Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR)’s CEO, Peter Shmigel and MRA Consulting Group’s Managing Director, Mike Ritchie to provide attendees with a unique opportunity to explore government and policy initiatives driving the waste management industry.
In accompaniment, the Wastewater Summit will host a panel discussion to explore how to address the current water crisis, ensure continued public health and confidence and build future water resilience. Key insights will be drawn from the current situation in Cape Town, South Africa.
Grantley Butterfield and Denise Woods from Australian Pork Limited will also discuss how farmers are converting pig waste into renewable energy and nutrients to power factories, grow crops and solve disposal issues. The speakers will reveal the conversion process, and the productivity and profitability value gained.
Waste Expo Australia Exhibition Manager Cory McCarrick said it was important that experts in waste management coming together under one roof to discuss how to best overcome Australia’s challenges in waste disposal, and water and energy supply.
“It is a challenging but equally exciting time for the industry. Bans on waste exports are forcing Australian companies to rethink ways of doing business, while investment in new recycling solutions is helping turn urban and industrial waste into new water and energy sources,” Mr McCarrick said.
“Waste Expo Australia is the perfect opportunity for the industry to collaborate, learn and discover the latest technologies, products and processes set to change waste management and resource recovery in Australia.”
This year, Waste Expo Australia will increase the exhibition floor space by 50 per cent to support the showcase of 80 exhibitors, including Superior Pak, Steinert, Bingo Industries and Wastech Engineering.
Waste Expo Australia will run from October 3-4 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. To register for the free to attend exhibition or to access the 2018 conference program, click here.
Waste Expo Australia returns to Melbourne on 3-4 October and will feature the highly acclaimed Waste Summit conference and the brand new Wastewater Summit conference. The event will focus on five key themes, including landfill and transfer stations, waste to energy, resource recovery, collections and wastewater and feature more than 50 speakers across the two days. These themes will address policy, legislation, circular economy and solid waste management and will be where the industry tackles its most pressing issues.
Hear from industry experts including Federal Government Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, Victorian Government Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and organisations such as the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Australian Organics Recycling Association, Cleanaway, Sustainability Victoria, Melbourne Water and many more.
Waste Expo Australia returns to Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 3-4 October. For further information, please visit: www.wasteexpoaustralia.com.au
Multinational manufacturing company, Volvo Trucks, has displayed its Euro-VI compliant FE Dual Control waste truck at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Waste Expo Australia.
“We are extremely proud to display what we feel is the ultimate residential waste truck at the 2017 Waste Expo Australia,“ said Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President, Mitch Peden.
“The combination of Volvo’s proven global platform, dedicated local engineers and close collaboration with major waste management customers has enabled us to produce a superior residential waste truck for the Australian market.
“We treat our customers as business partners, and through this close collaboration we knew they wanted a safer, greener, ergonomically superior truck that would drive value in their business; and that’s exactly what our engineers have delivered,“ he said.
According to Volvo Trucks, the FE Dual Control has a wider windshield, extra side mirrors and windows. Safety features for the standard 6×4 models include collision warning, emergency braking and Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
“Driver comfort and providing a quiet, ergonomic working environment is becoming increasingly important for Australia’s residential waste operators, which is exactly why our engineers made full scale models of the dual-control dash to ensure every button and switch was in exactly the right position,“ said Peden.
Max Spedding, Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed National Waste and Recycling Industry Council, is set to present one of his first public addresses at Waste Expo Australia.
Mr Spedding will address some of the barriers to achieving a circular economy with sustainable recycling, highlighting issues the council’s members are facing in a heavily regulated industry, including disparities with state landfill levies, interstate transportation and the stockpiling of waste.
He will encourage governments to work together, while also calling for state financing arrangements from accumulated landfill levy funds, allowing for better infrastructure to be provided for waste re-use, recovery and recirculation.
Mr Spedding said he hopes the ongoing work of the council will also encourage greater support for new infrastructure, education programs, research and development, and regulatory enforcement.
“Currently, 60,000 tonnes of waste per month travels from Sydney – where levies are the highest in Australia – to Queensland, where no levies exist,” Mr Spedding said.
“This example alone demonstrates the ineffective and uneven landfill levy policies currently in place, and is one of the many reasons why the council is calling on state governments to make much needed changes to policies and regulations.
Mr Spedding said Waste Expo Australia provided an opportunity for the council to demonstrate a united voice for its members, facilitating meaningful and sustainable recycling together.
“We’re here to make changes towards a circular economy, and we’re in a position and at a stage where we can do so to benefit not just our members, but all Australians.”
Waste Expo Australia will feature more than 70 exhibitors.
Visitors at this month’s exhibition and conference will have the opportunity to hear from more than 35 of the sector’s most reputable leaders as part of Waste Summit, a seminar program. The program is the largest free-to-attend waste management conference in Australia, with 30 topical and informative sessions, keynote presentations, practical case studies, lively panel sessions and white paper discussions.
The Waste Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to learn from industry peers and stay informed across areas including policy, legislation, circular economy, waste-to-energy, solid waste management, new technologies and advancements.
Waste Expo Australia will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October. It will be co-located with All-Energy Australia 2017, the country’s premier clean energy and renewables event, as part of Australian Sustainability Week. To register for Waste Expo Australia, head to their website.
Max Spedding will present Waste and Recycling in Australia – Where to next, at 10:15am on Wednesday 11 October, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.