Conference Day One

Conference Day One – Wednesday 27th of June


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Learning sessions

08:15 | Registration and welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Trevor Thornton, Lecturer, Deakin University

09:00 | INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:  How better waste management can help counter climate change

  • Understanding the need to incorporate municipal solid waste management into the bigger picture
  • Pinpointing the importance of bringing together cities, countries, and international organizations to implement sustainable waste management systems
  • Identifying the best measures to improve waste management and reduce short-lived climate pollutants
  • Developing on the role of the CCAC Waste Initiative to foster partnerships, develop enabling policies and increase technical capacity that directly support cities to improve their waste management

Sandra Mazo-NixCoordinator of the Waste Initiative, Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat - UNEP (France)

9:30 | INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Waste Management 3.0  -  managing your waste in the digital age

  • Discovering the waste management regulations in the US
  • Understanding what companies in the US  have to do to achieve compliance
  • Learning how GHD’s clients are using digital technology to stay ahead
  • Learning from the Union Pacific Railroad case study

Sean Grady, Vice President/ Principal Waste Services, GHD

9:50 | OPENING KEY NOTE: Understanding the consequences of the Chinese ban of foreign waste imports on the future of the Australian waste industry

  • Exploring the consequences of the aftermath of the Chinese ban - how the ban impacts Australian local councils and waste industry players
  • Identifying the sectors most impacted by the Chinese decision
  • Highlighting the new challenges rising from the ban
  • Exploring the potential long-term and short-term solutions
  • The future of the Australian waste industry

Alice Howe, External Engagement and Manager Sustainability, Lake Macquarie City Council

10:10 | Ideal waste management from construction to operation – Barangaroo

  • Understanding the journey of Lendlease in constructing and operating the greenest suburb in Australia 
  • Achieving the most ambitious sustainability targets, whilst fully developing and expanding business activities
  • Learning how to deal with construction waste on a 22-hectare site
  • Understanding operational waste management on a big scale

Lucy Sharman, Sustainability Manager, Lendlease - Barangaroo

10:30 | Morning tea


11:00 | INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: How Finland redefined the idea of consumption and disposable through circular economy roadmap

  • The big picture: why is circular economy so important?
  • Understanding the relationship between circular economy and waste
  • Illustrating the strategies to implement responsible production and consumption
  • Identifying the benefits of developing sustainable cities in the circular economy
  • Stimulating the change in business and in education for a circular economy

Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Sitra (Finland)

11:30 | Understanding L’ Oréal’s approaches to waste prevention and recycling

  • Managing our sustainability goals with the same entrepreneurial spirit and the same ambition as our business goals
  • Considering the overall footprint across every aspect of a products life cycle
  • Using innovative approaches to provide new life to our products

Christine Burke, Communications Director, L'Oréal Australia

11:50 | CASE STUDY: Stimulating the implementation of circular economy in business practices - the goal of the NSW EPA

  • Illustrating how to close to loop using strategic thinking
  • Understanding circular economy in commercial and industrial, and construction and demolition industries
  • Defining the tools to overcome barriers associated with waste management and resource recovery practices
  • Demonstrating how reducing waste can increase efficiency

Belinda Chellingworth, Project Officer – Business Recycling Unit, Waste and Resource Recovery NSW Environment Protection Authority

12:10 | CASE STUDY: Demonstrating with Peats Soils & Garden Supplies how to gain from organic waste whilst fitting with the National AORA strategy

  • Learning from the sustainable and innovative organics recycle strategies established by Peats Soil & Garden Supplies in everyday business practices
  • Identifying the challenges and benefits of closing the loop of organic waste
  • Illustrating the importance of business cooperation in recycling waste
  • Reflecting on the future of organic recycling in Australia

Peter WadewitzManaging Director, Peats Soils & Garden Supplies


Kari HerleviProject DirectorSitra (Finland)

Belinda Chellingworth, Project Officer – Business Recycling Unit, Waste and Resource Recovery NSW Environment Protection Authority

Peter WadewitzManaging DirectorPeats Soils & Garden Supplies

Christine Burke, Communications Director, L'Oréal Australia

12:50 | Networking lunch


13:50 | Understanding how to implement effective waste management strategies within business practices

  • Achieving successful sustainable strategies on an industrial scale by preventing waste in every form
  • Processing common waste categories such as paper and plastic in each store
  • The benefits of producing chairs and tables made from recycled wood and plastic
  • Working with suppliers and consumers toward common sustainable goals

Kate RingvallCountry Manager Sustainability, IKEA

14:20 | CASE STUDY: Learn from Hilton Sydney Hotel a smarter management style of organic waste

  • Going through the journey and the steps in implementing strategic waste management
  • Understanding that organic waste is a waste of money
  • How to stimulate staff participation in your waste management
  • Why waste management can be a competitive advantage

Kruno VelicanExecutive Chef, Hilton Hotel Sydney

14:50 | CASE STUDY: Eliminating the customer’s need for packaging: LUSH and its “naked” products

  • Exploring the journey and the steps in implementing such strategy
  • Educating consumers to new practices
  • Highlighting the challenges and opportunities to remove packaging in business practices
  • Learning how preventing waste benefits the business

Elisia GrayBuying, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

15:20 | Afternoon tea


15:50 | Managing e-waste using tactical strategies and new technologies at Fujitsu

  • Understanding the strategies implemented to prevent, reduce and reuse e-waste in a multinational information technology equipment and services company
  • Learning about the importance of conducting lifecycle assessment in maximising efficiency and preventing waste 
  • Identifying the challenges of e-waste management and the future trends
  • Highlighting the potential for technological innovation in e-waste management

Blaise PorterSustainability Manager ANZ, Fujitsu Australia

16:20 | CASE STUDY: Understanding the importance of a product stewardship strategy that demonstrates shared responsibility & what this means for retailers

  • Understanding the need to develop partnerships both with businesses and consumers in managing e-waste
  • Highlighting the key challenges of collecting and recycling IT equipment and ways to overcome them
  • Developing partnerships both with businesses and consumers in managing e-waste
  • Identifying the future of e-waste management

Ryan SwensonCorporate Social Responsibility Manager, Officeworks

16:50 | PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the opportunities for smart technologies and innovation to change the way we think about resource recovery?

  • How modernizing the resource recovery industry will assist Australia?
  • What are the challenges to implement modern technologies and innovations?
  • What are the opportunities generated by technologies and innovations in resource recovery?
  • How can we increase the volume of  items recovered using smart technologies and innovation?


Trevor Thornton, Lecturer, Deakin University


Veena Sahajwalla, ARC Laureate Fellow & Director Scientia Professor, UNSW

Kate Ringvall, Country Manager Sustainability, IKEA

Blaise Porter, Sustainability Manager ANZ, Fujitsu Australia

17:20 | Closing remarks from the chair

17:30 | End of Day One and networking drinks

19:00 | Official event dinner

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