Conference Day One

Conference Day One

26 June 2019

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Go to Pre-Conference In-depth Learning Session

08:30     Registration and welcome coffee

08:50     Opening remarks from the Chair

Kate HarrisChief Executive OfficerGood Environmental Choice Australia


09:00     Keynote presentationResponding to the China National Sword Policy

  • Defining the China National Sword Policy
  • Improving and strengthening recycling systems with the support of councils, regional waste groups and industry
  • Coordinating efforts across sectors to find effective solutions
  • Identifying the main barriers in coordinating immediate interventions, as well as planning longerterm solutions

Justin KoekDirector, China National SwordNSW Environment Protection Authority

09:30    Case study: Queensland’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan – shaping the strategic discussion

  • Understanding the policy matrix behind the Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan 
  • Developing a comprehensive and coordinated response to plastic pollution including responsible consumption 
  • Identifying science and evidence-based actions for individuals, communities, industry, and state and national governments

Sylvie GarnerProgram Manager, Waste Policy and Legislation, Office of Resource RecoveryDepartment of Environment and Science (QLD)

10:00     Understanding and preparing for the e-waste ban in Victoria

  • Looking into your e-waste to effectively prepare a strategy for disposal
  • Implementing strategies to prevent, reduce, and reuse electronics materials
  • Understanding the key challenges in collecting and recycling e-waste to ensure compliance

Blaise PorterSustainability Manager ANZ, Fujitsu Australia

10:30     The voice of local councils – between opportunities and challenges in waste management

  • Understanding the perspective of local councils in regard to waste management
  • Between waste prevention, recycling, resource recovery and waste disposal – identifying the main challenges
  • Future of waste management – what should be done?

Dick Gross, Mayor – Canal Ward, City of Port Phillip

11:00    Morning tea break  


11:30     Establishing collaboration within an organisation to minimise waste

  • Highlighting which waste can be prevented and minimised in corporate offices
  • Identifying barriers and challenges in preventing waste in large corporations
  • Implementing clear communication and training to increase employees’ support for waste management
  • Opening up to collaboration with local solutions to increase recycling and resource recovery

Jeff ElliottEnvironmental Sustainability Change LeadANZ

12:00     Preventing goods from turning into waste – when corporations collaborate with non-for-profit organisations

  • Creating solutions for businesses and non-profits to matchmake and not waste
  • Deviating 6.3 million brand new items from landfill – how it works in practice
  • How a corporate social responsibility strategy can create competitive advancement
  • Identifying the barriers and challenges when collecting and donating goods
Antony CastaldiGeneral Manager Supply ChainBIG W
Alison CovingtonFounder & Managing DirectorGood360

12:30     Drowning in plastic from landfill to the oceans

Ricki Hersburgh
Board member, Acting ED
Plastic Oceans Australasia Foundation

12:50     Networking lunch


13:50     Keynote presentation: When waste management and prevention make business sense

  • Promoting the commercial value of a resource-efficient business
  • Reducing waste and costs in large corporations
  • Identifying the biggest wastes of money in waste management and prevention
  • Monitoring and evaluation of waste management

Paul DonaghyResource Recovery ManagerWoolworths Food Group

14:20     Identifying what works (or not) with plastic recycling in Australia and what incentives could be used to rescue more plastic from landfill

  • Understanding which recycling approaches work best for each class of plastics – rigid vs. flexible
  • Exploring polymer types to determine if a reprocessor will be able to keep the plastic in a circular system
  • Creating financial incentives for individuals and businesses such as GST exemptions, tax concessions, energy rebates, and no interest loans from state government landfill levies

David Hodge, Managing Director, Plastic Forests

14:50     Realising opportunities from organic wastes/resources and utilising strategies to value-add

  • How Queensland is moving towards a circular economy approach (considering the re-introduction of Queensland’s waste levy on 1 July 2019)
  • Increasing the recovery rates of agriculturally-derived wastes and secondary-resources
  • Highlighting the financial benefits of reuse and value-add organic resources and nutrients
  • Identifying initiatives several innovative agricultural enterprises have embraced to improve value-add

Georgina DavisDeputy Chief Executive OfficerQLD Farmers’ Federation

15:20     Afternoon tea break


Attendees will have the option of attending 2 of the concurrent sessions. There will be 2 rounds of 40 minutes each where delegates will have the chance to choose 2 out of the 6 topics. Roundtables are interactively moderated group discussions where delegates get the chance to debate and discover common issues, challenges and solutions.

Round 1 – 15:50

Roundtable 1 -  State perspectives - Policy & Strategy


Ron Wainberg, Technical Director, MRA Consulting


Roundtable 2 -  Creating a waste-to-energy project from scratch


Miles Mason, Business Development Manager, New Energy Corporation


Roundtable 3 -  Emerging waste - Recovering valuable resources from electronic waste products, and from emerging industries


Ali AbbasAssociate ProfessorThe University of Sydney


Round 2 – 16:30

Roundtable 1 - How to manage surplus, spare, seasonal stock - one person's extra is another person's essential


Alison Covington, Founder & Managing Director, Good360


Roundtable 2 - As different as chalk and cheese - discussing the differences between circular economy and recycling economy


Jenni DownesInstitute for Sustainable FuturesUniversity of Technology Sydney


Roundtable 3 -  Turning trash into treasure on major infrastructure projects and industrial operations


Alex LaranceManager - Environmental ServicesCardno

17:10     Closing remarks from the Chair

17:15     End of Day One and networking drinks

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