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


WASTE POLICY IN 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 role 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  


COLLABORATIONS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT


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


MONEY TALKS


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 DavisPolicy Advisor for ResourcesQLD Farmers’ Federation


15:20     Afternoon tea break


Roundtables

Attendees will have the option of attending 3 of the concurrent sessions. Roundtables are interactively moderated group discussions where delegates get the chance to debate and discover common issues, challenges and solutions.

Round 1 – 15:50
Round 2 – 16:20
Round 3 – 16:50

Roundtable 1 -  State perspectives - Policy & Strategy

Facilitator:

Ron Wainberg, Technical Director, MRA Consulting

Roundtable 2How to manage surplus, spare, seasonal stock - one person's extra is another person's essential

Facilitator:

Alison CovingtonFounder & Managing DirectorGood360

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

Facilitator:

Ali AbbasAssociate ProfessorThe University of Sydney

Roundtable 4As different as chalk and cheese - discussing the differences between circular economy and recycling economy

Facilitator:

Jenni DownesInstitute for Sustainable FuturesUniversity of Technology Sydney

Roundtable 5 -  Creating a waste-to-energy project from scratch

Facilitator:

Miles MasonBusiness Development ManagerNew Energy Corporation

Roundtable 6 -  Turning trash into treasure on major infrastructure projects and industrial operations

Facilitator:

Alex LaranceManager - Environmental ServicesCardno

Roundtable 7 -  Identifying effective interventions that support behaviour changes amongst consumers to reduce food waste

Facilitator:

David PearsonENGAGE Program Leader, Fight Food Waste CRC


17:20     Closing remarks from the Chair


17:30     End of Day One and networking drinks


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Waste Strategy Summit 2019