A new body - the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) - has officially formed following the first meeting of its executive in Sydney this week. It will be led by waste veteran Max Spedding.

NWRIC CEO Max Spedding.

Operations have commenced after the body garnered the support of Australia's largest waste and resource recovery companies, namely Alex Fraser Group, Cleanaway, JJ Richards and Sons, Solo Resource Recovery, Suez, Toxfree, Remondis, ResourceCo, and Veolia.

"Australia's waste management industry is an essential service, and through the NWRIC, we will be asking the Commonwealth along with state governments to support our initiatives to take the industry forward," Phil Richards, chairman of the NWRIC's host association board said.

The NWRIC says it will serve waste management enterprises by creating industry-led policy and it has appointed Max Spedding CEO of the body. He will be supported by secretariat manager Alex Serpo.

The NWRIC will work in close partnership with jurisdictional affiliates, which it said will allow it to represent and canvas concerns from many of Australia's 450 small and medium sized waste management enterprises. Together, state affiliates and the national office will coordinate to create and advocate for cohesive national policy.

The council has started working to create, share and build support for policy positions which it said will move the industry forward and its initial areas of focus include better planning, a fair market, the national harmonisation of the regulations governing the industry, and effective policing of standards.