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Waste conference to tackle issues of plastic pollution and resource recovery

The Coffs Harbour Waste Conference is happening on May 14-16, with waste experts from across the globe sharing their insights into an industry that is ever-evolving.

With the enforcement of the China National Sword Policy in 2018 higlighting the need for Australia to focus on waste management and resource recovery more than ever, attendees will learn about what is being done and discuss what needs to be done in this sector.


Attracting more than 630 delegates both nationally and internationally, the conference is targeted at anyone who works in or has an interest in waste management issues, and is particularly relevant to local government.


Presenters at this year’s conference include Kate Akkerman, who is the waste education and compliance officer at Byron Shire Council. She investigates illegal dumping incidents and delivers education campaigns.


Matthew Allen, who is the executive director of Zero Waste Network Australia, will also speak at the event. He led the organisation through the process of becoming an independently incorporated non-profit, worked with committee members to deliver an expanded annual conference and improved member engagement, and helped to drive increased collaboration with a number of other organisations.


Speaking on managing e-waste, Julie Briggs brings her expertise as the principal of JBMS Consulting. She has worked with business and government for over 25 years. The delivery of regional waste management and resource recovery programs is an important part of her role.


With dozens of speakers, pre-conference workshops and an exhibition area, the conference covers many areas of the waste industry. There are two pre-conference workshops available – planning best practice waste education and engagement projects and best practice waste management for local councils.  


The first workshop will step attendees through how to plan their next waste education and engagement project using best practice principles. They will become familiar with an easy and freely available project plan template they can use to plan, manage, evaluate and promote your next project. This workshop is being held at Opal Cove Resort on Tuesday May 14 at 9am.


The second workshop is designed and directed at local council waste staff. This session will include case studies and work-shopped examples of key areas of local council waste responsibilities. A comprehensive overview of responsibilities, financial matters, procurement considerations and how to set the domestic waste management charge will be presented in an open forum where questions will be answered.