Future of waste and recycling on show at Waste Expo Australia

Registrations have been launched for the Waste Expo Australia – a conference that will explore the future of waste management and resource recovery.

Waste Expo Australia will be where the industry converges to revolutionise Australia’s waste management processes.

Hosting more than 120 brands and featuring more than 100 speakers across three conference stages, the free-to-attend conference will return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 23 and 24.

Waste Expo Australia offers in-depth content across the waste and wastewater summits, which cover seven streams.

The Waste Summit Conference, supported by Oceania Clean Energy Solutions, will cover six targeted streams from resource recovery, energy-from-waste, collections, landfill and transfer stations, construction and demolition waste, and commercial and industrial waste.

Key speakers will include Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, Victoria EPA CEO, Dr Cathy Wilkinson, and the acting executive director for waste strategy and policy at the NSW EPA, Dr Kar Mel Tang.

Other national and state-based bodies will be represented along with case study presentations from local governments including Campaspe Shire Council, City of Holdfast Bay, Yarra City Council and Albury City Council.

Leading off on Day One of the Waste Summit, a panel will discuss the pressing issues surrounding Australia’s waste-to-energy (WtE) sector.

One of the panel members, director of Enhar Consulting, Demian Natakhan, will discuss the status of landfill solar generation and propose that the final resting place for municipal waste may be the beginning of new energy generation.

“Solar farming on former landfill sites offers a way to put otherwise unproductive land to a valuable use,” Natakhan said.

“Where landfill gas is already collected in sufficient quantities to firepower generation, solar can be added onto existing grid infrastructure.

“In sites with lower landfill gas volumes, new solar generation with grid upgrades can unlock significant solar generation, avoiding the competition between solar farming and productive agricultural or industrial land,” Natakhan explained.

Confronting the challenges and opportunities in wastewater treatment will also be tackled at the Wastewater Summit, supported by EnviroConcepts, as a feature of Waste Expo Australia.

Waste Expo Australia event director, Cory McCarrick, said the event continues to grow with more speakers and suppliers on board this year than ever before.

“We have seen an increase in the total number of exhibitors this year to 120 and around 50 of these are exhibiting for the first time at Waste Expo Australia,” McCarrick said.

Some of the key exhibitors this year include Bost Group, Cleanaway, Caterpillar, HSR Southern Cross, Tricon Equipment, Applied Machinery, and Hitachi.

As well as all the events happening at Waste Expo Australia, the conference is co-located with the Energy Efficiency Expo and ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo.

Across the two days at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre attendees will have unrivalled access to industry speakers and suppliers across waste management, wastewater treatment, energy generation, energy efficiency and cleaning and hygiene.

Registration gives attendees access to all four events.