WMRR WasteQ Conference in Queensland just weeks away

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is hosting the 2019 WasteQ Conference in Toowoomba from October 15-17.

Queensland’s waste and resource recovery industry will hear from a solid program of speakers, aimed at helping them recognise the opportunities that exist in the current landscape, and steering them towards positive change.

The 2019 WasteQ line-up features speakers from all facets of industry, including keynotes Dr Steven Lapidge, CEO of Fight Food Waste CRC, and Simon Kalinowski, CEO of Mandalay Technologies.

Lapidge has spent much of his 20-year career working for, or with, agribusiness CRC’s, with a strong focus on new product development and commercialisation. He led the development of the FFW CRC bid and in recent years has represented Australia at G20, OECD and national food waste forums.

Lapidge is a member of the National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee and a non-executive director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

His previous research saw him awarded the prestigious Fulbright Professional Business/Industry (Coral Sea) Scholarship in 2010. He has published over 70 scientific papers and reports.

Lapidge will speak on October 16, during the opening plenary.

Kalinowski is an innovator and thought leader in the waste industry. He understands the challenges and pressure facing today’s industry and the role data must play to meet these challenges. Kalinowski is particularly passionate about leading meaningful change and the role industry professionals have in delivering this essential service.

Known for his dedication and forward-thinking approach, Kalinowski is constantly pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. His belief is that the waste industry needs to change radically to deal with the global waste challenge and meet the communities’ future expectations. Technology is key to solving that problem efficiently and he’s focused on leading his team to be a core part of the solution.

Kalinowski will speak during the opening plenary on October 17.

  • An opening address by the Department of Environment and Science’s Deputy Director-General of Environmental Policy and Programs, Tony Roberts;
  • Sessions on state issues, regional issues and solutions, innovation and best practice, circular economy, education and community engagement, organics, and sustainable procurement;
  • Panel sessions on two hot topics – the ‘Waste Levy’ and ‘Working Towards 2035’; and
  • A technical tour featuring local waste management and resource recovery facilities

Opportunities to network during welcome drinks, and a conference dinner.

This year’s conference dinner is being held at local attraction, the iconic Cobb+Co Museum.

It’s home to the National Carriage Collection and includes a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the Rolls Royce of Carriages, the Landau.