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As COVID bites, Waste Expo goes digital

The country’s largest gathering of waste management and resource recovery professionals Waste Expo Australia 2020, is migrating its conference online to help strengthen the sector impacted by COVID.

Following the cancellation of the in-person event due to the pandemic, the organisers have told Inside Waste that the online edition of Waste Expo Australia’s conference arrives on the industry’s calendar at an important time.

Taking place from 7 October to 11 November 2020, Waste Expo Australia’s free-to-attend Virtual Conference provides the perfect platform for navigating opportunities and changes in the sector.

Waste Expo Australia, exhibition director Tim Rusbridge said that Australia’s waste management and resource recovery sector is going through a significant transformation as new government strategies and policies are in place and more investments have been made to address the country’s waste crisis.

“Waste Expo Australia has become a must-attend event for waste management and resource recovery professionals. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to bring the industry together and hear from some of the biggest names in the sector for free.

Although our in-person event this year is cancelled, our 2020 Virtual Conference is guaranteed to have an impressive line-up of speakers and engaging sessions. The program was designed to discuss the major issues facing the industry and help the sector be prepared for the future,” he said.

Thirty speakers

Featuring more than 30 speakers across six weeks, the topics that the conference will cover include approaches to transition to a circular economy, innovations from local councils, case studies on developing a waste-to-energy project and initiatives to achieve government’s waste targets.

Leading off on day one of the virtual conference, a policy-focused session will look at legislative developments, anticipated reforms and policy approaches that will help evolve Australia’s waste sector.

This session will be chaired by Peter Shmigel (CEO, Australian Council of Recycling) and include presentations from Mike Richie (MRA Consulting Group), Claire Ferres (CEO, Sustainability Victoria) and Dr Cathy Wilkinson (CEO, Environment Protection Authority Victoria).

Attendees will also have unrivalled access to other industry experts including The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP (Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change), Giorgio Baracchi (CEO and Co-Founder, RecycleSmart), Jenny Barnes (Energy Manager VPP, Visy Industries) and Elissa McNamara (Project Director – Advice, Infrastructure Victoria).

Across the 6-week period of Waste Expo Australia’s conference, All-Energy Australia and Energy Efficiency Expo will also host virtual sessions, forming the country’s most significant webinar series for the waste, recycling, renewable energy and energy management industries.

Waste Expo Australia’s 2020 Virtual Conference will take place from 7 October until 11 November 2020. To view the conference program and register for free, visit