The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted the two authorisations necessary for the implementation of an industry-led Battery Stewardship Scheme.
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 on from the recent Board and State Branch Committee elections, Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) has announced its 2020-2022 state working group leaders.
“To all who nominated and voted, thank you. The nomination process drew a number of responses from a wide range of members, and we’re delighted to welcome all chairs, vice chairs, and secretaries,” WMRR CEO, Gayle Sloan said.
“WMRR is excited to be working with all these leaders over the next two years and thanks outgoing chairs, vice chairs, and secretaries for their time and commitment to the association.
“As new State Branch and working group leaders settle in, the WMRR national office is working closely with them and we are really keen to drive further engagement and participation across all states. Tasmania is the last of the completely new leadership teams to meet, so please get involved and reach out if you would like to participate.”
WMMR added that financial members are also welcome to join their State Branch Committees and working groups.
WMRR’s 2020-2022 State Working Group leaders
|Working group||Chair||Vice chair||Secretary|
|New South Wales|
|Resource Recovery and Market Development (RRMD)||Vanessa Seaton, Veolia||Dayne Steggles, Benedict Recycling||–|
|Energy from Waste (EfW)||Edward Nicholas, Tribe Infrastructure Group||Miles Mason, New Energy Corporation||Jade Garth, Arup|
|Waste educators||Reyhaneh Behboudi, WSROC||Claire Mahendradatta, MRA Consulting||Tarah Slattery, City of Canterbury Bankstown|
|Young Professionals (YPs)||Celine El-Khouri, SLR Consulting||Claire Mahendradatta, MRA Consulting||Susann Noe|
|Landfill||Ark Du, Veolia||Shaun Rainford, Arup||Tricao Vo, Global Synthetics|
|Construction and demolition (C&D)||Jason Sweeney, Boral||Terry Martin, Brandown||–|
|RRMD||Steve Robertson, AECOM||Gavin Crawford, Bundaberg Regional Council||–|
|EfW||Blake Almond, Henshall Capital||Chris Alexander, Phoenix Power Recyclers||–|
|Waste educators||Christine Blanchard||Alix Baltais, EnviroCom||–|
|YPs||Shady Goodarzi, AECOM||Darcy O’Brien, EnviroCom||–|
|Landfill||Colin Kangas, Remondis||Amir Shahkolahi, Global Synthetics||Hayley Page, Townsville City Council|
|South Australia/Northern Territory|
|RRMD||Marina Wagner, Sustainable Solutions||Sarah Barrett, Adelaide Hills Region Waste Management Authority||–|
|EfW||Raoul McAlister, RDM Solutions||–||–|
|Waste educators||Grace Barila, KESAB||–||–|
|YPs||Matthew Allan, Rawtec||–||–|
|Landfill||Thomas Gallasch, Cleanaway||–||–|
|Tasmania – no nominations held at this time|
|RRMD||Brad Mashman, Recovery (TAS)||–||–|
|Landfill||Christine Bell, Southern Waste Solutions||–||–|
|RRMD||Kelvin Davies, Nextek||Bettina Zimmerman, GHD||–|
|EfW||Gillian Hand-Smith, Sustainability by Innovation||Andy Race, SUEZ||Stuart Banks, GE|
|YPs||Julian Howard, SMEC||Gerianne Robles, Sustainability Victoria||Roger Britto, Tonkin+Taylor|
|Landfill||Lachlan James, SMEC||Luke Adams, Tonkin+Taylor||–|
|EfW||Jason Pugh, Laing Investment Management Services||John King, Talis Consultants||–|
|Waste educators||Libby Eustance, WMRC||Teresa Belcher, SMRC||–|
|Landfill||Ian Watkins, IW Projects||–||–|
|C&D||Jake Hickey, Instant Waste||–|
Seven projects across NSW have received support in the latest round of grants of more than $700,000 to help reduce waste and promote recycling.
The Work, Health & Safety Group of the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) has agreed that there is a compelling need to educate the public about the safety issues around the heavy collection vehicles.
It’s taken 10 months of public consultation, referral to other agencies, technical assessment of the application and research for Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) to grant a Works Approval (WA) for the construction of a used lead acid battery (ULAB) recycling plant in Hazelwood North.
The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) has released its plan for a thriving, safe, smart, and sustainable sector ahead of the Queensland elections in late October.
A survey of 1002 Australians reveals a staggering 87 per cent of shoppers are more likely to purchase products that are ethically and sustainably produced.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Pact network has expanded with the launch of the US Plastics Pact at Circularity20 (an online event that aims to accelerate the circular economy).
In May, Australia exported about 312,000 tonnes of waste-derived products and wastes with a value of $198 million, representing a 22 per cent tonnage decrease and 21 per cent value decrease compared to the previous month.