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In a bid to combat the economic downturn brought about by COVID-19, NSW Minister for Planning and Public spaces, Rob Stokes, has revealed the government’s Planning System Acceleration Program.
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In its latest members update, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) has acknowledged those who participated in its survey for providing an on-the-ground update of the services and operations that have been impacted and the challenges they are currently facing.
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How on earth are organics connected to a COVID-19 recovery plan you ask?
COVID recovery is all about investment and job creation in industries that add value and insulate Australia from international shocks.
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An Industrial Relations (IR) Working Group has been established by the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission to help as many businesses as possible to operate and keep their employees and customers safe through the COVID-19 crisis.
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The shape of the WARR industry is beginning to re-form with a refreshed date for the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) this year. The event will now be held on November 25 – 26, at the International Convention Centre Sydney.
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The decision by the Victorian EPA to adjust the launch of Victoria’s new Environment Protection Act (EP Act) to July 1, 2021 has been met positively by industry leaders.
Originally slated to commence this July, the new Act represents a significant shift in approach towards prevention, as well as a more flexible, risk‐based approach to compliance. Read more
A senior leadership change has been made at the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) with the appointment of Alex Serpo as the new executive officer commencing in May. He will be leaving the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) where he held the position of secretariat since 2017.
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The annual Waste 2020 Conference which was scheduled for the first week of May in Coffs Harbour, has been re-engineered into a series of webinars.
Conference organisers Impact Environmental Consulting (IEC) have been working with the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) to develop a weekly webinar series. According to IEC the aim is to keep the industry informed and up-to-date by using digital video tools. A selection of the content from the conference will be streamed live using the Zoom platform which is already being used by WMRR for its member sessions.
Conference and Exhibition Director Connie Button, told Inside Waste the organisation has received around 75 responses, indicating a strong interest from participants towards engaging in a selection of online paid webinars.
“We have also had direct contact from a range of delegates encouraging us to take the step and utilise the content that was already prepared for the conference,” Button explained.
She added that, the key benefits for participants are up-to-date information and perspectives on 12 key topic areas drawn from the Conference program as well as an opportunity to participate in a Q&A format.
“We considered it better to ‘drip feed’ the information over a longer period of time, rather than provide in in a condensed format, as there is a lot on people’s minds at the moment and this webinar series may become a welcome learning option while we are rather isolated. This weekly series also gives people the option to tailor their own learning by picking and choosing the sessions most relevant to their learning needs.”
The webinars will begin on Wednesday May 6 at 10.30am and will run for approximately 10-12 weeks. The first four webinars are listed below:
- Week 1 – Keynote addresses from Waste 2020 (Wed 6th May)
- Week 2 – Organics and FOGO (Wed 13 May)
- Week 3 – Social Enterprise Role in a Circular Economy (Wed 20 May)
- Week 4 – COAG Panel Discussion (Wed 27 May)
The cost for each weekly session will be $75 for members (WMRR) and $85 for non-members. IEC said that further information on presenters, content and the registration process will follow shortly.
Button also pointed to a quote that came from the survey:
“Keep up the good work. I really value the waste conference and am disappointed like many others that we cannot meet together. However thank you for continuing to work out ways to share information.”
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The Board of Directors of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) is undergoing a process of renewal in 2020, with a number of two-year director terms coming to an end.
There is undoubtedly a connection between the recent catastrophic fire season and increasing global warming leading to climate change.
And we might feel powerless as individuals to do anything about it. But one thing we can do as individuals, households, local councils, state governments and federal governments is address food waste in landfill. Why and how does this relate to climate change?