Evans says time is up for Tyremil site

The Minister for Waste and Assistant Minister for the Environment, Trevor Evans described the Tyremil site in Queensland as a “ticking time bomb” and called on the Queensland government to shut it down. The Minister’s response comes just a year after Queensland businessman Tony Di Carlo was fined $200,000 for a series of environmental breaches …
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Battery Stewardship Scheme takes off

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted the two authorisations necessary for the implementation of an industry-led Battery Stewardship Scheme. The Scheme aims to significantly increase the recycling of batteries and end the wasteful and dangerous practice of landfill disposal of batteries. The Battery Stewardship Council (BSC) chair Gerry Morvell described the action as “a …
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WMMR renews with state working groups

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 groupChairVice chairSecretary
New South Wales
Resource Recovery and Market Development (RRMD)Vanessa Seaton, VeoliaDayne Steggles, Benedict Recycling
Energy from Waste (EfW)Edward Nicholas, Tribe Infrastructure GroupMiles Mason, New Energy CorporationJade Garth, Arup
Waste educatorsReyhaneh Behboudi, WSROCClaire Mahendradatta, MRA ConsultingTarah Slattery, City of Canterbury Bankstown
Young Professionals (YPs)Celine El-Khouri, SLR ConsultingClaire Mahendradatta, MRA ConsultingSusann Noe
LandfillArk Du, VeoliaShaun Rainford, ArupTricao Vo, Global Synthetics
Construction and demolition (C&D)Jason Sweeney, BoralTerry Martin, Brandown
RRMDSteve Robertson, AECOMGavin Crawford, Bundaberg Regional Council
EfWBlake Almond, Henshall CapitalChris Alexander, Phoenix Power Recyclers
Waste educatorsChristine BlanchardAlix Baltais, EnviroCom
YPsShady Goodarzi, AECOMDarcy O’Brien, EnviroCom
LandfillColin Kangas, RemondisAmir Shahkolahi, Global SyntheticsHayley Page, Townsville City Council
South Australia/Northern Territory
RRMDMarina Wagner, Sustainable SolutionsSarah Barrett, Adelaide Hills Region Waste Management Authority
EfWRaoul McAlister, RDM Solutions
Waste educatorsGrace Barila, KESAB
YPsMatthew Allan, Rawtec
LandfillThomas Gallasch, Cleanaway
Tasmania – no nominations held at this time
RRMDBrad Mashman, Recovery (TAS)
LandfillChristine Bell, Southern Waste Solutions
RRMDKelvin Davies, NextekBettina Zimmerman, GHD
EfWGillian Hand-Smith, Sustainability by InnovationAndy Race, SUEZStuart Banks, GE
Waste educatorsT.B.C.T.B.C.T.B.C.
YPsJulian Howard, SMECGerianne Robles, Sustainability VictoriaRoger Britto, Tonkin+Taylor
LandfillLachlan James, SMECLuke Adams, Tonkin+Taylor
Western Australia
EfWJason Pugh, Laing Investment Management ServicesJohn King, Talis Consultants
Waste educatorsLibby Eustance, WMRCTeresa Belcher, SMRC
LandfillIan Watkins, IW Projects
C&DJake Hickey, Instant Waste


Landmark recycling and waste legislation for Australia

Groundbreaking legislation, the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, that will enable Australia take responsibility for its waste and establishes a national industry framework for recycling is being tabled in Parliament. The intent behind the Bill is the complete phase out the 645,000 tonnes of unprocessed plastic, paper, glass and tyres that Australia ships overseas each year. …
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