Wednesday 9 November: Resource Recovery Summit

08:15
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

DEVELOPING NEW MARKETS FOR RECYCLED AND REPROCESSED MATERIALS
09:00
Taking a back-to-basics approach to communicating the importance of recycling and recovery
  • Educating your communities on how to successfully divert waste from landfill through a back-to-basics approach to deliver improved environmental outcomes
  • Clarifying landfill contamination thresholds on recyclable products entering the waste system
  • Creating targets and actions to guide community education programs and enhance the success of local government initiatives

Parul Sood
General Manager – Waste Solutions
Auckland Council

09:30
Partner presentation

09:50
PANEL DISCUSSION: Building community education programs to increase and improve recycling behaviour at a grassroots level
  • What are some strategies that local governments can use to increase community awareness of recycling and refuse recovery initiatives?
  • How are local councils successfully building active community stewardship programs?
  • How can councils use waste-free initiatives to engage younger generations in establishing improved recycling behaviour at the school age level?
  • What are some practical issues to consider when establishing community-based recycling and reuse programs?

Panellists:

Matthew Davis
Sustainable Resources Engagement Officer
Blacktown City Council

Alina Tamrakar Maskey
Resource Recovery Engagement Officer
Cumberland City Council

Elyse Marcolin
Resource Recovery Education Officer
Penrith City Council

10:40
Morning tea

IMPROVING RECYCLING BEHAVIOUR THROUGH EDUCATION, WASTE LEVIES AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE
11:20
Examining whether waste levies are having the desired impact of diverting waste from landfill
  • Understanding the levy as a critical economic incentive to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill
  • Determining whether or not a waste levy is a double-edged sword for recyclers with unintended consequences and increased costs
  • Analysing how waste diversion practices can be improved and the role waste levies can play moving into the future

Nancy Chang
Executive Director - Regulatory Policy, Initiatives and Advice
EPA NSW

11:50
Developing markets for recycled and recovered products to reduce landfill usage and to embrace a circular economy
  • Overcoming the hurdle of insufficient infrastructure to support a circular economy through investment and innovative thinking
  • Developing clear steps to help with the transition to a circular economy
  • Building strategies to develop markets for recycled products and create better end-of-life management systems for waste materials

Lisa McLean
Chief Executive Officer
NSW Circular

12:20
Lunch in the exhibition hall
REINVENTING THE FUTURE OF SOFT PLASTICS
13:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Minimising the impact of soft plastics through effective waste management programs
  • What can councils do to further enhance the collection of non-recyclable soft plastics at a community level?
  • How can technology help community members participate in removing soft plastics from the waste chain?
  • Are joint ventures and partnerships between local government and private enterprises the way forward?
  • Are there any benefits to introducing kerb side soft plastic collection? What impact would that have on removing soft plastic from the local landfill?

 

14:20
Partner presentation
14:50
Afternoon tea
MANAGING COST REDUCTIONS WHILE INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION
15:30
Fostering business and council cooperation to renew, remanufacture and permanently remove products from the waste cycle
  • Developing a collaborative approach to nurturing a local circular economy to increase remanufacturing and decrease contaminants in landfill
  • Increasing economic growth through a circular economy while protecting, conserving, and regenerating local environmental health and sustainability
  • Understanding the importance of supporting and investing in cross-sector collaboration to reduce non-biodegradable waste in landfill

 

16:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: Charting the path forward to develop a genuine and self-supporting circular economy
  • What are some of the critical actions everyone in the local community can take to support the introduction of a community-driven circular economy?
  • What role do local councils play in these efforts?
  • What are the critical factors that need to be addressed before we can truly embrace a circular economy?
  • What are the most significant challenges currently preventing increased adoption of circular economy principles across Australia?
16:50
Closing remarks from the Chair
17:00
End of Resource and Recovery Summit Day 1
17:00
Networking Drinks
18:30
Official Event Dinner