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2019 WasteQ Conference | Meet the Keynotes

In a little over two (2) weeks time Queensland's waste and resource recovery industry will be submerge on Toowoomba for our 2019 WasteQ Conference. They'll hear from a solid program of speakers, aimed at helping them recognise the opportunities that exist in the current landscape, and steering them towards positive change.

Published: 30th September 2019

In a little over two (2) weeks time Queensland's waste and resource recovery industry will be submerge on Toowoomba for our 2019 WasteQ Conference. They'll hear from a solid program of speakers, aimed at helping them recognise the opportunities that exist in the current landscape, and steering them towards positive change.

The 2019 WasteQ line up features speakers from all facets of industry, including keynotes Dr Steven Lapidge, CEO of Fight Food Waste CRC, and Simon Kalinowski, CEO of Mandalay Technologies.

CEO, Fight Food Waste CRC

Dr Steven Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). He has spent much of his 20-year career working for or with agribusiness CRC’s, with a strong focus on New Product Development and commercialisation. Steve led the development of the FFW CRC bid and in recent years has represented Australia at G20, OECD and national food waste forums. He is a member of the National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee and a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Steve’s previous research saw him awarded the prestigious Fulbright Professional Business/Industry (Coral Sea) Scholarship in 2010. He has published over 70 scientific papers and reports.

Hear Steve speak on Wednesday, 16 October during the opening plenary.

CEO, Mandalay Technologies

Simon Kalinowski is an innovator and thought leader in the waste industry. He understands the challenges and pressure facing today's industry and the role data must play to meet these challenges. He is particularly passionate about leading meaningful change and the role industry professionals have in delivering this essential service.

Known for his dedication and forward-thinking approach, Simon is constantly pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. His belief is that the waste industry needs to change radically to deal with the global waste challenge and meet the communities' future expectations.Technology is key to solving that problem efficiently and he’s focused on leading his team to be a core part of the solution.

Hear Simon speak during the opening plenary on Thursday, 17 October.

Other program highlights include:

  • An opening address by the Department of Environment and Science's Deputy Director-General of Environmental Policy & Programs, Tony Roberts
  • Sessions on state issues, regional issues & solutions, innovation & best practice, circular economy, education & community engagement, organics, and sustainable procurement.
  • Panel sessions on two hot topics - the 'Waste Levy' and 'Working Towards 2035'
  • A technical tour featuring local waste management and resource recovery facilities
  • Opportunities to network during welcome drinks, and our conference dinner (see below)

Have you registered yet? If not, get in quick to avoid missing out.

To register click here

Show your support for regional Queensland - become a sponsor today

Show your support for Queensland's regional waste and resource recovery industry and raise awareness of your brand, products, and services. Get access to delegates from local and state Government, and peak providers from within the waste, energy, and resource recovery industries. For more information contact [email protected]

Last chance to exhibit at WasteQ 2019 - only 1 space left!

As an exhibitor you'll get the opportunity to raise awareness of your brand, products, and services, and network with a wide variety of delegates from local and state Government, and peak providers within the waste, energy, and resource recovery industries. Hurry, there's just 1 space remaining. For more information contact [email protected]

This year's conference dinner is being held at local attraction, the iconic Cobb+Co Museum. It's home to the National Carriage Collection and includes a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the Rolls Royce of Carriages, the Landau. Come along to catch up with old industry colleagues, network with new one's, and be wined and dined among the carriages. Dress: cocktail

To register for the conference dinner click here

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Industry leaders united in call for harmonisation and market development

Industry leaders united in call for harmonisation and markets for recovered materials

Published: 26th September 2019

Industry leaders united in call for harmonisation and market development

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) hosted a waste and resource recovery roundtable in Sydney today, attended by industry leaders who had the ear of the Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP. The Minister was keen to hear about the current challenges and opportunities, and importantly, the key elements that would give the export ban, announced at the COAG meeting in August, the greatest chance at success.

In a constructive and productive two-hour session hosted at Norton Rose Fulbright, executives from Australia’s leading waste, recycling, and resource recovery firms shared their insight with the Minister on the current barriers to growth and success, including the lack of a nationally consistent and harmonised policy and regulatory framework.

“Whether you’re from SUEZ, Cleanaway, ResourceCo or Bingo, the message is the same, businesses need certainty to invest and thrive, and this is sorely lacking in Australia at the moment, in large part due to different policies, strategies, regulations, and specifications across jurisdictions, and the lack of markets. The Federal Government is in a position to lead all of that being pulled together to provide a harmonised and consistent approach,” WMRR CEO, Ms Gayle Sloan, said.

“The goal posts are also constantly changing and often, our industry is a political football which exacerbates the challenges because it causes greater instability and uncertainty. The Minister listened intently and said she had a clear idea of the current landscape and need for greater harmonisation, which we appreciated."

The forthcoming export ban on waste paper, plastic, glass and tyres was also a focus of the meeting, with the Minister advising industry that it would be on the agenda at the 8 November Meeting of Environment Ministers.

Industry leaders said they would applaud the ban if it was coupled with the expansion of reprocessing and recycling, and the development of domestic remanufacturing, all of which spell economic growth and jobs. But the ban must not be rushed, and the Minister was advised that a considered approach towards its implementation must be front and centre of Government’s mind.

“The ban will not work if we do not have markets for recycled materials. Sure, we can stop shipping these materials, and industry does not want to export – we absolutely want to reprocess and recycle right here in Australia – but if there’s no buyback or take up of the recycled products, where does that leave us? So, the ban must be supported first and foremost by sustainable and mandated procurement at all levels of Government, with the Commonwealth leading the way,” Ms Sloan said.

“The ban must also be complemented by a structural shift in the way we design products and producers must start taking greater responsibility for what happens to the materials they manufacture, including possibly contributing to the cost of end-of-life; we need mandatory extended producer responsibility schemes, starting with packaging. The Federal Government must also use its position and the levers it has to mandate a certain percentage of recycled material in products and to complement that, we urgently need national specifications for recycled content. The Government may need to also consider tax incentives and grants as Australia develops these markets for recycled products.

“Regardless of the material stream, we need markets for all recovered material in order to truly recycle and close the loop. It’s all about market development and market demand.

“There is no quick fix, but it is encouraging to see that waste and resource recovery is now a priority. Industry thanks the Minister for engaging with us and we are excited about the many opportunities that await Australia. We look forward to continued engagement with Minister Ley, her Department and all Environment Ministers ahead of MEM, and as the ban is being developed,” Ms Sloan concluded.

Today’s industry roundtable was attended by executives from SUEZ, Cleanaway, Veolia, JR Richards, ResourceCo, Tyrecycle, Visy Industries, Re.Group, Bingo Industries, Alex Fraser, and O-I.

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Sustainability in the Building Industry in Perth

Coastal Waste Management informs the Residents of Perth about Sustainability in the Building Industry in Perth, Western Australia

Published: 13th August 2019

Coastal Waste Management is Perth’s leading Skip Bin, Front Lift bin and Hook Lift bin service provider. Coastal Waste Management prides itself on its exceptional levels of customer service and competitive prices, along with its great safety and environmental achievements.

Coastal Waste has a strategically designed range of different size skip bins for hire from the DIY hobbyist or spring cleaner to the largest industrial factory or warehouse. Their extensive range of skip bins also includes Hook Lift bins, which are a large waste disposal container used mainly in the industrial and commercial sectors where high volumes of waste is generated.

Coastal Waste Management wants all its customers and its potential customers in Perth to be aware of developing trends in the waste management sector which if not properly managed, will have a profound effect on the environment in Western Australia. State and Federal governments are starting to create change around tighter controls over the responsible disposal of waste and recycling to avoid landfill where possible. With a recent tightening of quality control standards by China in relation to the quality of recycled commodity exports from Australia, which makes up nearly half of Australia’s recycling exports, it is now more important than ever that the whole community gets on board and supports waste management companies that credible, reputable and reliable which will result is Western Australia leading the way in sustainability. Legislation and regulation is not enough on its own, it requires commitment at all levels of society. “the last thing we want in Australia is recycling volume regression and increasing landfill volumes” said Coastal Waste Management General Manager Tim Hyatt.

Coastal Waste Management who through its collection company Coastal Waste Skip Bins are heavily involved in the recycling of Construction and Demolition Waste in Perth, Western Australia. Coastal Waste Management believes that the Western Australian community can make a big difference in preserving the environment and protecting it for future generations, by using rubbish collection and waste management companies who can prove that they manage the waste they collect responsibly. Because of the opportunity that exists in the Construction and Demolition Waste sector to recycle over 90% of the waste volume, this sector now stands out as the easiest one to achieve the highest results and offset the effects of the Chinese crack down on quality known as Operation Sword.

But it’s also about identifying aspects of the building life cycle where waste which comes in many forms, can be minimised or eliminated all-together. This requires a change in thought process, but fantastic results can be achieved with some collaboration and innovative thinking. There are several ways in which a waste free environment can be achieved, such as the efficient use of energy and water, and minimizing waste generation from packaging along with a whole raft of other possibilities. It is vital for manufacturers, suppliers, clients and end-use occupiers to consider sustainability at every stage of a building’s life, for example, during its construction, operation, renovation and demolition.

Coastal Waste Management recognizes that by constructing sustainable buildings, there is an opportunity to use resources more efficiently and support the work being done by governments at a local, state and federal level.

Many organizations provide information on sustainable buildings such as:

  • Green Buildings Council of Australia – they help develop a sustainable property industry
  • Local governments – a good source of information about a sustainable lifestyle, energy and water efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Waste Authority – promotes awareness and understanding of resource efficiency, waste avoidance and resource recovery.

Western Australia is on track to becoming Australia’s leader in the minimization of waste through changing its behavior and becoming more aware of the challenges facing the waste and recycling industry. Coastal Waste Management is aware of the immense value of the environment Western Australians live in and what it has to offer and this is in part what models the development of the Coastal Waste Skip Bins Business. Coastal Waste Management is a locally owned business who believes Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 will encourage individuals, governments and industries to play a cooperative role in avoiding waste through, recycling and disposing of waste correctly to protect the environment. The main goal of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 is to support each city in making better choices, which will lead to better waste management.

Coastal Waste Management understands that waste can harm our environment if disposed of incorrectly, which is why their skip bin hire, collection and recycling services are focused on reducing pollution and creating an environment that is free from harm to our unique WA environment

For more information about waste management, sustainability and protecting our environment, or if you are interested in hiring a skip bin from a company you can rely on to do the right thing, then contact Coastal Waste Management today on +61-8-9592-9420 or email them at [email protected].

Book your skip bin today from Coastal Waste Management and get 14 days Skip Bin Hire for the price of 3 Days at NO EXTRA CHARGE.. Call Coastal Waste now on (08) 9592 9420 and quote “Winter Saver Special”

SOURCE: The News Front [Link]

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Everyday Enviro with Elise - Testing the bamboo bandwagon

Bamboo goods are marketed as a sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use plastic items, but is that the full story?

Published: 12th August 2019 - Author: Elise Catterall

We all know single- or short-use plastics are the pits and that there are some really good alternatives out there for the many plastic items that have infiltrated our lives. 

At our house, we have kind of gone all in with silicon and bamboo alternatives and, if I’m honest, I did this without doing any real research into their environmental pros and cons.  So, better late than never, I decided to have a good look at the ins and outs of all the bamboo products now in my home (including, but not limited to, toothbrushes, straws, cups, plates and cutlery, cutting boards, and underwear) and I thought it would be a good thing to share here. 

It is hard to miss all shiny statistics about how amazing bamboo is.  Statements like it releases around 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent amount of trees; it sequesters carbon dioxide at an equally unevenly high rate; it can be (and usually is) grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers; it requires no irrigation so is super water friendly; it is self-seeding, so doesn’t need to be replanted; it grows crazy fast, so can be planted and harvested in short space of time (one species has been clocked at around 90cm in a day - check out this 24hour timelapse); it produces up to 20 times the timber of trees due to this growth rate; it inhibits soil erosion and so on.

A recent study even concluded that there is the potential for industrial bamboo products that have a negative carbon footprint over their full life-cycle. Pretty impressive.  Then you only need to look at all its possible uses to be really impressed – a super strong and relatively inexpensive construction material for buildings and bridges, a material for household items (like many of those in my own house), as well as furniture and toys, and then for things like textiles, rugs and even nappies.

It is with those last few items on the list that some of the shine comes off bamboo. Whilst it has fantastic eco-credentials for more structural items, for the softer products like textiles, things are not so wonderful.  A review published in The Greenhub highlighted some of the less-than-eco processes required to turn this tough, strong and very structural plant into the gorgeously soft and silky fabric that it become.

This was an eye-opener to me, as, for me, there was a huge green halo over bamboo generally. The good news is that while (generally speaking) the creation of soft fabric from bamboo involves significantly environmentally-unfriendly chemicals, including sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide, many companies in the bamboo industry are actively looking for cleaner, less harmful and more natural ways to manufacture it. I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground for developments here.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping to the items I already own and if I have to make any purchases going forward, I’ll stick to bamboo items that are in their more raw, structural form from sustainable sources and haven’t needed the intensive processing that the fabric manufacture involves.

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Celebrating International Youth Day with our Youth Ambassadors

Clean Up Australia's Youth Ambassadors are educating and inspiring the world ...

Published: 12th August 2019 - Author: Sally Miles

Celebrating International Youth Day with our Youth Ambassadors

  • By Sally Miles
  • 12 Aug, 2019

Clean Up Australia's Youth Ambassadors are educating and inspiring the world ...

To celebrate International Youth Day, Clean Up has called upon our incredible Youth Ambassadors to share their passions and actions which are helping to educate and conserve our planet.

International Youth Day was started 20 years ago by the UN General Assembly to celebrate young people as partners in change, and to highlight challenges facing the world’s youth. This year’s theme is ‘Transforming Education’,  so our Youth Ambassadors have shared their thoughts on the importance of education to ensure a sustainable future.

Learn more about our Youth Ambassadors and how they are helping the future become more sustainable this International Youth Day …

Noah Pronk, 13 years old, Founder of Sticky Pronk Eco-Friendly Surf Wax

“Children are the leaders of the future. Without the right education, we will make the same mistakes as the adults of today.” 

Noah Pronk, 13 years old. Founder, Sticky Pronk Eco-Friendly Surf Wax and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

Noah, 13 year-old surfer and beach-lover from Adelaide, S.A. founded eco-friendly surf wax company “Sticky Pronk” when he discovered many wax brands contained chemicals and micro-plastics. His surf wax offers a natural, plastic-free, handmade alternative. He raises awareness and reaches out to hundreds of surfers all over the world, and demand for his product is growing.

“Many of the surfers that I have connected with didn’t know what their normal wax contained, and they were surprised to hear that several of the leading surf wax brands include petrochemicals and micro-plastics.”

“I now have over 10 stockists of Sticky Pronk surf wax across Australia and have just received my biggest order ever from a primary school in NSW who are holding a sustainable father’s day stall. I've connected with local beekeepers, which has helped me to perfect my product keeping it sustainable, local and a good quality product rivalling major brands.” Noah says.

He is a passionate advocate for education and sustainability.

“Being a youth ambassador is incredible, it gets the message out to the world about the environmental problems and how we can do better. This role is extremely important to me because most people just think the problem is plastics and pollution, but the small things count as well, exactly like surf wax.” 

Noah Pronk, 13 years old. Founder, Sticky Pronk Eco-Friendly Surf Wax and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

Follow Noah:

Instagram @sticky.pronk

Facebook @sticky.pronk

Sophia Skarparis, 16 years old, Plastic pollution campaigner 

Sophia Skarparis

 “Education contributes to our knowledge of the world around us and allows us to form an enlightened viewpoint on sustainable issues. Education provides the first step to change the world into a better place.” 

Sophia Skarparis, 16 years old, Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

Sophia Skarparis is a 16 year old student from NSW who is helping solve the issue of plastic pollution for future generations. She has been campaigning against single-use plastic bags in NSW for years and petitioned for over 10,000 signatures to take the issue to NSW Parliament. She was named Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year in 2018. At her North Sydney school, she has conducted a waste management audit and, among other activities, has taken part in the North Sydney Sustainability Youth Congress.

Learn more about Sophia’s journey here:

“I am privileged to carry on from the legacy of the late Ian Kiernan and through my environmental journey. I have discovered that the work of conservation takes community, time and persistence. Caring for the earth is a priority that everyone should have, as we are reliant on its resources and it provides us with life essentials. 

Being a Youth Ambassador for Clean Up Australia allows me to participate in activities associated with the conservation of the earth and allows me to be a supportive member of the community.” 

Sophia Skarparis, 16 years old, Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

Follow Sophia:

Instagram @plasticfreesophia

Arlian Ecker, 12 years old. Plastic-Free Boy. Saving the Ocean from Plastic. 

Arlian Ecker

Arlian Ecker, 12 years old, is from Byron Bay, NSW. He is a passionate advocate for reducing plastic pollution and preventing it from reaching our oceans. He campaigns in schools to spread his messages and raise awareness. Arlian is transforming education with the production of his film PLASTIC ALARM – SAVING THE OCEAN FROM PLASTIC being shown to more then 120 000 students in Australia and overseas. Arlian is a proud Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

“I feel empowered to make amazing changes for the planet and for the future by being an Ambassador for Clean Up Australia and feel great to be a part of this amazing organisation that has taken care of the Australian environment for so long. Being a Youth Ambassador is important because we can empower others to create the best solutions as a team, and together we can change the world.” 

Arlian Ecker, Plastic-Free Boy and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

Here is Arlian on Channel 9’s A Current Affair recently:

And featured in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Arlian created a video for us on International Youth Day 2019. Take a look ...

If you would like to show his film PLASTIC ALARM at your school or event, you can visit his website here:

Follow Arlian:

Instagram @plastic_free_boy

Facebook @PlasticFreeBoy


Cam Spooner, 10 years old, Strawless March Noosa and Straw Free 4573

Cam Spooner

Cam Spooner launched Strawless March in his hometown Noosa in 2018. He gained the support of local cafes to go ‘straw-free’ for the month, and now many have adopted this practise permanently.

He is a passionate advocate for protecting the environment and continues to educate and inspire action. He organises regular beach clean ups and hosts fundraising events to drive his mission for a Plastic-Free Noosa, and “Straw Free 4573” (his local postcode).

Cam shares great information and creates little videos on his Instagram page @Cam_Saves_The_World 

Cam was recently nominated for the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards for 2019 Young Citizen of the Year, the youngest nominee by far! His campaign continues to grow as Cam spreads his message both locally and nationally. Cam is proud to be associated with Clean Up Australia as one of our Youth Ambassadors.

I love being a Youth Ambassador for Clean Up. I love to educate and inspire people. if I can help others make a change then I am happy - I always say if a 10 year old can do it then everyone can do it! #togetherwecan”

Cam Spooner, 10 years old, Straw Free 4573 and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador.

Follow Cam:

Instagram @Cam_Saves_The_World


Shalise Leesfield, 12 years old. Ocean Campaigner and Educator.

Shalise Leesfield

“Sustainability education is so important to me and my ocean campaign focuses on inspiring as many people as possible to share my passion for environmental protection so together we can build a more sustainable world.

The global youth population is 1.8 billion strong and our generation needs to band together to make our world rumble with positive change, as the future is the one thing we all have in common. And this future can’t just be built for us, it needs to be built with us!"

Shalise Leesfield, 12 years old, Ocean Campaigner and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador

Shalise Leesfield, 12 years old, is a passionate ocean campaigner. She has researched, gained permission and set up fishing line bins in her home town Lake Cathie, NSW. The bins encourage significantly less discarded fishing line in local waterways, reducing the threat to marine life. Local Council and a NSW EPA grant have supported her campaign which includes signage, education and a local ranger to enforce marine litter regulations.

Shalise delivers talks and presentations to educate others about the importance of protecting our planet. Check out excerpts from Shalise's recent Luminosity Youth Summit talk here:

She also created a video for Clean Up Australia on International Youth Day 2019 here:

“Clean Up Australia Day is something that is very close to my heart and I have loved hosting my very own ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ campaigns in 2018 and 2019. It was so fantastic to join in with the locals in my community and it shows that by working together we can make a real difference to help keep our oceans clean and keep Australia beautiful. It's such a great feeling to step back once we all finish a clean up and see nature looking clean and rubbish free – the way it should always be.

“Being a youth ambassador is such a wonderful opportunity and honour and it’s great to be able to use this amazing platform to inspire as many young people as possible to join Clean Up Australia Day events all around the country so we can keep our planet thriving and healthy to ensure that it stays the same way for many more generations to come. It is so important that the youth of Australia join together and be inspired to help protect our beautiful country and the planet.

“I am proud to be a part of Generation Z and I believe that it shouldn’t matter how old you are, we should all try and become global thinkers and make a difference in our world today. And by being an ambassador it is a great way to inspire other people to join in and for me to lead by example by the environmental work I have done over the past three years. My hope is that I also inspire other young people that if you have a cause or idea you are passionate about, don’t think you are too young to do anything about it. Us young people should take an active role in keeping our planet clean and green and making our voices heard.” 

One of the most important ways to make change happen is to educate people about a problem - and it's solution and I spend most of my spare time spreading awareness about ocean pollution. Clean Up Australia Day is a great way that we can all join together and be part of the litter solution and help save our beautiful marine animals from extinction and protect our ocean and earth for future generations.” Shalise says.

Shalise cares deeply for education and change to make the world a better place.

“Being a youth ambassador is so important to help spread the message to as many people as possible all over the world about how we can help save our amazing planet from plastic pollution. I really believe that together the youth of today can make it happen, one step at a time.” 

Shalise Leesfield, 12 years old, Ocean Campaigner and Clean Up Australia Youth Ambassador

Follow Shalise:
Instagram @shalisesoceansupport


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