Australians currently produce about 50 million tonnes of waste per year, averaging over 2 tonnes per person and it is continually increasing. The session looks at the waste cycle, the current state of the industry and how we can all help reduce the volume of waste produced. It will also provide insight into the new waste levy in QLD and the impact China's ban on receiving recyclables is likely to have.
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Waste Reduction – Richard Denniss Chief Economist - Australia Institute
Richard will deliver an entertaining discussion on how we can reduce waste by distinguishing between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial.
Reuse – Kali Martin - NuGrow
Kali will discuss the waste streams that are currently being processed by NuGrow and how they are recycled into beneficial products such as compost and soil conditioners. Case studies will be presented demonstrating NuGrow’s innovative approach to closing the loop between waste and resources to achieve their vision of healthier environments supporting healthier communities.
Recycling – Georgina Davis - Waste to Opportunity
Georgina will discuss the design of Queensland’s new landfill levy and also proposed amendments to the current waste management licencing regime in Queensland. Since 2012, she has written extensively on the changing international demand for recyclable materials. She will briefly summarise the new quality guidelines for resources exported to China and what it means for Queensland’s waste management and materials recovery sector?
Anaerobic digestion (AD) for energy recovery from organics – Max Barnes - All Energy Pty Ltd
Gareth will talk about how we can generate energy from waste organics and how AD compares to other waste to energy (W2E) options. Implications of the proposed landfill levy will be considered.
Panel Discussion - After the presentations there is a panel discussion with the speakers.