Australians currently produce about 50 million tonnes of waste per year, averaging over 2 tonnes per person and it is continually increasing. This session will look 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.
Waste Reduction – Richard Denniss
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
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 – Rick Ralph
Rick will discuss the facts behind the new waste levy in Queensland and what a new waste strategy should contain and look like. He will also discuss the current state of the recycling industry after China’s ban on receiving recyclable waste and what is needed to secure a sustainable future recycling industry. Is it as bad as it sounds?
Anaerobic digestion (AD) for energy recovery from organics – Dr. Gareth Forde and Max Barnes
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.
After the presentations there will be a panel discussion with the speakers.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Richard Denniss: Chief Economist - Australia Institute
Richard Denniss is the author of Econobabble and Curing Affluenza, and co-author of Affluenza. He is chief economist at the Australia Institute. He writes for the Monthly, the Canberra Times and the Australian Financial Review.
Kali Martin: NuGrow
Kali is a dedicated quality management professional with over 10 years’ experience in industrial processing. Kali’s passion for sustainability has seen her recently join the NuGrow team where her diverse background in manufacturing and waste management is being utilised to further strengthen NuGrow’s quality management systems. NuGrow is Queensland's largest organic waste recycler and compost/soils manufacturer and has been an innovator in this industry for the last 15 years. NuGrow is helping Queensland lead the way in a sustainable approach to waste management and land rehabilitation by offering an effective alternative to traditional waste management.
Rick Ralph: Waste Recycling Industry Association (QLD)
Rick is an independent waste management and recycling professional with more than 38 years Australian and International experience. Founding and current Chief Executive Officer Waste Recycling Industry Association (QLD) and Waste Recycling Industry Association (NT). Extensive committee expertise related to waste and recycling policy and regulation development internationally and across Australia.
He is on the stakeholder working group overseeing the introduction of the new waste strategy and levy implementation with a fundamental working knowledge of the Australian Recycling system. He is also Chairman of the board at Mates4Mates the peak Australian service organisation assisting families, current and ex-service personal of wounded, ill and injured.
Gareth M. Forde: All Energy Pty Ltd
Gareth is the Principal Engineer at All Energy Pty Ltd, and works in the areas of energy generation and efficiency, process innovation and economic optimization. Gareth has deep industrial experience in the power, bio-fuels, biotech, food and agri-business sectors. A key motivator is to develop circular economy solutions to generate revenue and reduce operating costs via “behind the meter” energy innovations for power, heat, cooling, and waste management.
Gareth is a Registered Professional Engineer Qld in the areas of both Environmental and Chemical Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also holds a PhD in engineering from Cambridge University (UK), a BE(Chem) from UQ and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at QUT.
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