2019 Media Releases

Maroon – the colour of progress?

22 March 2019

For decades, we’ve been pitting the Blues against the Maroons (or vice versa – it all depends on which side of the border you call home). When it comes to waste and resource recovery, the Maroons could soon have the leg up for a long time coming.


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CDS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kickstart WA circular economy

15 March 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), has today welcomed the passage of legislation that will enable a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) to be introduced in Western Australia, acknowledging that the scheme has the potential to deliver huge environmental and social benefits to the people of Western Australia.

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Hobart’s single-use plastic ban spells bigger opportunity

12 March 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) applauds Hobart City Council for being proactive in its quest to phase out single-use plastics by voting in favour of a ban by 2020 with the passing of the single-use plastics by-law. However, WMRR believes the transition, and ultimately the initiative, stands a better chance of success if it were rolled out state-wide and ideally nationally, querying how it can be enforced otherwise.

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WMRR releases NSW election priorities 
6 March 2019

Never has the spotlight on waste and resource recovery shone so brightly as it has over the last 18 months and it would be remiss of politicians to disregard this essential service in their election campaigning, especially with the community being crystal clear in their message: “We want recycling, and we want it now.”

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Time to stop the talk and start the action as the trucks keep coming! 

19 February 2019

As of 5p.m. Monday, 18 February, more than 20 councils in two states have been locked out of their Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Industry recognises this is an unacceptable situation, however it may be just the tip of the iceberg if we do not collectively take the steps that we know are needed to avoid these issues.

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WMRR responds to SKM notices

15 February 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) acknowledges that some of the challenges that were highlighted by China’s National Sword policy remain, that being the critical lack of remanufacturing infrastructure in Australia.

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Waste industry is a lover not a fighter

7 February 2019

Today’s ABC story, “Container refund scheme prompts calls for crackdown on ‘bin chickens’ cashing in on recycling’ has brought to light the fact that the NSW scheme is kicking major goals, which the waste and resource recovery industry is fully supportive of.

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What's in a name?

21 January 2019

Everything. 

On 1 January 2019, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) changed its name to the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR). 

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2018 Media Releases
2018 WMAA Women in Environment Award Winner Announced

7 December 2018

A product stewardship advocate and veteran was named winner of this year’s Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) Women in the Environment Award at the Victoria Branch Christmas Dinner last night.

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MEM statement does not go far enough

7 December 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) welcomes the statement released by Environment Ministers following the 7 December Meeting of Environment Minsters (MEM) but is concerned at what seems like a lack of real action.

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It’s time to bring out the big guns

5 December 2018

It is a known fact that the Europeans take waste management and resource recovery very seriously and wit hgood reason – the industry is a protector of human health and the environment, as well as being an economic growth engine. The Europeans get it and Australia is beginning to, albeit slowly.

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NSW kicks off well-deserved celebrations

27 November 2018

It was a night to remember as 180 people dressed to the nines celebrated the champions that make the waste and resource industry tick at the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and Inside Waste inaugural Gala and Awards Dinner.

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NSW Minister urged to show leadership and stop the blame game

7 November 2018

The Waste and Resource Recovery industry is hugely disappointed to read the article today in the Daily Telegraph, where the Minister for Environment is attacking the NSW EPA..

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Veolia Australia and New Zealand becomes fifth WMAA Peak Member

1 November 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is pleased to announce that Veolia Australia and New Zealand has become the fifth Peak Member of the Board of the national peak industry body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

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WMAA calls for industry participation

25 October 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia is calling for greater involvement in consultations following the surprise announcement by the NSW EPA today that it is revoking the Resource Recovery Exemption and Order, which permit the use of mixed waste organic material on agricultural land, plantation forests and mining rehabilitation land.

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Waste and resource recovery policy priorities for VIC Election

24 October 2018

Ahead of the Victorian State election on Saturday 24 November 2018, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has outlined its key waste and resource recovery policy priorities for the attention of all political parties campaigning in this year’s election.

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WMAA welcomes draft NSW Circular Economy Policy

23 October 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has welcomed the release of a draft NSW Circular Economy policy this week, commending the NSW Government for taking the first step in the transition from a ‘take, make, dispose’ approach to a model that embraces circular economy principles.

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WMAA: NSW needs to get on with the job

22 October 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has this week written to the New South Wales Legislative Council following a disappointing response from NSW Environment Minister Ms Gabrielle Upton, MP, to recommendations from the Energy from Waste (EfW) Technology Parliamentary Inquiry.

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QLD waste levy: WMAA addresses committee in Ipswich

4 October 2018

CEO of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), Gayle Sloan, was in Ispwich today, representing industry in a public hearing on Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

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WMAA Response to Australasian Recycling Label and APCO recycling targets

26 September 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the peak body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry, welcomes the newly announced Australasian Recycling Label, however points out that it is a missed opportunity.

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WMAA welcomes Remondis plan to invest in Queensland

20 September 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the announcement of Remondis Australia’s intention to build a $400 million waste-to-energy facility in Queensland.

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WMAA Response to QLD Waste Levy Bill 2018

20 September 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the peak national body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry, congratulates the Queensland Government on the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, acknowledging that its introduction is a much-needed step in moving Queensland away from a “take, make, and dispose” model to a circular economy. However, WMAA is disappointed that the Parliamentary Committee only allowed nine (9) days for consultation on the Bill, considering the far-reaching impacts this Bill would have.

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2009 National Waste Policy Update: Levers to drive economic and job growth

19 September 2018

In the past week, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) congratulated the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for developing the Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy Discussion Paper within a short time frame, but also pointed out that the paper fails to discuss several leadership opportunities for the Commonwealth that will build economic strength and generate employment in the waste and resource recovery industry in Australia as we forge forward towards a circular economy.

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WMAA announces Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd as new Peak Member
WMAA Important Information for All Members

18 September 2018

  • Cleanaway Waste Management joins SUEZ Australia New Zealand, Remondis Australia and ResourceCo as a Peak Member.

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is today pleased to announce Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd as the newest Peak Member of the national peak industry body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

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2009 National Waste Policy Update

11 September 2018

  • WMAA welcomes the update to the 2009 National Waste Policy
  • Commonwealth is missing leadership opportunity
  • Commonwealth should drive national dialogue
  • Lessons to be learnt from the EU and UK

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) congratulates the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for developing the Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy Discussion Paper within a short timeframe and acknowledges the Department’s willingness to accept feedback and input from the working group. However, the Discussion Paper unveils several untapped opportunities, including the Commonwealth leading the national dialogue and importantly, driving economic outcomes.

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WMAA welcomes Victorian boost to recycling industry

3 July 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the national peak body for Australia’s waste and resource recovery industry, today welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of a further $24 million injection of new monies into recycling to assist in building a resilient sector in Victoria.

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WMAA supports Senate report on Australia’s waste and recycling industry

27 June 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) welcomes the Federal Senate Report, Never waste a crisis: the waste and recycling industry in Australia, produced by the Environment and Communications References Committee – led by Committee Chair, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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WMAA welcomes QLD landfill levy

1 June 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the Queensland Palaszczuk’s Government confirmation that the landfill levy will be reintroduced in early 2019 as part of the improved approach to the management of waste and resource recovery in Queensland.

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WMAA announces ResourceCo as new Peak Member
WMAA Important Information for All Members

9 May 2018

The National peak body for the waste and resource recovery industry, WMAA, is today pleased to announce ResourceCo as a new Peak Member, joining Suez and Remondis.

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Ministerial Meeting Response

30 April 2018

WMAA welcomes that possibly for the first time the waste and resource recovery industry led the agenda at last week’s Meeting of Australian Environment Ministers (MEM). This clearly demonstrates the nationwide importance of this essential industry, which employs 50,000 people and generates $15.5 billion of economic activity annually. We look forward to our industry remaining at the top of the MEM Agenda.

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Decision by Ipswich Council to Landfill Recyclables

18 April 2018

“The decision announced today by the Mayor of Ipswich that Ipswich City Council to landfill recyclables is extremely disappointing and completely out of step with community expectations”, said Gayle Sloan, CEO of WMAA, which is the peak industry body representing Australia’s waste and resource recovery sector.

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WMAA, ACOR call for inaugural Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan

4 April 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) have come together for the betterment of the entire waste and resource recovery industry to call on all Ministers, ahead of the Ministerial Council this month, to work with industry in the development, and urgent implementation of the inaugural Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan.

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Waste industry welcomes Queensland introduction of Landfill Levy

20 March 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the Queensland Palaszczuk’s Government announcement of a reintroduction to state wide landfill levy.

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