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2018 has been quite a year. China's National Sword policy has had far reaching impacts on all aspects of our essential industry and we are not out of the woods yet. But it is definitely a positive to have waste and resource recovery finally on the table and the circular economy penny dropping for our politicians. 

WMAA is working hard to engage our Ministers and all levels of Government, with each State Branch firmly seated at the table. Our influence and engagement, driven by our members' input and feedback, are all the more evident this year, culminating with Ministers presenting WMAA's proposed policies at the 7 December Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM). 

However there is much work to be done in 2019, with two significant elections coming our way - Federal and NSW - the policy and regulatory issues in NSW (like the revocation of the MWOO order and exemption with 24 hours notice) that fly in the face of what industry is trying to achieve, and the ongoing lacklustre response from the Federal Government in responding to and participating in MEM.

Together, we work towards turning the high-level discussions that dominated 2018 into actions and funding in 2019. Some of our priority actions include encouraging the Federal Government to clarify the constitutional interpretation of the proximity principle once and for all, in order to roll out a national proximity principle, create a level playing field through a harmonised approach to levies and market development, and importantly provide much-needed certainty by creating a consistent national approach to resource recovery exemption orders/end-of-waste codes. 

There is much to look forward to in 2019 as our State Branches and working groups continue to collaborate to drive our industry forward. In Q1 of next year, WMRR will publish an updated business plan, which shapes the way we drive our activities. We will also launch our new name and new working group, as well as roll out a host of events and develop further a national accreditation scheme for our essential industry (more below). We are excited about what is to come!

Till next year, WMAA wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We thank you for your ongoing support and contributions and genuinely hope that you get to spend time with your loved ones. Here is to a safe and successful 2019. 

WMAA Board Communiqué - December 2018

The WMAA Board met in Melbourne on 12 December, ahead of the Victorian end-of-year celebration. The lack of outcomes from the December Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM) led the discussion; while it’s great to see waste and recycling dominating the Ministers’ agenda, it’s well past time we stopped talking about all the things that need to be improved, and actually get on with the job of making it happen. Click here to read more.

What's happening in 2019?

A new name
The Association will launch its new name - Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) on 1 January 2019 (click here to read more). As part of this evolution, WMAA will be embarking on a rebranding journey, including a new and improved website which will incorporate so much more, including a suite of educational fact sheets for community. Watch this space.

Unveiling RRMD 
WMAA is launching a new working group, the Resource Recovery and Market Development Working Group. Expressions of Interest are still open. Click here to join your State working group and/or here and here to nominate a Chair and Vice Chair for the group. 

Training and development
In January, WMAA will commence the recruitment process for a Training and Development Manager who will develop an Accreditation program previously resolved by the Board to progress. The program will seek to develop and recognise the professional skills required in our sector. 

The WMAA Constitution
As WMAA evolves, there is a need to update our Constitution to better reflect the Association's membership and activities. Work is underway to refresh this important document, which will be published for consultation in mid-January. 

2019 events
2019 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference: 26-29 March, Brisbane
Waste 2019: 14-16 May, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2019 Energy from Waste Conference: August, Canberra, ACT. Details to follow. 
Waste & Recycle 2019: 25-26 September, Perth, WA. Details to follow. 
2019 WasteQ: October, (TBD) Queensland. Details to follow.  

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