WMAA Board Communiqué - November 2018

The WMAA Board met on the sidelines of the WasteSA 2018 Conference in Adelaide, a fantastic event that attracted more than 200 delegates over 14 and 15 November. South Australian Environment Minister David Speirs opened the conference, including announcing that the State will review its Container Deposit Legislation over the coming months. With other Australian states finally catching up to what the South Australians have been doing for more than 40 years, perhaps SA is getting ready to set a new bar (pun intended) by including wine and spirit bottles, which would certainly help to reduce public confusion about what’s in and what’s out of the new schemes now running or planned for in NSW, the ACT, QLD and WA.

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AWT’s future

On 25 October, the NSW Government announced that it was revoking the Resource Recovery Exemption and Order for Mixed Waste Organic Outputs (MWOO) with 24 hours’ notice and with immediate effect.

The move threatens the viability of alternative waste treatment (AWT) businesses both in NSW and potentially nationally. This is an evolving situation and WMAA is actively engaging with the NSW Government to ensure the viability of the industry - operators and local government - both in the short and long-term.

WMAA is also calling for more transparency and greater involvement in consultations and the release of the technical report that led to the revocation decision and WMAA, WCRA, ACOR, AORA and NWRIC are urging the Government to consider the messages that this revocation sends.

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Veolia becomes fifth and final Peak member

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has become the fifth Peak member of the WMAA Board. Combined with the scope and reach of the other Peak Members - SUEZ, ResourceCo, Cleanaway and Remondis Australia - these organisations represent the full gamut of the industry; including collections, energy from waste, resource recovery, and landfill.

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WMAA’s policy priorities for VIC election

As Victorians prepare to head to the polls on 24 November, WMAA has outlined its key waste and resource recovery policy priorities for the attention of all political parties campaigning in this year’s election. WMAA is urging parties to commit to five (5) key priorities to continue building a strong, sustainable, and resilient Victorian waste and resource recovery industry.

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WA to 2030

WMAA has applauded the WA Waste Authority for developing a draft waste strategy that is consistent with the National Waste Policy.

The draft strategy reflects the extensive work undertaken to detail the pathways as well as identify the stakeholders who could and should drive WA’s shared vision of becoming a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy.

WMAA has prepared a submission and is now encouraging the Waste Authority to expedite the publication of the final Waste Strategy in order to provide clear direction to all stakeholders.

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  • 20/11/2018 - NSW: Asbestos Waste Strategy 2018–22
  • 29/11/18 - ACT: Information paper: waste-to-energy in the ACT
  • 3/12/18 - SA: Natural Resources and Environment & Integrated Movement Systems Policy Discussion Papers
  • 31/12/18 - Federal: Case studies on action underway on the environment and energy Sustainable Development Goals
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The judging committe of the 2018 Women in the Environment Award is busily selecting a winner for this years award, having the difficult task after receiving approxmately 30 applications.

The winner will be announced at the WMAA Victorian Branch Christmas Dinner which is being held on 12 December 2018 at Crown Melbourne.

This evening will include a three course meal, drinks, and guest speaker, and will be the perfect way to network with your peers and celebrate what has been a huge year for our industry.

The event along with the NSW Gala Dinner and the QLD Christmas Dinner has been proudly sponsored by Cleanaway.

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