The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is the only national peak body for the $15bn waste and resource recovery industry.  Our membership covers the entire spectrum of the industry including landfill, recycling and resource recovery, energy from waste, e-waste, organics, construction and demolition, commercial and industrial, hazardous and biohazardous waste sectors.

Our members range from large multinational corporations, SMEs, local and state governments, equipment and service providers, and individuals.

We provide a range of services to support our members, including advocacy, conferences and networking events, high value information, learning and training.


WMRR’s Priority Advocacy Areas are:

  • Facilitate investment in resource recovery and remanufacturing capacity.
  • Reform state regulatory frameworks to provide long-term certainty for investment in the sector.
  • Streamline and improve consistency and clarity in state regulatory frameworks.
  • Foster a common approach to landfill levies between states, including the reinvestment of at least 50% funds raised from levies in the sector.
  • Improve responsiveness of regulatory framework to manage market adjustments.
  • Improve coordination between State Government portfolios within and across State borders with responsibility for the sector (at first instance Planning and Environment).
  • Promote the adoption of sustainable procurement principles and practices to all levels of governments.
  • Support extended producer responsibility, product stewardship and polluter-pays principle and the role of the waste and resource recovery sector within it.
  • Support establishment of secondary and end markets for resource recovered materials.
  • Improve national waste and resource recovery data to enable the identification, recovery, classification, treatment, disposal and monitoring of waste.
  • Support all actions aimed at fair competition and the creation of a level playing field for all stakeholders.
  • Foster the recognition of the role of the solid waste industry in carbon abatement.
  • Champion the success of individual professionals and organisations working in the waste and resource recovery sector.

WMRR Strategic Plan 2023 - 2026


WMRR Constitution

WMRR’s mission is to provide a peak national forum to foster the necessary structural and cultural changes within our membership to enable the waste management industry to respond to the demands for integrated resource management services. The WMRR Constitution is what governs our strategy and operations.

At the end of 2018,WMRR reviewed its current Constitution and sought feedback on the revised Draft 2019 WMRR Constitution in early 2019.

The 2019 WMRR Constitution was adopted at the 2019 AGM on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

WMRR Constitution


Vision and Guiding Principles



The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is the peak body that leads the success of the waste management and resource recovery sector.


  • Waste management and resource recovery is an essential service and its infrastructure should be strategically planned and protected.
  • The environment and community is protected through the safe and responsible management of wastes.
  • Engagement with the community is critical to the waste and resource recovery industry both the positive success of, and trust in.
  • The waste and resource recovery industry drives jobs and positive investment in the economy.
  • The waste management hierarchy for the efficient use of resources is supported and promoted.
  • The industry produces secondary raw materials for the economy and promotes market demand for these materials.


Annual Reports

The annual report is prepared after the end of the calendar year. It is presented to members at the following Annual General Meeting.

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