New year, new name for Waste Management Association of Australia

New year, new name for Waste Management Association of Australia

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).

The name, chosen and adopted by the association’s members, reflects the needs of a diverse and growing membership and acknowledges the ever-increasing participation by MRFs, reprocessors and remanufacturers. The evolution of the brand acknowledges the need for, and value of, collaboration with all stakeholders in the supply chain in order to continue the transition to a circular economy.

WMRR’s new name is the first of many changes on the way in 2019. In addition to a rebranding exercise, WMRR will soon launch a new working group in each state — the Resource Recovery and Market Development working group — to bring all elements of the supply chain to the table. An Energy from Waste working group will also be created, operating in place of what was formerly the RER working group.

“Our working groups and branch committees form the backbone of the association, and in 2019 they will continue to collaborate through a variety of forums such as networking events and meetings, as well as influence policy settings through a raft of important measures, from policy submissions to position papers,” WMRR CEO Gayle Sloan said.

“Another initiative to look forward to is the development of an accreditation program to develop the industry’s professional skills, and recruitment of a training and development manager will soon commence.”

Work is also progressing on a number of conferences and events, including the 2019 Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference in March, the 2019 Energy from Waste Conference in August and the various state-based Women of Waste breakfast events.

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