Speakers announced for Waste Expo Australia 2018

Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Speakers announced for Waste Expo Australia 2018

Waste Expo Australia has announced the speaker programs for its three conferences — Waste Summit, Waste Evolution and Wastewater Summit — with more than 55 industry speakers confirmed to present at the free-to-attend exhibition and conference.

The two-day conference, to be held from 3–4 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will bring together specialists and suppliers in waste management, and feature a mix of panel discussions, workshops, case studies and interviews with representatives across the sector. The exhibition floor space will meanwhile be increased by 50% to support the showcase of 80 exhibitors, including Superior Pak, Steinert, Bingo Industries and Wastech Engineering.

The comprehensive Waste Summit program will see local thought leaders share their perspectives on four themes important to the industry: resource recovery, waste to energy, collections, and landfill and transfer stations. For example, Matt Genever, Director of Resource Recovery for Sustainability Victoria, will be joined by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Director Ian Campbell-Fraser, Australian Council of Recycling CEO Peter Shmigel and MRA Consulting Group Managing Director Mike Ritchie to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore government and policy initiatives driving the waste management industry.

In accompaniment, the Wastewater Summit will host a panel discussion to explore how to address the current water crisis, ensure continued public health and confidence, and build future water resilience. Key insights will be drawn from the current situation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Grantley Butterfield and Denise Woods from Australian Pork Limited (APL) will also discuss how farmers are converting pig waste into renewable energy and nutrients to power factories, grow crops and solve disposal issues. The speakers will reveal the conversion process and the productivity and profitability value gained.

Waste Expo Australia Exhibition Manager Cory McCarrick said it is important for experts in waste management to come together under one roof to discuss how to best overcome Australia’s challenges in waste disposal, and water and energy supply. He said, “It is a challenging but equally exciting time for the industry. Bans on waste exports are forcing Australian companies to rethink ways of doing business, while investment in new recycling solutions is helping turn urban and industrial waste into new water and energy sources.

“Waste Expo Australia is the perfect opportunity for the industry to collaborate, learn and discover the latest technologies, products and processes set to change waste management and resource recovery in Australia.”

Waste Expo Australia is co-located with All-Energy Australia, which announced its line-up of over 180 speakers last month. You can register for the event or access the conference program by visiting www.wasteexpoaustralia.com.au.

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