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I feel very fortunate to have been provided the opportunity to work at WMAA – the peak national association – and consider myself very lucky to be part of the waste and resource recovery industry. An industry with which I have had a connection for many years, understanding its complexities, volatilities and also recognising the vital role it plays within the community as a whole.

With so many important issues currently unfolding nationally in the industry, I have literally hit the ground running in my first two weeks. To date, I have had the opportunity to either meet or speak with all of the Branch Presidents, which has been fantastic. I also have been able to attend the NSW Branch meeting and am scheduled to attend the Queensland and South Australian meetings in December.

I have been overwhelmed by the access that I have been given to government since joining WMAA. I believe that this is an indicator of how highly WMAA is viewed by government at all levels.

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Stay informed. Stay ahead. Stay relevant: Renew your WMAA membership for 2017

WMAA membership renewal

We would like to thank you for your valued support in 2016.

As the year’s end rolls closer, so does your renewal date for your WMAA membership.

This year, your membership enabled us to accomplish many things including advocacy to government; provide you with networking and learning opportunities through our events, training and education programs; business support through member exclusive opportunities; as well as an information hub for all your industry news and updates.

Renewal information for 2017 will be sent to you shortly. We need your membership commitment to accomplish even greater things for you and your industry in the coming year.

WMAA Submissions to government

WMAA government submissions

WMAA represents the views of our members to all levels of government on issues affecting the bottom line. Submissions to government are prepared by various state-based WMAA working groups. By being involved in those groups, all WMAA members have the opportunity to contribute to national and industry policy and the development of industry standards.

Recently, on behalf of its members, WMAA put forward the following submissions to government:

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NSW CDS picks up speed


On 7 November, Gayle Sloan, WMAA Chief Executive Officer, and the NSW Branch President, Garth Lamb, along with other WMAA members attended the NSW EPA Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) Stakeholder Forum.

The government has exhibited an Initiation to Prequalify for Request for Tender Process for both the Scheme Coordinator and Network Operator, and will be concurrently seeking expressions of interest from possible collection depots, in order that they can provide a list of these to the successful Network Operators once known.

To read the full outcome details from the session, click on the link below.

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Meet the Hon Mark Speakman MP

Minister Speakman

Join other industry colleagues at the inaugural WMAA NSW Branch Christmas Dinner on 30 November at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, to network and celebrate the end of the year.

As part of the proceedings, the Hon Mark Speakman MP, NSW Minister for Environment, Minister for Heritage, and Assistant Minister for Planning, will present a short address and will join us for dinner.

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Healthy outlook for the Australian EfW sector

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Ruedi Kummer, Managing Director, Renergia Zentralschweiz AG

In October, WMAA held its Energy from Waste Conference in Sydney, exploring the full life cycle potential of energy from waste projects in Australia.

Joyanne Manning, the conference program convenor, shares the outcomes from the conference and the future directions for the industry in Australia. A conference report by Norton Rose Fulbright can be accessed here.

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Perfect to a tee - SA Branch Golf Day

SA Branch Golf Day winners
Golf Day winners: L-R John Hogarth, Gary Coombe, Robert Rodenburg & Trent Milford from Peats Soils

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) SA Branch held its annual Golf Day at Westward Ho Golf Club this month with great support shown once again by the membership, with sponsorship and players all keen to put their hand up to support this esteemed event..

WMAA would like to thank the sponsors of this event: Solo, Bucher Municipal, Geofabrics, Peats Soils and Simsmetal who all generously contributed towards prizes and ‘course sustenance’.

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Grants available: EPA NSW pilot program for increased use of C&D waste

EPA VIC C&D waste

The NSW EPA is searching for organisations that can find new ways to make use of someone else’s construction and demolition waste.

The Civil Construction Market Pilot Program promotes the use of waste from one civil construction project as a useful input into another. The program aims to improve resource productivity, reduce the costs of coordination and minimise the risks involved to result in less material being sent to landfill or large volumes of material being stockpiled.

The EPA is offering grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 to fund consultants, contractors, waste service providers and local government personnel who can divert construction and demolition (C&D) waste from landfill through reuse, recycling and circular economy projects in the NSW civil construction sector by 2017.

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EPA NSW extends Waste Less, Recycle More initiative


Minister Speakman announced that the NSW Government will invest $337 million to extend the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative over four years from 1 July 2017 until 2021.

The $337 million extension of the program includes:

  • $70 million for the local government Waste and Resource Recovery Program
  • $65 million for the Illegal Dumping and Waste Enforcement Fund
  • $57 million for Household Problem Wastes
  • $48 million Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund
  • $35.5 million Organics Infrastructure Program and Fund
  • $30 million Litter Prevention and Enforcement Fund
  • $22.5 million Business Recycling Program
  • $5 million Recycling Innovation Fund
  • $4 million for the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities

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Waste Levy waived for storm affected areas (SA EPA)


The South Australian state government has waived the waste levy for communities affected by the recent storms.

Those who have registered their names in Recovery Centres which were established during the severe weather events in September were issued with a ‘Temporary Incident Card’, and will now be eligible for this offer. Council waste that is also attributed to the severe weather can also benefit from this concession.

This exemption will not apply to the regular gate fee charged by a waste depot.

Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program applications now open

SV grants

The Victorian Government is supporting investment-ready social enterprises.

The program offers a combination of grant and low interest loan. Investment-ready social enterprises can apply for up to $200,000 as a combination grant and low interest loan to expand their operations.

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QLD Government releases new composting requirements


The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has identified a number of potential non-compliances in the composting sector during investigations under Operation TORA and the broader compliance program, with the current model conditions not being considered adequate to manage the environmental risk of the receipt of a wider range of feedstock.

As of 8 November 2016, for new wastes, or new uses of existing wastes, a waste generator can apply to the department for an EOW approval for the purpose of trialling the use of a waste as a resource. The approval will be issued only for the length of time required to undertake the trial, with only one extension being granted, if required

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Community and Industry Engagement program funding open (WA)

commuity grants

The WA Waste Authority announced a round of funding for the development and implementation of waste management projects and initiatives that promote the diversion of waste from landfill.

The program will support organisations that enhance industry and community engagement in Waste Authority programs or deliver education activities that support the implementation of the Waste Authority’s Business Plan 2016–17.

Up to $690,000 funding is offered through two streams.

Applications close 5pm Friday, 8 December 2016.

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