WMAA 2017 ALTS Conference

WMAA CEO Updates


WMAA 2017 Events Calendar

Gayle Sloan

As 2017 progresses, advocacy remains very high on the agenda for WMAA, as does delivering a full calendar of events - both national and international. We are working hard to remain at the forefront of discussions with government, to act in the best interest of the industry, provide you with great networking and information sharing opportunities, and to keep you abreast of changes and developments affecting the industry.

WMAA is also very keen to collaborate with other industry groups as we acknowledge that we all have an important role to play in promoting and developing this essential industry.

Membership renewals are currently underway. If you haven't renewed, now is your chance! Contact the WMAA National Office to ensure that your voice is heard.

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2017 Memership renewal

Australian-first CQA of geosynthetic liners workshop

ALTS Workshop

This one-day workshop will focus on the Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) of geosynthetic liners, which play an important role in a landfill's performance. A CQA plan consists of several components, and the interaction and contribution of each to the successful provision of effective CQA.

The workshop will assess the current process, issues and the important parameters to be considered for an effective CQA plan - from project conception through to project construction and completion. It will cover owners' and regulators' involvement and accountability, design and specifications, materials and equipment, vendor selection, installation, third party quality assurance, field work and CQA testing.

The presentations by well-known international and local speakers, along with discussion sessions, will present the best global and local experience along with the most recent findings and best practice for a successful CQA.

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Comment sought: Container Return Scheme QLD


Following a 12-month feasibility investigation, the Queensland Government has announced a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) for Queensland will start 1 July 2018.

An Implementation Advisory Group is advising the Queensland Government on how the scheme will be implemented. To be consistent with other states’ schemes, various features of the Queensland sscheme have been decided, while other features will continue to be explored through targeted consultation. A discussion paper has been released to allow for public consultation on the scheme.

WMAA QLD Branch is seeking comment from WMAA members by 20 March 2017.

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EPA and VicRoads to target waste transporters

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Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and VicRoads have reminded waste transporters to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy and comply with waste transport laws, as the regulators begin joint roadside operations across the state.

Commencing this week, the joint operations follow the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will see VicRoads officers gather intelligence on behalf of EPA during inspections of vehicles transporting hazardous waste known as prescribed industrial waste (PIW).

Under this agreement, EPA authorised officers will also conduct roadside inspections in conjunction with VicRoads to assess vehicle compliance. Waste vehicles will be checked to see whether they have the proper signage and authorisations to transport different types of waste, as well as be checked for compliance against the vehicles permit conditions.

Infrastructure SEPP review (NSW)

NSW Infrastructure

The NSW Department of Planning and environment is seeking ways in which to improve planning and delivery of future community snfrastructure and upgrading existing services by proposing changes to the Infrastructure State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 2007.

Submissions close 24 March 2017.

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GRC/WMAA Training
WMAA Career Centre

Organics market development grants (NSW)


The Waste Less Recycle More Organics Market Development Grant Program provides grant funding of $2.55 million over two years to support the long-term expansion of the market in NSW for recycled organics that have been diverted from landfill.

Submissions close 28 February 2017.
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ISWA's monthly Scientific Journal

ISWA journal

Waste Management and Research is an ISWA monthly journal, publishing articles relating to both the theory and practice of waste management and research.

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