A strategic direction for WMAA

WMAA Board and Presidents' Planning Day

After consulting with members, WMAA’s Board and State Branch Presidents met on 31 March 2017, agreeing on the vision, guiding principles and national and state priorities for engagement and advocacy for the Association. The principles will guide WMAA’s advocacy and policy development activities, such as meetings with Ministers or heads of agencies, commenting on government policies, and developing our own policy positions.

Identified priority areas for advocacy and engagement will guide the work of the National Office, divisions, state branches and associated working groups. This will ensure that WMAA has a clear united voice when engaging with governments and other stakeholders. Clear messaging will also assist the Association in collaborating with other national and state based associations when advocating on common policy issues. State branches are currently planning their key initiatives for advocacy and action in line with these priority areas, and members are encouraged to get involved.

A strong strategic direction and policy framework will reinforce WMAA’s position as the peak body that leads the success of the waste and resource recovery sector, remaining the first point of call by governments for involvement in consultation.

WMAA is recruiting: Manager, Policy and Secretariat

Are you a dynamic individual with a passion for research and policy development? Do you possess excellent communication skills, love to pay attention to both process and detail, whilst achieving real outcomes?

You do not need to work within the waste and resource recovery sector. It would be beneficial, however, if you understood the industry and had a real interest in it.

If this is you, then click here to download the position description and become part of WMAA’s effort to rebuild as an Association, to ensure that it can provide the best possible support to its members and the sector.

Please contact gayle@wmaa.asn.au or (02)8746 5600 if you have any questions.  This position is full time (including outside of normal hours) and will be based in the Sydney National Office.

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WMAA supports Coffs Waste 2017 Conference

WMAA CEO, Gayle Sloan taking part in the Panel Discussion on Strategic Planning for Waste Management

WMAA was proud to support the Coffs Harbour Waste 2017 Conference, with over 150 WMAA members attending the event.

Keynote speakers imparted their wisdom and experiences including WRAP UK’s Richard Swannell presentations on the global issue of food waste, and the City of Vancouver’s Albert Shamess presentation on Vancouver’s ambitious goal of becoming a zero waste community by 2040.

Gayle Sloan, WMAA’s CEO, gave a welcome address and chaired a lively panel discussion on CDS - Its coming, so let’s make it work! to a full house.

The WMAA workshop All about FOGO. What it takes and what’s in it for Councils? ran as an optional session, and was well received.

Overall, the event provided a great program as well as fantastic opportunities for networking and catching up with old and new friends.

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Energy from Waste Technology

The NSW Parliament is currently calling for submissions in response to the Terms of Reference.

This submission is due by 28 May 2017 and is being led by WMAA’s National and NSW RER Divisions. In order that WMAA can provide a strong, informed and unified voice for the sector to this Inquiry, the groups have been discussing this topic for a considerable period of time.

Additional to the above response, WMAA has also prepared a submission to Australia’s Review of Climate Change Policies Discussion Paper.

These submissions and the working group structure that WMAA has, are a great example of what we do and why members should get involved.

In order to confirm working group membership and enable member participation in important issues affecting the sector, WMAA will shortly survey all financial members on which working groups they would like to participate in.

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National regulation of PFAS a step closer

A national approach to the environmental regulation of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) is a step closer after last week’s PFAS Summit.

The summit demonstrated positive collaboration between Australian environmental regulators to identify a long-term plan for the assessment, containment and remediation of PFAS. Discussion revolved around current environmental standards and the assessment and treatment of sites contaminated with PFAS, as well as the safe disposal of PFAS-impacted wastes.

A video of the summit’s keynote speeches is available on the EPA VIC website. Link below:

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Industrial Waste Resource Regulations under review (VIC)

EPA VIC is reviewing the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 to minimise impacts of industrial waste on human health and the environment.

Parts of the Regulations under review include:

  • Categorisation framework
  • Schedule 1 industrial wastes
  • Liquid waste categorisation
  • Transport of prescribed industrial waste
  • Resource recovery

Targeted consultation on the content and operation of the Regulations began in April 2017. If you would like to talk to EPA about these topics, please register your interest online by 31 May 2017. Alternatively, you can email waste.regulations@epa.vic.gov.au or call 1300 372 842.

2017 Green Globe Awards now open (NSW)

Nominations for the 2017 Green Globe Awards are now.

The Green Globe Awards celebrate excellence in environmental sustainability, showcasing businesses, community groups and individuals who are leading the way in building a cleaner and greener NSW.

There are 10 awards on offer across a broad range of categories.

Entries close Tuesday 27 June

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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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ISWA Video Awards 2017 open for submissions


The International Solid Waste Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of its short video competition, the ISWA Video Award is now open for submissions. 

The theme of the contest is ‘No time to Waste’, which is also the theme of this year’s ISWA World Congress. Entries shall explore the theme – of course related to the general topic ‘waste’ as one of the major global problems of our society - in an original, witty way.

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Call for abstracts: Australian Regional Development Conference


The 2017 Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Coffs Harbour from 11-12 September. This conference provides a platform for discussions on the issues surrounding Economy, Planning, Environment and Community Development.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

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OTHER NEWS: United Kingdom testing durable roads made of recycled plastic

Even though vehicles have changed tremendously since their first days, surprising, roads have not.

U.K. entrepreneur and engineer Toby McCartney is working on a technology that allows for the creation of high quality road asphalt out of recycled plastic waste. With the innovative tech, he now wants to use discarded plastic from landfills to transform millions of kilometres of roads around the world.

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OTHER NEWS: Plastic-eating caterpillar could be used to munch waste

Image credit: North American Moth Photographers' Group

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.

Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.

Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world. However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.

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