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WMAA Board Communiqué

The fourth meeting of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) Board for 2018 was held on Wednesday 5 September 2018 via teleconference. This Communiqué from the President outlines key discussions and considerations from the meeting.


WMAA announces Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd as new Peak Member

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is today pleased to announce Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd as the newest Peak Member of the national peak industry body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

2009 National Waste Policy Update: Levers to drive economic and job growth

In the past week, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) congratulated the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for developing the Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy Discussion Paper within a short time frame, but also pointed out that the paper fails to discuss several leadership opportunities for the Commonwealth that will build economic strength and generate employment in the waste and resource recovery industry in Australia as we forge forward towards a circular economy.

A transition to a circular economy will be a seismic shift in our economy, our communities, and our environment. For instance, according to a MRA Consulting Group report, domestic remanufacturing of just 50% of material that was formerly sent to China would create approximately 500 new jobs. We know that we can create 9.2 direct full-time equivalent jobs and 1.87 indirect jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of waste that is recycled. In South Australia alone, a more circular economy is predicted to create an additional 25,700 jobs (21,000 via actioning material efficiency gains and 4,700 by actioning efficient and renewable energy gains).

Beyond job creation, World Economic Forum estimates suggest a circular economy could add A$26 billion to our economy by 2025. A shift to a circular economy would also add an additional A$9.3 billion to Australian business through a collaborative economy.

2019 Landfill & Transfer Stations Awards Nominations Now Open

The awards are open to all landfills and transfer stations, with the purpose of applauding sites that are exceptional and encourage best practice. They will be judged by a panel of the industries’ foremost experts, including:

Winners will be announced during the Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference Dinner in Brisbane on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

For full details, download the 2019 Landfill and Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards Guidelines here.

Click here to submit your Innovation Award application.

Click here to submit your Excellence Award application.

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QLD Waste Levy Bill 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the peak national body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry, congratulates the Queensland Government on the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, acknowledging that its introduction is a much-needed step in moving Queensland away from a “take, make, and dispose” model to a circular economy. However, WMAA is disappointed that the Parliamentary Committee only allowed nine (9) days for consultation on the Bill, considering the far-reaching impacts this Bill would have.

  • 5/10/2018 - Federal: Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy
  • 15/10/2018 - QLD: Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Regulation 2018
  • TBA - NSW: City of Sydney’s Green Economy Study
Inside Waste Advert

WMAA has been inundated with applications for the 2018 Women in the Environment Award, having received 28 applications.

The judging committee now has the difficult task of selecting a winner ahead of the announcement at the WMAA Victorian Branch Christmas Dinner.

At this popular event we’ll hear from three inspirational women representing various parts of our diverse essential industry. Our impressive line-up includes; Anissa Levy, Acting Chair and CEO, EPA NSW; Preet Brar, Chief Financial Officer, Veolia; Narelle Anderson, Founder and Managing Director, Envirobank Recycling.

  • NSW BRANCH
    • 15 October
    • 6 November
  • VIC BRANCH
    • 3 October
  • QLD BRANCH
    • 16 October
    • 20 November
  • SA BRANCH
    • 27 September
    • 25 October
    • 29 November
  • WA BRANCH
    • 1 November
  • NATIONAL HOOKUP
    • 5 October
    • 2 November
    • 7 December
  • NATIONAL LANDFILL
    • TBC October
    • 20 November
  • NATIONAL RER
    • 26 October

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