Waste Expo Australia 2023 is almost here, with thousands of attendees expected to converge on the 2-day conference and exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With over 100 exhibitors and more than 60 conference speakers over four stages, the free-to-attend event on October 25 and 26 is set to showcase new innovations in the sector and discuss greener, cleaner and more circular approaches to waste management.
The premium conference, focused on the theme of “Advancing Towards Sustainable Resource Recovery”, will address topics across four streams: Local Government and Policy, Commercial Demolition and Commercial and Industrial (CD&CI), Circular Economy and Waste Innovation, and Waste to Energy/Energy from Waste.
Conference keynotes to kick off Day One will spotlight Ingrid Stitt, Victorian Minister for Energy, Tony Circelli, CEO Recycling Victoria, Lee Miezis, CEO EPA Victoria, and Matt Genever, Interim CEO Sustainability Victoria. The conference then splits into the four streams, with a networking drinks event to end the day at South Wharf.
Matt Genever of Sustainability Victoria said that he’s looking forward to sharing an update on the organisation’s progress towards their ultimate challenge: a net zero emission, circular economy in Victoria.
“The conference at Waste Expo Australia for us is a significant ‘meeting of the minds’, with thousands of attendees working towards the same goals we are,” Mr Genever said.
“The opportunity to learn, network and hear about some of the out-of-the-box initiatives that people are pursuing towards net zero or the circular economy is made even better by the fact that it’s right in our backyard.”
Sally Williams, former Brand Power presenter and sustainability advocate, will be MC of the Local Government Stream for the two-day conference. She said that she’s excited to guide the discussion across topics that have the potential to make a real difference in communities across Australia, from landfills to composting, recycling and empowering communities to manage waste.
“Local government is on the front lines of waste in Australia, so educating and empowering our leaders and public servants to make wise decisions with waste and plan for a more sustainable future is so important,” Ms Williams said.
“I’m looking forward to hearing from experts in the waste management and resource recovery field at Waste Expo Australia 2023.”
The conference and exhibition also enjoys strong industry support, including from the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA). The VWMA breakfast, held before the conference kicks off on October 25, is scheduled to maximise networking opportunities for industry professionals. Ken Dickens, VWMA’s President, said that events like Waste Expo Australia are important to drive the industry forward.
“We’re eagerly awaiting Waste Expo Australia next week, from the start of our networking breakfast right through to the conclusion of the conference and exhibition. There’s plenty to learn, and we have plenty to share with the industry through connecting,” Mr Dickens said.
From education and networking to sourcing and supplier conversations, the exhibition component of the event will feature 98 international and domestic suppliers to the waste management industry, including Bucher Municipal, EEA Group, Repurpose It, Komatsu, Eldan Recycling and TOMRA Collections.
With a broad spectrum of representation from waste services, material recovery facilities, facilities management, landfill, government and consultancy, the event is an ideal destination for both industry education and practical sourcing of solutions.
Co-located with All-Energy Australia, the largest event in the Australian clean energy sector, Waste Expo Australia is a valuable destination for suppliers, consultants and government representatives alike. Register for free now to avoid queueing at the event, via wasteexpoaustralia.com.au.
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