AWRE’s stellar line-up: key government officials and leaders in e-waste industry
The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo 2015 will host e-waste industry leaders ECOACTIV and MobileMuster at this year’s event to help attendees better understand the current state of the e-waste industry and how businesses can make changes to help combat the growing problem of e-waste disposal.
ECOACTIV Chief Sustainability Officer John Gertsakis will head a panel discussion, ‘E-waste futures’, to talk about the current state of Australia’s e-waste industry, what needs to be done and what are the best options for Australian waste professionals, councils and businesses moving forward.
Mr Gertsakis said that although Australia is a world leader when it comes to mobile phone disposal through programs like MobileMuster, and the recent changes raising the target of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme to 50 per cent are a step in the right direction, there is still quite a way to go.
ECOACTIV will also host a workshop with Telstra and MobileMuster’s Manager of Recycling Rose Read at AWRE to discuss how businesses can go e-waste free.
“Electronics are embedded in our everyday life both at home and in the office but there are steps that businesses and consumers can take to close the loop on the level of e-waste they produce, starting from who they buy e-products from,” Ms Read said.
“Part of our workshop will also be Telstra talking about what they’re doing as a business to manage and reduce e-waste, not only from a supplier perspective, but as a consumer themselves, and how they are working to ensure products are recycled properly.
In a separate note, AWRE has also lined up government officials — CEOs and Executive Directors from the Victorian government’s environmental departments, who will lead discussions at the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo 2015 about the state’s environmental agenda, including existing and future programs that impact on the waste and recycling industry.
Speakers from across local government departments including Sustainability Victoria, EPA Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will discuss key policies that have been developed as part of Victoria’s waste management and reduction plans with a strong focus on electronic and organic waste – both hot industry topics.
The program also features Solid Waste Director from Seattle, USA, Timothy Croll, who will deliver a live address focusing on how Seattle introduced laws making it illegal to throw food waste in the bin, the teething issues associated with this and the results to date. Mr Croll will be on hand to offer the Australian waste and recycling industry strategies that can be adopted locally to achieve similar outcomes.
Introducing Mr Croll will be Sustainability Victoria’s CEO Stan Krpan, who will also give the seminar’s opening address and discuss several of Sustainability Victoria’s latest initiatives including implementing the landmark Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.
Mr Krpan said his seminar will be an opportunity to hear about the new role and refocus of SV in contributing to climate change and energy policy, as well as our work in engaging with communities to deliver key climate change programs.
Other speakers include:
- Kate Gavens, Director of Sustainability Policy at the Department of Land, Water and Planning discussing the Victorian Government’s commitment to banning e-waste from landfill and the industry and employment opportunities arising from resource recovery.
- Lorna Mathieson, Team Lead Marketing at Sustainability Victoria, discussing leading the development of the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy (VORRS)
- Lisa Coffa, Waste Minimisation Coordinator at the City of Yarra discussing food waste avoidance programs in the great debate on the best way to manage food waste.
Individuals can register to attend the free event, 12-13 August 2015 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and purchase tickets to attend seminar sessions by visiting http://www.awre.com.au/seminar