Waste Expo Australia – bigger than ever

by Tiffany Paczek
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Waste Expo Australia is the country’s most comprehensive free-to-attend conference and exhibition for the waste management and resource recovery sector, and in 2018 was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3 to 4 October. The recent expo delivered record attendance, with early reports indicating more than 4500 trade visitors attending the event – a growth of over 28 percent on the 2017 event.

The Waste Expo Australia conference and exhibition has inspired and educated the industry with robust discussions from local government representatives, industry leading experts and key industry bodies, as well as industry associations.

Opening the event was Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, MP Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, who reiterated the stat’s commitment to reducing waste with the continued development of strategies and policies that will drive the state forward in the future.

The first panel session was ‘Government and policy initiatives driving the waste management industry’ and heard investment and collaboration were key in the delivery of a resource efficient economy, not only in Victoria but across Australia.

Integral to the success of Waste Expo Australia was the development of the Waste Summit conference covering four streams:

  • landfill and transfer stations
  • collections
  • resource recovery, and
  • waste to energy.

This structured program saw many sessions at standing room capacity, with visitors having the opportunity to hear from leading speakers in the industry, such as:

  • Ian Campbell-Fraser, department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Clete Elms, Cleanaway
  • Brooke Donnelly, Australian Packaging Convenant Organisation
  • Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting
  • Daniel Tartak, Bingo Industries
  • Clint Aiken, City of Perth; and
  • Warren Overton, Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform.

Exhibition manager at Reed Exhibitions Australia Cory McCarrick says the success of this year’s event shows the growing importance of the waste management, recycling and resource recovery industries. He adds that as the sectors are eager to learn, share and collaborate, ethis places Waste Expo Australia in a strong position.

“We are thrilled with the number and quality of people that attended Waste Expo Australia,” McCarrick says. “With over 30 hours of free content, the event was successful in attracting key industry buyers. Early reports show an increase in attendance across all key visitor groups, with over 100 councils and government departments from across Australia as well as an increase in international attendance as well.”

This 2018 edition saw the inclusion on the inaugural Wastewater Summit, which featured leading water utility corporations, government officials and industry innovators who gave insights into the technology, regulations and operational improvements that are driving the sector.

The exhibition aisles at Waste Expo Australia were busy throughout the two days with industry professionals eager to speak with the more than 80 companies showcasing the latest product innovations.

Debbie Smith, marketing coordinator for Bost Group, says the event had been a huge success for the company. “A lot of decision makers came through the door, which provided us with great quality leads. As a result, we have already committed to Waste Expo Australia for next year.”

McCarrick credits much of the success of the event to the support it received from key industry associations and leading companies including Victorian Waste Management Association (VMAA), Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA), City of Melbourne, Bingo Industries and Cleanaway.

“Industry collaboration enabled us to develop an event offering and conference program that addressed the specific needs of the industry,” McCarrick says. “This has built the foundation for continued growth of Waste Expo Australia in 2019, when we will deliver additional customer value through the synergies with our exciting new co-location with the ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo.”

The new edition of Waste Expo Australia will take place 23 to 24 October 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. More information can be found at www.wasteexpoaustralia.com.au.

Images courtesy of Waste Expo Australia.

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