SEMINAR – 24 JULY 2018: What’s Up with WASTE? Current Issues and Solutions





 WHAT’S UP WITH WASTE?  Current Issues and Solutions


Presented by the

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)



With the recent policy changes in China, Australian businesses will now face new challenges in relation to waste management issues.

To assist you and your organisation, the Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) has brought together leading experts from across Australia to explore current drivers within the waste industry and to demonstrate how businesses should best respond and manage these issues.  The Seminar will include the latest waste laws and requirements from across Australia, cost effective methods for managing waste, with case studies by leading businesses on new technologies implemented within their businesses that show significant waste reductions and cost savings to their organisation, including funding and grants availability.



  • Facilitator – Tina Khoury, CEO Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

  • Stan Krpan, CEO Sustainability Victoria
    • Future of Waste – political scene setting for the future of waste management

  • Gabrielle Guthrie, Principal, Guthrie Legal
    • Legislative changes relating to waste from across Australia

  • David Cocks, Victoria and Tasmania Manager, MRA Consulting Group
    • Understanding China’s National Sword Policy and the implications for waste generators and the Australian waste industry
    • Understanding the role of waste to energy in a modern waste strategy

  • John Newton, General Manager – Commercial, Syntek Environmental
    • Innovation in waste and waste water treatment:  Case studies in Sludge and waste reductions using enhanced microbial technologies showing significant cost savings to businesses

  • Damien Bassett, Manager Waste to Energy Services, Yarra Valley Water
    • Waste to Energy facility:  Transforming Food Waste via Anaerobic Digestion 
      • Waste streams accepted under this process (and not limited to) –
        • Fats, oil and grease
        • Fruit and vegetable wastes
        • Waste from animal processing facilities
        • Restaurant and catering food wastes
        • Brewery and dairy wastes

  • Ben Sawley, CEO, ResourceCo
    • Waste to Energy:  Turning non-recyclable waste streams into Process Engineered Fuel (PEF) for use as an alternative source of energy to fossil fuels
      • Waste streams accepted under this process (not limited to) –
        • dry non-recyclable plastics
        • paper
        • cardboard
        • timber and textiles

  • Ross Nicholls, Business Development Manager, Cement Australia, and
    Mary Kanellos, Manager Geocycle, Cement Australia  
    • Waste to Energy:  Reprocessing industrial waste to be used as an energy resource

  • Victor Baricello, Managing Director, Empauer
    • Understanding the true cost of waste and how packaging may assist in waste reductions particularly in the food sector

  • Dr Steve Lapidge, Interim CEO, Fight Food Waste CRC (Co-operative Research Centre)
    • Understanding the role of Fight Food Waste CRC in assisting industries to reduce food waste

  • Nick Harford, Managing Director, Equilibrium
    • Government Programs and Funding Opportunities from across Australia relating to waste management


A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to all delegates as well as the opportunity to Network with presenters and delegates during AEBN’s Networking refreshment breaks (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). 



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