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





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 an understanding and the issues relating to China’s National Sword policy; the latest changes to waste laws and requirements from across Australia; FOUR case studies by leading businesses on cost effective methods for managing waste on technologies implemented within businesses that show significant waste reductions and cost savings to  organisations.  The Seminar will include funding, grants and government initiatives available to businesses.



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

  • Matthew Genever, Director Resource Recovery, Sustainability Victoria
    • Future of Waste in Australia

  • 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
      • Elimination of PFAS in wastewater and sludges using microbes

  • 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
      • Suitable waste streams are dry, non-recyclable materials, such as –
        • Plastics (excluding PVC)
        • paper and cardboard
        • timber (all types)
        • textiles

  • Ross Nicholls, Business Development Manager, Geocycle
    • Waste to Energy:  Conversion of hazardous waste into alternative fuels and raw materials for Cement Australia’s kilns
      • Waste streams accepted under this process (not limited to) –
        • Paints, Solvents, Resins
        • Pesticides and Herbicides
        • Toner powders
        • Petrochemical sludges
        • Oils, Grease, Inks
        • Raw materials:  spent, catalyst, spent cell liner (SCL)
        • some Pharmaceuticals waste

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

  • 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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