Day One - Tuesday, 21 July

Day One: Creating a sustainable circular economy for environmental, social and economic outcomes for all stakeholders

Opening remarks from the Chair

Terrie-Ann Johnson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Clean Up Australia Ltd

Keynote Presentation: Waste Less, Recycle More: a review of the NSW EPA initiative with an in-depth analysis of current success stories and an examination of what is on the horizon
  • Examining how the Waste Less, Recycle More programs are enabling the establishment of best practice systems and empowering local communities to create and maintain clean local environments
  • Looking into how funding initiatives allow for new and enhanced waste and recycling infrastructure across the spectrum of waste collection and disposal
  • Creating proactive local enforcement campaigns to target rogue waste operators and prevent the illegal dumping of waste

Kathy Giunta
Director –  Circular Economy Programs
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Case study: Improving regional waste and resource recovery
  • How circular economy principles can be used in the local government context to improve regional waste and recovery strategies
  • Outlining the circular economy programs developed and implemented in the Hunter Region
  • Developing tools to improve waste and resource recovery

Tim Askew
Regional Project Manager – Environment Division
Hunter Joint Organisation

Panel Discussion: Discussing the circular economy in the real world and the impact it is having on waste reduction and recycling
  • What role can blockchain and other technologies play in streamlining the circular economy?
  • What strategies create buy-in from senior executives when developing a circular economy framework?
  • How can the circular economy change the way consumers select which companies to do business with?
  • Does embracing the circular economy business model generate positive bottom-line results or is it more useful as a corporate social responsibility tool?


Terrie-Ann Johnson 
Managing Director & Chief Executive Office
Clean Up Australia Ltd


Steve Morriss
Head of Circular Economy Development
Planet Ark

Sarah King
Senior Research Consultant - Circular Economy

Marc Lichtenstein
Joint Chief Executive Officer
Close the Loop
Michelle Thomas
Good Environmental Choice Australia
20-minute tea break, stretch, breathe

The circular economy & social enterprises: creating more inclusive work opportunities for people & planet

• Outlining the benefits and opportunities of a circular economy and how it supports resource recovery, recycling and landfill diversion
• Understanding the crucial role social enterprises will play in transitioning society to a circular economy, providing employment opportunities for vulnerable
• Exploring how a glocal (local impact | global scalability) approach for the circular economy is critical now

Yasmin Grigaliunas
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
World's Biggest Garage Sale

Panel Discussion: Collaborating between stakeholders to deliver a first-class local waste management system
  • What are the most effective strategies for delivering professional and environmentally sustainable waste collection and recycling operations?
  • How can local governments match the level of results expected by their communities and overcome significant issues such as illegal dumping of waste materials?
  • Has the Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Program had a positive impact on the issues facing local councils regarding increasing recycling rates and reducing illegal dumping and littering?


Terrie-Ann Johnson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Clean Up Australia Ltd


Ziggy Shlemon
Manager – Resource Recovery and Waste Services
Blue Mountains City Council

Troy Uren
Manager – Waste Services
City of Newcastle

David Wilson
Manager – Environmental Health
Lane Cove Council

Andrea Baldwin
Team Leader Waste Management 
Albury City Council

Q&A and Chair Wrap Up

End of Day One