Day Two - Friday, 31 March

Welcome Coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Layla McNeil
Waste and Resource Coordinator

Nestlé Case Study: Packaging and Sustainability

Margaret Stuart has been involved in developing Nestlé’s vision for a better future for soft plastic packaging in Australia and works across the organisation’s environmental sustainability initiatives. Gain insights into the challenges they’ve faced along the way, the strategies they’ve developed to overcome them, and the lessons gained from implementing new resource recovery and sustainability strategies.

Margaret Stuart
Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Oceania

Cutting edge waste and resource recovery strategies across industries
Waste-to-energy in Kwinana – an integral part of a local waste plan
  • Waste-to-energy – how does it work?
  • Identifying the challenges involving financial investment, regulations, public opinion and infrastructure in Australia
  • Understanding the role of waste-to-energy in sustainable waste management 
  • Highlighting the opportunities and the disadvantages of waste-to-energy facilities on a micro level (Kwinana)

Maria Cooke
Director, City Development and Sustainability
City of Kwinana

Alan Jones
Operations and Maintenance Director
Avertas Energy

Navigating the challenges facing the Australian recycled organics industry

The Australian recycled organics industry has been successfully “closing the loop” for garden organics for decades. Australia’s transition to a circular economy will see both food and garden organic materials mandated for collection and processing, and offers potential pathways for other organic materials to be considered for composting and processing.
To create quality organics outputs, we must have quality inputs.
This session will explore:

  • Using broad community education to facilitate behaviour change, encourage correct source separation & mitigate contamination risk
  • Navigating the impact of compostable packaging
  • The need for Commonwealth and State support for innovation pathways to improved processing capability and capacity
  • Promoting best practice standards through industry education

John McKew
National Executive Officer
Australia Organics Recycling Association (AORA)

Morning tea

FIRESIDE CHAT: Minimising waste in the textiles industry and the new National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme
  • Insights into Australia’s first National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme
  • How do you continue to coordinate action from the whole clothing ecosystem during and after the launch of the scheme?
  • How does this scheme improve the design, recovery, reuse and recycling of textiles?
  • What is Australia’s capacity for change and how can we implement successful strategies to reduce textile waste?

Danielle Kent
Project Director, National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme
Australian Fashion Council

Alice Payne
Dean, School of Fashion and Textiles
RMIT University

PANEL DISCUSSION: Journeying towards zero waste
  • What regulatory support is needed to tackle Australia’s waste problem?
  • What are the biggest challenges when it comes to reducing waste?
  • What are the best strategies or solutions to combat those issues?


Jenny Geddes
Chief Executive Officer
Clean Up Australia


Wade Mosse
Head of Resource Recovery

Blaise Porter
Director, Group Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Sims Limited

Naomi Martin
Sustainability Manager, Residential Construction

Paul Harvey
Technical Advisory Panel Manager
Plastic Oceans Australasia

Lunch in exhibition hall

Overcoming the industrial and e-waste crisis
Managing e-waste using tactical strategies and new technologies
  • Understanding strategies implemented to prevent, reduce and reuse e-waste in a multinational information technology equipment and services company
  • Learning about the importance of conducting lifecycle assessment in maximising efficiency and preventing waste 
  • Identifying the challenges of e-waste management and the future trends in product stewardship
  • Highlighting the potential for technological innovation in e-waste management

Janet Leslie
Manager – Sustainability
Canon Australia

Case study: Green Square, the built environment & modern waste and resource recovery strategies

Naomi Martin, Sustainability Manager, Construction, Residential, Mirvac will be joined by Andre Gobett, General Manager Recycling, Boral to outline initiatives to increase efficiency, materials flow visibility and recycling within the concrete supply chain. Andre will outline the principles of the Boral Circular Materials Solution and how the take-back of surplus concrete is helping to maximise recycling outcomes.

Naomi Martin
Sustainability Manager, Residential Construction

Andre Gobett
General Manager Recycling

Minimising the growing construction and demolition waste problem
  • Educating on the national issues of Construction and Demolition waste
  • Recycling and reusing building materials
  • Promoting the use of prefabricated products
  • Developing strategies to improve recovery rates of recyclable materials

Leela Kempton
Associate Research Fellow, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
University of Wollongong

Afternoon Tea

Data, technology and innovation
The waste challenge from a technology perspective: advancements in the area of plastic, textile and agricultural waste
  • Transforming issues such as bin sorting, rubbish spotting in marine areas and the breaking down of plastic waste
  • Unlocking the complete recycling and recovery of waste materials at end-of-life
  • Breaking down plastic, textile and agricultural waste and possible tech solutions
  • Utilisation of agricultural waste and bioeconomy

Professor Leonie Barner
Centre Director, Centre for a Waste-Free World
Queensland University of Technology

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of Waste & Resource Strategy Summit 2023