Day Two - Thursday, July 22

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair

Kathryn Cassidy
Group Sustainability Manager
Downer Group

NSW Ministerial Address
Updates on submissions and the public consultation phase of the 20-Year Waste Strategy for NSW
  • Examining the background of the 20-Year Waste Strategy for NSW
  • Outlining the aims of the policy and the expected impacts on waste management strategy for the local community
  • Discussing the first impressions from draft submissions and public feedback

The Hon. Matt Kean MP
Minister for Energy and Environment
NSW Government (Invited)

Soft Plastics
Taking on the challenge of soft plastics in Australia

Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Oceania

Partner Presentation
Morning tea and networking
Data and Technology in Waste Management
Panel Discussion: Unleashing the power of AI to manage Australian waste
  • How important is AI as an essential tool in developing a useful waste management strategy?
  • What is the interrelationship between your human workforce and the role AI will play in streamlining processes and enhance employee value?
  • How can Australian organisations translate national and international examples of AI applications in the waste industry into their own operations?


Blaise Porter
Director Responsible Business – Oceania
Fujitsu Australia


Ali Abbas
Associate Professor
The University of Sydney

Dr Britta Denise Hardesty
Principal Research Scientist
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Veena Shahjwalla
Scientia Professor, SMaRT Centre

Dr. David Soldani
Adj. Professor, UNSW
CTSO Huawei (ASIA Pacific Region)

Ian Hansel
Verge Labs

Innovation in Practice
Examining the impacts of blockchain technology in the future of waste management
  • Unlocking the key benefits blockchain could deliver to the Australian waste management industry
  • Understanding how implementing a blockchain-based waste management platform could make a real difference to how Australians dispose of their waste products
  • Determining the usefulness of blockchain technology beyond keeping recyclables out of landfill

Narelle Anderson
Founder & Managing Director
Envirobank Recycling

Lunch and networking
Case Study: Addressing waste in the textiles industry
  • Outlining fashion waste opportunities and the impacts on society, landfill and future materials
  • Looking into how clean technologies and advanced manufacturing redefined waste and created reusable commodities
  • Examining the role blockchain and smart contracts play in validating recycled materialsDecreasing cost and workflow challenges on site through the continuous removal of waste products

Graham Ross

Interactive Roundtables

Join our interactive roundtables for a deep dive into the topic that means the most to you.

Choose 2 x 30 minutes roundtables from:

1. Improving existing waste and resource recovery strategies
Terrie-Ann Johnson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Clean Up Australia

2. What are the opportunities and barriers to ensuring all waste, electrical, and electronic equipment in Australia is effectively recycled at the end of its useful life?
Janet Leslie
Manager – Sustainability
Canon Australia

3. Developing a hazardous waste management and disposal plan
Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio
Group Executive – Nuclear Precinct

4. Changing mindsets by turning waste into a resource: Discussing product stewardship and recycling
Camille Reed
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
ACTA – Australasian Circular Textile Association

5. What are the most significant challenges preventing increased adoption of the circular economy?
Phil Woods
Strategy Manager – Resource Recovery and Circular Economy
Sydney Water

6. Unwrapping the 2025 nation-wide ban on “problematic and unnecessary” plastics
Ricki Hersburgh     
Executive Director
Plastic Oceans Australasia


Afternoon tea and networking
Managing waste generated through research and manufacturing including domestic and hazardous waste
  • Examining the importance of community engagement when operating a research and manufacturing plant
  • Developing a clear understanding of the range of capabilities deployed when managing water treatment and chemical management
  • Implementing best practice strategies into your own waste management supply chain

Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio
Group Executive – Nuclear Precinct

Psychology of Waste
The psychology of waste: creating behavioural change to reduce waste and recycling our carbon footprint
  • Examining what businesses can do to manage and reduce waste to increase environmental sustainability
  • Understanding the behavioural patterns that can lead to clutter filling your office and the effects it can have on employee productivity
  • Rethinking business consumption to reduce waste creation and decrease our carbon footprint

Tanya Lewis
The Eco Organiser
and author
Stuff Off & Ethically Declutter Your Home in 30 Days

Waste Enforcement
Tried and Tested: Strategies from a 5-year Regional Litter Plan that Really Work
  • Uncovering regional priorities and the real cost of litter to communities.
  • Best practice litter reduction approaches that work in any setting from parks, town centres and even roadside.
  • Communication strategies for delivering regional messages to multiple audiences.
  • Partnerships as pathways to enforcement success.

Guada Lado
Regional Waste Coordinator
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)

Panel Discussion: What can you do today, for tomorrow?

Our closing, high level panel will round up your learnings, takeaways and inspiration with a discussion on what to do today, for tomorrow..

Panellists to be announced. 

Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Waste Strategy Summit 2021