Day One - Wednesday, 9 February

go to pre-conference workshops GO TO DAY TWO

You can attend Waste Strategy Summit in-person or virtual,  though in-depth learning workshop sessions are in-person only.

Registration and welcome coffee

The Future of Waste Management in Australia

Opening remarks from the Chair

Julie Morgan
Executive Director - Environment & Sustainability
Transport for NSW

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

Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020: What’s next?

Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020: What’s next?

  • Clarifying the government’s position on future targets to reduce the ongoing impacts of the 2018 waste crisis
  • Educating the Australian waste industry on the benefits of having a clear policy outline
  • Financing the changes necessary to make Australia’s waste industry a world leader
  • Outlining critical target areas to reconfigure existing local infrastructure towards reprocessing and remanufacturing recyclable materials onshore

Speaker TBC

International Keynote (live virtual presentation): Creating a citywide zero-waste culture
  • Examining how the city of San Francisco used a combination approach to achieve its zero waste by 2020 program
  • Discussing the "Fantastic Three," a citywide three-stream residential and commercial kerbside collection program and the outcomes it generated in waste reduction
  • Understanding how, through strategic planning, you can reduce upstream waste through material management and setting responsible policies

Soko Made
City Government Zero Waste Senior Coordinator
San Francisco Department of Environment

Taking on the challenge of soft plastics in Australia

Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Oceania

Morning tea and networking
Addressing the Landfill Crisis

Best practice strategies to reduce the use of landfill in disposing of waste products
  • Addressing the landfill crisis at a local level through waste reduction and recycling programs
  • Examining the environmental costs of a landfill and developing better end-of-life management practices for putrescible waste
  • Quantifying the impacts and costs to the local environment from greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste decomposition

Kylie Douglas
Senior Landfill Engineer
City of Greater Bendigo

Embracing the Circular Economy

The role of local government in the Circular Economy
  • Discovering critical actions everyone can take to support a community driven circular economy
  • Uncovering the vital role local councils play in supporting circular economy action
  • Showing practical examples of the key areas in which local governments can play a role in supporting a circular economy

Ricki Hersburgh
Executive Director
Plastics Oceans Australia

Lunch and networking

From postal satchel to park bench: Examining how Australia Post is putting the circular economy to use in supporting a healthy environment
  • Outlining how Australia Post determined which sustainability attributes were the most environmentally friendly
  • Developing a strategy to make the recycling of Australia Post satchels easier for the consumer
  • Closing the loop; how Australia Post’s plastic satchels are remanufactured into everything from fence posts to park benches

Speaker TBC

Is Australia ready to develop a circular economy?
  • Explaining the role of The Australian Circular Economy Hub
  • Beyond the hype: what are the critical factors the Australian waste industry need to address before we can truly embrace a circular economy?
  • Outlining the most significant challenges currently preventing increased adoption of circular economy principles
  • Building enablers to aim for a zero-waste culture across Australia

Nicole Garofano
Head of Circular Economy Development
Planet Ark

Unlocking the economic potential of the circular economy
  • Examining whether enough is being done to create an actual circular economy and how to develop emerging opportunities for the remanufacturing and reprocessing of everyday items
  • Is there an opportunity to use subscription licensing of products to allow manufacturers to reclaim items that have reached the end of their lifecycle?
  • Highlighting the need for long-term strategy and investment if Australia is going to have the infrastructure and education to unlock the circular economy fully

Sarah King
Senior Research Consultant – Circular Economy

Afternoon tea and networking
Product Stewardship and Reducing Waste Packaging in Australia

Panel Discussion: Driving Australia’s Transition to a Circular Economy for Packaging
  • Collective Impact provides the strategic approach for the transition to the circular economy – examples of how industry partnering together is driving collective impact
  • Our Packaging Future – 3 Outcomes – opportunities for driving change
  • Eliminating the idea of waste for consumers by providing easy to use recycling solutions – discussion on how kerbside and closed loop programs can work together effectively


Brooke Donnelly
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation


Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Oceania

Richard Smith 
Director of Sustainability 

Andrew Smith
General Manager – Sustainability 
PACT Group

2025 National Packaging Targets – how the Australian wine industry is using a collective impact model to achieve the 2025 targets
  • Refreshing your knowledge on the 2025 National Packaging Targets
  • Looking into how the wine industry is working to meet the targets through the Wine Industry Sustainable Packaging Alliance (WISPA)
  • How WISPA is finding opportunities to engage with internal and external stakeholders to seek ongoing improvements to product sustainability

Diarmaid O’Mordha
Group Quality Assurance and Sustainability Manager
Endeavour Drinks Group

Going beyond recycling – driving reduction and reuse for packaging
  • Action plan for problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging
  • Potential solutions for problematic packaging including elimination, redesign and innovation
  • Reuse case studies and quantities of single use packaging avoided

Dr Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis Research

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of Conference Day One and start of Networking drinks