The future of waste management and resource recovery is high on the agenda at all levels of government as the launch of Australia’s largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition, Waste Expo Australia launches registrations. Waste Expo Australia will be the epicentre of robust dialogue and product innovation and will be where the industry converges to revolutionise Australia’s waste management processes.

Hosting more than 120 brands and featuring over 100 speakers across three conference stages, Waste Expo Australia will return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 23 and 24.

Waste Expo Australia offers premium free-to-attend conference content across the waste and wastewater summits which cover seven streams attracting the largest gathering of waste management and resource professionals in Australia.

The Waste Summit Conference brought to you by Oceania Clean Energy Solutions will cover six targeted streams from resource recovery, waste-to-energy, collections, landfill and transfer stations, construction and demolition waste as well as commercial and industrial waste.

Key speakers will include Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, MP, Victoria’s EPA CEO, Dr Cathy Wilkinson, and the Acting Executive Director for Waste Strategy and Policy at the NSW EPA, Dr Kar Mel Tang.

Other national and state-based bodies will be represented along with case study presentations from local governments including Campaspe Shire Council, City of Holdfast Bay, Yarra City Council and Albury City Council.

Leading off on day one of the waste summit, a panel will discuss the pressing issues surrounding Australia’s waste-to-energy (WtE) sector.

One of the panel members, Director of Enhar Consulting, Demian Natakhan, will discuss the status of landfill solar generation and propose that the final resting place for municipal waste may be the beginning of new energy generation.

“Solar farming on former landfill sites offers a way to put otherwise unproductive land to a valuable use,” Mr Natakhan suggested.

“Where landfill gas is already collected in sufficient quantities to firepower generation, solar can be added onto existing grid infrastructure.

“In sites with lower landfill gas volumes, new solar generation with grid upgrades can unlock significant solar generation, avoiding the competition between solar farming and productive agricultural or industrial land.”

Confronting the challenges and opportunities in wastewater treatment will also be tackled at the wastewater summit brought to you by EnviroConcepts as a feature of Waste Expo Australia.

Waste Expo Australia Event Director, Cory McCarrick, said the event continues to grow with more speakers and suppliers on board this year than ever before.

“We have seen an increase in the total number of exhibitors this year to 120 and around 50 of these are exhibiting for the first time at Waste Expo Australia,” McCarrick said.

Some of the key exhibitors this year include Bost Group, Cleanaway, Caterpillar, HSR Southern Cross, Tricon Equipment, Applied Machinery, and Hitachi.

“Add to this list our impressive line-up of speakers, there is no other waste event in Australia that gives you access to such thought-provoking content that address the major issues facing the industry coupled with the opportunities to be immersed among the key players and products for free.”

Another significant benefit of Waste Expo Australia is its co-location with All-Energy Australia, Energy Efficiency Expo and ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo forming the nation’s most significant showcase for the waste, recycling, wastewater, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaning industries.

Across the two days at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre attendees will have unrivalled access to industry speakers and suppliers across waste management, wastewater treatment, energy generation, energy efficiency and cleaning and hygiene.

Registration gives you access to all four events on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2019 from 9am to 5pm each day. To register for this ultimate conference and exhibition showcase visit www.wasteexpoaustralia.com.au.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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