Waste Expo Australia has released the 2018 speaker programs for its three conferences Waste Summit, Waste Evolution and Wastewater Summit with more than 55 industry speakers confirmed to present at the country’s most comprehensive free-to-attend exhibition and conference for the waste management industry, taking place 3-4 October 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The two-day conference will bring together specialists and suppliers in waste management, and feature a mix of panel discussions, workshops, case studies and interviews with representatives across the sector.

The comprehensive Waste Summit program will see local thought leaders including the Director of Sustainability Victoria, Policy Officer of National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) and Project Manager of Cleanaway, share their perspectives on four themes important to the industry: resource recovery, waste-to-energy, collections, and landfill and transfer stations.

Sustainability Victoria’s Director, Matt Genever will be joined by the Director of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Ian Campbell-Fraser; CEO at the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), Peter Shmigel; and Managing Director at MRA Consulting Group, Mike Ritchie, to provide attendees with a unique opportunity to explore government and policy initiatives driving the waste management industry.

In accompaniment, the Wastewater Summit will host a panel discussion to explore how to address the current water crisis, ensure continued public health and confidence, and build future water resilience. Key insights will be drawn from the current situation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Grantley Butterfield and Denise Woods from Australian Pork Limited (APL) will also discuss how farmers are converting pig waste into renewable energy and nutrients to power factories, grow crops and solve disposal issues. The speakers will reveal the conversion process, and the productivity and profitability value gained.

Waste Expo Australia Exhibition Manager, Cory McCarrick, recognised the importance of experts in waste management coming together under one roof to discuss how to best overcome Australia’s challenges in waste disposal, and water and energy supply.

“It is a challenging but equally exciting time for the industry. Bans on waste exports are forcing Australian companies to rethink ways of doing business, while investment in new recycling solutions is helping turn urban and industrial waste into new water and energy sources,” Mr McCarrick said.

Waste Expo Australia is the perfect opportunity for the industry to collaborate, learn and discover the latest technologies, products and processes set to change waste management and resource recovery in Australia.”

In 2018, Waste Expo Australia will increase the exhibition floor space by 50 per cent to support the showcase of 80 exhibitors including Superior Pak, Steinert, Bingo Industries and Wastech Engineering.

Waste Expo Australia will run from 3-4 October 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. To register for the free-to-attend exhibition or to access the 2018 conference program, visit

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