Keynote Presentation
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
Keynote: NSW Government’s Strategic Vision For Circular Economy – Strengthening NSW’s Waste And Recycling industry
Across Australia and around the world, governments are looking at ways to waste less and recycle more.

The NSW Circular Economy Policy will form the basis for a 20-year Waste Strategy for NSW, to be led by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in partnership with Infrastructure NSW. The Strategy will set a 20-year vision for reducing waste, driving sustainable recycling markets and identifying and improving the state and regional waste infrastructure network. This session will explore NSW’s vision for its circular economy along with new policies and incentives brought to enhance sustainability.

Kate-Wilson-rounded Dr Kate Wilson (confirming)
Executive Director Climate Change & Sustainability
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
How New South Wales Is Turning Plastic Waste Into New Roads
Australians use over 4 billion plastic bags annually, but only 3% are recycled as soft plastics can frequently clog sorting machinery at recovery facilities. The rest end up in landfills where they take centuries to break down, damage the ecosystem and is costing Australian governments over $200 million every year in cleanup efforts. City councils such as NSW’s Sutherland Shire Council are turning this around by using soft plastics and other wastes to convert them into roads.

Sutherland Shire Council launched the Plastiphalt road project this year which has collected over 176,000 plastic bags and packaging and glass from around 55,000 bottles that have been diverted from landfill to build a road in the Sydney suburb of Engadine. By melting down this refuse and turning it into bitumen additive, Sutherland Shire Council is creating roads with 65% better fatigue resistance under heavy traffic. Such roads also require less virgin materials to make, and last longer than standard asphalt counterparts, thereby cutting down on building, maintenance and repair costs.

Sutherland Shire Council Senior Representative
Sutherland Shire Council
Sutherland Shire Council
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
 10:30 Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Cities Roundtable Discussion On Circular Economy
This roundtable discussion is designed to facilitate sharing of best sustainability practices across exemplar cities in Australia:

  • City of Melbourne
  • Yarrabilba Town
  • Barangaroo South
  • City of Sydney
Lendlease Communities Facilitator: 

Senior Representative
Lend Lease – Communities

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11:30 Case Study: How This Queensland Town Plans To Become Australia’s First Circular Economy City
The Queensland town of Yarrabilba is expected to be the first circular economy community in the country. The town is in the midst of developing its circular economy masterplan. It will map out how much waste is produced in the town and engineer creative ways to put them back into circular economy. For example, all waste building materials from constructing homes and non-residential infrastructure will be collected and aggregated at a multiuse precinct. At the facility, it will be separated into streams and cleaned. This session will explore how Yarrabilba attempts to be Australia’s first major circular economy city.
Lendlease Communities Facilitator: 

Senior Representative
Lend Lease – Communities

Lendlease Communities
12:00 A Case Study On Randwick City Council:  RecyleSmart Pickup – An Innovative Waste Collection Solution For Residents
RecycleSmart is revamping the outdated trash pick-up and disposal industry by infusing smart technology with a fresh business model to create a service that fits modern standards.

The result is optimized daily operations, reduced costs, and increased waste diversion by.partnering with councils and providing a convenient and reliable recycling service for residents and businesses.

Giorgio-Baracchi-rounded Giorgio Baracchi
CEO | Co-Founder

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Anil-Gupta-rounded Anil Gupta
Waste and Sustainability Education Officer
Randwick City Council

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12:30 Lunch & Networking
Panel Discussion – Addressing The Challenges And Tapping Opportunities Of Urban Sustainability
  • Preparing for the influx – How cities can ready themselves for the future population spike through sustainable city planning
  • Meeting the demand – Finding long-term solutions to rising urban energy needs
  • Boosting urban mobility – Sustainable transport solutions to help reduce traffic
  • Waste not, want not – Why effective waste management is needed to improve quality of urban life
DEO-PRASAD-AO-FTSE-rounded Moderator:

Scientia Professor DEO Prasad AO FTSE
CRC for Low Carbon Living

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Anil-Gupta-rounded Speakers:

Anil Gupta
Waste and Sustainability Education Officer
Randwick City Council

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STEPHEN-MOORE-rounded Stephen Moore
Roberts Day
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Dr. Nimish Biloria
Associate Professor, Empathic Environments, School of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

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14:15 How Barangaroo South Is On The Way To Become Australia’s First Carbon-Neutral Community
A suburb of Sydney located on the western side of the city’s Central Business District, Barangaroo South is also the home to one of Sydney’s most ambitious urban renewal projects. Spearheaded by Lendlease, Barangaroo South renewal project includes the construction of three mix-used towers that will host 80 cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a hotel, offices and residences.

More than that, Barangaroo South is also slated to be Australia’s first carbon-neutral community. For instance, all three towers have received 6-Star Green Star ratings, thanks to efforts such as reducing the carbon intensity of the reinforcing steel by 20%, while 99% of construction waste is recycled. In addition, it will also have a water recycling system that is slated to produce twice as much recycled water as consumed.

In this session, we will highlight the story of Barangaroo South’s journey, touching on:

  • How Lendlease has worked with both local and State authorities and the community to come up with the concept of a carbon-neutral precinct
  • The technology and innovations that are being employed to ensure that Barangaroo South is truly carbon neutral
14:45 Why Sydney Is Australia’s Most Sustainable City?

Sydney is the most sustainable city in Australia – ranking 34th out of 100 around the world. Sydney’s position has been attributed to its focus on developing integrated transit systems, addressing affordability and embracing sustainability in construction.

However, while Sydney did well in the aforementioned categories, it – along with other Australian cities – were reportedly lacking in fighting greenhouse gas emissions and the management of waste. In addition, the failure of Australian cities in cracking the top 30 has reinforced the need for greater focus on sustainability.

This session will highlight the efforts that Sydney has taken to enhance sustainability and the challenges it faces, touching on points such as:

  • How Sydney compares with other Australian cities, focusing on areas it is strong in and what areas it can improve on
  • What Australian cities can do to catch up with other more sustainable cities around the world
STEPHEN-MOORE-rounded Stephen Moore
Roberts Day
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15:15 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
Sustainability In Action
15:30 Solution To Australian’s Plastic Recycling Problem: Recycling Plastic Into Fuel Or New Plastics
Australian scientists Len Humphreys and Sydney University professor Thomas Maschmeyer, have developed a technology that could make all plastic recyclable, as the country grapples with how to deal with its waste crisis. The patented technology was created to process plastics that cannot currently be recycled.Australians throw out 3.5 million tonnes of plastic each year, but currently only around 10 per cent of it is recycled. The rest is either burned, buried or shipped overseas.

The Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) uses chemical recycling that changes the plastics at a molecular level using hot water at a high pressure to turn them back into oil. The oil can be turned into bitumen, petrol or back into different kinds of plastics.

Len-Humphreys-rounded' Dr. Len Humphreys
Licella Holdings
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16:00 Open Space Solutions For Local Government And Councils: How APR Is Providing Long-term Infrastructure Assets That Are Fit for Community Purpose From Plastic Waste
A South Australian company is taking plastic waste from things like shampoo and milk bottles, then adding it to timber waste from mills in the South East and turning it in to things like fence posts. APR works closely with councils and national parks across Australia to provide long-term infrastructure assets that are fit for community purpose, sustainable, robust and cost effective.
Ryan-Lokan-rounded Ryan Lokan
Advanced Plastic Recycling
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16:30 Reducing Plastic Consumption – Phasing Out Single-use Plastic
  • The journey from community consultation to legislative development and implementation
  • Achieving results through collaboration
Kate-Brennan-rounded Kate Brennan
A/g Assistant Director Regulatory Reform, Waste Policy
Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate | ACT Government
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 17:00 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairman
 17:05 Champagne Networking Session
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.


09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
Financing Sustainability
Financing Sustainability: How Monash University Demonstrated Its Commitment To Circular Economy By Issuing World’s First University Climate Bond
Australia’s Monash University has announced it is the first tertiary institution to issue a Certified Climate Bond. A requirement for issuing the bond was that capital raised must be spent on projects that achieve measurable sustainability outcomes. Proceeds will be allocated over the next two years to low carbon campus building developments, solar energy installations and LED lighting, all contributing towards the university’s goal of zero net emissions. This session will explore how companies like Monash are financing their circular economy initiatives with innovative practices.
JOHN-THWAITES-rounded' John Thwaites
Monash Sustainable Development Institute & ClimateWorks Australia
How ANZ’s Best Companies & Research Institutions Are Championing Circular Economies In Practice
Did You Know? 90% Of Australia’s Coffee Cups Are Never Recycled And Ends Up Piling Australia’s Landfill
Takeaway coffee cups have become a serious waste problem, especially in Australia where people use an estimated 1 billion annually – 90% of which ends up in landfills. Standard coffee cups are not recyclable due to their waterproof plastic linings, and even ‘compostable’ ones are rarely composted due to Australia’s existing composting facilities lacking effective processing means. Various organizations are coming up with innovative solutions to curb this massive problem and the even more massive environmental damage it causes.

Coffee cups are now estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles. An Adelaide-based packaging company has come up with an innovative solution to solve this environmental bane. Detpak, a global producer of sustainable packaging, has produced a cup with a detachable inner-plastic lining, which means the paper exterior can be recycled and reborn as paper. Cups collected are guaranteed to be diverted from landfill and recycled into high quality paper products. This session explores how innovative companies are helping us fight the war on plastics.

10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
 10:30 How Woolworths Is On A Mission To Become Australia’s Most Sustainable Supermarket
Since Woolworths removed single-use plastic bags in 2018, more than 6 billion bags have been taken out of circulation. Earlier this week, Woolworths also started to offer paper shopping bags, made out of 70% recycled paper, for customers to purchase to carry their shopping home in.

In the past year, approx 10,600 shopping trolleys worth of soft plastics have been recycled through its in-store RedCycle program. Woolworths also removed a total of 890 tonnes of plastic from its fruit, vegetables and bakery ranges over the past two years.

100% of Woolworths stores now have food waste diversion partners in place and in the last year alone, the supermarket has diverted over 33,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill to our food relief partners or donated to farmers as feed stock.

This session will explore how Woolworths is driving generational sustainability with innovation that reduces environmental impact.

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Woolworths Group
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11:00 How The Hepburn Shire Council Aims To Achieve Net Zero Emissions By Creating A Sustainable Model For Its Local Communities
  • Winner of the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories for Community, finalist in the Banksia Awards
  • The Hepburn Shire, home of the first Australian zero-net energy town, plans to be the first zero-net energy shire in Australia. Dozens of project partners came together to co-develop with the local community an Australian-first and best practice model for how the shire can reach the carbon neutral goal within a framework of social and environmental justice considerations
MICHELLE SCHLEIGER's logo Michelle Schleiger
Sustainability Officer
Hepburn Shire Council
11:30 Solving The World’s E-waste Problem: How The World’s First Electronic Waste Microfactory Is Capturing Value Into Waste
In 2018, Prof Sahajwalla launched the world’s first e-waste microfactory, where valuable metal alloys are extracted from discarded smartphones, laptops and circuit boards. Now she’s converting waste materials, such as the glass, plastic and textiles Australia previously exported or sent to landfill, into industrial-grade ceramics inside a second microfactory. She also plans to roll out her microfactory model across the country and, ultimately, the world.
VEENA-SAHAJWALLA-rounded Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology ([email protected]) Faculty of Science

12:00 How Are Australia’s Most Sustainable Companies Measuring And Benchmarking Their Sustainability Strategy?
12:30 Lunch & Networking
Sustainability Through Government Grants and Incentives
Panel Discussion: Driving Australia’s Circular Economy Growth With Help Of Government Grants And Incentives

Australian state and Federal governments offer substantial assistance programs to business in a wide range of areas. These programs amount to around $9 billion annually. With hundreds of programs on offer across different tiers of government, businesses have a myriad of opportunities available to them. Accessing government assistance can provide significant opportunities for companies developing projects in or undertaking research activities in energy and sustainability.

This session will cover:

  • How, what and when to access these programs – Commercialisation Grant & Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants
  • What are the other SME focused and state grants or programs to encourage recycling innovations
VEENA-SAHAJWALLA-rounded Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology ([email protected]) Faculty of Science

DEO-PRASAD-AO-FTSE-rounded Scientia Professor DEO Prasad AO FTSE
CRC for Low Carbon Living
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Hannah-Franklin-rounded Hannah Franklin
Community Sustainability Lead
Veolia Australia and New Zealand
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Sustainability In Waste Management
14:15 From Linear To Circular: How Australia National Waste Policy Is Shifting The Nation Towards Better Waste Management
Each year, Australians produce 2.7 tonnes of waste per person, with a lot of potentially recyclable and reusable material going to waste in the landfills. The 2018 National Waste Policy envisions Australia moving away from the “make, use and dispose” model towards waste management practice that is aligned with that of a circular economy.

It is estimated that if there were just a 5% improvement in the efficient use of materials, the Australian GDP could stand to benefit by as much as A$24 billion. In addition, 9.2 jobs are created for every 10,000 tonnes of waste that is recycled as opposed to 2.8 jobs for the same amount that is sent to the landfill.

This session will look at Australia’s National Waste Policy and its relation to waste management in cities and urban areas, touching on points such as:

  • How the National Waste Policy is being implemented in cities and other urban areas across Australia
  • The key success stories of implementation and the lessons they hold for other cities

What are the major challenges that need to be overcome and how can the different levels of government help address them

Kristin Tilley's logo Kristin Tilley
Waste and Recycling Taskforce Environment Protection Division
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
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14:45 An Award-Winning Case Study: How Lake Macquarie City Council’s Food Organics And Garden Organics (FOGO) Service Diverts 111kg Of Waste From Landfill Per Person?

The council implemented a FOGO project to encourage householders to separate their food and organics waste from their general waste. The drive came from a 2010 waste audit that showed domestic kerbside garbage bins contained up to 50 percent food and garden waste and other compostable organic material.

The council started the journey by undertaking extensive community engagement to raise awareness and seek community input. This resulted in a waste strategy that culminated with a decision to implement the phased introduction of a three-bin system and construction of a new 44,000 tonne capacity in-vessel organics composting facility. Phase one, which started in 2013, involved the collection of kerbside garden organics with a basic shred and pasteurisation process.

This was followed by Phase two, which was implemented in 2018, to collect combined FOGO and process it into recycled organic compost products through the new Remondis Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility.

The collection was rolled out city-wide to over 83,000 households, with a transition to a weekly FOGO collection service and a fortnightly garbage collection service which has helped Council to reduce waste to landfill by over 22,000 tonnes (22%) per year despite experiencing a continuing trend in population growth.

Hal-Dobbins-rounded Hal Dobbins
Waste Strategy Coordinator
Lake Macquarie City Council
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15:15 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 Zero Textile Waste: How Circular Center Upcycles Un-used Hospital Curtains To Make PPE Isolation Gowns
  • Hospital curtains are made from high-quality polyester fabric using specialist antimicrobial and sporicidal technology so to upcycle this into re-wearable Personal Protective Equipment during a pandemic is ideal
  • Even builders or mould specialists dealing with mould, fungus and spores can wear them replacing some single-use gowns
  • This circular supply chain design will divert textile waste from landfill, re-use the fabric to make re-usable Isolation Gowns, minimise and capture the plastic microfibres that are shed from all polyester fabrics when washed
  • The goal is to divert and re-use some of the 679,000 tonnes of textile waste that ends up in landfill adding to our pollution and carbon problems. It’s equally important to ensure that plastic fabrics are not recycled back into everyday clothing that will continue to shed more plastic microfibres into our waterways and oceans
Alison-Jose-rounded Alison Jose
Circular Centre
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Sustainability In Energy
16:00 Case Study: The Zero Emissions Byron Project
NSW’s first Bioenergy plant, a 5MW solar farm for their own use, a shared, community-owned solar farm, a hydro scheme. They are working alongside others to develop a microgrid in their arts and industrial estate.  All of these projects have lessons to share and insights from others to add.
Simon-Richardson-rounded Simon Richardson
Byron Shire Council
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16:30 How Deakin University Is Using Microgrid To De-carbonize Itself And Achieve Carbon Neutral By 2030
Deakin is partnering with AusNet Services and Mondo Power to establish a Renewable Energy Microgrid on our Waurn Ponds Campus. The Renewable Energy Microgrid will consist of a 7 megawatt solar energy farm and storage system, a 0.25 megawatt distributed rooftop solar generation and storage system, and an associated research centre. Expected to be operational by mid-2020, the Microgrid will assist Deakin to achieve its aspiration to be carbon neutral by 2030.
ARIEL-LIEBMAN-rounded Associate Professor Ariel Liebman
Monash Energy Institute
 17:00 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairman
09:00 Site Tour A:

Environmental Sustainable Materials Research & Technology In Reducing Waste And Improving Recyclability

Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology ([email protected]) Faculty of Science

This post-forum site tour will take you to the world’s first e-waste microfactory at UNSW, which is transforming valuable metal alloys extracted from discarded smartphones, laptops and circuit boards. The center is also converting waste materials, such as glass, plastic and textiles Australia previously exported or sent to landfill, into industrial-grade ceramics inside a second microfactory. You will witness this sustainable model first-hand, and see how these innovative materials can reduce waste and improve recyclability.

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Site Tour B:

Circular Economy Recycling Innovations Within City Councils Waste Management Centers

Randwick City Council Recycling Center

With global waste expected to increase by nearly 50% over the next decade, the adoption of innovative technologies is increasingly showing results in integrated waste management solutions. This post-forum site tour will bring you to the inner heart of a city council that is driving such sustainable innovations and best practices, where you will see how municipal authorities can manage recycling and recovery centres efficiently and help thousands of residents keep their waste out of landfills.

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*Space In Each Site Tour Is Limited, Registrations Will Be Available On First Come, First Reserved Basis!
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