2019 Media Releases

Statement on Indonesia shipping back waste

19 September 2019

In response to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age today of Indonesia’s plan to ship 100 containers of contaminated plastic waste back to Australia, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) acknowledges and agrees that Australia should be managing its own waste and resources and reiterates that the country does recycle millions of tonnes on-shore – though Australia needs to grow its demand and use of recovered resources.

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Our waste, our resource

13 September 2019

By Gayle Sloan, CEO of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia

Let me start off by saying, Australia recycles. Can we all do better? Absolutely.

Until about two years ago, the waste and resource recovery industry was rarely in the media spotlight. That’s now changed, and while this sudden burst of attention and interest is great, there are many unknowns and misconceptions. This includes the fundamental question, after my bins are collected, when and where does recycling happen?

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The more the merrier? Not quite


13 September 2019

By Gayle Sloan, CEO of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia

Recycling reports in the media this week turned our attention towards contamination issues at SKM’s material recovery facilities (MRFs) and how our “bad” recycling habits are costing Australia $328 million. The suggestion put forward is that we need more bins. Will this improve recycling and fix the systemic issues in Victoria, and what will it cost householders?

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Harmonisation and integration buzzwords at EfW conference

30 August 2019

More than 200 delegates descended on Canberra this week for the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia’s 2019 Energy from Waste Conference.

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WMRR welcomes Victorian Government funding for SKM

28 August 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement this week of a $10 million loan to SKM’s receivers KordaMentha to help clean up SKM sites and resume waste processing.

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COAG outcomes a positive step for the economy, environment, and community

9 August 2019

Today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting outcomes represent a big step in continuing Australia’s journey to build a sustainable domestic remanufacturing industry, strengthen the economy and create Australian jobs, while ensuring human and environmental health are protected.

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WMRR and Bioenergy Australia embark on energy from waste education journey

31 July 2019

Last night, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia and Bioenergy Australia unveiled the first in a series of energy from waste (EfW) fact sheets, aimed at helping community, the media, and our politicians navigate an emerging but complex waste management area.

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Waste Reduction Minister a breath of fresh air

22 July 2019

This week, CEO of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), Ms Gayle Sloan, was in Canberra to meet newly-appointed Federal Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction, the Hon. Trevor Evans MP, and he showed a deep understanding of the importance of our essential waste and resource recovery industry.

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WMRR welcomes another SA first

8 July 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the national peak body for all stakeholders in the waste and resource recovery industry, welcomes the SA Government’s announcement that it will move forward with a ban on a range of single-use plastics in the State.

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Shock SA waste levy increase – timing and purpose questionable

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the national peak body for all stakeholders in the waste and resource recovery industry, has expressed its disappointment at the timing of the recent announcement by the Minister of a new 1 January 2020 landfill levy increase. The complete lack of consultation or forewarning meant that industry and the community are not financially prepared for such a significant rise.

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WMRR applauds Tasmania’s WARR action

1 July 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) welcomes the release of Tasmania’s draft Waste Action Plan on the weekend, which proposes the introduction of a statewide waste levy.

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QLD’s levy process a lesson for all jurisdictions

28 June 2019

Come Monday, 1 July, Queensland will enter a new era of waste management and resource recovery (WARR) with the reintroduction a waste levy, a long-awaited and anticipated move that will bring Queensland in line with all other mainland states.

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SA’s recycling transition package

7 June 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the national peak body for all stakeholders in the waste and resource recovery industry, welcomes the SA Government’s budget announcement today that will deliver $12 million over four years to the Waste and Resource Recovery Modernisation and Council Transition Package.

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WMRR welcomes VIC reviews

3 June 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement on the weekend of two reviews aimed at strengthening the State’s waste and resource recovery industry.

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Victorian Budget a good step

28 May 2019

Victoria’s announcement that it will inject $35 million to assist with fixing the State’s waste and resource recovery issues has been welcomed by the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the national peak body for all stakeholders in the essential waste and resource recovery industry.

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WMRR welcomes Federal Environment Minister appointment

27 May 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the national peak body for all stakeholders in the waste and resource recovery industry, welcomes the appointment of the Hon. Sussan Ley MP as Australia’s next Federal Environment Minister.

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Stan Krpan – a true WARR leader

22 May 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) thanks former Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, for eight years of outstanding leadership and contribution to Victoria’s essential waste and resource recovery industry.

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Waste 2019: industry leaders tell it like it is in WMRR-led discussion

15 May 2019

All that talk needs to make way for action. That was the unanimous verdict by industry leaders who sat on this morning’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR)-led Industry Leaders Forum at Waste 2019 in Coffs Harbour.

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WA CDS forges ahead

15 May 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the national peak body for all stakeholders in the waste and resource recovery industry, has welcomed the progress of Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

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Federal Election 2019: A go or a no for enviro?

9 May 2019

With only nine days to go till the 2019 Federal Election, the three major parties have proposed new schemes and spending in a bid to tug at the environmental heartstrings of voters. The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) applauds our politicians for putting our essential industry on the national agenda.

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Recycling industry unites - keep recycling and buy recycled products

15 April 2019

Australia’s recycling industry is concerned that Sunday’s 60 Minutes program didn’t paint the full picture of Australia’s recycling efforts and didn’t highlight the industry’s contribution of some 50,000 jobs and $15 billion in value, with real potential for more benefits.

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It’s Time - Buy Australian Recycled

11 April 2019

With 37 days to go before the 18 May Federal Election, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is calling on everyone - from our essential industry to the community - to call for an “Australian Recycled Content” label to highlight and support the use and purchase of Australian recycled material.

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Raising the bar on landfill management

27 March 2019

More than 300 waste management and resource recovery operators have descended on Brisbane this week, joined by a host of international and local experts to discuss landfill and transfer station innovation, design, operation, and regulation, as well as the safety of these facilities, all of which are paramount to the services landfills and transfer stations offer.

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Maroon – the colour of progress?

22 March 2019

For decades, we’ve been pitting the Blues against the Maroons (or vice versa – it all depends on which side of the border you call home). When it comes to waste and resource recovery, the Maroons could soon have the leg up for a long time coming.


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CDS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kickstart WA circular economy

15 March 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), has today welcomed the passage of legislation that will enable a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) to be introduced in Western Australia, acknowledging that the scheme has the potential to deliver huge environmental and social benefits to the people of Western Australia.

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Hobart’s single-use plastic ban spells bigger opportunity

12 March 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) applauds Hobart City Council for being proactive in its quest to phase out single-use plastics by voting in favour of a ban by 2020 with the passing of the single-use plastics by-law. However, WMRR believes the transition, and ultimately the initiative, stands a better chance of success if it were rolled out state-wide and ideally nationally, querying how it can be enforced otherwise.

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WMRR releases NSW election priorities 
6 March 2019

Never has the spotlight on waste and resource recovery shone so brightly as it has over the last 18 months and it would be remiss of politicians to disregard this essential service in their election campaigning, especially with the community being crystal clear in their message: “We want recycling, and we want it now.”

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Time to stop the talk and start the action as the trucks keep coming! 

19 February 2019

As of 5p.m. Monday, 18 February, more than 20 councils in two states have been locked out of their Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Industry recognises this is an unacceptable situation, however it may be just the tip of the iceberg if we do not collectively take the steps that we know are needed to avoid these issues.

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WMRR responds to SKM notices

15 February 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) acknowledges that some of the challenges that were highlighted by China’s National Sword policy remain, that being the critical lack of remanufacturing infrastructure in Australia.

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Waste industry is a lover not a fighter

7 February 2019

Today’s ABC story, “Container refund scheme prompts calls for crackdown on ‘bin chickens’ cashing in on recycling’ has brought to light the fact that the NSW scheme is kicking major goals, which the waste and resource recovery industry is fully supportive of.

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What's in a name?

21 January 2019

Everything. 

On 1 January 2019, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) changed its name to the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR). 

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2018 Media Releases
2018 WMAA Women in Environment Award Winner Announced

7 December 2018

A product stewardship advocate and veteran was named winner of this year’s Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) Women in the Environment Award at the Victoria Branch Christmas Dinner last night.

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MEM statement does not go far enough

7 December 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) welcomes the statement released by Environment Ministers following the 7 December Meeting of Environment Minsters (MEM) but is concerned at what seems like a lack of real action.

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It’s time to bring out the big guns

5 December 2018

It is a known fact that the Europeans take waste management and resource recovery very seriously and wit hgood reason – the industry is a protector of human health and the environment, as well as being an economic growth engine. The Europeans get it and Australia is beginning to, albeit slowly.

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NSW kicks off well-deserved celebrations

27 November 2018

It was a night to remember as 180 people dressed to the nines celebrated the champions that make the waste and resource industry tick at the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and Inside Waste inaugural Gala and Awards Dinner.

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NSW Minister urged to show leadership and stop the blame game

7 November 2018

The Waste and Resource Recovery industry is hugely disappointed to read the article today in the Daily Telegraph, where the Minister for Environment is attacking the NSW EPA..

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Veolia Australia and New Zealand becomes fifth WMAA Peak Member

1 November 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is pleased to announce that Veolia Australia and New Zealand has become the fifth Peak Member of the Board of the national peak industry body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

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WMAA calls for industry participation

25 October 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia is calling for greater involvement in consultations following the surprise announcement by the NSW EPA today that it is revoking the Resource Recovery Exemption and Order, which permit the use of mixed waste organic material on agricultural land, plantation forests and mining rehabilitation land.

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Waste and resource recovery policy priorities for VIC Election

24 October 2018

Ahead of the Victorian State election on Saturday 24 November 2018, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has outlined its key waste and resource recovery policy priorities for the attention of all political parties campaigning in this year’s election.

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WMAA welcomes draft NSW Circular Economy Policy

23 October 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has welcomed the release of a draft NSW Circular Economy policy this week, commending the NSW Government for taking the first step in the transition from a ‘take, make, dispose’ approach to a model that embraces circular economy principles.

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WMAA: NSW needs to get on with the job

22 October 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has this week written to the New South Wales Legislative Council following a disappointing response from NSW Environment Minister Ms Gabrielle Upton, MP, to recommendations from the Energy from Waste (EfW) Technology Parliamentary Inquiry.

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QLD waste levy: WMAA addresses committee in Ipswich

4 October 2018

CEO of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), Gayle Sloan, was in Ispwich today, representing industry in a public hearing on Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

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WMAA Response to Australasian Recycling Label and APCO recycling targets

26 September 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the peak body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry, welcomes the newly announced Australasian Recycling Label, however points out that it is a missed opportunity.

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WMAA welcomes Remondis plan to invest in Queensland

20 September 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the announcement of Remondis Australia’s intention to build a $400 million waste-to-energy facility in Queensland.

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WMAA Response to QLD Waste Levy Bill 2018

20 September 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the peak national body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry, congratulates the Queensland Government on the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, acknowledging that its introduction is a much-needed step in moving Queensland away from a “take, make, and dispose” model to a circular economy. However, WMAA is disappointed that the Parliamentary Committee only allowed nine (9) days for consultation on the Bill, considering the far-reaching impacts this Bill would have.

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2009 National Waste Policy Update: Levers to drive economic and job growth

19 September 2018

In the past week, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) congratulated the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for developing the Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy Discussion Paper within a short time frame, but also pointed out that the paper fails to discuss several leadership opportunities for the Commonwealth that will build economic strength and generate employment in the waste and resource recovery industry in Australia as we forge forward towards a circular economy.

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WMAA announces Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd as new Peak Member
WMAA Important Information for All Members

18 September 2018

  • Cleanaway Waste Management joins SUEZ Australia New Zealand, Remondis Australia and ResourceCo as a Peak Member.

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is today pleased to announce Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd as the newest Peak Member of the national peak industry body for the $15.5 billion waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

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2009 National Waste Policy Update

11 September 2018

  • WMAA welcomes the update to the 2009 National Waste Policy
  • Commonwealth is missing leadership opportunity
  • Commonwealth should drive national dialogue
  • Lessons to be learnt from the EU and UK

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) congratulates the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for developing the Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy Discussion Paper within a short timeframe and acknowledges the Department’s willingness to accept feedback and input from the working group. However, the Discussion Paper unveils several untapped opportunities, including the Commonwealth leading the national dialogue and importantly, driving economic outcomes.

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WMAA welcomes Victorian boost to recycling industry

3 July 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the national peak body for Australia’s waste and resource recovery industry, today welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of a further $24 million injection of new monies into recycling to assist in building a resilient sector in Victoria.

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WMAA supports Senate report on Australia’s waste and recycling industry

27 June 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) welcomes the Federal Senate Report, Never waste a crisis: the waste and recycling industry in Australia, produced by the Environment and Communications References Committee – led by Committee Chair, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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WMAA welcomes QLD landfill levy

1 June 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the Queensland Palaszczuk’s Government confirmation that the landfill levy will be reintroduced in early 2019 as part of the improved approach to the management of waste and resource recovery in Queensland.

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WMAA announces ResourceCo as new Peak Member
WMAA Important Information for All Members

9 May 2018

The National peak body for the waste and resource recovery industry, WMAA, is today pleased to announce ResourceCo as a new Peak Member, joining Suez and Remondis.

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Ministerial Meeting Response

30 April 2018

WMAA welcomes that possibly for the first time the waste and resource recovery industry led the agenda at last week’s Meeting of Australian Environment Ministers (MEM). This clearly demonstrates the nationwide importance of this essential industry, which employs 50,000 people and generates $15.5 billion of economic activity annually. We look forward to our industry remaining at the top of the MEM Agenda.

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Decision by Ipswich Council to Landfill Recyclables

18 April 2018

“The decision announced today by the Mayor of Ipswich that Ipswich City Council to landfill recyclables is extremely disappointing and completely out of step with community expectations”, said Gayle Sloan, CEO of WMAA, which is the peak industry body representing Australia’s waste and resource recovery sector.

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WMAA, ACOR call for inaugural Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan

4 April 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) have come together for the betterment of the entire waste and resource recovery industry to call on all Ministers, ahead of the Ministerial Council this month, to work with industry in the development, and urgent implementation of the inaugural Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan.

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Waste industry welcomes Queensland introduction of Landfill Levy

20 March 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the Queensland Palaszczuk’s Government announcement of a reintroduction to state wide landfill levy.

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