Breakfast with the SA Minister

Breakfast with the SA Minister
The SA Branch of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia is pleased to announce we will be holding our annual Breakfast with the SA Minister on Tuesday, 20 August 2019, at the Adelaide Pavilion.

Please sign in with your WMRR username to register for the event. If you do not have your log-in details, please do not create a new one but ring the national office on 02 8746 5000 for assistance.

Minister’s Release: Recycling Activity Survey (2017-2018)

This year's breakfast will see the Minister for Environment and Water, Hon. David Speirs MP, release the 15th Recycling Activity Survey for South Australia. This survey covers 2017-18, including the commencement of the roll out of China’s National Sword Policy, which was the beginning of some sudden and large changes for the sector. This very important snapshot of the state of Recycling in South Australia helps monitor performance against targets in South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2015-20 and sets the context for important initiatives underway and into the future including;

  • The phase out of single use plastics
  • Review of South Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme
  • A food waste strategy for South Australia
  • South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025
  • EPA SA Waste Reform

This event will be a great opportunity to meet the Minister and learn about how South Australia is responding to challenges and opportunities in the sector. 

Guest Speakers

Minister for Environment and Water

Minister Speirs was appointed South Australia’s Minister for Environment and Water in March 2018. He is also South Australia’s Cabinet Secretary.

He represents the coastal electorate of Black in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. He first entered the South Australian Parliament in March 2014, having previously served as a City of Marion Councillor and Deputy Mayor between 2010 and 2014. 

Minister Speirs obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Adelaide in 2008. Prior to his election to Parliament he held a series of senior policy development positions in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and has been a National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. He was awarded South Australia’s Young Community Leader of the Year in the 2012 Young Achievers Awards. 

As Minister for Environment and Water, he is leading a suite of reforms and exciting policies including creating a new city national park, overseeing major coastal protection initiatives, driving ambitious eco-tourism opportunities, leading an Australian-first ban on single-use plastics and opening the state’s reservoirs for recreation.


Manager Business Data, Green Industries SA

John Vanzo is the Manager Business Data at Green Industries SA (previously Zero Waste SA), where he has led the development of robust data systems for over 10 years. John was instrumental in developing the agency’s data management system for Zero Waste SA called ZEUS – the Zero Waste Environment User System - and is responsible for managing a team which maintains the ZEUS system.

ZEUS stores data to enable monitoring and analysis across a diverse range of business needs. It has been central to measuring the State’s progress towards targets in South Australia’s Waste Strategy, in addition to contributing to policy and planning, and to the national waste data report. 

John has a background in science, IT and education, and data management and reporting. He also trains agency staff and local government officers on how to use ZEUS for program.
John has a Master of Science degree in applied statistics.

Senior Consultant, Rawtec

Matt is a senior consultant at Rawtec and is passionate about positive waste management and recycling behaviour change at an individual, team, organisational and even state and national level. During the past three and a half years at Rawtec, Matt has worked on a number of projects including the Recycling Activity Survey, tender specifications for waste and recycling services and evaluation of the responses, improving waste and recycling practices at various organisations including Parliament House in Canberra, and assessing the effectiveness of kerbside recycling behaviour change initiatives. Matt has a background in Organisational Psychology and has completed the UNESCO IHE DELFT course on Solid Waste Management. He is also a member of the WMRR Young Professionals and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals.


Chief Executive, Green Industries SA

Vaughan has more than 35 years experience in government, project management and leadership. Vaughan established Zero Waste SA in 2003 and is responsible for a multitude of programs and projects carried out by Zero Waste SA and its partner organisations and now Green Industries SA, that has seen South Australia establish its leadership credentials in waste management and recycling and the Circular Economy in Australia and internationally.

Vaughan spent 10 years with the South Australian EPA in a number of roles, including regulation of tyres, and composting, overseeing and expanding container deposit legislation, and industry resource efficiency programs. 

In 2015 he received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the area of waste management reform and policy.

Members - $60, Non Members - $90                                                                              
For enquires contact [email protected] or (02) 8746 5000

Please sign in with your WMRR username to register for the event. If you do not have your log-in details, please do not create a new one but ring the national office on 02 8746 5000 for assistance.

20/08/2019 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Adelaide Pavilion Cnr South Terrace & Peacock Road Adelaide, SA 5000 AUSTRALIA


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

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