December 2021

Together, we marched on
By Gayle Sloan, WMRR CEO

I thought 2020 was challenging, coming off the back of a severe bushfire season into the uncertainty of a novel virus that was slowly sweeping across the world. Then, there was 2021, and while this year proved to be no less challenging than the year before, together, our essential waste and resource recovery sector powered on, and with our members’ support, so did WMRR.

It was a year of progress on the policy and regulatory front – impressive in some areas and slow in others, but progress, nonetheless.  

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   2021 in numbers


2022 renewals now open

WMRR has commenced its 2022 membership renewal and if you are an Individual member, or the administrator of your organisation’s Corporate or Government account, you will receive an invoice with membership renewal details. You may view your current membership status by logging in to the member portal here.

To find out more about the benefits of membership, including the services WMRR offers, as well as the various membership categories and pricing, download our Member Guide or our 2022 Membership Table

For further information or to renew now, please contact the WMRR office on 02 8746 5000 or email [email protected]

Is the bin the final destination?

This year, WMRR commemorated National Recycling Week by rolling out a campaign in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that called on readers to consider how different our world would be if we asked ourselves, “will the bin be the final destination” each time we made a purchase… Perhaps a timely message with Christmas just around the corner!

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Snapshot of 2022 events + activities (some COVID-dependent)

  • Strategy planning session with the Board and State Branch Committee presidents in Q1.
  • National division, state branch committee, and state working group activities to resume in February.
  • Development of an on-the-ground training program.
  • National conferences – Energy from Waste (March) and ENVIRO (August).
  • State-focused events – WARR SA conference (November), two (2) Tasmanian WARR Forums, resumption of the popular Women of WARR leadership breakfast series in multiple states, starting in Victoria and launching in WA, Minister’s breakfasts, and more.
  • Regular webinars, including technical sessions, throughout the year.
  • WARR Industry Awards Dinner (November)
  • Partner conferences, including Waste 2022 (Coffs Conference) (May) and the WA Waste and Recycle Conference (September).

We're taking a break, but we'll see you soon

The WMRR office will be closed from 24 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 as we take a short break and come back better than ever in 2022. In case you missed it in last week's, Board communiqué, WMRR is seeking your feedback to ensure continued improvement in the work that we do, and we would appreciate if you could participate in our annual member survey here.

From the WMRR team to yours, happy holidays!