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.
WMAA Peak Member Cleanaway sponsored the highly anticipated Gala dinner held at Doltone House and CEO Mr Vik Bansal (right) took to the stage to address industry, coining a new phrase at the same time –“waste is the new black”.
The last 12 months have been challenging and the road ahead is not without hurdles. But WMAA and our members will continue to confront these issues head on, striving to build our shared vision of a sustainable circular economy. And the Inside Waste awards proved that the industry is both a resilient and innovative one as champions across a range of categories were celebrated all night long. More on the winners here.
“We congratulate all the winners of the Inside Waste Awards. It is pleasing to see industry rising above the storm to build capacity and innovate, proving that the sector both provides an essential service and is a driver of economic growth,” WMAA CEO Ms Gayle Sloan said.
As we move into a new year, one with a NSW and Federal election to look forward to, it is time for members to take stock, collaborate, and gear up for what will be an important year for the waste and resource recovery industry.
“For the first time, the waste and resource recovery industry is front and centre of our politicians’ mind. With Environment Ministers meeting again on 7 December 2018, this is an opportunity for industry to remain firmly at the table ahead of next year’s Federal Election, where WMAA is confident waste and resource recovery will be a priority,” Ms Sloan said.
“The next 12 months will be full of action and WMAA is geared up to continue advocating for and championing our industry.”
WMAA takes its Cleanaway-sponsored Christmas dinners to Queensland and Victoria next and we invite you to come along; there is no better time to reflect on the year that’s gone and collaborate as we move into an exciting 2019.
The Victorian Christmas Dinner will also give attendees the opportunity to celebrate the 2018 Women in the Environment Award winner, sponsored by Blue Environment.