24-25 Jul 2024

AWRE 2024 Summit sponsored by NSW EPA

Returning in 2024, AWRE will host a full-day summit for high-level collaboration between industry, government, and waste generators. The summit will feature keynote sessions, panel discussions, and catered networking breaks, offering delegates a unique opportunity to meet with the speakers and associations that have brought this event together.

24 July 2024
ICC Sydney
8:30AM - 4:30PM
$365 + GST

Transitioning to a Circular Economy – Unpacking the Key Roadblocks to success.

The AWRE 2024 Summit is sponsored by the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) and co-curated in partnership with the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association (WCRA), National Waste & Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC), and Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).

This summit, taking place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on July 24th at ICC Sydney, delves into the theme of transitioning to a circular economy by addressing the key roadblocks to success. Throughout this one-day summit, various industry issues will be explored, including end markets and exports, the challenges posed by batteries and contaminants, and the current obstacles hindering the achievement of waste and residual management targets critical for advancing towards an Australian Circular Economy.  

The Summit will feature two keynote speeches and three expert panels. They will discuss the challenges as well as potential strategies to collaborate and overcome them. Your AWRE Summit ticket includes access to all panel sessions on July 24th, the AWRE exhibition on July 24th and 25th, catering, and culminates in networking drinks on the show floor. Join us to be a part of the solution. 

AWRE 2024 Summit Program

Begin the day by paying our respects and acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land.

Brett Lemin, Executive Director of the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association (WCRA) of NSW and ACT, extends a warm welcome to AWRE 2024 shares the importance of this year's summit theme.

Our panel discusses the effectiveness of the Albanese Labor Government’s waste reduction and recycling policies in delivering a circular economy, with reference to:
A. Efficacy and progress on circular economy deliverables
B. Progress on the implementation of mandated product stewardship schemes
C. Any other related matters.

Your opportunity to network with fellow delegates, speakers and sponsors whilst discussing insights from the day. Don't forget to explore the exhibition floor, and make use of the Central Networking Lounge sponsored by ISUZU.

In this session, our expert panel delves into the complex and pressing issues surrounding battery recycling and safe disposal. Batteries, while essential for powering our modern world, pose significant environmental and safety challenges when improperly handled at end-of-life. The panelists will explore the various risks associated with battery recycling and disposal and explore strategies for mitigating these risks through responsible recycling practices and regulatory measures.

Your opportunity to network with fellow delegates, speakers and sponsors whilst discussing insights from the day. Don't forget to explore the exhibition floor, and make use of the Central Networking Lounge sponsored by ISUZU.

Problem waste and legacy contaminants remain a challenge that impacts government, industry and the community across NSW. From asbestos contaminating supply chains to fires caused by the improper disposal of batteries, the need to review our waste systems is clear. The NSW EPA is working with stakeholders to ensure our regulations are yielding the best results to safe support resource recovery.

Our panel unearths the complexity around contaminant identification and management across the supply chain. Our experts will discuss the latest methods and technologies for identifying contaminants, highlighting the importance of early detection and mitigation. They will also explore the challenges of managing contaminants throughout the supply chain, from production and collection to processing and disposal.

Join us for a recap of day one at the 2024 AWRE Summit, where we invite you to engage and share the highlights of the day before our Industry Networking Drinks session commences.

Held on the show floor at the end of day one of AWRE, the Networking Drinks is the ideal place to network and continue business with clients and suppliers over a refreshing drink and canapes after the exhibition.


Proudly Sponsored by


The NSW EPA takes an environmental stewardship approach to regulating NSW. We do this through being focused on outcomes that lead to a sustainable state, being guided by empathy to bring outside perspectives in and through collaborating to overcome environmental challenges. Join us on our mission to protect tomorrow together.


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The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) is a not-for-profit industry association, funded by major waste and recycling businesses operating Australia-wide. It brings together national waste and recycling business leaders and affiliated state, territory, and national waste and recycling associations to formulate policies that will advance waste and recycling services in Australia.


The Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is a registered industrial body of employers that addresses business issues relating to the waste and recycling industry on behalf of its constituent Members.


Established in 1983, the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) is the preeminent industry forum for resource recovery, recycling, and remanufacturing, leading the transition to circular economy in Australia. ACOR is a non-profit volunteer organisation. Members commit their time, resources, and energy to leading the transition to a circular economy through resource recovery, remanufacturing, and recycling.

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