24-25 Aug 2022

Resource Recovery Summit
"Getting to 80%"

For the first time in 2022, AWRE will be hosting a summit for high-level collaboration between industry, government and waste generators. The Summit will feature keynote sessions on commercial & industrial, construction & demolition and municipal solid waste.

24 Aug 2022
ICC Sydney
8:30am - 1:30pm

Resource Recovery Summit “Getting to 80%”

AWRE’s new Resource Recovery Summit “Getting to 80%”, hosted by NWRIC and WCRA, will cover topical areas including Municipal Solid Waste, Commercial & Industrial and Construction & Demolition.

The half-day Summit will include a networking lunch, offering delegates a unique opportunity to meet with the speakers and associations that have brought this event together.

National state of play

The National Waste Policy Action Plan’s ambitious but important target of 80% average resource recovery rate (material and energy recovery) by 2030 is a significant challenge, says National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) CEO Rick Ralph.

“What this actually means for the waste and recycling sector is that it has to increase the volume it recovers by at least 15Mt per annum to at least 58Mt to 60Mt every year, that is a 35% increase on the current 43.5Mt recovered. This is no small feat.

“While substantially more public and private resources are now being invested to divert organics from landfill and build processing capacity for paper, plastics, glass and tyres, it will only help grow the resource recovery volume by an estimated 5Mt per annum. That still leaves a further 10 Mt of waste that needs to be recovered if we are to achieve the 80% recovery target by 2030,” Mr Ralph said.

Situation Analysis

The Summit will analyse the current situation with data pulled from the National Waste Report, covering Waste Generated, Recycled and Landfilled across three waste streams Municpial Solid Waste; Commercial & Industrial and Construction & Demolition.


Resource Recovery Summit Program

Wednesday 24 August

Facilitated by legendary industry consultant Mike Ritchie - Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group, this session will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the MSW sector. Industry leaders will explore key issues such as: Kerbside Harmonisation, Recycling Modernisation Fund investment stimulus, infrastructure requirements and innovations in technology.

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the C&I sector. The scene will be set with a keynote address by incoming Australian Council of Recycling CEO Suzanne Toumbourou followed by a panel of industry leaders exploring key issues such as: the role of Product Stewardships, Waste to Energy, materials sorting, and the challenges faced by such a diverse range of inputs from FOGO and plastics to textiles and office fit out.

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the C&D sector. The esteemed panel of industry leaders wil explore key issues such as: markets for end products, government procurement and hazardous waste.

The Summit is proudly hosted by


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.

“The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) is pleased to be part of the AWRE Summit in 2022.   The Summit is a new imitative that brings together business and government leaders to explore the latest developments, challenges and opportunities facing the waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

Building Australia’s resource recovery sector is NWRIC’s number one priority, our industry plays a vital role in keeping materials in the economy and out of the environment.  We are looking forward to hosting the Summit and discussing how appropriate current policy, regulatory and financial settings are to driving the systemic changes necessary to reach the National Waste Policy Action Plan targets including 80% resource recovery rate by 2030.”

National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC)

“All at WCRA are proud of our fabulous, long-term relationship with AWRE. And after being in various states of lockdown for much of the last 2 years, we look forward to the business and networking opportunities that AWRE 2022 will present.”

Tony Khoury, Executive Director, Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association

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