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Wednesday 1 May 2019
Sponsored by: FOCUS enviro
See grinders, screens, turners and other equipment in operation with live demonstrations and take the opportunity to see the equipment up close, compare different models and meet with suppliers all in the one place.
Sponsored by: ELB Equipment
Join us after the Demonstration Day for an evening of drinks, canapes and networking with the exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and other attendees.
Venue: Resort Pool, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Thursday, 2 May 2019
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Dave Cullen, AORA WA
Welcome and housekeeping
Peter Wadewitz, Chair AORA
Representative from the office of the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food; Ports.
Dr Sally Brown, University of Washington
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Compost: Multiple birds, one stone
The answer is in front of you- stop obsessing about problems. Composting organics is a simple, cost effective solution to multiple problems. Diverting organics from landfills to windrows is the critical way to reduce carbon emissions from waste. Recognizing the value in this ‘waste’ is central to the circular economy, an emerging alternative model for a more sustainable society. And, most important, compost makes our soils stronger.
Dr Ash Martin, Microbiology Laboratories Australia
Beneficial Microbes in Compost – Towards guidelines for product quality
Day-to-day operational demands on compost production and regulatory focus on safety mean that the microbiological benefits of compost can be easily overlooked and are under-utilised as a marketable benefit to customers. Real world examples are presented along with how these traits can be benchmarked and used to promote the benefits to customers.
Declan McDonald, SESL Australia
Optimising the benefits of vermiculture in commercial-scale vegetable farms
This presentation reports on a 3 year HIA-funded project that looked at methods to enhance the contribution of worms to vegetable production. Central to the work was the addition of organic matter (including compost) to soils to enhance worms and overall biological function.
Andrew Dougall, Sustainability Victoria
Regenerating subsoils by removing subsoil constraints, a significant opportunity for organics
There are large areas of farmland where crops cannot access water and nutrients in the subsoil. This subsoil can be altered with organics to allow access by roots and increase yields (subsoil amelioration). This represents a large potential market for organics and subsequent reduction in the volume or organics entering landfill.
ROLES OF PACKAGING
Rowan Williams, BASF
Certified compostable bioplastics and their role in enabling circular economy
The presentation will focus on the property of compostability at end of life, where biodegradation occurs through the presence of microorganisms and where the end of life is a controlled environment.
Warwick Hall, Australasian Bioplastics Association Inc
The importance of Certification for the Organics Recycling Industry
This presentation will focus on the Australian Standards covering biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and their relevance to the organics recycling industry, It will also cover how the standards can help manufacturers and distributors of organically recyclable plastics to avoid misleading the consumer and attracting the attention of regulators.
Charlie Emery, SOILCO
Food waste & compostable packaging as a facility feedstock for production of soil conditioners (compost)
Certified compostable bags and packaging is designed to assist with diversion of food waste from landfill. Businesses and communities are implementing food waste collection programs and questioning recycling facility operators such as SOILCO if they will accept compostable packaging to boost participation and diversion. Is this a potential feedstock?
Dr Helen Lewis, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
How the organics recycling industry can influence the implementation of the 2025 National Packaging Targets
In 2018 APCO’s Biodegradable and Compostable Packaging Working Group undertook research to identify drivers and barriers to the recovery of biodegradable and compostable packaging. APCO is seeking industry feedback on some of the priority projects identified by the working group.
REGENERATION & CELEBRATION
Christopher Malan and Stefan Windisch, ELB Equipment
Platinum Sponsor Address and introduction to the AORA Study Awards
Komptech is proud to support the AORA Study Awards for Advancing Organics
Recycling. The awards program aims to encourage students to undertake and excel in
research designed to advance organics recycling activities and outcomes.Details coming soon
AORA Study Awards for Advancing Organics Recycling
Sponsored by Komptech. Supported by CROWN University of Queensland
Dr Daniele de Rosa (PhD) – Optimising the use of organic amendments in sub-tropical vegetable cropping systems for improved environmental and agronomic outcomes
Dr Shao Yap (PhD) – Anaerobic reduction of solid manure residues
Aidan Chin (Honours) – Sorbents can tailor nitrogen release from organic wastes to match the uptake capacity of crops
Johannes Biala, The University of Queensland
Unlocking the true value of organic soil amendments
The presentation will outline work that will be undertaken over the next four years to develop a farm-ready integrated nutrient calculator that will show nutrient and carbon inputs and availability from organic amendments over a 3-yeear cropping cycle, while also highlighting mineral fertiliser reductions and monetary savings.
Sponsored by: Hitachi
The Conference Dinner is traditionally a highlight in the AORA Annual Conference program and provides an opportunity for the participants to relax and engage in the type of networking that is vital to furthering the recycled organics industry.
Venue: Sirius Room, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Friday, 3 May 2019
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Marcus Geisler, WA Waste Authority
Unpacking the WARR Strategy 2030 and Action Plan
In February 2019, the Minister for Environment, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC released the Western Australian Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (Waste Strategy) as well as the first year priorities Action Plan. This presentation unpacks the guiding concepts, structure, approach, principles and our new objectives, targets and strategies.
Virginia Brunton, MRA Consulting Group
Halve Waste – Setting the benchmark for community engagement in organics diversion
The presentation highlights how a collaborative and wide-ranging community engagement program can achieve significant organics recovery.
Dr Surya Bhattarai, Central Queensland University
Carbon smart fertiliser from green chicken
Biochar incorporation into the poultry feed provides an innovative options for value adding to poultry waste by developing carbon rich fertiliser products
Dr Yue Wang & Prof Ji Li, China Agricultural University
Current situation and development of the composting industry in China
Aerobic composting was practiced quite early in China since 202 B.C. In the 1930s, a kind of fast composting concept was initiated by Chinese scientists called ‘Yuanping’ method and since 1949, the generation of organic solid wastes in China grew rapidly, however production of quality compost was limited. More recently, the Chinese government has launched a number of incentive policies to promote compost application in agriculture and it is anticipated that the composting industry in China is about to enter a rapid growth stage.
Dr Darren Perrin, Ricardo Energy & Environment
A circular approach to collection of organics and the role of FO and GO
Outline the circular economy journey for Lendlease with a focus on circulating the organics within the development and the role of FOGO and alternative collection systems in helping to achieve that. It will explore the relative merits of combined FOGO and separate FO and GO informed by international research.
Sam Oakden, FIAL
National Food Waste Strategy
The National Food Waste Strategy is renewing and regenerating procedures and standards to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030. Food Innovation Australia Limited is leading implementation of the Strategy to reinforce a circular economy of avoidance and moving up through a waste hierarchy of reuse, recycle, reprocess and energy recovery.
Marco Ricci-Jurgensen, Italian Composting and Biogas Association
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Lessons learned in 20 years of successful separate collection of food-waste, green-waste and organics recycling in Italy
The keynote will start by surveying the different collection schemes for food-only, food+garden and garden-only organics in Europe. It will then focus on results of successful implementation of organics collection schemes in two types of urban settlements (cities and semidetached housing). The impact of impurities in organic feedstock and the needs to correctly process compostable liners (in paper or bioplastics) at industrial composting and anaerobic digestion plants will be briefly described.The situation of the Italian market for compost and the role of independent quality assurance will be shown, together with the outlook for compost and biogas market in Italy.
THE INNOVATION FRONTIER
Eric Paulsen, CEMAC Technologies
New developments in compost clean up technologies
This presentation will focus on the latest development of sensor based sorting and the benefits of automating the process.
Alison Collela, GHD Limited
The growth of organics collection and processing in Canada
One of the most significant alterations in the waste management landscape in Canada has been the implementation of anaerobic digestion (AD) technologies for the management of organic wastes.
Facilitated by Rose Read, NWRIC
- Dr Sally Brown, University of Washington
- Dr Darren Perrin, Ricardo Energy and Environment
- Marcus Geisler, Chair WA Waste Authority
- Peter Wadewitz, AORA
Peter Wadewitz, Chair AORA
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