Conference Program

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Wednesday 1 May 2019
DEMONSTRATION DAY

0915 – 1630
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.

WELCOME FUNCTION

1800 – 2000
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
0800
OPENING PLENARY

0900
Dave Cullen, AORA WA
Welcome and housekeeping

0910
Peter Wadewitz, Chair AORA
Official welcome

0920
Representative from the office of the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food; Ports.
Opening address

0935
Dr Sally Brown, University of Washington
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Compost: Multiple birds, one stone

Morning Tea Break
1030
RENEWING SOILS

1100
Dr Ash Martin, Microbiology Laboratories Australia
Beneficial Microbes in Compost – Towards guidelines for product quality

1130
Declan McDonald, SESL Australia 
Optimising the benefits of vermiculture in commercial-scale vegetable farms

1200
Andrew Dougall, Sustainability Victoria
Regenerating subsoils by removing subsoil constraints, a significant opportunity for organics

Lunch Break
1230
ROLES OF PACKAGING

1330
Rowan Williams, BASF
Certified compostable bioplastics and their role in enabling circular economy 

1350
Warwick Hall, Australasian Bioplastics Association Inc
The importance of Certification for the Organics Recycling Industry

1420
Charlie Emery, SOILCO
Food waste & compostable packaging as a facility feedstock for production of soil conditioners (compost)

1450
Dr Helen Lewis, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
How the organics recycling industry can influence the implementation of the 2025 National Packaging Targets

Afternoon Tea Break
1520
REGENERATION & CELEBRATION

1600
Christopher Malan and Stefan Windisch, ELB Equipment
Platinum Sponsor Address and introduction to the AORA Study Awards

1610
AORA Study Awards for Advancing Organics Recycling
Sponsored by Komptech. Supported by CROWN University of Queensland

1700
Johannes Biala, The University of Queensland
Unlocking the true value of organic soil amendments

Close Day 2
1715
CONFERENCE DINNER

1900 – late
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
0800
PROCESS RENEWAL

0830
Marcus Geisler, WA Waste Authority
Unpacking the WARR Strategy 2030 and Action Plan

0900
Virginia Brunton, MRA Consulting Group
Halve Waste – Setting the benchmark for community engagement in organics diversion

0930
Dr Surya Bhattarai, Central Queensland University
Carbon smart fertiliser from green chicken

1000
Dr Yue Wang & Prof Ji Li, China Agricultural University
Current situation and development of the composting industry in China

Morning Tea Break
1030
RESOURCING FOGO

1100
Dr Darren Perrin, Ricardo Energy & Environment
A circular approach to collection of organics and the role of FO and GO

1130
Sam Oakden, FIAL
National Food Waste Strategy

1200
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

Lunch Break
1230
THE INNOVATION FRONTIER

1330
Eric Paulsen, CEMAC Technologies
New developments in compost clean up technologies

1400
Alison Collela, GHD Limited
The growth of organics collection and processing in Canada

1430
Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Rose Read, NWRIC
Panelists include:

  • Dr Sally Brown, University of Washington
  • Dr Darren Perrin, Ricardo Energy and Environment
  • Marcus Geisler, Chair WA Waste Authority
  • Peter Wadewitz, AORA

1600
Peter Wadewitz, Chair AORA
Closing remarks

Conference Close
1615

 

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