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Wednesday 2 May 2018UNCTION
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.
Join us after the equipment demonstrations for an evening of drinks, canapes and networking with the exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and other attendees.
Thursday 3 May 2018
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Martin Tower, Executive Director – AORA
Welcome and housekeeping
Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General of Environmental Policy and Planning
Prof Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University (USA)
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Certified Compostable Polymers and their role in organic diversion, global best practices
Designing single use disposable packaging and products for complete biodegradability-compostability in conjunction with controlled and managed composting systems offers an environmentally responsible end-of-life value proposition. However, much confusion, misuse, and misleading claims abound in the market place. This lecture discusses the science and issues surrounding biodegradability-compostability and the role certified compostable products play in enabling diversion of food and other biowastes from landfills or leakage into terrestrial and ocean environments.
Prof Andrew Ball, School of Science, RMIT University (VIC)
Biosolids Contamination: Current and emerging Issues
Environmental, food quality, and public health issues surrounding contaminants create barriers, real and perceived, to the reuse of biosolids, and thus inhibit the effective recycling of this valuable urban wastewater resource. This presentation will focus on current and emerging contaminants associated with biosolids. Questions to be addressed include how we can better understand the potential risk associated with these contaminants and what factors influence their presence in biosolids?
SOILS AIN’T SOILS
Dr Michael Crawford, CRC for High Performance Soils (NSW)
The Soil CRC – what it means for the members of AORA
The Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming agricultural soils. The Soil CRC is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history, with 8 universities, 3 state government agencies, 19 farmer groups and a range of industry partners.
Natalie Williams, Soils for Life (ACT)
Synergies for Soils – partnerships for the long term
This presentation will explore the role that synergistic relationships play at a macro and micro level. The partnering of Soils for Life and AORA seems like a symbiotic relationship worth pursuing….just as soil bugs need each other to improve their overall effectiveness, so does organisational collaboration.
Dr Bronwyn Laycock, School of Chemical Engineering, UQ (QLD)
Food Waste CRC and linkages with the recycled organics industry
The Federal Government recently announced the success of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, a new $133 million 10 year initiative that brings together industry, government and research bodies to target food waste to improve the future sustainability and profitability of the Australian food industry. This talk will cover the planned research activities and their implications for the recycled organics industry.
PATHOGENICITY AND DEGRADATION
Dr Muriel Lepesteur-Thompson, EPA Victoria (VIC)
Inactivation of animal & human pathogens in compost: A review
EPA Victoria has undertaken a literature review to identify pathogens of relevance in Australia and to understand what factors are influencing the inactivation or survival of pathogens during composting. This review susggested that other factors than time-temperature influenced pathogen inactivation, that could be better controlled to optimise sanitisation.
Lou Sherman, Scion (NZ)
Biodegradable packaging innovation and the need for testing standards
Biodegradable packaging materials offer new, more sustainable end of life opportunities for waste products, especially for food. This presentation will give an overview of recent compostable material developments, the international standards used to test compostability and Scions new biodegradation facility which can be used to test materials according to these standards.
Dr Ash Martin, Microbiology Laboratories Australia (SA)
No Free Ride – How to avoid spreading plant pathogens via compost
With the increasing amounts of green organics and food organics being recycled comes the increasing risk of spreading plant pathogens to end users. Get the essential guide to these bad guys, how they live and what you can do to avoid giving them a free ride in your compost in this user‐friendly presentation that will help you to minimise the risk to you and your customers.
COMPOST ADOPTION – HERE WE GO
John Logan, Axiom Research & Elisabeth Blik, WildBlueGlobal (NSW)
Growing markets for commercial compost in agriculture – Farmer insights
Sustainability Victoria recently undertook social research with farmers to identify the opportunities and barriers of increasing recycled organics use in agricultural sectors in Victoria. This presentation will provide a summary of the results from qualitative depth interviews with major agricultural organisations and a quantitative survey of 450 farmers from across the Goulburn Valley, Gippsland and Loddon/Mallee.
Brice Kaddatz, Macadamia & Horticultural Services & Susie Chapman, Healthy Land and Water (QLD)
Using compost in macadamia orchards
Erosion and top soil loss causes significant detrimental effects including loss of soil function and soil health, agronomic, environmental burdens and clean-up costs. Compost is regularly used as an organic soil amendment to help redress this problem, however, cost is a barrier. This paper will present findings from trials to assess the possibility of partially substituting mineral fertilizer with urban derived compost and Twin N, a microbial nitrogen fixing agent.
Nigel Blieschke, Torbreck Vintners (SA)
Dealing with Vineyard Variability – Torbreck Vintners Case Study
Torbreck Vintners is one of Australia’s leading premium winemakers based at Marananga in the famed Barossa Valley. Through the use of organic compost and under vine mulches Torbreck are seeing improvements to wine quality, vine vigour, uniformity and yield. Nigel will present a number of vineyard case studies on the work he has undertaken.
Bill Grant, Blue Environment (VIC)
Using compost to building and maintain creditable carbon under cropping systems
This paper will discuss how composts can be used with other practice changes to build SOC levels to healthy levels, how landowners and composters might apply for Australian Carbon Credit Units under the ERF, and the sorts of levels of creditable carbon that might be achieved under different situations.
AORA invites all conference attendees to add the Gala Dinner to their calendar. It will be a fantastic opportunity for industry professionals to come together in a more relaxed setting and engage in the type of networking that is vital to furthering the recycled organics industry.
Friday 4 May 2018
Registration, Tea and Coffee
LESSONS FROM THE PAST AND FOR THE FUTURE
Dr Darren Perrin, Ricardo (UK)
An insider’s perspective of industry developments in the UK over the last decade
The collection of Organics from household waste in the UK and how it is treated has evolved significantly over the past two decades influenced by policy, regulatory and market drivers. Kerbside food waste collection systems and Anaerobic Digestion technologies are now common place across the UK. As we enter an era of Circular Economy, the value of food waste as energy or product is currently debated. This paper will talk through the journey of the UK over the past two decades and identify lessons/experiences which could inform the current debates in Australia.
Matthew Warnken, Corporate Carbon (NSW)
New Agricultural Systems Method for Soil Carbon: Increased opportunities for recycled organics to create carbon credits
The new Emissions Reduction Fund methodology is a potential gamechanger for mainstreaming the creation of soil carbon credits from agriculture and the use of recycled organics is recognised as an eligible new management activity. Embracing the complexity of auditable soil measurement represents a significant opportunity to map soils and track beneficial changes over time.
Johannes Biala, CROWN, Peter Wadewitz, AORA & Dr Georgina Davis, Qld Farmers Federation (QLD)
CROWN – Facilitating and supporting the organics recycling supply chain
This talk will outline the visions DES, the University of Queensland and the Queensland Farmers’ Federation have for CROWN and how future cooperation between state and local Governments, the organics recycling industry, the agricultural / horticultural sector, and CROWN, will be able to significantly advance organics recovery and value‐adding in Queensland.
CLEAN IN – CLEAN OUT
Kurt Palmer, STEINERT Australia (VIC)
Removing contamination from organics
Steinert are pleased to announce it now has a cost-effective solution for the removal of non-organic material from your input stream. This presentation will explain the technical capabilities of the technology, showcase practical applications and include a short case study on an organic composting plant in Germany already using the technology to increase the value of their finished product from their tunnel facility and reduce the load of contamination in their oversized fraction.
Sean Galdermans, WTT Australia (NSW)
Tailor made cost effective recycling solutions for the Australian market
This presentation focusses on the different products/methods engineered in‐house at WTT as they relate to organics recycling. We will explain and showcase a couple of WTT’s flagship facilities across the globe that combine dry‐Anaerobic and Aerobic treatment to extract biogas, which can be upgraded to natural gas or electricity while creating an AS standard compliant quality compost.
Amanda Kane, NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW)
To line or not to line? Learnings from the roll out of 500,000 kerbside organics services
Over past four years, 42 councils in NSW have introduced new, or improved existing, kerbside collections services for food and garden waste. Funded through the waste levy, the $18 million awarded for collections so far has given NSW an unprecedented insight into the multiple ways local government can roll out a kerbside organics service and what works best. EPA organics manager Amanda Kane will present on the findings of an in‐depth analysis of all the new services, commissioned by the EPA earlier this year.
NEW THINGS COMING
Ross Fox, Fishburn Watson O’Brien Lawyers (NSW)
Balancing risk and liability – lessons from the AORA NSW experience with financial guarantees
Many jurisdictions around Australia now require processing facilities to be provide financial guarantees to secure environmental obligations against default. However, the NSW experience has shown that the organics recycling industry is being unfairly treated in comparison to the risks it presents. This presentation will explain how they are calculated, opportunities to reduce your exposure and take control of the negotiation.
Tim Richards, Richgro Garden Products (WA)
Anaerobic Digestion – Closing the loop on foodwaste recycling
Richgro’s anaerobic digestion plant diverts food waste from landfill, depackages food waste to remove contamination, digests the food and creates methane which in turn runs a generator to produce electricity, the spent digestate is then added to compost piles. The plant has been operating free from the grid since 2015 with excess power going back into the grid. The power is stable and most importantly it is renewable.
Declan McDonald, SESL Australia (NSW)
Composting Carp – A strategy to manage 1M dead fish!
The National Carp Control Program aims to remove about 1,000,000 tonnes of carp from inland waterways. A wide range of commercial strategies to dispose of dead fish have been proposed, however these will not be able to manage the volumes of fish predicted to be removed from waterways at highly diverse locations. On-farm composting as a model has been shown to have merit with a trial commencing in May 2018.
Peter Wadewitz, Australian Organics Recycling Association
Wrap up discussion and closing remarks
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