2022 Program

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0830 Registration
0915 Bus 1 Departs Stamford Grand Adelaide
0930 Bus 2 Departs Stamford Grand Adelaide
1030 Demonstrations Commence
1230 Lunch
1330 Demonstrations Resume
1430 Opportunity to view equipment and meet with suppliers
1515 Bus 1 Departs for Stamford Grand Adelaide (arriving 1600)
1530 Bus 2 Departs for Stamford Grand Adelaide (arriving 1615)
1800 Networking Function

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0800 Registration, tea and coffee
0830 Welcome and housekeeping
Peter Olah, NEO – Australian Organics Recycling Association
0840 Official welcome
Peter Wadewitz, Chair – Australian Organics Recycling Association
0850 Opening address
Tony Circelli, Chief Executive – Environment Protection Authority South Australia
0900 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: It all starts and finishes with the soil
The Hon. Penny Wensley, National Soils Advocate
0930 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: FOGO for Everyone, Everywhere, All of the Time: Notes from California
Matthew Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting
1000 Morning tea break
1030 This panel session will explore the synergies and differences in policies across Australia as well as the current political environment facilitating the industry’s development
Panelists include:
– Aaron Spadaro, NSW EPA
– Cara McNicol, Qld Dept of Environment and Science
– Jessica Wundke, Green Industries SA
– Lorna Mathieson, Victorian Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
– Isabel Axio, RMCG (Tasmania)
1200 Lunch
1300 Certified compostable biopolymers enabling circular economy
Rowan Williams, BASF
1320 Compostable Packaging, Dreams, Reality & Regulators
Michael Wood, Sacyr Environment Australia
1340 City of Holdfast Bay weekly FOGO/fortnightly landfill trial
Shani Wood, City of Holdfast Bay
1400 Supporting councils with consistent FOGO processing guidance and procurement
Jess Hand, Metropolitan Waste & Resource Recovery Group
1420 Questions and discussion
1445 Afternoon tea break
1515 The Revival of Composting in Austria!
Ewald Konrad, Komptech Austria
1535 Organic-Waste-to-Biomethane in Jönköping, Sweden
Mandar Joshi, Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia
1555 Odour control matters
Andrew Fleming & Bill Mullin, BIOREM
1615 Compost, the “black gold”
Marco Grosze-Holz, Christiaens Group
1635 Questions and discussion
1700 Close Day 2
1900 Conference Dinner

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0800 Registration, tea and coffee
0830 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Circular food and organics for a sustainable future
Dr Ian Overton, Green Industries SA
0900 Financing organics reprocessing
Claire Kneller, WRAP APAC
0920 The Economic Contribution of the Australian Organics Recycling Industry, 2nd edition
Nick Behrens, Australian Economic Advocacy Solutions
0940 Panel: Next Generation of Compost Industry Leaders
– Martin Jeffries, Jeffries Group
– Charlie Emery, Soilco
– Tim Richards, Richgro
1000 Questions and discussion
1030 Morning tea break
1100 Enabling a Precision Compost Strategy to maximise benefits from compost use
Dr Susanne Schmidt, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland
1120 Agricultural Waste Processing: A new way to repurpose agricultural waste
Mauricio Murillo, FIBO Group Australia
1140 The Nutrient Calculator for Organic Amendments App
Naoya Takeda, Queensland University of Technology
1200 A smarter approach to compost application and soil carbon
Oli Madgett and Lyndsey Jackson, Platfarm
1220 Questions and discussion
1300 Lunch
1400 Investigating the cost of contamination in Victoria
Brock Baker, Brock Baker Environmental
1420 Chemicals of Concern: Circularity impacts and the organics waste interface
Geraldine Busby, Encycle Consulting
1440 PFAS in the Organics Industry – PFAS sources deep dive
Dr Matthew Askeland, ADE Consulting Group
1500 Questions and discussion
1530 International Compost Industry Leaders Panel
– Chris Purchas, Ingrid Cronin Knight, Liz Stanway and Kate Walmsley – WasteMINZ Organic Materials Sector Group
– Jenny Grant, Head of Organics and Natural Capital, The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
– Jane Gilbert, Chair and Marco Ricci-Jürgensen, Deputy Chair – International Solid Waste Association Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste
– Kim Russell, Australia India Business Council
1600 Conference wrap up and closing remarks
Peter Wadewitz, Chair – Australian Organics Recycling Association
1615 Conference Close

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