Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE)

The Australian trade event for the waste, recycling, and resource recovery sector is back for its 15th year, taking place at ICC in Sydney on July 24-25, 2024.

The exhibition, featuring the AWRE Summit, brings together policymakers, professionals, educators, and industry thought leaders to share ideas and solutions for a cleaner, more sustainable future, the organizers from Diversified Communications pointed out. “The event makes a welcome return as Australians grapple with the increasing complexities surrounding waste and recycling, compounded by the collapse of soft-plastic recycling firms like REDCycle. While the recycling rate in Australia is improving, the amount of waste we’re generating continues to increase as our population grows, according to the 2022 National Waste Report.”

As reported, this year’s expo will serve as a forum for leaders and professionals in the waste and recycling industry to convene, display and discover the latest innovations and collaborate on initiatives to reduce Australia’s waste production and move toward a more circular future. “With inspiring talks from leading experts in the sector, including Suzanne Toumbouro, CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling, and Brett Lemin, Executive Director of Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW, the two-day live event helps form new connections and build strategies for a more sustainable and profitable economy.”

Also returning in 2024, the Innovations Pitch Fest would provide a showcase opportunity for “fledgling solutions” for the waste and recycling industry. “Directly after the pitch, judges will provide feedback criteria, including consumer need, innovation, point of difference, go-to-market strategy and product sustainability. The winner of the Innovations Pitch Fest will receive a fully subsidized stand at next year’s Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo.” AWRE 2024 is supported by the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association, Australian Council of Recycling, National Waste and Recycling Industry Council, Australian Organics Recycling Association, Australian Institute of Packaging, Australian Packaging Covenant Organization, National Retail Association, Good Environmental Choice Australia, Global GreenTag, Art of Diversion, Government News, Green Review, Inside State Government, Inside Waste, Laying Waste Media, Local Government Focus, and Waste Management Review. Major sponsors include the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority, Isuzu and FleetCard.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 2/2024, Page 4, Photo: falco /