WasteMINZ Conference and Expo will gather together over the 23 – 26 September, New Zealand’s leading exponents of positive change in the fields of waste minimisation, resource recovery, packaging design and land contamination of all types – all subjects that are creating headlines on a daily basis. 

When Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon. Eugenie Sage, gives her keynote address on Day 3 of the WasteMINZ Conference (Wednesday 25 September 2019), entitled ‘No time to waste: Creating Change …’, it will include significant announcements on ways forward for the waste minimisation industry. Her speech will also spearhead a number of critical discussions about the Waste Disposal Levy, a zero waste culture, diverting waste to landfills and land contaminants such as asbestos and lead.

Other keynote speakers‘ topics reflect and expand on these. Dr Dan Hikuroa will open the conference on Tuesday with Maori views, indigenous insights and land as a legacy. Robert Kelman of Reloop Pacific, will discuss best practice container deposit schemes. Doug Wooding of Ocean Recover Alliance speaks about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year, and Countdown’s Kiri Hannifan will focus on how the retailer works to deliver better outcomes for Aotearoa’s environment and communities. These are just a few of the keynote speakers featured at the conference, with every one of them drilling down into highly relevant issues. 

Panel discussions will also focus on matters of huge impact across the country, from a governmental and policy level to effects on the daily lives of NZ’s public. Wednesday’s debate on the proposed expansion of the Waste Disposal Levy will feature major players EnviroNZ, Fulton Hogan, Watercare, Association of Metal Recyclers and Queenstown Lakes District Council, with other panels on the day discussing stakeholder engagement and communicating risk, working the NESCS and managing risk in residential collections.

On Thursday, a panel including 3R Group, Marlborough District Council, Re.Group, Callaghan Innovation, Reclaim and O-I New Zealand will centre on ‘Why industry-led collaboration is crucial for a circular economy’. Simultaneously, Chris Bailey of Tonkin & Taylor and Rachel Rait from the Department of Conservation will join others in a panel discussing bioavailability – ‘Where to from here?’ 

Says WasteMINZ Chief Executive, Janine Brinsdon, ‘At a time when matters such as the China National Sword decision and Indonesia turning away contaminated containers are daily news, New Zealand can be confident that the best minds in the industry, academia and government are gathering next week to find useful and practical solutions to real issues. It will be of great benefit to hear the Minister’s announcements in a place where they can have immediate impact, and we look forward to welcoming all our speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees to this significant national event.’