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The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is the national peak body for all stakeholders in the waste and resource recovery industry. We have more than 1,500 members, representing over 500 individual entities nationally, operating across a broad range of business organisations, the three (3) tiers of government, universities and non-government organisations, representing all aspects of the waste management hierarchy.

As part of WMRR’s commitment to leading the sector and delivering high quality, learning events and conferences, WMRR will be hosting the second bi-annual Energy from Waste (EfW) Conference in 2019, in Canberra on 26-28 August 2019.
 
What is Energy from Waste?

The key framework underpinning waste management policy and practice in Australia is the Waste Management Hierarchy. This hierarchy prioritises specific waste management processes over others. It is based on environmental outcomes and ranks them in order of preference from avoiding the creation of waste as the most desired outcome, and disposal to landfill as the least desired outcome. WMRR fully supports these fundamental principles of waste management and resource recovery.

Materials such as clean plastics and paper or cardboard, which are placed into the yellow lidded bin, can be recycled. The green lidded bin material can also be recycled through composting or digestion processes. Currently in Australia, the red bin material is generally disposed of to landfill without additional value being recovered (other than landfill gas). It is at this stage therefore that diverting the material to an EfW plant for energy recovery can provide better environmental outcomes.

Energy from Waste (EfW), also known as Waste to Energy (WtE) involves the treatment of residual wastes to harness energy or create fuel from material that would otherwise be landfilled. There are more than 2,000 facilities operating safely across North America, Europe, Middle-East and Asia - with more than 200 of these constructed between 2011 and 2015 - and an increasing number in Australia. The energy can be created by a number of processes (thermal and non-thermal) including:
  • Manufactured fuels derived from waste; 
  • Anaerobic Digestion;
  • Combustion; and
  • Gasification

EfW can form a vital part of a sustainable waste management chain and is fully complementary to all other aspects of the hierarchy, including recycling.


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This leading Energy from Waste (EfW) Conference in August 2019 will bring together both international and local experts to discuss and debate all forms of technology, with the goal of understanding what the barriers to acceptance are and how we can ensure that EfW can be established in Australia and support an emerging Circular Economy.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Presenters are required to register to attend the conference on the day of their presentation. Presenters will receive a discounted registration fee and details will be provided to successful applicants upon acceptance of their abstract into the program. Failure to register by the due date may result in the abstract being withdrawn from the conference program.

Note: Speaker discounts are limited to a maximum of two presenters per presentation. 

All authors and co-authors must confirm ownership of their abstracts and that the content is their own original work, and grant the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia permission to publish their paper. 

Presenters are responsible for their own expenses, including, but not limited to, travel, accommodation and incidental expenses.

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