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Webinar: Waste and resource recovery – are we making progress towards a circular economy?

About this event:

Over the past few years, Victoria has made good progress in waste and resource recovery, including through improved collection of priority materials, expanded recycling infrastructure capability and greater re-use of resources.

Changes to policy settings that support greater diversion from landfill and international waste import restrictions, which heavily restricted the global trade of plastic and other materials, have led to a step change in how we manage our waste.

At the same time, the waste sector continues to innovate and find new ways to turn waste into resource. Improvements are being made to recycling systems such as for food and garden organics and the diversion of non-recyclable waste through energy recovery.

But how far have we advanced, what are the challenges of transitioning to a more circular economy and how do we best plan for a zero-waste future?

Watch the recording from our webinar on Monday, 8 August as a panel of experts discuss Victoria’s progress towards a circular economy and the opportunities over the next few years to reduce waste and lift recycling rates, while growing the economy and reducing impacts on the environment.

Facilitated by Infrastructure Victoria CEO Jonathan Spear, the panel included Matt Genever, Interim CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Jill Riseley, CEO of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (Recycling Victoria) and David Jettner, General Manager – Corporate Development and Strategic Projects at Opal.

Meet the panel:

Matt Genever – Interim Chief Executive Officer of Sustainability Victoria

Matt is driven by the potential for the world to make positive change. He has spent some 20 years working in the sustainability sector, with a particular bent for delivering a best practice waste and recycling sector that brings true circularity to our material usage.

Matt has spent time in consulting, the not-for-profit sector and more than eight years with Sustainability Victoria.

Jill Riseley, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (Recycling Victoria)

As an accomplished executive and non-executive director, for more than 20 years Jill has been an advocate of sustainability, circular economies and responsible business.

Jill’s extensive experience in senior roles includes complex, multi-stakeholder and regulated environments where she has led significant national consumer affairs and recycling initiatives in complex essential service markets. As CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, which now forms part of Recycling Victoria, she leads resource recovery and waste minimisation for metropolitan Melbourne. Her previous executive and leadership roles include Vicinity Centres, REA Group, Telstra and Sensis.

David Jettner, General Manager Corporate Development and Strategic Projects at Opal

David’s major focus is developing the Maryvale energy from waste facility – the first of-its-kind to achieve Victorian regulatory approvals from the Environment Protection Authority and Latrobe City Council. David has broad industry experience across Australian states, industry sectors and senior roles in operations, maintenance and capital projects.

Jonathan Spear, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

Dr Jonathan Spear is Infrastructure Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer. He has led Infrastructure Victoria’s work on Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy, research program and provision of independent advice to the Victorian Government. Jonathan has held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

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