Waste Management Association of Australia in Adelaide

Stephen Reardon, ECO-Buy’s Supplier Program Manager, addressed the WMAA South Australia “Government Procurement of Resource Recovered Materials” breakfast event on March 19th in Adelaide.

Around 55 WMAA members heard about ECO-Buy’s approach to market development of recycled materials, the development of the Mixed Waste Recycled Plastic Toolkit, and how this approach could be a model for promoting the uptake of recycled content materials. Like most states, South Australia is seeking ways to increase the uptake of recycled materials and products, to reduce pressure on landfills, conserve natural resources and increase local economic opportunities.

Other speakers breakfast included:

  • Jim Fairweather from ResourceCo who provided an industry perspective on the uptake of recycled materials in roads and infrastructure        
  • Rob Ackland from Local Government Procurement Association (LGAP) who presented on the link between local government, waste management and increasing the uptake of recycled materials
  • Ian Nightingale, Industry Participant Advocate, Office of the Industry Advocate, who spoke about how the organisation has been encouraging local procurement opportunities in the state.

ECO-Buy's experience understanding and building markets for recycled materials in Victoria means it has a valuable role to play in other states.