For most of us, the start of 2019 was as busy as the end of 2018.

We are so busy at the AIEN, that it has fallen to me to pen this column in lieu of Colin. Don’t worry, Colin will be back next issue providing you with the low-down of what we have been up to.

The AIEN kicked off the year with our annual Waste to Energy Forum in Ballarat.

Held over two and half days, the event was attended by approximately 180 interested delegates. Gauging by the feedback received, those who attended deemed the forum a great success.

With three networking opportunities, panel discussions and topics ranging from how to obtain a social license, where to get finance, to what technologies we should be considering, there was something innovative and interesting for all who attended.

As an outcome of the forum, the AIEN will release an energy from waste position paper in the near future. Keep an eye out for that.

Over the last 18 months, there has been a lot of negative press concerning the future of Australia’s recycling industry. At AIEN we understand the critical role the waste industry plays within the Australian economy and the need to facilitate opportunities where all within the industry can exchange knowledge, experiences and new developments in waste and resource management.

To this end, on 9 May we are hosting a one-day seminar in Melbourne aimed at highlighting some of the technology, processes and uses currently being developed or in use that are making the most of recycled material – keeping it out of landfill and the environment.

We invite you to join us and hear about the great work that is being done in this space. For more information, see details further in the newsletter.

The Circular economy is very close to our heart. We are really excited about the recent developments in this space and the momentum it is gaining through the formation of a working group to drive it. This can only be a good thing for the industry and environment in Australia.

We are also continuing with our work on submissions to various governments regarding resource recovery policies, recommendations and options. These submissions are a very important part of what we do. We welcome input from our members on all of these. If you have something you would like us to include, or have calls for submissions that you would like to bring to our attention, please don’t hesitate to let us know by emailing

As part of our ongoing drive to get our message out to more people and expand our network, we have entered into reciprocal agreements with other organisations. We look forward to closely working with them in promoting better and more viable management of Australia’s waste.

That’s enough from me. Keep fighting the good fight and as always, if there is anything we can help you with or you would like to add any input, please contact us.

Kurt Palmer
Deputy Chair