We hope all of our members and their families, in particular those in Victoria, have fared well this year and that 2021 will be a much better year for us all.

Over the last eight months, during the difficult COVID period, a subcommittee of the AIEN Board with support from Helen Lewis and Hugh Williams from Marketstrat Business Advisors have been working on a project to examine why many Australian Circular Economy projects have struggled to get traction, what are the key prerequisites for project success, and what support is needed for the industry to develop and thrive.

To date, we have completed a gap analysis of key materials: plastics, glass, organics, paper and cardboard, and developed a case study matrix using several existing projects as test subjects.

In early 2021, we plan to conduct a Stakeholder Forum to present the research to date, seek feedback and contributions, and invite additional projects to participate in the scheme.

Our objective is to facilitate the success of higher net value projects across multiple industry sectors with Government as a significant stakeholder.

In 2021, we will be partnering with WRIQ and the Queensland Farmers’ Federation to host the Future Waste Resources Convention on 1 – 3 March on the Gold Coast.

We are also planning a series of workshops kicking off with an update to the “Addressing the Plastics Recycling Crisis” workshop that was held in Melbourne in May 2019. Tentative dates are May/June 2021 in Sydney, and July/August 2021 Melbourne.

More information will be circulated as details are finalised.

Stay well, stay safe and looking forward to better times to come.

Colin Barker
AIEN Chair